Atlanta payments firm First Data offers aid to Houston businesses

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Atlanta payments firm First Data offers aid to Houston businesses

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Atlanta’s First Data Corp. said it is providing free mobile payments devices to help Houston-are businesses recover from Hurricane Harvey. First Data CEO Frank Bisignano is shown ringing the bell at the company’s first day on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

First Data Corp. said it is providing free mobile payments devices to Houston-area businesses to help their recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

The Atlanta-based company is one of the world’s largest processors of payments by credit and debit cards.

“The lessons of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Superstorm Sandy remind us that one of the most crucial steps toward recovery is to help small business owners open their doors and start serving their customers,” said First Data Chief Executive Frank Bisignano.

“Whether a business needs to replace a payment device damaged in the storm, or set up shop in a temporary location with a mobile payment reader,” he said, “we hope that our efforts can help impacted businesses get up and running quickly.”

The company said it is offering free Clover Go mobile readers at a service center it set up at the JW Marriott at 5150 Westheimer Road in Houston. First Data said businesses can also get help online at www.FirstData.com/HurricaneHarveyRelief, or by calling a toll-free number, 1-844-882-2438.

First Data said it will also provide free device installation and a discount on pricing.

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