What Types of Coverage Do I Need to Protect My Business?

What Types of Coverage Do I Need to Protect My Business?

Businesses need to ensure that their operations, employees and equipment are adequately protected. It is important that business owners in the Minneapolis, MN area contact their agent at Calhoun Risk Management about their operations and discover the types of policies needed. There are several different types of coverage, some of which can be used individually or as part of a package.  

These are some of the potential policies your agent may discuss with you. Commercial General Liability coverage provides liability coverage in a variety of circumstances. If a consumer is injured while at your location or by your product, the policy may cover the business. It also may protect the business if there is a libel or slander case. Commercial auto insurance will provide protection for the business’ fleet. Talk with your agent for an appropriate coverage level for the type of vehicle and how it will be used. Commercial property insurance protects the business’ facility, as well as, products and materials. Some policies will also cover the equipment and tools. Workers compensation protects the business if employees are injured during the performance of their job. An additional employee practices liability policy protects the business in several legal situations such as wrongful termination or workplace discrimination cases. Legal costs and damages from these situations can significantly impact a business’ assets.  In recent years, cyber risk insurance has become more important. These policies protect if there is a breach of corporate or consumer information. Unfortunately, this happens frequently today.  The board of directors can also be protected with an appropriate policy.

Call the agents at Calhoun Risk Management to discuss the many types of commercial policies to protect your business. For businesses in the Minneapolis MN area, coverage is that important.

Can My Mortgage Company Require Me to Carry Flood Insurance?

One of the biggest misconceptions about flooding is that your home insurance policy will protect you if your home floods. Unfortunately, this is not true. The majority of homeowners insurance policies preclude flooding unless you carry a separate flood insurance policy. If you have recently purchased your home, or have refinanced it, you may wonder if the mortgage company can require you to carry flood insurance. This is a question that we at Calhoun Risk Management, serving the greater Minneapolis, MN area, are often asked. Here is the answer to that question. 

If you have a federally regulated mortgage, such as an FHA and/or you live in a high-risk flood zone, a mortgage lender can require you to purchase flood insurance as part of your loan agreement. However, this information has to be disclosed to you when you are taking out the loan. It can not be added onto the requirements later on. As such, you will have to read your loan documents to determine if this is required of you. 

If you do not have a federally regulated mortgage and you do not live in a high-risk flood zone, a lender cannot require you to obtain flood insurance. However, it is highly recommended you do. If you do not have flood insurance, and the home floods, you will be required to pay for the damage yourself. If you are unable to do so, or the home is gone, you can still be on the hook for the mortgage until it is paid off. 

If you are required by your lender to purchase flood insurance, it is important to understand that you are able to purchase any flood insurance policy of your choosing. You do not have to purchase the flood insurance they offer you. When you are in this situation, let Calhoun Risk Management, serving the greater Minneapolis, MN area help. Call us today to get a free estimate. 

Multiple Life Insurance Policies: Pros and Cons

It is possible to have more than one active life insurance policy. But is it worth it? Here are the pros and cons of having multiple life insurance policies.

Advantages

  • People with higher incomes may need more than one policy to ensure their families are fully covered.
  • Accounts can be designated to go to different beneficiaries, so you can know everyone has what they need. Policies can be used to fund your child’s education, pay off mortgages and loans, or to care for a surviving spouse.
  • Entrepreneurs and other business owners benefit from having a policy to protect their business investments and a separate policy for their dependents.
  • There are different types of life insurance policies, each with its unique advantages. If you live in the Minneapolis, MN area, the insurance pros at Calhoun Risk Management can help you secure your family’s financial future with a carefully planned insurance strategy.
  • Younger people just starting out may not be able to afford all the insurance they need. Multiple policies make it possible to build walls of protection as income increases.

Disadvantages

  • Multiple insurance policies mean multiple premium payments, which can strain monthly finances. If you experience financial troubles, you may not be able to pay all of your premiums.
  • If beneficiaries for each account are not clearly spelled out, having multiple policies can cause competition amongst survivors.
  • Many policy companies have minimum and maximum coverage amounts. You may not be able to buy all the insurance you want from one company.

The right combination of life insurance policies can keep your family, business, and property safe after you’re gone. Contact the insurance pros at Calhoun Risk Management, who proudly serve the insurance needs of residents in the Minneapolis, MN area. They will help you develop an insurance strategy that fits your lifestyle, needs, and budget.

Popular Misconceptions About Commercial Insurance

In the business world, there is no such thing as being "too small" to get sued by any other entity or individual. Small business owners face lawsuits from former employees, contractors, subcontractors and the list goes on. Small business owners also need worker’s compensation insurance that many commercial policies offer.

Small Companies Don’t Need Commercial Policies to Cover Their Assets

A common misconception among some business owners is their assets aren’t worth much, so they don’t need a commercial policy. Although the value of each asset might be low, the value of those assets combined could be enormous. If each asset needs replacing due to a catastrophic event all at once, the financial consequences could be devastating to any business owner without a commercial insurance policy. By having the right commercial property insurance in place, both small and large business owners receive the help they need with the high-cost of replacing lost, stolen or damaged assets.

Commercial Policies Cost Too Much

The right commercial policy pays for itself in the long run, whether it is a small or large business. Commercial insurance isn’t free, and in most cases, it isn’t cheap. However, insuring equipment, property and most importantly employees is a worthy investment. The value of insuring any company in the event of a catastrophe could be the difference between staying in business or facing a permanent shutdown of operations. Additionally, business owners can bundle commercial insurance policies together as a cost-effective approach to maximize savings on premiums.

For the most comprehensive commercial insurance coverage for your business in Minneapolis, MN, Calhoun Risk Management is the one to contact. Let us help you debunk the most common misconceptions regarding commercial insurance policies and how one of our policies will help you protect your most treasured asset, your business.

 

Vehicle Upgrades that Save You on Your Insurance

After purchasing your current vehicle, you do not need to let it simply sit as-is. There are plenty of after market features you can install on your vehicle. This doesn’t mean you need to trick it out or anything of that nature, but you can save some money on some of these improvements. At Calhoun Risk Management, we are all about helping you save money on insurance while living in Minneapolis, MN, so take advantage of these upgrades that may help you save on auto insurance. 

Car Alarm

Have an older vehicle without a car alarm, or maybe the model trim you purchase didn’t come with the feature? Have one installed. A car alarm reduces the chances of someone stealing the vehicle, which cuts down on insurance costs. 

GPS Tracking System

A GPS tracking system within the vehicle will make it easy to monitor any movements of the vehicle, should it be stolen. This way, the vehicle can be located before it is chopped or stripped of parts. With this feature insurance companies will have less of a chance of paying for a replacement vehicle, which in turn saves you money. 

Rim Locks

One of the areas of a vehicle most commonly stolen is the rims. Pristine rims can go for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on the secondary market. In order to prevent your vehicle from being such a target, rim locks are a must. With a rim lock, the only way the wheel can be removed is with a special, dedicated key used with the lug nuts on the wheel. Without the key it is impossible to remove the wheel without damaging it, rendering it worthless to those stealing it. 

From a GPS system to rim locks, we at Calhoun Risk Management want to help you save money on your Minneapolis, MN auto insurance. 

Auto Insurance tips for drivers in Minneapolis MN

In Minneapolis, MN, you will probably need a car to get around, even though there is access to some public transportation. So if you are a driver, you will need auto insurance of some kind, preferably from a local broker like Calhoun Risk Management who serves the greater Minneapolis area. There are a variety of different types of auto insurance available and below are some tips for those with policies in Minneapolis for what type of policy to set up, based on what type of car they drive, how often they drive or what type of coverage is most suitable for them.

LIABILITY INSURANCE

This is an absolute must for any driver on the road in Minneapolis, MN because it will protect all of those involved in the event of an accident. This is the minimum insurance one needs to legally drive in Minnesota, and it covers the physical damage to other vehicles or medical damage up to a certain amount when an accident is deemed to be your fault. Make sure this aspect of your auto insurance policy is always in effect while driving in Minneapolis.

BODILY INJURY LIABILITY

The most expensive part of any bad auto accident can usually be the medical costs those involved may incur. The cost of repairing the vehicle itself will be nothing compared with medical bills for someone who is seriously injured, so if you drive a lot or are worried about the cost of bodily injury to yourself or someone else, this bodily injury policy is a good addition.

FIRE AN THEFT COVERAGE

It may also be a good idea to have coverage for your car catching on fire or being stolen in a place like Minneapolis, MN, as cars tend to overheat in the summers here and there are a large number of people in this big city, making theft more likely.