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Each Wrap+ coverage has been crafted to seamlessly work in conjunction with all of the other Wrap+ coverages or function as a single policy.
Count on AIG’s world-class underwriting, financial strength, and white-glove claim service to help mitigate the complex risks of your clients' distinctive lifestyle.
ARMR.Network, LLC specializes in environmental risks, including restoration contractors, commercial properties, trade contractors, and underground storage tanks.

By Lori Olson, Goldleaf Surety Services

Spring is just around the corner, although the two feet of snow cover as I look out the window may not lead me to believe this statement! With the coming of spring, contractors are gearing up for the construction season and are busy bidding on projects. When your clients come to you for their bond bid and performance bond needs, remember Big "I" Markets partner Goldleaf Surety Services is here to assist you.

Securing surety bonds can be a time-consuming, costly and embarrassing process for many agencies. Producers and CSRs can face steep learning curves if they want to handle the product. With hundreds of different bonds available, your staff may not know which markets are most likely to write a particular class of bond, which forms to use, or what information to request from the insured. This lack of expertise will quickly become evident to your client and ultimately impact your bottom line.

Goldleaf Surety Services is here to help. With one call, we'll provide your agency with instant access to almost every type of bond your clients will ever request, from performance bonds to almost every other type of surety and fidelity bond that may be needed.

We have excellent market capacity for bid bonds and performance/payment bonds on all types of contract obligations including:

  • Construction trades - all sizes
  • Subcontractors and artisan contractors
  • Environmental work (including asbestos abatement)
  • Subdivision and site improvement work
  • Service contractors
  • Software, IT and technology-related industries
  • Specialty manufactures
We also have extensive experience with all forms of license and permit bonds, court bonds, fidelity bonds and other commercial & miscellaneous bonds.

Here's the best part: On each bond placed for your agency, we will send you a referral check… regardless of how much or how little work you do on the bond. Not only will you look like a hero with your customers, we will share a portion of the commission revenue with you - just as though we were part of your agency.

TEAM UP WITH GOLDLEAF - with tremendous capacity, a huge range of solutions, and exemplary service, Goldleaf Surety Services should be your agency's first call for help and ultimate surety safety net. Big "I" members can contact Goldleaf by logging onto www.bigimarkets.com or by calling Goldleaf directly at (888) 294-6747 and asking for Lori Olson.  

Cyber Small Business Program Updated

Coverage for (just about) every small business is available quickly and easily through Big "I" Markets.

We are thrilled to announce the updated admitted cyber liability solution you can offer to your small business clients through Big "I" Markets.

The program has increased to a $250,000 limit with enhanced coverages including Ransomware, Social Engineering Fraud to cover fraudulent instructions and Telecommunications Fraud. The program has also gone to a $0 deductible and notification expenses have been increased to the full policy limit.

Every business has PII (Personal Identifiable Information), computer systems to conduct daily business, and most utilize ACH and wires.

Now imagine your client loses a laptop or business smartphone; or gets the call from a customer that a credit card was improperly used after a visit to your client's store. Who does that small business call now? What do they do? What are the fines?

What if they have their computer encrypted for ransom or transfer funds due to a fraudulent instruction from a cyber criminal? Can they afford to lose $10,000 or pay a $5,000 ransom to get their computer system back?

$200 solves this issue for most small businesses with under 50 employees, if their independent agent has offered coverage through Big "I" Markets' new "Cyber-Small Business Solution" product.

Businesses of all kinds should carry cyber coverage. Lawyers, CPAs, podiatrists, consultants, counselors, taxi operators, restaurants and bars…you name it. You'll find our ineligible list is tiny: banks, credit unions, payment processors, network/cloud providers, security broker dealers, online adult industry, and gambling organizations.

How to Market Cyber
At a minimum, email every small business in your client roster to offer coverage. We've done the work for you and provided a concise sample letter outlining the product features - simply click here to download it. Even better, mail the letter through USPS, or use it as a reason to check in with a call or personal visit…or combine them.

Coverage is "primary to other." If your client asks for more coverage, offer consultation after providing instant protection. Big "I" Markets provides two additional cyber markets to provide higher limits and more coverage: the admitted Travelers Wrap+ product and the non-admitted Coalition cyber program. Multimedia Content Liability may be available to certain risks in the admitted Travelers Wrap+ cyber module. In addition to providing enhanced coverages such as, Breach Response Costs outside the limit, and a broader risk appetite, the non-admitted Coalition program also provides free Cyber Security Tools to help policyholders become less vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Enjoy a Simple Sales Process
Binding could not be easier. Enjoy 15% commission, the ease of direct billing and the confidence that comes with using an insurer rated "A" with A.M. Best.

Go to www.bigimarkets.com, choose cyber liability - small business solution and provide a customer email in the quote request function. BIM takes care of the rest. We collect the application and $200 via credit card directly from the customer, and pay you. The policy and certificate are available in 24-48 hours after payment has been processed. We post a signed application and certificate with a link to the policy on BIM.

Protect your E&O
Document, document, document! After sending your initial marketing letter, ask for a signed declination via DocuSign. We have created a sample form that you can customize with your agency name. If your client doesn't return the form, use a DocuSign message to document that the offer was sent. If nothing is returned, your file will look strong in the event of a claim.

"We want every policyholder in the Big "I" Professional Liability program (and indeed, every Big 'I' member) to offer cyber liability coverage to all their small business clients. Doing so will minimize the top source of E&O claims, 'failure to offer,' and provide better protection to your valued clients," says Jim Hanley, Big I Advantage® Director of Risk Management.

Questions? Go to www.bigimarkets.com and select "Cyber Liability-Small Business Solution" from the commercial products menu, or email carla.mcgee@iiaba.net.  

CNA Helping To Reduce Workplace Injury

According to Industry Week, approximately 3.7 million people are affected by workplace injuries each year, costing employers over $170 billion annually.

CNA's Workers' Compensation coverage for small businesses, available to Big "I" Markets agents through Big "I" Markets, provides the necessary medical coverage and wage replacement for employees injured on the job. It also offers services to help them remain on the job or return to work as soon as medically appropriate.

Why CNA for Workers' Compensation?
Experienced underwriting, risk control and claim professionals are dedicated to keeping your customers' businesses running. Services include medical bill review, return-to-work program, 24/7 claims assistance and guidance on implementing health and safety programs to keep the workplace safe.

Did you know Workers' Compensation is offered on a monoline basis or with other products?

Your small business Workers' Compensation policyholders are eligible for pay as you go billing from CNA. This service helps eliminate the guess work of insurance costs while helping your clients gain more control over their cash flow. Payments are based on real time payroll data, so they pay exactly what they owe each billing cycle - no more, no less, with no need to worry about owing additional fees or getting money back at the end of the year.

High Maximum Annual Payroll By Industry

  • $10M payroll for Technology and most Professional classes.
  • $5M payroll for Healthcare and some Professional classes.
  • $1.5M payroll for Manufacturing classes.
  • $2M payroll for all other industry segments.
For more information, review the CNA Connect® sales sheet, or log into www.bigimarkets.com and click on Small Commercial. Contact Big "I" Markets commercial underwriter Tom Spires at tom.spires@iiaba.net or (800) 221-7917 ext. 5470 with any questions. This market is available in all states except AK, FL, HI and LA.

Our other Small Commercial carriers:

Travelers Select® offers a robust variety of coverages for small businesses. A proprietary BOP product, Master Pac®, Workers' Compensation, Commercial Automobile, and Commercial Umbrella are available, with a broad array of industry-specific coverage options and coverage extensions. Travelers is available in all states except AK, FL, HI, LA, RI & TX.

Chubb Small Commercial Insurance (SCI) leverages superior underwriting expertise and world-renowned claims, account services, and financial strength to offer solutions for small businesses with up to $10M in revenue. Chubb recognizes that not all coverages fit the needs of every business and that is why they have crafted a customizable suite of state-of the-art insurance products to fit your client's specific needs. Available in all states except FL, LA, AK & HI.  

NEW Lightning Learning for April
Big "I" Virtual University
NEW 3 Keys to Getting the Named Insured Correct
Big "I" Virtual University
Dates: April 3, 10 & 24
Time: 11:30 - 11:50am EDT
Cost: $9.99 (includes all sessions)
The VU's April Lightning Learning series features three 20-minute sessions dedicated to The Nuts & Bolts of Agency E&O Risk Management Even if you can't participate in the live sessions, you will receive a link to the on-demand recordings and can listen to them at your leisure. Register once and attend:
  • April 3 - Practices and Procedures
    From new business to renewals, policy issuance to endorsements, cancellations to reinstatements, and everything in between, this session will highlight the role of agency practices and procedures in an agency.

  • April 10 – Documentation
    More than the who, what, where, when, why and how of documentation, this session will highlight the power of documentation in an agency’s files.

  • April 24 - Risk Analysis
    This session will highlight the need for risk analysis in an agency to identify loss exposures AND increase sales.

PRESENTER: Jim Hanley, Director, Agency Professional Liability Risk Management, Big "I" Advantage

Consider presenting conference style for the entire agency to benefit. Please send any questions to VU staff. Review all VU education offerings here.
Next Date: Thursday, April 25 (occurs monthly)
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm EST
Cost: $179 nonmembers / $79 members (includes live presentation, recording and written transcript)
Before any claim is paid, status as an “insured” must exist. Is the person or entity suffering or causing loss, injury or damage an insured? If the answer is “no,” there is no need to go any further. If “insured” status does not exist, all your hard work is wasted; no one will ever find out how good you are at designing coverage – because you messed up at the beginning.

If you mess this up, you will have a ticked off insured and maybe an E&O claim you never expected. You have to get this one detail – the named insured – correct.

Participants in this class will be able to:
  • Identify improperly named insureds;
  • Understand the amount of protection extended to an insured;
  • Describe the technical difference between a “DBA” and a “TA";
  • Explain why one “person” can't do business/trade as another “person"; and
  • Properly manage multiple named insureds.
CE credits are available in select states. Check web page for details. Please send any questions to VU staff. Review all VU education offerings here.  
Five Contractor Coverage Concepts Every Agent MUST Understand
Big "I" Virtual University
Next Date: Wednesday, March 28 (occurs monthly)
Time: 11:30 - 1:30pm EDT
Cost: $179 nonmembers / $79 members (includes live presentation, recording, and written transcript)
Contractor risks are unique regarding their risk profile, exposures and coverage needs. Agents must understand these unique risks, exposures and coverages to properly manage their contractor clients.

This session focuses on five of the most common contractor risk exposures:
  • Contractual Risk Transfer
  • Properly Extending Insured Status
  • Business Auto Issues
  • Misuse of the Absolute Pollution Exclusion
  • Professional and Pollution Exposures Faced by Contractors
A lot of material is covered in this fast-moving, two-hour session. Agents will be better prepared to analyze the risks presented by their contractor clients and know how to properly respond to their coverage needs and claim questions.

All 2-hour Big “I" Virtual University webinars include access to the live session, a link to the post-event on-demand recording available to you 24/7, and a transcript, a valuable and value-added reference tool.

CE credits are available in select states. Check web page for details. Please send any questions to VU staff. Review all VU education offerings here.

Be one of the first five with the correct answers and win a $5 gift card (Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin Robbins, or Krispy Kreme).

Congratulations to this week's winners - Rebecca Costa (NC), Sarah Lassor (RI), Megan Yochum (OK), Julie Singley (AL), & Kathy Falconer (MO).
1. On this date in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt began his first of what recurring event? - FIRESIDE CHATS
2. On page two of the Chubb Coming Out of Lay-up Tip Sheet, what is the category at the top of the middle column? - BILGE PUMPS AND HIGH WATER ALARMS
3. What is unusual about the match in the AIG Water Security brochure in the first article? - THE FLAME IS ACTUALLY WATER


TB - On April 1, 2010 British retailer GameStation added a clause to their End User License Agreement that meant signers had to give up (upon demand) what personal item? - THEIR IMMORTAL SOUL

Here are the top three items that got BIM agents clicking from our last edition... see what you missed!
  1. AIG Updated List of Leak Detection Devices
  2. Chubb Recreational Marine - Coming Out of Lay-up Tip Sheet
  3. Chubb Recreational Marine - Coming Out of Lay-up Brochure

Congratulations to our agent in Georgia on a Affluent Homeowner sale of $16,665 in premium!  

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