Protect Your Hard Work
A small business is a big investment. Money, time, hard work - you've poured a lot into your business. Protect it from the unexpected.
Things To Consider:
What business are you in?
Where are you located?
How are you structured?
Do you have employees?
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Knowledge is power. Let us share our wealth of information with you. And help you arm your business with the best possible policy for you.
This list is a summary of the types of businesses that are eligible for coverage today. We are always working to expand the types of businesses we can insure; so, if there's one you are looking for that is not here – drop us an Email.
Offices: Lawyers, Accounting Services, Financial Services, Realtors, Consultants, etc. - Professional Liability excluded
Medical Offices: Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Podiatrist, Speech Therapist, etc. – Professional Liability excluded
Veterinarians: small animals – Professional Liability offered
Small Retail: Clothing Stores, Toys Stores, Specialty Food Stores, Furniture and Housewares, Electronics, Computers, etc.
Barbers and Beauticians – Professional Liability offered
Funeral Homes – Professional Liability offered
Print Shops – Professional Liability offered
Photographers and Videographers
Landscaping and Lawn Care Services
Optical Goods Stores – Professional Liability offered
Hearing Aid Stores – Professional Liability offered
Auto Parts Stores: no repair or sale of used parts
Sporting Goods Stores: Golf, Ski/Snowboard, Bike Shops, etc.
Business Owner’s Policy (BOP)
No matter who you choose as an insurance provider, you are going to want an insurance package that protects your business’ property and protects you from liability. Many small businesses will qualify for a Business Owner’s Policy (BOP)*, which is a combination of a General Liability policy, a Business Personal Property policy, and – if you own any buildings – a Building policy, plus a handful of additional useful coverages. It sounds like a lot, but they’re all important, which is why they’re usually offered together. While the BOP was designed for certain types of business, don’t worry if yours doesn’t qualify for one – you can still get a great deal on a custom commercial package that’s just right for you.
*The sample shown here may not be the same as your copy in all details. There may be state specific differences.
General Liability insurance, sometimes called Commercial General Liability insurance, protects your business from third party claims for damage to someone else’s property, as well as bodily injury and any related medical costs. It covers the defense costs as well as any judgments for covered losses for which your business is held liable, up to your policy limit. All of which is a fancy way of saying: you and your employees have coverage if you get sued for negligence, property damage, injury, or slander.
Business Personal Property
Business Personal Property insurance provides protection for the property you own that is used in your business, tenant’s improvements like fixtures and installations you’ve made to a building that you occupy but don’t own, and includes leased property that you have a responsibility to insure. Examples of business personal property include computers, laptops, printers, furniture and office supplies you own or lease. If your business sells goods or products, Business Personal Property will also cover your inventory held for sale. Coverage is usually at replacement cost.
Additional Coverages Included in the BOP
This list of coverages will apply to most businesses, regardless of its industry. They come into play depending on how your business operates. For example, do you do any business online? If so, check out the Electronic Commerce coverage. Do you have a big, expensive sign out by the street? You may want Outdoor Signs coverage. Read through the list and see if any apply to your business.
Employee-Related Optional Coverages
In addition to the BOP optional coverages that apply to most types of businesses, there are more optional coverages to consider if you have people working for you. These may apply to you depending on your industry, how many employees you have, and the benefit packages you offer your employees.
More options for building owners
If you own your own building or commercial condo, this list of building-related coverages applies to you. In fact, if you have an outstanding loan on your property, your lender most likely requires you to carry at least some of these building-related coverages.
These optional coverages apply to you if you provide professional services or advice, or are in a business faced with unique risks like the possibility of inventory spoilage or food contamination. Restaurants, produce stands, ice cream parlors, and many other food service providers fall into that latter category of businesses. Read through the list, and see if any of these coverages apply to your business.