Credit Card Perks That Make Your Business Appear Bigger

Credit Card PerksSmall businesses need all the breaks they can get in today’s competitive market. American Express, also known as AmEx, is the largest credit card company in the US, yet it has not forgotten the little guy. AmEx launched American Express OPEN in 2007 to service small businesses and help owners grow them by offering various benefits exclusive to OPEN members.

The OPEN program benefits both small business owners and AmEx. The credit card giant realized the force of the small business owner, and had come to the conclusion that if they gain their loyalty, they would get returns tenfold when the business grows with their help. Although not entirely altruistic, it does provide the assistance and support that many small business owners need. The OPEN program of services is a huge success, even making inroads in social media. In Twitter, OPEN Forum has 10,000 followers and the numbers are still climbing.

There are many perks and benefits of being an OPEN member, butthree of them are unique to AmEx. They provide business services that are concretely effective and deserve to be mentioned.

Discounted Office Solutions

  • Nothing increases credibility more than having office space in an exclusive area. The Business Platinum Card offers the Platinum Office Program in cooperation with Regus. Under the program, a cardholder can improve his business image by:
  • Availing of fully equipped and furnished office space at one month free with a six-month contract or 2 months free with a 12-month or more contract
  • Getting  a 35% discount on a virtual office complete with mail forwarding service, local telephone service with receptionist, administrative services and use of a professional business address
  • Having complimentary access to any of the 1,200 business lounges all over the world

OPEN Forum

  • This is a loyalty service exclusive to AmEx OPEN card members which may help in growing their business. This is by:
  • Connecting business owners and forging new professional relationships
  • Providing a networking opportunity for members to promote their business
  • Giving access to expert advice on a wide variety of industries through a library of videos and articles
  • Providing a platform for discussing current business trends and issues, and asking advice from experts
  • Developing Connectodex, the counterpart of Facebook for AmEx for business entrepreneurs who joined the program in 2009, which allows the exploration and creation of partnerships with other OPEN members

Exclusive By Invitation Only Events

Nothing impresses clients more than being given the VIP treatment. OPEN members are given the opportunity to attend exclusive, not open to the public events which can be used to treat staff or entertain clients all over the world. These include:

  • Sporting events
  • Fashion events
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Dining offers

Cardmembers also enjoy:

  • Preferred Seating and Premium Access at live concerts, entertainment and sports events
  • Advance ticket sales
  • Access to the STAPLES Center Platinum Lounge