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What Aviva sees trending in the small business insurance market

October 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

The need for tailored offerings and coverage for multiple operations remains important in the small business insurance market, Aviva Canada told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. There is an increasing demand for the right service, education and choice, said James Warburton, Aviva’s

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Brokers leaving a lot of SME cyber business on the table: Leger poll

September 27, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brokers need to do a better job of securing cyber insurance coverage for their small and medium-sized business (SME) clients, the results of a new nationwide poll conducted by Leger show. “In the last three years, has your insurance professional

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How new tax laws could affect brokers’ retirement plans

October 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerage owners looking for ways to reduce their tax bill could have more incentive in 2019 to max out their registered retirement savings plan, a tax expert told Canadian Underwriter. For some family-owned businesses, there is “an added reason” for

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How to sell cyber to small business owners

August 12, 2018 by David Gambrill

There is a very large untapped market for selling cyber insurance to small businesses. How can brokers best approach small business owners to offer them cyber coverage? A recent 2018 study of Canadian “smaller businesses” by Scalar Security* found that

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How to give your small business clients an online quote in 3 minutes

July 26, 2018 by David Gambrill

Intact Insurance has launched its new Commercial Property and Liability insurance Quick Quote, a tool designed to give small business owners an insurance quote on their business in about three minutes. The online commercial property and liability quoting tool follows

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Unica Insurance launches SPARK™ Small Business Protection

June 18, 2018 Unica Insurance Inc.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 18, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Unica Insurance (Unica) is proud to announce the launch of SPARK™, a comprehensive solution for protecting small businesses. SPARK™ is designed specifically to cover Contractors and Professional Office segments and provides best-in-class protection

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Travelers offers HR advice for small business clients

June 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

Travelers Canada has launched a new suite of services extending beyond insurance for small business customers. Legal assistance and human resources services will now be offered, at no extra cost, to help small business owners manage day-to-day activities fundamental to

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Feds tighten tax rules for small businesses and passive income in budget

February 27, 2018 Craig Wong - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Liberal government moved to tighten the tax rules for small businesses in the federal budget Tuesday as it fine-tuned the changes that prompted an uproar last year. However, Finance Minister Bill Morneau still faces the challenge of

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Dating danger? Businesses rethink workplace romance policies

February 14, 2018 Joyce M. Rosenberg - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK – It happens in so many workplaces – two colleagues begin a romantic relationship. But a heightened awareness about sexual harassment means small business owners can get more anxious when employees start dating. Many owners have consulted with

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Why cybercriminals are stepping up attacks against your small business clients

January 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

The operating model for cybercrime appears to have changed, with criminals using ransomware to target smaller companies and ask for smaller currency amounts, a cyber underwriter with Beazley told Canadian Underwriter on Wednesday. Jimaan Sané said cybercriminals used to attack

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Insurer looking at automated underwriting solution

November 20, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Brokers placing coverage with Economical Insurance wanted the insurer to “clearly articulate [its] appetite and become competitive in specific areas,” so the insurer has created new core segments in small business, agriculture and transportation, and specialty lines. Matthew Buchalter, vice

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Automated online office insurance “could make brokers redundant”: B.C. brokerage

October 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A Canadian small business insurance provider, Front Row Insurance Brokers, has launched a fully automated system that allows small business owners to buy and download business liability insurance and office contents insurance policies online, without ever having to talk to