We Are Independent, You Benefit

 

light-bulbs-1125016_640There are many reasons why you buy home insurance, auto insurance or business insurance. But the bottom line is that you buy personal insurance to protect your assets and have claims paid fairly and promptly. You also want competitively priced insurance rates.

Why Independent Agencies Are Better

When you purchase insurance through an independent agent like North Bay Insurance Brokers you are working with a licensed professional who specializes in the products and services you need. Independent agents are local business owners who employee your neighbors to serve your needs.

Benefits of Working with an Independent Agent

  1. We represent many different markets. This allows us to bring you the best possible combination of coverage, price and service.
  2. We are there to handle your claims. We will help you through the claims process.
  3. We have the services you need. We offer prompt and professional insurance services. You don’t get a recording or someone in another state. We care about you and will help you solve your problems.
  4.  We are experienced. Our staff completes regular training on all the insurance products you need.
  5. Locally owned. Our agency is locally owned and operated. It is always better to buy local. You can stop in our office anytime and meet the team that services your account.
  6. Working through an independent agent does not increase your premiums.
  7. All your home insurance, auto insurance, RV insurance and business insurance can be handled in one place.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, Inc., we know how hard you’ve worked to turn your house into a home. Since your home is one of the most important financial investments of your lifetime, you’ll need proper coverage in order to keep your investment protected and provide your family with the guarantee that they’ll always be safe and sound.

 

 

 

 

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Stop The Maddens, Get off Your Phone

car-933269_1920According to leading industry experts, distracted driving accounts for 1/3rd of all commercial auto accidents and is causing business insurance rates to rise for the 5th straight year. This is an important topic that employers need to understand and respond to.

North Bay Insurance Brokers understands the value of your commercial vehicles and the employees who drive them. From trips across the country to local deliveries and promotions, your mobile business fleet takes on the open road to keep operations running smoothly – but accidents do happen.

What Are The Types of Distracted Driving

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Risk Factors

  • Drivers under the age of 23 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
  • Commercial drivers that drive long hours without breaks.

Prevention Tips

  • Create a formal, written policy stating your organization’s position on mobile device use while driving.
  • Educate drivers about the risks and potential consequences of driving while distracted.
  • Make this part of your monthly safety meetings.
  • Enforce the rules.
  • Reward safe drivers.

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. 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.

 

A Recipe For Success

 

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Hot surfaces, sharp knives, foodborne illnesses, patrons coming and going on a daily basis are some of the risks restaurants face every day.  Restaurant owners face a multitude of risks that are specific to your industry. And that’s in addition to the typical concerns smallest businesses must prepare for like property damage to your premises or loss of important customer, vendor, or employee files and records.

Restaurants accounted for about 45% of the total dollars spent on food, and 45% of adults said restaurants are part of their daily life. This is good news for the restaurant industry because it means that there are a lot of people dining in restaurants.  Unfortunately, this also means that there is an increase in the possibility of claims against restaurants.

Restaurant Insurance

If you own a restaurant, it will be important to have the proper restaurant insurance to keep your restaurant open should the unthinkable happen.  If your restaurant, bakery, catering service, or tavern is going to have staying power, you have to build a plan for managing potential pitfalls, and that includes insurance.

Here are few of the kinds of insurance coverage your hospitality business needs to consider:

  1. Property Insurance
  2. Liquor Liability
  3. General Liability
  4. Worker’s Compensation
  5. Business Income Food Spoilage
  6. Employment Practices Liability
  7. Cyber Liability
  8. Food Borne Illness Coverage

Without insurance, you would have to pay all court costs and fines out of pocket in the event that someone files a lawsuit over an injury they sustained at your establishment.

As a locally owned and operated insurance agency in Sonoma, California, North Bay Insurance Brokers is committed to providing quality insurance products for individuals and businesses. We combine our strong insurance background and product knowledge to assist both current and future clients in managing and planning for all types of risk.

Let’s Learn To Respect Each Other

Two Women Talking In Living Room And SmilingNorth Bay Insurance Brokers provides insurance to businesses in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, American Canyon, and surrounding areas.

At North Bay Insurance Brokers, 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.

The EEOC just released the latest numbers relating to employment claims, and they remind us of the need for employment practices liability insurance.

  • Retaliation was the most frequently filed charge with the EEOC in 2018, followed by race and disability.
  • Sexual harassment charges with the EEOC increased by 13.6%, based on preliminary 2018 results.
  • Monetary awards recovered for victims of sexual harassment increased by 47.4%.
  • The #MeToo movement and resulting publicity have caused visits to the EEOC sexual harassment website page to more than double over last year.

We can offer a very comprehensive and affordable Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) products available in the industry today.  Coverage can include protection against allegations of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Coverage can be further enhanced to include Wage and Hour and Third Party Wrongful Acts.  Get a quick quote and share with your client today.

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 would like to return the favor by giving you the coverage you need to ensure the security of your business.

 

Is Agritourism Risk A Real Thing?

MP900176513Agritourism is any activity that allows members of the general public on your winery, farm property for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes. Agritourism activities include everything from a bed and breakfast, a corn maze, an educational field trip, a store or wine tasting, to “pick your own” and roadside farm stands. It is important to understand your increased liability, by having visitors on your property.

Here are three issues to remember:

Almost 30 million children visit farms and ranches each year according to the US government.

Most visitors are unfamiliar with the agricultural environment. Owners need to ensure the safety and health of all guests visiting their operations.

Here are a few safety tips for you to consider as part of your Agritourism activities:

  • Develop emergency plans just in case the worst happens. Have procedures in place for major injuries, heart attacks, pet bites, and more.
  • If you serve food make sure you follow all the state food handling policies.
  • Make sure you have traffic control procedures and extra staff if needed.
  • Address the safety issues with all ponds, machinery, and chemicals.
  • Do you use outside vendors? If so, make sure you obtain certificates of insurance.
  • If you have rides of any kind you should require a waiver of liability.
  • Have safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits throughout the farm.
  • Use signs to post rules and vehicle speeds.
  • Train your employees on all safety measures.

Implementation of these guidelines is not intended to absolve the farm owner of all liability. They are, however, intended to reduce the risk of a guest being injured and to demonstrate a “good faith” effort to protect guests.

 

Our professionals work diligently to understand our client’s risks, goals, culture & vision in order to develop with you a risk management program to support your mission. 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.

 

 

Who Is On Your Side?

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A North Bay Insurance Update

Everyone has seen insurance advertisements that feature a lizard, a man who creates trouble, and a wacky woman in white trying to sell you insurance.  These ads may be entertaining, but how in the world can you really tell these companies apart?  What are the differences?  Is one company really better than any other?  Will the coverage, price, and service meet my needs?

There are two distinct kinds of agents in the United States; Independent agents/brokers, and direct writers.  Let’s define these for you.

Independent Agents

An independent agency is a business that is owned and operated by local business professionals.  Some larger agencies may have a board of directors and many partners, but usually the ownership is local and independent.  These agents offer many different insurance products through many different insurance companies.  Independent agents sell the products that most appropriately meet the needs of their clients. Independent agents typically are very well trained and knowledgeable of the complexities of the insurance market and insurance law.

Most independent agents have multiple companies from which to shop your insurance needs.  This makes it more likely that they will find the exact fit for your specific situation. It also allows for greater competition, which benefits their clients.

The goal of the independent agent is to provide their clients with the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service.  For example, independent agents have experience in understanding what services insurance companies provide and are able to match unique services with client needs. Not all insurance companies are alike.

Direct Writers

A direct writer is an agent who distributes policies for only one insurance company.  Direct writers are agents paid by the insurance company and cannot utilize the entire insurance market.

If your roof needed replacement would you go to just one roofer for a quote?  Would you hire a roofer because their ads are funny?  Wouldn’t it make good financial sense to go to more than one roofer to get options and pricing comparisons?

The True Value of Your Agent

The value of the insurance you buy truly is established when, and if, you have a claim.  Independent agents advise and help clients through the claim process. Our job is to find you the best possible combination of coverage, price, and insurance.  Independent agents/brokers work for the customer, direct writers work for the company.  Enough said!

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.

 

Don’t Start 2019 In A Hole

new-years-day-3683748_1280North Bay Business Insurance Trends For 2019

As we move into 2019, we wanted to provide you with our “business insurance resolution checklist.”  We suggest that you go over this list to verify that you have the best possible coverage for your business. Building a solid company in today’s competitive and fast-moving world takes time, commitment, and foresight. Having solid business insurance can protect your assets, employees, and future.

We can design a commercial insurance program specifically for your business.  There may be some kinds of coverage that your business may not have considered.  Give us a call today.

Key Man Life – Covers the death of key owners and revenue producers. In the event of the key person’s death, the death benefit payout goes to the company and not the key employee’s spouse or children. Key man life insurance policies act to inject liquid funds into the business to protect against a variety of financial losses.

Professional Liability- Covers claims that come from giving advice. Today, almost any business can find itself facing a liability lawsuit.  Many businesses do not even realize they have an exposure to professional loss.  A Management Liability lawsuit can put business and personal assets at risk, including the company’s assets, and even the personal possessions of the owners.  One simple mistake could cause financial devastation, as well as end your professional career.

Employment Practices Liability- Provides your business with coverage for harassment, wrongful termination and other claims brought by employees.

Business Income- This coverage can provide extra funds should your business suffer a covered loss. It can include coverage for extra expenses to set up a temporary location as well.

Cyber Liability– If your business handles customer data, such as credit card or bank account numbers; data breaches pose a serious threat to your financial stability. Cyber Liability Insurance protects against the expenses associated with a data breach, which can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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.