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The UPS Store Supports Small Businesses Through Access to Outsourced Services and Solutions

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In an effort to further support its small business customer community, The UPS Store® introduced six new business resources available through the Small Business Solutions portal today. The portal, already attracting more than one million* visitors provides access to exclusive content and offers from a variety of service providers. The new additions include:

  • Computer security, cloud backup & sharing, identity protection, equipment protection and technical support from Frontier SecureTM
  • Formation services and compliance fulfillment from The Company Corporation®
  • Business consulting services from HourlyNerd®
  • Financing and loan options from Lendio®
  • Credit monitoring and reporting from Creditera®
  • Mobile-optimized website services from Two Minute Mobile®

"We realize that small business owners wear many hats," said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store. "Being locally owned and operated, our franchisees know firsthand the kinds of challenges small business owners face, and we offer resources for practical solutions to help their businesses thrive."

Whether its help with accounting, human resources, marketing or information technology, The UPS Store can connect small business owners with professional services they can look to outsource so they can focus on what they do best - running their business. The services are available through the Small Business Solutions site to The UPS Store customers at a discounted cost.

Results from an online survey of small business owners** indicated that the majority of small business owners (76%) tend to outsource when they don't have the knowledge, expertise or time for a particular project. The second most common reason for outsourcing is due to time constraints (58%); followed by those that don't want to do it themselves (39%) or think it will take too much time to figure out (36%).

The survey also indicated found that small business owners like to do their own homework as well as rely on outside resources in determining the right service provider. The majority of those surveyed claimed to do their own online research (76%), closely followed by (67%) or previous experience with the company (63%).

More than one million people have visited The UPS Store's Small Business Solutions portal, which also includes a small business-focused blog and tips and resources from small business experts including SCORETM.

For more information, visit the Small Business Solutions portal at smallbiz.theupsstore.com.

* Statistics pulled from Google Analytics website metrics

**Survey Methodology

The results of the survey are based on a national online survey with small business owners by The UPS Store. The study was conducted with more than 100 small business owners between May 15 and June 10, 2013. The sample was drawn from Small Biz Buzz, The UPS Store private online community of small business owners.

About The UPS Store

With more than 4,400 locations, The UPS Store network comprises the nation's largest franchise system of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers. The UPS Store locations in the U.S. are independently owned and operated by licensed franchisees of The UPS Store, Inc., a subsidiary of UPS (NYSE:UPS). Services, pricing and hours of operation may vary by location. For additional information on The UPS Store, visit www.theupsstore.com. For information on franchise opportunities for opening a The UPS Store location, visit www.theupsstorefranchise.com.

Follow The UPS Store on Twitter at @TheUPSStore and like The UPS Store on Facebook at facebook.com/theupsstore.

Vendor Provided Summaries of their Product and Services Offerings:

About Frontier Secure

Frontier Secure TM offers innovative products and services to help protect every aspect of digital life, including computer security, cloud backup & sharing, identity protection, equipment protection and 24/7 premium U.S.-Based technical support. These products and services are sold nationwide directly, and wholesale through strategic partnerships. Frontier Secure experts agents additionally provide premier tier one and tier two care support to consumers and small business customers.

About The Company Corporation

The Company Corporation ®provides a range of services that are appropriate to every stage of the small business life cycle. We help companies incorporate and form limited liability companies (LLCs) and many other entity types. Our formation services are available in every U.S. state as well as the District of Columbia. We help companies meet their ongoing compliance requirements, including annual report preparation and filing and research to find out what business licenses they need. The Company Corporation has been incorporating small businesses for over 110 years.

About HourlyNerd

HourlyNerd ® is a unique consulting marketplace that allows experienced top MBA alumni and students to perform affordable project based work. HourlyNerd strives to provide the best business consulting services available. We've sourced 6000+ MBAs from the most elite business schools in the world and have connected them with hundreds of businesses around the globe. In addition to connecting our MBAs with businesses, we help provide the tools they need to be successful.

About Lendio

Lendio ®, a small business lending platform, provides an online service that helps businesses and lenders work together. Bridging the gap between traditional and non-traditional financing, Lendio offers business owners all the small business loan options in one place--from short-term specialty financing to long-term low-interest traditional loans. Lendio makes business loans simple by matching qualified small business owners with active banks, credit unions and other lending sources.

About Creditera

Creditera ® is an online platform that makes both personal and business credit reports easily accessible to small business owners. Its user-friendly interface includes scores from Experian®, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp, TransUnion®, and FICOTM, along with contextual insights and monitoring. This lets members understand what key factors impact their business credit health, to help them build it, protect it, and then use it to thrive.

About Two Minute Mobile

Two Minute Mobile ®, a simple mobile optimization solution, creates user-friendly mobile-optimized websites in three easy steps. For just $99, Two Minute Mobile provides a single line of code that can be easily installed on a business's website, creating a website with key information that will adapt to a visitor's mobile device without creating a new Web address.

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CONTACT: Chelsea Lee (858) 455-8982 chelsealee@upsstore.com

Source: UPS