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How to Identify Heat-Related Illnesses

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jul 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 8,081 heat-related deaths reported in the United States between 1999 and 2010. The underlying cause in 72% of these deaths was exposure to excessive heat, and heat was a contributing factor in the remaining 28% of deaths.

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Tornado Safety for Businesses

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jun 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Keeping your employees safe is probably near the top of your list of priorities as a business manager or owner. But, does your organization have a tornado action plan in place? Too often, the largest contributor to tornado injuries and deaths is failure to respond to warnings. People who aren’t prepared are often caught off guard and don’t have ample time to seek proper shelter or warn others about approaching tornadoes. Being prepared will help protect you and your employees.

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Emotional Intelligence: How does it impact the sales relationship?

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

What is emotional intelligence? One definition I recently heard was from a class on managing relationships. The instructor said, "Emotional intelligence is the ability to control your emotions to impact the result in any interaction." This simplified definition piqued my interest enough to make me research and learn more about my EQ - the measurement for emotional intelligence.

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Protect your assets before danger strikes

Posted by Kristin Bowen on May 30, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Now our commercial lines customers can take advantage of a business property protection package offered through OneEvent™ Technologies. The OnePrevent system gives building owners and managers the power to protect their assets before damage or danger strikes. OneEvent’s sensors connect to the cloud, where the system learns the business’ normal patterns to predict when something unusual occurs. If that happens, you will get an immediate notification on your smartphone. In addition to potentially preventing costly problems, the ability to have access to real-time environmental monitoring lies in the palm of your hand.

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Prospecting ideas to help grow your business

Posted by Kristin Bowen on May 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Here are some ideas to make sure your pipeline is always full.

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How to protect your business from social engineering

Posted by Kristin Bowen on May 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In the context of information security, social engineering is the use of deception to manipulate individuals into divulging confidential or personal information that may be used for fraudulent purposes. These acts of deception may include phishing emails that try to trick someone into clicking on a malicious link or calls to employees by criminals claiming to be from tech support, requesting a certain action or information. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, from January 1, 2005 to April 18, 2018 there were more than 8,800 data breaches in the U.S., exposing more than one billion records. Personally identifiable information (PIF) put at risk in these breaches includes, social security numbers, medical information, financial account information, email addresses, passwords, and more.

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Insurance Coverages for Auto Service Businesses

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Apr 18, 2018 8:40:28 AM

At West Bend, we’re proud of our broad base of knowledge when it comes to understanding commercial risks. Over the years, we’ve developed extensive expertise of certain risks and the skills needed to underwrite them. Our underwriters know and understand what coverages are necessary to protect these businesses, such as auto services.

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6 Simple Tips to Help Create Stellar Videos for Small Businesses

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Apr 4, 2018 8:54:59 AM

 Are you using video to market your business?  Or, is something holding you back?  Video is one of the best ways to communicate, build trust, increase engagement, and foster relationships on social media.  Don’t let fear of the camera or time limitations stop you from reaching your customers.  To make a great video, all you have to do is follow these simple tips and push the red button.

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Coverage for Animals & Professional License Review Exposure for Veterinarians

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Mar 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Over the years, we’ve developed extensive expertise of certain risks and the skills needed to underwrite them. Our underwriters know and understand what coverages are necessary to protect your business as a veterinarian. Let’s take a look at a few crucial coverages for veterinarians and how they apply to real-life examples:

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Additional Coverages for Commercial and Residential Building Trades

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Mar 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM

At West Bend, we’re proud of our broad base of knowledge when it comes to understanding commercial risks. Over the years, we’ve developed extensive expertise of certain risks and the skills needed to underwrite them. Because of this, our underwriters know and understand what coverages are necessary to protect these businesses. Learn more about the type of trades we cover.

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