Wells Fargo & Co. last week introduced a PC-computer based banking service for its small-business customers.
Windows-based software called Business Gateway will allow small businesses to check on account balances and transaction information, transfer funds, stop payments, and receive warnings on overdrafts.
"Business Gateway takes the best technology has to offer and puts it in the hands of the small-business owner," Terri Dial, vice chairman and head of the business banking group, said in a release.
Wells is one of a growing number of banks to offer PC-based services to customers, and experts have predicted that electronic banking will take off among small businesses in the next couple of years.
In offering a Windows-based system, Wells is ahead of many banks that rely on DOS-based products, sources said.
The product also allows businesses to communicate electronically with Wells and call up information about its small-business products.