“ Your Fired” Are You in the Market for a New Insurance Broker?

A Business Insurance Update

There are many ways to select a business insurance agent. Some businesses may use the bidding method, where they call many agents and have them “bid” their business insurance. The problem with this is you really don’t know if you are getting equal products. It is almost impossible to compare products “apple to apple.”  The low bid may have limited, or no, coverage in areas in which your business needs coverage.  The best way to select insurance is to find a qualified and experienced agent who knows and understands your industry.  Then, allow that agency to go into the market on your behalf to find you the best possible price and coverage.

How to select an agent?

A qualified agent should help you identify your risks and help you understand what you should insure.  Then the agent should design a coverage plan, and go to the market to negotiate the best possible combination of coverage, pricing, and service.  Here are a few questions for you to consider using when selecting your agent.

  • “If I had a claim, how would you help me?”
  • “How many years of experience do you have? And your staff?”
  • “When I call the agency with a question, who would I be speaking with?”
  • “May I have three references?”
  • “What ratings do the insurers have that you might use?”
  • “What systems do you have to help manage your business?”
  • “How do you define customer service?”
  • “What is your policy for returning phone calls?”
  • “How long do you usually keep a client?”
  • “What makes you skilled at what you do?”
  • “Do you have any industry awards?”
  • “Will I have to ask for my renewal to be processed?”

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

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

 

 

“There is Gold in Them There Policies”

person-110303_640A North Bay Business Insurance Update

Every business needs business insurance.  But business insurance policies are all different. That is why it is always better to use an independent agent who knows and understand your business and industry. The insurance needs for a restaurant are much different than the insurance needs of a manufacturer, and the coverage should reflect that.

If you own or operate a business, you may want to consider these coverages as part of your business insurance package. Our keys to coverage will assume some of the obvious coverage such as property and liability.  We also want to identify some business insurance coverage you may not have considered.

  • Sprinkler leakage insurance–If your sprinkler system leaks and causes a loss to equipment or documents, do you have coverage?
  • Business income insurance–After a covered loss, you may have a period of recovery time when you are closed. Without business income insurance your business may run out of funds.
  • Umbrella Insurance–An umbrella policy provides extra insurance protection over your commercial general and auto liability policies. It is not uncommon for a business to be sued for over $1,000,000.
  • Cyber liability–Cyber breaches are the fastest growing causes for loss for most businesses. Every business needs the protection provided by cyber insurance.
  • Employee dishonesty–This policy protects employers from workplace theft and fraud.

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.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re committed to keeping your business protected – so you can focus on your day-to-day operations. And with the right insurance plan, your business will be covered from top to bottom.

 

Please Don’t Sue Me

angry-2191104_640Today, almost any business can find itself facing a liability lawsuit. A Professional Liability lawsuit can put owner’s and other executive’s personal assets at risk including homes, cars, and other possessions. One simple mistake could cause financial devastation, as well as end your professional career. Many businesses don’t think they have an exposure to professional loss. Here are some examples of industries that need Professional Liability Insurance.

  • Medical professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Contractors that provide management services
  • Banking
  • Accountants
  • Technology
  • Non- Profits
  • Architects

Professional Liability Insurance is sometimes called Errors and Omissions (E&O) coverage. Claims come from errors or omissions in the performance of professional services. Companies that perform professional services for a fee are exposed to E & O claims.

Here are a few actual claim examples:

  • A Marketing Consultant failed to send email advertising in a timely manner and the client had lost revenue of $150.000. The claim was settled for $125,000.
  • A Head Hunter placed an executive with a firm, but failed to complete due diligence regarding a non-compete agreement. The non-compete limited the executive’s ability to perform job duties. The new employer sued the head hunter for failure to disclose and won a $50,000 award.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that mistakes happen. That’s why we’re committed to helping you create a Professional Liability policy that keeps your day-to-day operations protected should your business be held legally liable

Fake News, Not At North Bay Insurance Brokers

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Fake news has been around for some time.  We have all been fooled by headlines and news reports that turn out to be fake. Fake news is defined as a completely made up story designed to manipulate the readers and to attract attention and advertising revenue.

William Atak, CEO of SafeOnNet, an insurer specializing in online reputational risk, said the potential for reputational harm increased significantly in recent years. Along with it, the potential for millions in lost profits.  “Fake news has always existed.  Only now, the perpetrators have the tools and knowledge to create stories at just the right moment and exploit social media and its algorithms,” he said.

Can fake news hurt your business?

Fake news has the potential to harm your businesses reputation, and even cause you to shut down.  Here is a link to an article about how fake news affects business.  Link to article

Reputation insurance

There is a solution to this growing issue, and that is reputation insurance.  There is no question that a great deal of your firms’ value is derived directly from your reputation.  This kind of insurance reimburses the company for the cost of crisis management expert fees up to a set amount, usually between $50,000 and $200,000.

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

Every industry has specific needs when it comes to insurance. Industry-specific risks make it impossible for insurance companies to lump together one insurance plan for every business. At North Bay Insurance Brokers, we understand that being unique is what makes your business successful across the board. That’s why we provide industry-specific insurance options for businesses of all types.

Was Mr. Ed Right? Wilber Needs Insurance

grapes-1611089_640A business risk update

Farms, ranches, and wineries are facing several emerging risks that if not managed might have catastrophic results.  There are many unique risks facing farm and ranch owners. Some of these could be covered under your existing commercial policy, while others may require additional coverage.

As the owner and operator of an independent farm or ranch, you’ve made a number of investments into your agribusiness, equipment, machinery, and crops. Livestock is also a big investment for farmers and ranchers alike, and like any financial asset, you’ll want to ensure a high-level of security and protection – so your animals will stay covered.

Here are some top emerging risks for the agribusiness

  • Agritourism activities include everything from bed and breakfasts, corn mazes, educational field trips, hosting weddings and events, store or wine tastings, to “pick your own” and roadside farm stands. It is important to understand your increased liability by having visitors on your property.
  • Environmental risks are increasing due to continued government oversight and control. Many agribusinesses may need to turn to nontraditional chemicals.
  • Technology, which includes drones and robotic equipment, adds considerable value to your operation. However, there are new risks of privacy and costs to insure high valued equipment.
  • Weather continues to be a concern due to continued climate shifts and changes.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re committed to keeping your business protected – so you can focus on your day-to-day operations. And with the right insurance plan, your business will be covered from top to bottom

 

Was Mr. Ed Right? Wilber Needs Insurance

horse-1006558_640 (1)A business risk update

Farms, ranches, and wineries are facing several emerging risks that if not managed might have catastrophic results.  There are many unique risks facing farm and ranch owners. Some of these could be covered under your existing commercial policy, while others may require additional coverage.

As the owner and operator of an independent farm or ranch, you’ve made a number of investments into your agribusiness, equipment, machinery, and crops. Livestock is also a big investment for farmers and ranchers alike, and like any financial asset, you’ll want to ensure a high-level of security and protection – so your animals will stay covered.

Here are some top emerging risks for the agribusiness

  • Agritourism activities include everything from bed and breakfasts, corn mazes, educational field trips, hosting weddings and events, store or wine tastings, to “pick your own” and roadside farm stands. It is important to understand your increased liability by having visitors on your property.
  • Environmental risks are increasing due to continued government oversight and control. Many agribusinesses may need to turn to nontraditional chemicals.
  • Technology, which includes drones and robotic equipment, adds considerable value to your operation. However, there are new risks of privacy and costs to insure high valued equipment.
  • Weather continues to be a concern due to continued climate shifts and changes.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we’re committed to keeping your business protected – so you can focus on your day-to-day operations. And with the right insurance plan, your business will be covered from top to bottom

March Madness – North Bay Style!

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March is over and we spent the while month watching 64 college basketball teams play to the final four, then to the championship game.  Congratulations to North Carolina! The entire thing reminded us of some insurance madness. We thought we would share with you our “insurance madness final four.” These can impact your business insurance and personal insurance programs.

Insurance Madness Final Four

  1. Always use an independent agent. Independent agents will search the market for the best possible insurance designed for your family or business. Independents agent do not work for an insurance company, they represent you and look out after your interests first.
  2. Never buy insurance online. When you buy insurance online you never know if you are getting the best combination of coverage, price, and service. However, you do find out when you have an uninsured claim.
  3. Always consider deductible options. A simple way to save money is to consider increasing your deductible on your auto insurance, home insurance, or even your business insurance.
  4. Many people don’t consider these coverage’s but they should
    1. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. Every homeowner should consider identity theft coverage.
    2. A personal umbrella can offer additional protection for those who own a home or have personal assets worth protecting.
    3. Your business might be at risk if you do not have cyber liability or employment practices liability.

North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc. is your trusted solution for homeowners insurance. We offer coverage options that are both flexible and affordable, and will work with you on an individual basis to find a policy that best suits your needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the assurance that your family and your possessions are secure.