Chicago-based crowdSPRING is a matchmaker, putting marketers and designers in touch with small businesses. And as with any matchmaking service, the true test of character is when the bill arrives.

Payments are getting more complex as business gets more global, adding channels and expanding ways to sell. Part of the matchmaker's strategy is to find a match of its own: AliExpress, Alibaba's online marketplace. It's also considering a foray into virtual currency.

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