SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo Bank appears to have become the first in the country to offer automatic teller machine checking accounts for small businesses.

With its ATM Option, Wells Fargo Bank is cutting monthly service fees in half on three basic small-business checking accounts. The catch is that small businesses that use the option must handle all of their standard banking transactions at automatic teller machines; there's a $5 fee to visit a teller in a branch.

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