Chase Paymentech, Dallas, TX — a merchant acquirer and payment processor — and Angie's List — which provides consumer ratings on local service providers — announced they've formed an alliance to make affordable credit card and electronic payment approval available to thousands of small businesses and service providers.

The alliance — Angie's List Merchant Services — allows service providers named on Angie's List access to Chase Paymentech's payment platforms at preferential rates. The payment options will allow many service companies their first opportunity to accept electronic payments.

The partnership is an attempt to help small businesses that are challenged by the costs and setup processes required to accept credit card payments. company.angieslist.com/merchant