Square Deal

The credit card reader for mobile devices is catching on in Minnesota

By Ali Lacey

Founded in 2009, San Francisco–based Square aims to make commerce easy for everyone. Millions of entrepreneurs and small businesses now use its tiny Square Reader (which plugs into the headphone mini-jack and has a slot for swiping cards) and Square Register app to process credit card payments on iPads and mobile phones. Below, numbers on Square usage in Minnesota as of late August, as reported by the company. Find more at squareup.com

25,000  The approximate number of businesses in Minnesota processing credit cards with Square
$125 million  The approximate amount that Square has processed in commerce in Minnesota so far this year
Water  The most-purchased item using Square in the Minneapolis area in a recent week
Big Island Blond craft beer  The second-most-purchased item using Square in the Minneapolis area in a recent week