Transitioning to Chip Card Technology #SmallBizChat

Transitioning to Chip Card Technology #SmallBizChat

With the coming of chip card technology, most small businesses already face the challenge of transitioning their existing payment system.

Still concerned small businesses may find that transition is easier than it might at first appear.

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And it also comes with many other advantages.

For a look at what’s involved and the benefits of converting your small business payment system, join Melinda Emerson @SmallBizLady and Anita Campbell @smallbiztrends for “Transitioning to Chip Technology” #SmallBizChat.

You can join in for the Twitter chat scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 23, 8 p.m. EST sponsored by Visa @Visa.

What Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night?

Transition to chip card technology addresses a major pain point shared by many small businesses.

It’s something that keeps many small business owners up at night.

That concern has to do with maintaining consumer trust.

For small businesses that accept credit card payments, a big part of that trust has to do with protecting consumer payment information.

As small businesses are increasingly targeted by hackers, small business owners worry about their ability to protect both their customers’ data and their own.

To be sure, there are many ways small businesses can do a better job of protecting their data.

They include things like:

  • Using a secure wireless connection
  • Making sure your Internet protection software is up to date
  • Using strong passwords and taking the time to change them regularly
  • Vetting all third party security protocols for outsourced services and
  • Making sure anything you download comes from a reliable source.

Clearly, one of the most important safegards, however, is to transition to chip card technology.

Transitioning to Chip Card Technology Isn’t Hard

But don’t worry. Transitioning to chip card technology is no where near as hard as you think.

First off, there are some great tools to bring you up to speed.

Visit the @VisaSmallBiz toolkit to get started. You’ll find it at

Once you’re comfortable with the basics of the process, you can contact your credit card acquirer/processor to get started.

Who: Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady) and Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends)

What: “Transitioning to Chip Card Technology” sponsored by Visa (@Visa)

Where: On Twitter under the hashtag #SmallBizChat

When: Wednesday Sept. 23, 8 p.m. EDT

Editor’s Note: Anita Campbell has been compensated for participation in this chat.

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Shawn Hessinger Shawn Hessinger is the Executive Editor for Small Business Trends and a professional journalist with more than 20 years experience in traditional and digital media for trade publications and news sites. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has served as a beat reporter, columnist, editorial writer, bureau chief and managing editor for the Berks Mont Newspapers.

4 Reactions
  1. This is understandably a big deal to SMBs. Glad to see some additional discussion around this.

    • Indeed. It is one thing to know about the technology but adopting is an entirely different issue. It is not just an issue of implementation. It is more of an issue of how to adopt it considering your employees, clients and services.

  2. I look forward to this Twitter chat! The new chip card technology has been implented in many European countries. The new thing in Scandinavia is a service called Swish, there you could do money transactions to your friends and business contacts via an app on the go. Several banks are behind this payment solution. It is free of charge to use it for the moment.

  3. Big problem is the cost to the business and why should they pay for it as the existing system works fine for them. MasterCard and Visa seem to work everywhere but Amex needs to be swiped at many stores. With the tap and go, anyone can use your card if it’s under $30 so that needs to be abolished immediately as only you should use your card.

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