Don’t Let Your Farm Insurance Turn You Into the Movie Funny Farm!

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Most traditional insurance products don’t respond the needs of farm, winery, and ranch operations. These can include; special farm equipment, manufacturing equipment, stable liability, dairy exposure, cattle and other livestock mortality exposures, high valued homes, livestock breeder’s floater to name just a few. Farms are exposed to two unique additional exposures: Pollution and Agritourism.

Agritourism activities include everything from a bed and breakfast, weddings, a corn maze, educational field trips, a store or wine tasting, to “pick your own” and roadside farm stands. Liability suits are sometimes large enough to shut entire farm operations down. This is why it is so important to know your clients are properly insured. Your farm has increased liability, by having visitors.

Pollution-Farms and ranches need to manage the environmental impact of    farming on the land, including minimizing waste production and use of water on crops and livestock. Discharges from manure pits and fuel leaks from storage tanks are not covered by your typical insurance policy.

When you call our firm you will get a professional who knows and understand your business. We know you are responsible to your clients for providing the best possible combination of coverage, price and services. We take that responsibility seriously.

Your farm is your livelihood, and you can never be too cautious. Since an accident can happen when you least expect it, it’s important to be prepared when potential problems arise. By being proactive with a proper farm policy, your equipment, buildings, and even lost income can be covered in the event that an unforeseen circumstance disrupts your operations.

Whether you’re a local grower or a large cultivator, we understand the value of insuring your greatest asset. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re dedicated to providing the agricultural coverage and services you need to keep your farm or ranch protected – so you can focus on maintaining a smooth operation.

 

Don’t Let Your Business Insurance Get Blown With The Wind

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The risk management landscape is changing fast. It is important for business owners and managers to understand how these trends will impact their business insurance programs. Technology, consumer trends, litigation, and regulations all have increased risk.

  • The Changing workplace environment. Employers are having to manage a change in workplace demographics. The baby boomers are retiring and employers will need to figure out how to attract the next generation of workers.
  • Cyber Risk. Every business will need to consider cyber insurance. Most businesses have a greater risk of having a cyber-attack than they do of having a fire. Cyber security was big news last year. Hardly a week went by without a report of a data breach in some industry. In fact, the Identity Theft Resource Center reported a record high of 1,233 data breaches in 2014, which is a 39 percent increase from 2013’s numbers.
  • Employment Laws. Whenever there is political change you can count on new and/or updated employment laws. Employers will need to keep up to date on how these laws will impact their businesses. Every employer should consider Employment Practices Liability Insurance.
  • Connections with Customers. As we continue to increase our reliance on technology, businesses must find the best ways to stay connected with clients. Customers want real time information about the products and services you provide. The road to being connected begins with understanding that consumers want to use technology in their healthcare decisions. They want to be able to email their partners and access services and information through telecommunication devices.
  • Workers’ Compensation. All states will continue to address legislative measures that could have an impact on employers including; drug usage, independent medical exams, medical marijuana, and the misclassification of employees and contractors.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. provides insurance to businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and surrounding areas.

No matter what business you’re in, each workday is dedicated to doing your job well and providing your customers with the best service possible. North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. would like to return the favor by giving you the coverage you need to ensure the security of your business.

Our Restaurant Insurance Never Gets Spoiled

 

bigstock-Restaurant-8777Do you own or manage a restaurant in the North Bay? Then you know that it is a great deal of work, but it can be very rewarding as well. There are risks that come with restaurants, and insurance is a good method of transfer. Here are a few common restaurant insurance issues you may want to better understand:

Liquor Liability

The single most important insurance coverage your restaurant or bar needs is Liquor Liability. Liquor Liability will defend you against charges, losses, and claims resulting from your negligence arising out of serving or selling alcohol. If your operation were found liable you could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If you serve a customer alcohol and they are involved in an accident, the injured party and the person to whom you served the alcohol can file a claim against your business for damages.

Liquor Liability Insurance is available, but not always included, under Commercial General Liability policies. In fact, most standard liability policies exclude Liquor Liability. Liquor Liability can be purchased as an endorsement to your Commercial General Liability policy. If you serve or sell alcohol at your restaurant, bar, tavern, we recommend you add this coverage.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning does occur infrequently, and it is not limited to restaurants that have poor hygiene standards or obtain their foods and ingredients from less-than-reputable sources. Guests can become sick from not only the food itself, but also the preparation and cooking methods

Employment Liability

Whether you are a large or small restaurant you know the employer – employee relationship has changed. In today’s world, employers can no longer assume all employment relationships will go smoothly. Finding a suitable Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) program has become one of the most important things owners and managers can do.

We have many more insurance products for restaurants and can create and deliver real solutions for you.

With three decades of experience covering the hospitality industry, we know what it takes to protect your business. North Bay Insurance Brokers can help keep your guests, staff, and property protected so you can focus on running your business. Whether you are a hotel, motel, B&B or spa we have you covered.

Are You Singing In The Rain? Or Do You Need An Umbrella?

 

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Let’s face it, most of us have limited budgets when it comes to our insurance.  And most people feel insurance is an expensive item.  Generally, auto, homeowner’s, RV, and boat insurance policies cover liability for injuries or property damage suffered by a third party. Personal insurance policies are designed to cover accidents for which the insured person may owe tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, sometimes the person may be responsible for an accident so catastrophic that the damages are $1,000,000 or more.

What An Umbrella Policy Covers

An umbrella insurance policy extends over your primary homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, and other primary personal insurance policies. Here is an example. John Doe falls asleep while driving and hits a van with a family inside. The accident results in $600,000 of medical bills, but John Doe’s auto policy has a $500,000 limit. Fortunately, John Doe also has a $1,000,000 umbrella policy, and the additional $100,000 would be covered under the Umbrella.

Some Reasons Why You Need An Umbrella Liability Policy

  1. You own rental properties
  2. You own a Boat, RV, or ATV
  3. You have a high net worth
  4. You have teen drivers
  5. You own a swimming pool, trampoline, or swing-set

In addition, the umbrella may cover things like volunteer activities, statements made online, and certain business activities that a homeowner’s or auto policy might not cover.

North Bay Insurance Brokers Inc. focuses on delivering quality insurance products with a personalized, hands-on experience that sets us apart in today’s mark