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Workers’ Compensation: Unique Approach in Texas

Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that helps people with work-related injuries and illnesses. Employees covered by workers’ compensation get medical care to treat their injuries and illnesses.

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Ten Low Cost Ways to Reduce Your Security Risk

Protecting your organization is expensive. Leaders are encouraged and sometimes even compelled to provide additional resources to counter threats. As the cost of data breaches rise, regulators and your customers and business partners demand you to protect data you control. In turn, you require your vendors to protect your data. Is substantial investment sustainable and the only response to growing information security risk?

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Insurance Coverage in the Aftermath of Harvey

In the wake of Harvey’s punishing blow to the Texas Coast, victims of this record-breaking storm have just begun to comprehend the impact winds and flood waters will have on their ability to recover and rebuild. With initial assessment of damages at $30+ billion, costs can only be described as catastrophic. FEMA is predicting they will reside in Houston for years with the real scope and magnitude of Harvey continuing to unfold with each passing day.

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Why It's Crucial to Have a Business Transition Plan

In 2016, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) published a survey conducted by the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) and Succession Institute LLC. In the report, the PCPS states that less than 10% of sole proprietors and only half of multi-owner firms have a business transition plan in place. Whether you feel ready or not a business transition plan can safeguard your business and give you the power to create a smooth path for your successors. The more thorough your plan, the better.

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Finding and Evaluating a Commercial Insurance Agent

Business owners rely on a number of partners to help keep their businesses operational, profitable, and protected from potential harm. Commercial insurance provides necessary protection from liability and loss, but how do you know you can trust your insurance agent or broker to make the right recommendations for your company? Here are some tips for finding and evaluating an insurance agent.

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5 Tips Every Real Estate Investor Should Know

If done right, real estate investing can be a great source of secondary income and even become your primary source of income. Starting on the right foot and understanding the process is imperative and can save you time and money in the long run.  If you are currently a real estate investor or thinking about becoming one, here are five essential tips that every real estate investor should know-no matter where you are in the game. 

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Protect Your Business With Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)

As a business leader, it is important to protect your company. It is your livelihood. One important thing to safeguard your business from are employment lawsuits. In the past 20 years, employment lawsuits have risen nearly 400%. Most are filed against large corporations, but no company is immune. Whether large or small, employment practices liability insurance policy (EPLI) is one way to protect your business from the potential monetary damages that a lawsuit can bring.

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4 Lawsuits Your Business Should Avoid (And How to Avoid Them)

It’s not uncommon for employers to operate under the notion that they are complying with the law when it comes to workplace policies and procedures. Nowadays, a greater number of businesses are out of compliance, unbeknownst to them. With an increasing number of discrimination and harassment lawsuits, employers everywhere need to take action to protect themselves and their business.

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How to Create an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business

No matter where your business is located, there's always a possibility that inclement weather or some other catastrophic event could disrupt your business operations. Is your company prepared for this with an effective disaster recovery plan in place?

So, how does one plan for an unexpected occurrence? Easy; plan as if it is expected to happen. You can start by identifying one major component—potential risks. 

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Flood Insurance: A Must Have for Every Business

How much can your business stand to lose? It's not a happy thought, but unfortunately, that's the question you must ask yourself when deciding on insurance coverage.

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, at least 25% of businesses that close after disasters like floods never open their doors again. The average commercial flood claim stands at $89,000,1 an amount that can cripple or bankrupt a small business. Given that flooding is the #1 U.S. hazard, and floods occur in all U.S. states, floods are a serious threat to your business and livelihood. And since business insurance policies do not cover damage from flooding, a separate flood insurance policy is necessary to protect the cost of your building, equipment, inventory, and supplies.

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