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About Us

Building Business Connections.

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Building business connections

Acumen Connections provides the credit card processing our clients need to reach their goals. We specialize in helping businesses grow by offering merchant services that make the day-to-day easier and more profitable. You can expect us to connect you with the best tools, opportunities, and resources to stay competitive. As a payment processor Wichita, KS-based, we are proud to serve businesses of all sizes across the country.

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These are the monthly fees we charge:

On-File Fee: A small monthly fee to keep your account on file, access monthly statements. This also covers a monthly mandatory regulatory compliance fee and gives merchants access to our helpful customer service team.

Pass-Thru Fees: Covers the fees credit card companies (like Visa or Mastercard) charge for all transactions made with their cards. It’s often a minute percentage of each of these sales. 

Card Rate & Authorization Fee: The fee that is assessed per transaction. This is how the processor gets paid.

Batch Fee: The fee assessed each time a batch is settled, typically done at the end of business day. Settling a batch transfers earned funds to the business bank account.

Security is our #1 priority

Our team is dedicated to our clients’ success with credit card processing, so we take security seriously. We also ensure that your business is equipped to meet all of today’s security standards, such as PCI DSS requirements, so that you can keep working with peace of mind.

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Editorial Policy

You can’t always fake it ‘til you make it. Sometimes you need expert advice. Our writing team connects with leading industry experts to bring you the latest information reliably. To do so, we have a set of guidelines in place to ensure accuracy, legitimacy, transparency, and delight for our readers with each of our articles. We guarantee you’ll learn something new on our website.

Acumen Connections content mission

Our goal is to provide our customers with top-notch information. To do so, we approach complicated topics head-on. We break up complex ideas into smaller steps that anyone can follow. Want to start a business, improve your marketing, or overcome imposter syndrome? We have knowledge on that topic, directly from an expert in that field. Our mission is to be your one-stop-shop for all things business.

Who we are

Acumen Connections is a payment processor Wichita (and beyond) trusts. We help businesses get paid by providing them with card readers, payment gateways, and other POS systems so they can accept payment via credit and debit cards. Our goal is to empower your business to find success and grow. We’re a team made of solution finders with backgrounds in business and experience in credit card processing.

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How we work with our sources

At Acumen Connections, we’re all about creating relationships. This includes supplying our readers with research or linking them directly with experts in other industries. We believe that strength comes from working with others. That’s why we go to authorities in various fields to bring the most accurate information to businesses. Use our blogs to get information directly from the source. Discover a peer that might be able to offer more insight than what’s captured in a thousand words.

How we choose our writers

All our regular blog writers are employees of Acumen Connections. Each writer has an educational background combined with years of experience in business and finance. They have entrepreneurial spirits, just like you, and they’re dedicated to building up our clients. Our writers execute the brainstorming, researching, writing, editing, and planning layout of our articles and infographics. They each bring not only qualifications and expertise, but also evergreen curiosity to the table.

What does it mean to be expert reviewed?

We’ve built an incredible team with the focus of hiring specialists with diverse backgrounds. Our expert reviewers are selected based on their education, career expertise, previously published work, and experience levels. We want to provide tips that can change the course of your business. Advice like that is always verified by experts on those subjects.

Get in touch with us

What did you think of our recent article? Whether you want to share praise or some critiques, we’d love to hear your feedback. Have a business question or an idea for an article? Let us know at marketing@acumenconnections.com. We want to hear from you!

We’re human.
We’re here to help.

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Brian J. Staver, President

Brian J. Staver acquired Acumen Connections in 2017. After leading several entrepreneurial ventures to success, Brian wanted to find a way to help other businesses. Today, he also volunteers with mentorship programs and is passionate about giving back to the local community.

“Our clients deserve to be supported, encouraged, and inspired. We’re more than a payment processor. We’re solution finders. Let’s grow your business and reach your goals.”

– Brian J. Staver

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Acumen Connections makes it easy for you to access payment processor guides and other resources to run your payments smoothly. You can find helpful content to learn, share or troubleshoot in our blog, e-books, and YouTube channel, 24/7.

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Leadership team

Clayton Howard of Analytics

Clayton Howard

Analytics

Janella Smith of Accounting

Janella Smith

Finance & Accounting

Carl Maughan of Legal & Compliance

Carl Maughan

Legal & Compliance

Ariel Westphal of Marketing

Ariel Westphal

Marketing

Jason Largent of Operations

Jason Largent

Operations

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Position Open

Technology

Clayton Howard of Analytics

Clayton Howard

Analytics

Janella Smith of Finance & Accounting

Janella Smith

Finance & Accounting

Carl Maughan of Legal & Compliance

Carl Maughan

Legal & Compliance

Ariel Westphal of Marketing

Ariel Westphal

Marketing

Jason Largent of Operations

Jason Largent

Operations

Empty team member silhouette in teal circle

Position Open

Technology

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Our clients

We’re solution finders for businesses of all sizes in the Kansas area and throughout the US. Not only do we help our clients save money on payment processing, but we also work with them to foster their growth and reach their goals. We are proud to serve businesses across industries, including automotive services, restaurants, retail stores, health & wellness, and more.

Our partners

We’re solution finders for businesses of all sizes in the Kansas area and throughout the US. Not only do we help our clients save money on payment processing, but we also work with them to foster their growth and reach their goals. We are proud to serve businesses across industries, including automotive services, restaurants, retail stores, health & wellness, and more.

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