PURCHASE, N.Y. - MasterCard International has started a merchant and acquirer referral program to help its members in the United States and Canada form business relationships with each other.

Through an online directory, merchants interested in accepting MasterCard products as a payment option may find acquirers and member service providers to work with them. By submitting an account profile, a merchant can view a listing of the MasterCard acquirers and MSPs that offer bank card acceptance services most closely matching its profile. Similarly, acquirers and MSPs can view a merchant list.

"This program cuts down the time spent finding the right fit and allows more time for the merchant to concentrate on its business," said Gerritt Kerkstra, vice president of acquirer relations at MasterCard.

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