October 7, 2019

Protecting Your Business from Errors and Omissions


Does your business work directly with clients in a professional manner or give advice as a service?  If so, your business would likely benefit from the protection of an errors and omissions liability policy.  Business professionals such as contractors, real estate agents, lawyers, marketing professionals, architects, engineers, doctors, bankers, insurance agents, event planners, and technology companies are prime candidates to carry this policy. Errors and omissions, or E&O, liability policies are a type of professional liability insurance that covers claims arising from mistakes, oversights, and negligence.  They provide coverage for misrepresentation of facts, documentation errors, and perceived poor or inaccurate … Continue reading

September 25, 2019

Preparing Home / Business for Fall / Winter Insurance Tips


It is slowly becoming that time of year, the sun is setting a little sooner, and not rising as early. Kids are going back to school, and the air is feeling a little crisper when we start our days. Even though most of us are sad to see summer come and go, we can still enjoy fall in the beautiful Upper Peninsula! Along with enjoying all of the awesome activities that fall has to offer, this is also a perfect time to prepare your home or business for the upcoming winter. Some good ideas for readying your home / business … Continue reading

September 17, 2019

The Benefits of Listening to Podcasts


Podcasts have been around for some time now, but I’ve been late to jump on the train of making them a part of my daily life. Recently, I have started listening to podcasts, and I have realized how much I enjoy them. There is so much out there to learn about! Podcasts offer a vast amount of topics and for the most part, they’re free! There truly is something out there for everyone. In fact, as I’m writing this blog, I’m listening to a podcast! Podcasts are great to listen to when you have free time when you would usually … Continue reading

September 10, 2019

Employment Practices Liability Insurance Basics


Employment Practices Liability Insurance, often called EPLI, is a coverage that has become more popular in recent years.  Part of the reason for the increase in popularity is due to the growing amount of lawsuits in our country for matters including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, emotional distress, and more.  Those issues and cases have grown large in the public eye, with employers often assumed as the guilty party. One way to protect your business from a claim like this is to have an EPLI policy in place.  EPLI policies provide financial protection to … Continue reading

August 29, 2019

VAST Named Top Insurance Workplace for Second Year


VAST is proud to announce that they have been recognized as a Top Insurance Workplace for 2019 by Insurance Business America (IBA). This is the second year of IBA’s Top Insurance Workplace list and the second year VAST has been named. IBA’s Top Insurance Workplace nomination process is heavily dependent on an anonymous employee survey. A minimum number of employee responses, and an 80% or greater employee satisfaction rating determines the Top Insurance Workplace recognition. VAST is just one of 53 companies on IBA’s 2019 Top Insurance Workplace list that includes other insurance agencies, brokers, and carriers from around the … Continue reading

August 28, 2019

The Ins and Outs of Directors & Officers Liability


Mismanagement. Bankruptcy. Financial mishandling. Employment discrimination. If you are in the position to make decisions in your business, you could be held personally liable for the consequences of those decisions, no matter how good your intentions were at the outset.  Any party who holds an interest in the company and believes they were hurt based on your decision can expose the possibility of legal action.  This kind of situation can become very costly very quickly.  Events such as change of control in a company, dishonesty of a director or officer, dramatic change in share value, boardroom disputes, and poor trading … Continue reading

August 13, 2019

Preparing Your Business for Extreme Weather


Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, wildfires, flooding, wind storms, and overall severe weather has affected millions of people and all kinds of businesses throughout the U.S. economically and logistically in the past decade. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, 2017 was the costliest year on record for weather-related disasters, which included 16 different billion-dollar disaster events that resulted in over $300 billion in losses. So far for 2019, as of April 9, we’ve already experienced 2 events exceeding $1 billion in costs in the U.S. Extreme weather events are unfortunately becoming the norm, and it is important to know what … Continue reading

August 13, 2019

Understanding Your Health Insurance Plan During Pregnancy


If you are currently expecting a baby, it’s important to understand your health insurance policy. Having a child is expensive, but knowing what you should/shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for is extremely important. In this blog post I will provide a list of noteworthy benefit plan questions to look into to better understand what will/will not be covered: 1. What is your policy’s deductible, coinsurance, and out of pocket maximum? 2. Are your doctors and hospital in or out of network with your insurance provider? 3. If you have an HMO policy, do you need a referral from … Continue reading

August 13, 2019

Preparing Your Business for Extreme Weather


Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, wildfires, flooding, wind storms, and overall severe weather has affected millions of people and all kinds of businesses throughout the U.S. economically and logistically in the past decade. According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, 2017 was the costliest year on record for weather-related disasters, which included 16 different billion-dollar disaster events that resulted in over $300 billion in losses. So far for 2019, as of April 9, we’ve already experienced 2 events exceeding $1 billion in costs in the U.S. Extreme weather events are unfortunately becoming the norm, and it is important to know what … Continue reading

August 8, 2019

Summer Safety Tips


With the Fourth of July in our rear view mirrors, it is safe to say we’re in the Dog Days of Summer! Summer is such a great, fun time of the year, but there are important things to remember to be sure everyone has an enjoyable time without any of the dangers the warm months can bring. Stay hydrated. Water is such a simple, vital part of life, and in the summer it’s even more important! It may sound silly, but plan your water. Be sure to pack enough for whatever your outdoor adventure may be, and plan your water … Continue reading

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