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February

vol. 2021, ed. 3

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COVID Vaccine priority – Insurance industry included in Group 1C

IIABSC has confirmed that South Carolina insurance industry employees – including any and all staff members of independent agencies – qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine with Phase 1C. This qualification is determined by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) applies to South Carolina residents receiving the vaccine in South Carolina.

As of this newsletter, South Carolina is currently offering vaccinations to Phase 1A. Phase 1B estimates opening Early Spring 2021 and Phase 1C expects to open late Spring 2021.

IIABSC members are encouraged to follow the updates provided by SC DHEC.

 

Trusted Choice® COVID-19 Relief Fund is still awarding grants
The Trusted Choice COVID-19 Relief Fund is intended to provide critical relief to independent insurance agencies and brokerages, owners and employees experiencing a significant economic disruption or financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and awards to nearly 700 agencies have already been granted. There are still funds remaining. Agencies who have experienced unplanned costs are encouraged to apply now, before all the funds are depleted.  (+ More...)

 

MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: Big I Markets Standalone Jewelry coverage
Jewelry and the Personal Articles Floater (from Big I VU)

A new newsletter item this year, our Member Benefit Spotlight aims to help you build your agency using the tools at hand through Big I membership by reminding you of benefits you may have forgotten about. If you need help finding the benefits most in line with the priorities of your agency, you can always contact our Director of Member Services, Megan Thomas (803-760-1227)

Just in time for Valentine's Day, today's spotlight is the Big I Markets Standalone Jewelry coverage which offers comprehensive coverage for loss, theft, damage, and mysterious disappearance and includes worldwide travel. Replaces with the same kind and quality - flexibility for policyholder to choose their jeweler of choice. Policyholders enjoy up to 30 days of automatic coverage on any newly acquired jewelry up to $10,000. (+ More...)

 

Trusted Choice® Launches Guaranteed Income Program
Offer lifetime guaranteed income annuities to your clients

Trusted Choice has partnered with Nationwide and Principal Financial Group to develop the Guaranteed Income Program to give independent agents a simple, turn-key program to offer lifetime income annuities to clients. Trusted Choice will walk agents through every step of the way, including reimbursing 100% of the cost of any required training. Trusted Choice provides product training, sales ideas, and a sales help desk to offer advice.  (+ More...) 

See also: Trusted Choice Annuity Suitability Course webcast

 

New Year, New Hires?
Big I Hires offers $50 incentive discount to use with hiring partner platform

With all the unknowns of the current economy and ongoing pandemic, hiring in 2021 can feel a little daunting. To help members plan their hiring needs, Big “I" Hires is providing a $50 incentive discount on the quarterly or annual pricing on IdealTraits, our hiring partner's platform. Each plan provides members with two custom job ads, front of the line onboarding to the platform, superior service, job postings to hundreds of job boards, candidate assessments, and a variety of other tools to make the hiring process simple and painless.   (+ More...)

 

FREE WEBINAR: Harness the power of customer feedback with Podium
To be held Feb. 11 at 2 pm EST

It's no secret that online reviews are a powerful tool that can influence consumer behavior. Despite all of that, many businesses are still leaving online reviews to chance, but doing so is a big mistake. Join us on Feb. 11 for a free webinar to learn how to harness the power of customer feedback and make the most out of your online reviews.   (+ More...)

 

Read the latest edition of SC Agent & Broker magazine
Winter 2021 edition focuses on upcoming education opportunities and new designees, plus virtual convention recap

The latest edition of SC Agent & Broker magazine is hitting mailboxes, but you can also read it online. Our winter edition spotlights the educational opportunities of the coming year, new designees, reflections on the changes ahead and virtual convention recap and photos.   (+ More...)

 

February is Insurance Careers Month
Learn how to help students realize insurance careers are stable, rewarding and limitless

Our world is rapidly changing with emerging risks, and our industry is facing a looming talent crisis as baby boomers retire and less than five percent of Millennials have expressed interest in our industry. Insurance Careers Month is phase one of a plan to meet that crisis. While the 2021 February Insurance Careers Month will be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic, we look forward to global conversations that will highlight how you can bring your authentic self to work in insurance, can create your own career path and help others climb, and how companies are emphasizing wellness and mental health and are making a difference.  (+ More...)  

See also:  Download the App State Brantly Risk & Ins Center's Agency Guide for Internships

 





In this issue:

COVID Vaccine priority – Insurance industry included in Group 1C

Trusted Choice® COVID-19 Relief Fund is still awarding grants

MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: Big I Markets Standalone Jewelry coverage 

Trusted Choice® Launches Guaranteed Income Program

Big I Hires offers $50 incentive discount to use with hiring partner platform

FREE WEBINAR: Harness the power of customer feedback with Podium

Read the latest edition of SC Agent & Broker magazine - Winter 2021 edition 

February is Insurance Careers Month




RECENT & IMPORTANT CE CHANGES

  1. You must complete all CE requirements before you can renew your producer license. You can no longer wait for the final days of your birth month to complete CE requirements.

  2. CE filing in South Carolina is now done using your National Producer Number. Do not submit your old SC License Number! 

  3. Prometric is no longer the South Carolina CE Administrator. You must now must use the DOI's State Based Systems website  (and your NPN) to access CE status.

  4. You are no longer required to pay a CE Admin Fee with your license renewal. Although you may see a slight increase in course fees everywhere.

How to lookup NPN/get CE transcript