Apr 07, 2020

Marijuana Industry Fights For Banking Rights After Robberies

In Denver, Colorado, marijuana dispensaries experienced 8 armed robberies within a two month period. Although the suspects have not been caught, the main issue is that these occurrences could be largely reduced or even eliminated if these businesses were not forced to deal exclusively with cash. The National Cannabis Industry Association’s Bethany Moore states the root of the problem, “In...

Dec 23, 2019

SAFE Banking Act Might Enable Cannabis Banking And Payments

On September 25, 2019, the US House of Representatives passed, with a vote of 321 to 103, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE), which is a legislation that has been created to secure and regulate the banking services within the cannabis industry in the US.  The SAFE Banking Act will prohibit federal regulators and prosecutors from penalizing banks...

Sep 30, 2019

House of Reps Vote (SAFE Banking Act) to Approve Cannabis Banking

September 25th, 2019 was a historic moment for Marijuana merchants and cannabis lovers when the House of Representatives—for the first time in US history— voted to allow cannabis enterprises access to banks. The move is a significant milestone in the race towards decriminalizing the marijuana industry and giving cannabis retailers an equal chance in the marketplace. To the surprise of...

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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

Yes, EMB works with merchants who are building their credit, as well as those who have poor credit. EMB also approves merchants that have no credit card processing history and businesses that have lost their merchant accounts due to high chargebacks.

Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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