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Checks Unlimited Launches Rewards Debit Card on Tempo Platform

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - 10/27/10) - Tempo announced today that Direct Checks Unlimited, the nation's largest direct-to-consumer check provider, is using Tempo's affinity debit card platform to provide a nationwide debit rewards card through its Checks Unlimited® brand.The partnership marks Checks Unlimited's entry into the debit card space. The new Special Edition Discover debit cards link to consumers' existing checking accounts, can be used everywhere Discover cards are accepted, and provide cardholders with cash-back rewards. The cards are issued by Tempo partner First Bank & Trust of Brookings, SD, part of Fishback Financial Corporation."Consumers choose customized checks as a form of personal expression and now we're able to provide similar options with debit cards," said Lynn Koldenhoven, president of Checks Unlimited. "Tempo's web-based platform provides consumers with online ordering, personalization and rewards tracking features, which builds on our tradition of collaboration and flexibility."Tempo-enabled debit cards are partner-branded, generate valuable cardholder rewards, and can be used for online and offline purchases and ATM withdrawals. Working with First Bank & Trust, Tempo manages all aspects of card issuance, including risk management, application processing, card fulfillment, authorization and settlement."Checks Unlimited is leveraging Tempo's platform to provide consumers with greater flexibility and options than traditional debit cards can provide," said Tempo CEO Mike Grossman. "Consumers appreciate the ability to personalize their debit cards and affiliate with organizations for which they have a particular affinity."Tempo is the leading provider of co-branded debit cards that run on a major payment network. Tempo's web-based debit card platform enables merchants and other organizations to offer their own branded debit cards and provides a web portal for consumers to apply for and activate cards, as well as track purchases and rewards.About TempoTempo is the leader in enabling organizations to quickly and easily offer affinity and co-branded debit cards to their customers, contributors and members. The open loop cards are rewards-based, partner-branded, and linked to the consumer's existing checking account. Tempo provides its affinity partners with a Web-based platform that makes it easy to launch and market co-branded debit programs. The partners benefit by generating new revenue, and building loyalty through the delivery of enhanced cardholder value. Tempo is privately held and is headquartered in San Mateo, CA. For additional information, visit www.tempo.com.About Direct Checks UnlimitedDirect Checks Unlimited is the nation's leading direct-to-consumer check supplier, selling under the Checks Unlimited®, Designer®Checks, and Checks.com brand names. It sells personal checks, a complete line of business checks, check-related products and accessory products using direct-response marketing and the Internet. Direct Checks Unlimited is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.This card is issued by First Bank & Trust, Brookings, SD. First Bank & Trust is a member of the FDIC and part of the Fishback Financial Corporation.