Business owners insurance.

A Business Owners Policy (BOP) combines business property and business liability insurance into one convenient policy. We’ll work with you to design coverage that protects your business from a variety of risks, unique to you.

A business owners policy is known as BOP for short. This is appropriate, given that it offers a one-two punch. It’s a combination policy that brings together two types of coverages.

How can business insurance protect you?

Use the yellow hot spots and explore how business insurance can help protect against common risks.
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Business Owners Policy (BOP)

Risk Factor

As a business owner, you've worked hard to build a solid business. But what happens when the unexpected happens? Are you covered?

Solution

A business owners policy is uniquely designed to protect your most important assets, including your business, its continuation, your employees and your way of life. Discuss the details of this coverage with your agent and ensure that you're protected.

Errors and Omissions Liability (E&O)

Risk Factor

If you perform services for others, you are at risk of not doing the work correctly (errors) or not doing it at all (omissions). Lawsuits can arise claiming the error or omission harmed your client and caused them a financial loss.

Solution

Errors and omissions liability insurance protects any business that gives advice, makes educated recommendations, designs solutions or represents the needs of others. Ensure you have this important coverage if you perform services for clients.

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (D&O)

Risk Factor

Directors and officers (such as board members) are exposed to increased risk factors and are held accountable for acts that claim negligence in the performance of their duties. Any resulting lawsuits are typically expensive to defend, resulting in potentially large settlements.

Solution

Obtain comprehensive coverage to protect senior individuals of your company. Directors and officers liability insurance provides coverage for the legal costs to defend a covered lawsuit and provides the money necessary for any settlement beyond the defense costs.

Commercial Umbrella

Risk Factor

What happens when your business faces a large liability loss that exceeds the basic limit of your standard policy?

Solution

A commercial umbrella policy provides high limits of insurance, typically between $2,000,000 and $10,000,000. Coverage is extended over your general liability insurance, workers' compensation, business auto and directors and officers liability coverage. It provides a great safety net and helps ensure your business is well protected.

General Liability

Risk Factor

Businesses are susceptible to many risks, such as claims due to bodily injury, property damage, personal injury and more.

Solution

General liability insurance is an absolute necessity for any business. It provides broad coverage when you are deemed responsible and liable, and will also pay to defend any covered lawsuit or action regardless of its merit.

Crime and Fidelity Bond

Risk Factor

What will you do if one of your trusted employees is found guilty of doing something dishonest?

Solution

Crime and fidelity coverage is designed to provide coverage for employee dishonesty, forgery and depository, theft, destruction and disappearance and more. Discuss the details of this coverage with your agent to learn more.

Environmental Insurance

Risk Factor

Could your business cause damage to the environment? If so, are you covered?

Solution

Environmental insurance provides protection if an environmental catastrophe occurs.

Systems Breakdown

Risk Factor

With technology performing many tasks in today's world, a breakdown can cause a significant financial burden, including the cost to repair the equipment, the interruption of your business and any lost income and extra expenses.

Solution

Comprehensive coverage provides protection against equipment mechanical breakdown. Discuss the details of what's covered with your insurance agent.

Workers' Compensation and State Disability

Risk Factor

If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper coverage in place.

Solution

State disability and workers' compensation protects your employees should a job-related injury or sickness occur during the course of employment. This coverage is required by law, so be sure that you have it.

Business Auto Insurance

Risk Factor

An auto accident can cause bodily injury or property damage to others for which you are responsible, potentially putting your business in financial jeopardy.

Solution

Business auto insurance provides coverage for vehicles owned or leased by a commercial enterprise and provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage and other coverages and includes comprehensive and collision coverage.

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)

Risk Factor

On average, it's estimated that three out of five businesses will be sued by their employees. While there is nothing you can do to prevent someone from filing a lawsuit, there is something you can do to limit the costs of defending a legal claim.

Solution

Obtain employment practices liability insurance to protect your business and its directors, officers and employees from alleged employment-related acts such as wrongful termination, failure to promote, discrimination and sexual harassment.

Cyber Liability

Risk Factor

The Internet has spun a whole new web of liability exposures. E-commerce, social networking, cloud storage and other technologies bring great benefits to large and small businesses alike. But with these benefits also come challenges, including protection of privacy, data and financial information of your customers.

Solution

Cyber liability coverage covers unauthorized access to electronic data or software within your network. It also provides coverage for spreading a virus, computer theft, extortion or any unintentional act, mistake, error or omission made by an employee. This coverage is quickly becoming more and more important as you embrace technology to help run your businesses.

Business Income

Risk Factor

What would you do if a fire impacted the operation of your business? Or what if a pipe leak caused a system outage or extended downtime? These and other events can destroy your ability to serve clients and bring in revenue, which can have a major long-term impact on the viability of your business.

Solution

Business income insurance compensates you for lost income if the business cannot operate as normal due to damage that is covered under your commercial property insurance policy, such as fire or water damage. Business interruption insurance covers the revenue you would have earned, based on your financial records, had the incident not occurred. The policy also covers operating expenses, like electricity, that continue even though business activities have come to a temporary halt.

Commercial Property

Risk Factor

Your business property is a significant financial investment. What if something happens to it?

Solution

Commercial property insurance can help protect the property your business owns or leases, including things like equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures. Whether you own your building or lease your workspace, Commercial property insurance can be purchased separately or can be combined with other necessary coverage to protect your business’ physical assets.

The first type is property insurance. Property insurance covers risks associated with your business’ premises, equipment and vehicles. Additionally, it often includes any associated loss of business.

The second type is liability insurance. Liability insurance covers damage to people you deal with and their property. But, it’s important to note that liability insurance usually doesn’t cover risks related to professional services–meaning damages that result from you giving clients inaccurate advice, for example.

Getting a business policy (BOP) means covering all these risks in one go, which reduces stress and brings peace of mind. The policy will usually be custom made to cover your specific needs, so pricing can vary significantly. But, it’s normally cheaper than buying separate policies for each element.

We can help design a business owners policy (or BOP) that works best for you and your business. Reach out to get started!

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