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Risk transfer:  What's the big deal?

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Apr 5, 2017 1:30:04 PM

Have you ever hired a subcontractor to perform a service for your business?  If so, risk transfer is important to protect your business.   

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Timeless ideas for putting your best professional image forward

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Mar 21, 2017 8:52:21 AM

We're all professionals, and, as such, people expect that we act that way.  These tips are great reminders for ways you can put your best professional image forward!

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Protecting personal health and financial information

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Mar 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Hackers and thieves are on the hunt for your personal information every day.  Because our business requires the transfer of personal information, we need to be prepared to protect our clients' personal information, as well as our own.  Information security is an important part of best business practices in the insurance industry.

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What you need to know about equipment breakdown coverage

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Feb 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As a small business owner, buying insurance to protect your company from accidental loss is an important decision.  You’re often faced with decisions about what coverages are appropriate for your business, how much it will cost, and what assets you can feasibly self-insure.

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Starting Out in Social Media

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Feb 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The number of people using social media worldwide is staggering.  In the United Sates alone, three quarters of online adults use social media and for teens and millennials, that number is significantly higher according to the Pew Internet Project.  Not only is it impressive how many are logging on, but according to Business Insider, almost 20% of total time spent online in the United States is on social platforms. 

Social media has become a modern version of networking, referrals, knowledge sharing and purchasing power.   West Bend, as an organization, wants to be a part of the conversations going on about our company and you should too.  What if you’re a small business and/or don’t have someone dedicated to social media, what should you do? 

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When was it Updated?

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jan 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We’ve all seen the claims – plumbing line cracks causing water damage, light fixture short circuits  causing electrical fire, and roof leaks causing internal damage.  While these are not always 100% preventable, oftentimes these claims result from older equipment malfunctioning or just breaking down over time.

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Getting Back to the Basics of Time Management

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jan 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

We hear it all the time and know it to be true: “Time is money.” This is great if you’ve mastered the discipline of time management, but otherwise, not so much. I think back to discussions I’ve had with agents about new business opportunities that were missed due to lack of time, or employees in service roles who expressed challenges in efficiency and effectiveness. I’ve also thought a lot about my own performance as a regional sales manager and how various professional and personal outcomes might have been different with better use of time.

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Motor Vehicle Report Checks

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Dec 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Checking Motor Vehicle Reports (MVRs) as part of your pre-employment process, where allowed by law, is an ideal way to identify candidates with unsafe driving records. 

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Mastering the Onboarding Process

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Dec 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

First impressions are important.  Time, effort and budget all go into finding the right person for the job.  And, once you do, keeping him/her is key.  No matter the size of your company, a smooth onboarding process will help your employees feel welcomed and poised for success.  Here are some simple ways your company can excel at onboarding.

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The Ups and Downs of Peak Season

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Nov 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

An important topic insurance companies and independent agents frequently talk about is having enough coverage for your business personal property.  If you have seasonal inventory changes or a peak sales time each year, you need to ensure your business personal property limit is adequate year round.   

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