December 18, 2019

Invest In Yourself – Personal Development

The term personal development, although used often, seems to be thrown around rather loosely. I found it best defined in an article from Wisdomtimes; “the idea of personal development is about harnessing and enriching the innate potential of the individual to ultimately become a realized, happier, and balanced person in a chaotic and ever-changing world.”  In many professions you are mandated to keep up on your CE (continuing education) but I feel just as important is having some standard of personal development. I am grateful that here at VAST we take great pride in both, and really invest in the … Continue reading

December 11, 2019

Business Auto – Drive Other Car Coverage

In today’s insurance world for Michigan, auto insurance is a big question mark looming in the distance.  Lawmakers and insurance carriers are currently deciding how everything will fit in place with the new auto insurance laws coming into effect July 2020.  The changes will influence both personal and commercial auto insurance, and no one has concrete answers on all of the details quite yet. If you own a business that possesses autos, most likely you have a business auto insurance policy.  No matter how many vehicles are on the business auto policy, if you or other employees use them for … Continue reading

December 4, 2019

Winter Travel

It’s that magical time of year again – Winter! This is the time of year when snow, ice, and the elements make our travel a little more precarious than it already is. Driving in the winter time, especially over long distances to visit family and friends, can seem like a daunting task. However, there are steps / precautions you can take to help assist your travel being as stress free / safe as possible. Be sure your vehicle is winter road ready. It is a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by a licensed and insured mechanic to ensure … Continue reading

November 15, 2019

The Value of Umbrella Policies

If you own a business, you probably have insurance policies for general liability, property, auto liability, and possibly workers’ compensation if you have employees.  However, there is one standard liability policy that is sometimes overlooked – umbrella liability.  No, it’s not insurance for those things you hold over your head when it rains, but much like those types of umbrellas, umbrella liability policies provide extra coverage. Commercial umbrella liability policies offer an extra layer of protection for businesses with claims against bodily injury, property damage, and other liability claims.  The policies are designed to extend coverage when your business’ general … Continue reading

October 30, 2019

Motor Truck Cargo Insurance

Your business has been approached by a local contractor with an opportunity to transport the contractor’s equipment from job site to job site for the next year. The opportunity is a great one. It will ensure that you will have a positive cash flow, and work for your employees, for at least the next year without any interruptions. You are reviewing the contract requirements, including the necessary insurance requirements, and you come across an insurance coverage you have never heard of; motor truck cargo insurance.  You wonder to yourself, what is motor truck cargo insurance, and do I have that … Continue reading

October 28, 2019


Marquette- VAST is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group. Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. The agencies comprising the study groups are selected every third year through a comprehensive nomination and qualifying process and awarded a “Best Practices Agency” designation. The selected “Best Practices” agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive … Continue reading

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

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