Visa said it will begin promoting a small-business debit card this month and is now testing a line of credit in a pilot program with five banks.

Bruno Perreault, senior vice president of commercial card products for Visa U.S.A., said 15 banks offered the debit card to 150,000 entrepreneurs as part of a pilot program begun 15 months ago. He expects to have 600,000 debit cardholders by yearend.

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