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Safe and Sustainable Growth Strategies for Food and Cannabis Delivery Operations

Safe and Sustainable Growth Strategies for Food and Cannabis Delivery Operations

The burgeoning cannabis delivery industry, like the food industry, has seen exponential growth, driven by increasing legalization and consumer demand. Yet, as many delivery business owners know all too well, with growth comes the challenge of effectively scaling operations. Delivery issues—like delays, regulatory compliance missteps, or customer satisfaction issues—can impact the bottom line. While these challenges represent significant operational hurdles, with...

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Ask Your Clients These Collectibles Insurance Questions

Ask Your Clients These Collectibles Insurance Questions

Collectibles represented a $458.2 billion market last year, with expectations to grow up to $462 billion in 2023. Whether someone collects sports jerseys, bourbon, Jewelry, or specialty duck decoys, they want to know their investment is protected.  While standard insurance policies can offer some protection, they weren’t designed with...

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Behind Locked Doors: Unusual Finds in Self-Storage Units

Behind Locked Doors: Unusual Finds in Self-Storage Units

Abandoned storage units have long held an aura of mystery and intrigue, captivating the public’s imagination through television shows like “Storage Wars” and “Auction Hunters.” And who could forget the scene in the classic horror film “Silence of the Lambs” where Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, crawls into storage unit #31 in pursuit of...

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Seven Cybersecurity Measures That Lower Insurance Premiums

Seven Cybersecurity Measures That Lower Insurance Premiums

There has been a staggering surge in cybercriminal activities over the past few years, with a global increase of 38% between 2021 and 2022. The financial repercussions of an attack can be crippling, with an average cost of a single data breach reaching $4.45 million.  In an effort to cover their losses and keep up with demand, insurers have...

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3 Things Claims Adjusters Want Your Clients to Know

3 Things Claims Adjusters Want Your Clients to Know

The 2023 hurricane season has been punctuated by the damaging winds and rain of Tropical Storm Hilary in California as well as Hurricanes Idalia and Lee and Tropical Storm Ophelia on the Atlantic coastline. And it’s not over yet!   Risk management can go a long way toward mitigating incidents of property damage or bodily injury at a commercial...

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Wildfires and Other Secondary Perils Driving Insurance Costs

Wildfires and Other Secondary Perils Driving Insurance Costs

The devastating wildfires on Maui have shone a spotlight on an issue that’s being felt much more broadly than just in the Aloha State. Thanks to shifting weather patterns, there’s been a recent uptick in “secondary perils” — wildfires, major thunderstorms, and landslides — which is prompting private insurers to pull back or limit coverage,...

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MiniCo Recognized as 5-Star Program Administrator by Insurance Business America

MiniCo Recognized as 5-Star Program Administrator by Insurance Business America

MiniCo has been chosen for this award for the third year in a row by voters within the insurance industry. MiniCo Insurance (MiniCo), a Jencap company, has been recognized for the third consecutive year as a 5-Star Program Administrator by Insurance Business America. Program administrators were nominated by insurance industry professionals and...

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Understanding Animal Mortality Insurance: Protection for Livestock Owners

Understanding Animal Mortality Insurance: Protection for Livestock Owners

Animal death is an unfortunate, yet expected, reality in the world of livestock and animal management. All animals have an average lifespan, and livestock owners take that into account when considering their operational costs. However, accidental or unexpected deaths — those not caused by old age — can be devastating to a farm or ranch...

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Benefits of Working with a Program Administrator

Benefits of Working with a Program Administrator

While there’s no silver bullet when it comes to complex, specialty insurance placement, the skills of a Program Administrator come close. Program Administrators leverage their market expertise and industry credibility to guide their agency partners and clients through an insurance landscape fraught with rate increases, capacity restrictions, and...

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What You Need to Know About Insuring Sports Memorabilia

What You Need to Know About Insuring Sports Memorabilia

The world of sports memorabilia is a treasure trove of history, unforgettable moments, and (in some cases) risky investments that paid off. From legendary game-worn jerseys to iconic trading cards, to championship souvenirs, and more, collectibles ignite a certain type of passion that transcends time. On top of the nostalgia and sentimental value...

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How Weather Trends are Affecting Agribusiness

How Weather Trends are Affecting Agribusiness

Although each season always has its surprises, shifting weather patterns in recent years have become far less predictable and much more extreme. As a result, the agricultural industry is now navigating an unprecedented swath of challenges.  Throughout the United States, sweltering heat waves, raging fires, and winter storms have destroyed crops,...

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Doing Business in Extreme Heat: Protecting Employees is the Top Priority

Doing Business in Extreme Heat: Protecting Employees is the Top Priority

The summer of 2023 is already in the record books, and it’s only at the halfway point. An unprecedented heat wave has held the Northern Hemisphere in its grip for weeks, causing a spike in heat-related injuries and fatalities in many parts of the U.S., disrupting operations for businesses that rely on employees to work outdoors, and calling into...

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The Financial Impact of Hailstorms

The Financial Impact of Hailstorms

Nature has a way of reminding us of its immense power, often showcasing its strength through hailstorms and powerful winds. These events can leave us in awe at the raw power of nature, but the aftermath can be devastating, leaving behind a landscape marked by damage and uncertainty.  In the midst of the chaos of a severe hailstorm,...

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Emerging Challenges for Nonprofit and Social Services Organizations

Emerging Challenges for Nonprofit and Social Services Organizations

In today’s ever-changing world, nonprofit and social services organizations play an invaluable role in addressing social, humanitarian, environmental, and other issues with the goal of improving the well-being of individuals and communities. Like any organization, nonprofits face challenges that may impede their ability to continue serving their...

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Protect Businesses with Equipment Breakdown Insurance

Protect Businesses with Equipment Breakdown Insurance

In today’s fast-paced and technology-driven landscape, businesses rely heavily on a wide range of equipment and machinery to power their operations, streamline processes, drive productivity, and, of course, increase customer satisfaction. Yet, no matter how advanced or reliable a company’s equipment may be, equipment breakdowns can and do occur,...

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Insuring High-Value Collectibles 

Insuring High-Value Collectibles 

There’s investing in stocks, and there’s investing in collectibles. In the latter case, collectors represent a unique group of investors, and it may be precisely this reason why the world of collectibles is as unpredictable as it is adventurous. Some categories of collectibles represent million-dollar investments. Water damage, theft, and even...

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King of Collectibles: What Insurance Agents Should Know

King of Collectibles: What Insurance Agents Should Know

“We sell the most interesting things in the world from all categories — sports, entertainment, comics, rock and roll, movies — and we also deal with an incredible cross-section of celebrities, athletes, serious collectors as well as individuals who may find that one thing that’s going to change their life. Literally, within the first 60 seconds...

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4 Specialized Insurance Coverages for Self-Storage Businesses

4 Specialized Insurance Coverages for Self-Storage Businesses

Within the commercial real estate market, the self-storage industry stands out from the crowd. With its seeming immunity to economic fluctuations, the self-storage sector rode out the Great Recession, a global pandemic, and supply-chain disruptions and is currently seeing an upswing in new construction and expansion. Industry newcomers need to be...

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Protecting a Collection in the Event of a Hurricane

Protecting a Collection in the Event of a Hurricane

Billion-dollar weather events are on the rise. As an insurance agent, you are likely counseling clients to review and adjust coverage for their personal homes and commercial properties. But have you asked about their collections of artwork, signed sports memorabilia, Wine…or something else?  For context, insured losses due to severe weather...

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What Agents Should Know When Insuring Horse Boarding Facilities

What Agents Should Know When Insuring Horse Boarding Facilities

There’s been a tremendous shift toward recreational horse ownership, so much so that this group represents a significant (and the fastest growing) portion of the horse industry. Accompanying this growth is an increasing need for horse boarding facilities that can provide quality equine custody and care. As the market grows, many owners of horse...

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Floods and Electrical Safety

Floods and Electrical Safety

Over the past five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods, and, on average, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than any other weather-related hazard. Safety precautions during floods should include considerations for electrical safety. Guidance from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) includes the...

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Floods and Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety in Older Buildings

Workplace injuries and fatalities related to electricity totaled over 2,060 in 2019 according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Last week, we discussed the organization's tips including overtaxed wiring prevention, extension cord safety, and ground-fault circuit interrupter usage. The EFSI has two additional tips regarding...

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Electrical Safety Checklist

Electrical Safety Checklist

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), there were 166 workplace fatalities and 1,900 non-fatal workplace injuries related to electricity in 2019. To increase electrical safety awareness and prevent electrical fires and electrocutions, the ESFI offers the following tips. Don't Overtax Wiring: Avoid overloading power...

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Safety After a Tornado

Safety After a Tornado

Once a tornado has passed, it is important that you take steps to stay safe while navigating the debris and damage left behind. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Get Help Cover your mouth with a cloth to avoid breathing dust. If you are trapped, try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle to summon help. If you are not...

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Surviving a Tornado

Surviving a Tornado

Do you and your self-storage employees know what to do if a tornado strikes? Here are tips to help survive during a tornado. Find Safe Shelter Evacuate employees and customers to the closest safe shelter. Take Additional Cover Shield your head and neck with your arms and surround yourself with items such as furniture, blankets, or mattresses....

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Tornado Warnings

Tornado Warnings

Forecasters are predicting an active tornado season, so it is important for self-storage businesses to be prepared. Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create hazardous flying debris, and they can happen anywhere at any time. If you are under a tornado warning, follow these important steps. Inside: Go to a safe room, basement, storm...

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Hail Season and Your Roof

Hail Season and Your Roof

Hail storms can cause catastrophic damage to self-storage facilities and often result in repairs or replacement of the entire roof or the damaged portions of the roof. For property owners in areas prone to hail storms, this is an expected, if decidedly unwelcome, potential peril. Here are some recommendations to help protect your facility from...

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Hail Season Preparation

Hail Season Preparation

The impact that catastrophic hail and wind events have had on property owners and the insurance industry would be difficult to overstate. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recorded 4,611 major hailstorms in 2020. Those storms affected more than 6.2 million properties in the U.S. resulting in losses of nearly $14.2 billion...

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Vehicle Breakdowns in Winter Weather

Vehicle Breakdowns in Winter Weather

It's cold, there's snow and ice on the roads, and your vehicle has left you stranded. What should you do next? Here are some tips to stay safe until help arrives: · Before departing, consider your route. If you're going to be traveling through an area with limited cell phone coverage, be sure to let someone know when and where you'll be driving....

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Driving in Winter Weather

Driving in Winter Weather

Before heading out on the roads during winter months, it's important to be prepared to drive safely for specific road and weather conditions. Here are some tips: · Prior to departing, clear snow and ice from your car including the windshield, windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof, and trunk. · Keep your headlights on while driving to...

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Driving in Winter Weather

Check the Forecast Before Driving in Winter

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates nearly one in four weather-related vehicle crashes involve winter weather conditions. Checking the weather forecast before heading out on wintry roads is an important way to reduce risk. Here are some tips: · If the forecast calls for nasty winter weather, staying put may be the safest decision. ·...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

Securing a Snow-Removal Company

Winter weather brings colder temperatures, which often mean snow and ice. At a self-storage facility, snow and ice can mean slippery walkways, wet floors, and roofs that need to be cleared of snow accumulation. Consider contracting with a reputable, insured, and licensed snow-removal company. These companies contract with businesses to remove...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

Winter weather can make driving hazardous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly one in four weather-related vehicle crashes involve snow, slush, or icy roads. One important way to reduce risk when driving during winter weather is to prepare your vehicle in advance. Here are some tips: Assemble a winter survival kit and keep...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

Minimize Holiday Stress with Customer Service

The holiday season is a joyful time, but it can also be stressful. The combination of holiday expenses and obligations, foul weather, cold and flu season, financial pressures, and end-of-the-year work deadlines can get the best of anyone at one time or another. Factor in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and this holiday season may be even more...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

Reporting Claims

If your self-storage property has suffered damage due to a storm, fire, or other event, it is important to file an insurance claim quickly. It is equally important to provide complete information in your claim report. This will enable your insurance agent and insurance company to process your claim as quickly as possible. Claim reporting...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

What is a Man-In-The-Middle Attack?

In order to protect your self-storage operation from cybercrime, it helps to understand the most common threats and tactics used by cybercriminals. This week's topic is man-in-the-middle attacks. What is a Man-In-The-Middle Attack? Also known as an eavesdropping or hijacking attack, a man-in-the-middle, or MITM, attack lets hackers secretly put...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

What is Ransomware?

In order to protect your self-storage operation from cybercrime, it helps to understand the most common threats and tactics used by cybercriminals. This week's topic is ransomware. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or computer files until a sum of money is paid. It freezes...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

What is Phishing?

In order to protect your self-storage operation from cybercrime, it helps to understand the most common threats and tactics used by cybercriminals. This week's topic is phishing. What is Phishing? Phishing is the preferred tool of cybercriminals, accounting for 93 percent of all breaches, which are...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

What is Malware?

In order to protect your self-storage operation from cybercrime, it helps to understand the most common threats and tactics used by cybercriminals. This week's topic is malware. What is Malware? The word "malware" is a shortened version of the term “malicious software.” Malware works by infecting a computer to...

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Securing a Snow-Removal Company

What is a Password Attack?

In order to protect your self-storage operation from cybercrime, it helps to understand the most common threats and tactics used by cybercriminals. This week's topic is password attacks. What is a Password Attack? A password attack often uses an automated system in which different password combinations are used to try to gain...

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