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for the week of May 1

Insight + Analysis for the Independent Agent

Help Disabled Veterans in Insurance Careers
The Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers, Inc. strives to educate and train disabled military veterans and provide employment opportunities in insurance.
Offer Personal Umbrellas to Everyone
Ensure your insured's coverage doesn't fall short by offering an RLI personal umbrella policy today.
Customer Service Experience: ‘Motivate Your Team’
Determining your agency’s future or the best way to reach current and potential clients requires input from your entire staff—not just the sales force.
Apply Now: Outstanding YAC of the Year Awards
Your Young Agent Committee deserves recognition. Apply for at least one Outstanding YAC of the Year award by July 15.
Looking for Learning in All the Wrong Places?
When it comes to educational opportunities in insurance, are you sacrificing quality for price? The Big "I" Virtual University can help.
Chubb Offers Collector Car Market
For your clients with classic or collectible cars, remember that Big “I” members have access to the Chubb Collector Car program through Big "I" Markets.
3 Days Remain: Trusted Choice® Twitter Competition
The latest Trusted Choice® social media contest for new homeowners runs through this Sunday, May 31. Remind your clients to act now!
Know How To Use Social Media During a Crisis?
To learn best practices for utilizing social media in your organization's crisis communications strategy, attend a free webinar on June 10.
Are You Ready for the Future of Commercial Lines?
To prepare your agency for the future of small commercial lines, download the May issue of Independent Agent magazine on your iPad.
How to Calculate Trip Cost for Travel Insurance
Calculating trip cost for individual travelers when writing travel insurance comes down to two factors—pre-paid and non-refundable costs.
Reminder: New Homeowners Could Win a Prize
Clients who recently purchased a new home can tweet a photo, tag Trusted Choice® and be entered to win a $500 gift card. Helps End Animal Cruelty is proud to support the new “No Voice, No Choice” campaign by Animals Asia to end the cruel use of wild animals in performances.
Busting the Personal Umbrella Myth
Both agents and insureds are guilty of buying in to the following myth: “I only need to offer a personal umbrella to wealthy customers.” Here's how to combat it.
InsureSign Joins Agents Council for Technology
InsureSign, which offers a variety of customizable e-signature features for independent agencies, is the newest ACT company partner.
New Florida Legislation Helps Perpetuate Industry
The Florida Association of Insurance Agents has helped bridge the perpetuation gap by drafting a bill recently passed by the Florida Legislature.
Big ‘I’ Reviews Agency Appointment Contracts
The Big “I” has reviewed two company contract reviews to help you understand the terms of the contracts and insurance-related provisions.
Big ‘I’ Virtual University Educates and Advocates
In addition to educating members, the Big "I" Virtual University advocates on topics critical to agents, such as the "Where You Reside" policy issue.
Are You Putting Your Agency's Reputation at Risk?
When an insured calls for a surety bond, it's a race against the clock. But can you afford to put reputation and commissions at risk for one surety bond?
Trusted Choice® Adds Company Partner Category
The Trusted Choice® Board recently voted to create a new Company Partner Membership category to include life-health insurance carriers.
Best Practices Data: ‘Apples to Apples’ Comparison
The 2014 Best Practices Study Update provides performance benchmarks in six agency revenue categories—making it a must-have tool for agencies.
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