ValueStar Corporation, a leading rating organization of local service companies and the First National Bank Omaha announced the launch of the ValueStar Customer-Rated program in the San Francisco Bay Area. This program brings ValueStar’s card holder benefits which includes knowledge, power and assurance to FNBO’s credit card holders. FNBO ranks as one of the nation’s top 15 credit card issuers.
“FNBO is the first credit card issuer to offer its customers the advantage of ValueStar Benefits,” stated Jim Stein, CEO and founder of ValueStar Corporation. “They took a strong lead by selecting ValueStar as a partner, to provide their credit card customers with the knowledge, power, and assurance associated with every ValueStar transaction.”
“ValueStar Cardholder Benefits provide a compelling local solution for the highly competitive credit card environment,” states George Schmelzel, Vice President of Marketing, at First National Bank Omaha. “We expect ValueStar Benefits will provide our customers with greater assurance to use their FNBO credit card for local service purchases while making it easier to select among highly qualified local businesses. ValueStar Benefits will be used by FNBO to provide increased benefits to our cardholders and to attract new cardholders.”
ValueStar ratings are divided into two brands: ValueStar Customer-Rated companies pass a license, legal and financial verification, and score 70% or higher in customer satisfaction. ValueStar Customer-Rated Gold businesses meet the same criteria plus have a score of 85% or higher customer satisfaction. Companies that earn ValueStar Customer-Rated are invited to participate in the ValueStar Benefits program.
The ValueStar Customer-Rated Program allows consumers enrolled in the ValueStar Benefits program to automatically rate their satisfaction with each local service purchased offline from a ValueStar Customer-Rated company. To accomplish this, ValueStar’s transaction engine matches qualifying purchases and automatically presents an online or offline survey to consumers that, in turn, provides an update to each company’s rating score in real-time. FNBO credit card holders that purchase from and rate local ValueStar Customer-Rated companies will receive the following ValueStar Benefits:
— Knowledge: the best ratings to find the best local businesses
— Power: the ability to publicly rate companies which makes them accountable for their performance
— Assurance: ValueStar complaint resolution services and a money-back guarantee of up to $500
— Something extra: ValueStar Rating Points redeemable for the most popular mileage programs, products and services
ValueStar(R) Corporation (OTCBB:VLST) is both a pioneer and a leading provider of customer satisfaction ratings of local service companies. Founded in 1992, ValueStar’s mission is to improve the local marketplace by providing knowledge, power and assurance. To accomplish this mission, ValueStar is expanding its branded ratings to the six million local service companies in America by introducing multi-tiered rating designations and adding additional brand content. It has developed the ValueStar Customer-Rated program which enables, matches, rates and rewards local service transactions both online and offline. It currently operates the ValueStar Customer-Rated Program in San Francisco; Los Angeles; Seattle; Chicago; Dallas; Philadelphia; Washington D.C. and Atlanta. Based in Oakland, CA, ValueStar has partnerships or alliances with First Data Corp., First National Bank Omaha, Netcentives, Experian, BellSouth RealPages.com, OurHouse.com, Info USA, Foodscape.com, and e-Attorney. Key investors include eCompanies, Rustic Canyon Ventures, Seacoast Capital and Hull Capital. For more information, visit ValueStar at [www.valuestar.com].
First National of Nebraska is a multi state, multi bank holding company headquartered in the heart of downtown Omaha, Nebraska. With more than $9 billion in assets and over 6,000 employees, First National of Nebraska rates as the third largest bank holding company headquartered from Omaha west. Established in 1863, First National of Nebraska serves over 6.6 million customers in all 50 states, with over 75 banking locations in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, and Texas. First National prides itself as one of the top five in-house merchant processors in the United States, a top 15 VISA and MasterCard issuer, a top ten VISA and MasterCard processor, a top 20 processor of automated clearing house transactions and a strong regional player in cash management services. First National is growing fast and growing profitably — reaching into national and international financial markets.