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January 02

​vol. 2021, ed. 2

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Michele Poyner joins IIABSC staff as our RLI Administrator
Managing member needs with our RLI PUP & RLI IHB programs

We have a new RLI Administrator on the IIABSC staff. Effective immediately send your RLI PUP and IHB questions and login requests to Michele Poyner. Michele is a SC native. She grew up in Florence, S.C., and then moved to Columbia, where she received an associate degree in Business Management. She has a background in property and casualty where she worked for Irmo Insurance Agency. She is currently a broker who writes individual health insurance and Medicare policies with Medicare Blueprint. She is married to Brandon Poyner, and they have two boys.

 

Important 2020 Tax Information
Dues to IIABSC are not deductible as a charitable contribution but may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. A portion of dues, however, is not deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense to the extent that IIABSC engages in lobbying. The non-deductible portion of IIABSC dues for Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020 is 10.43 percent.

 

New Agency Members

Agillis Insurance Solutions, LLC
Charleston

McLean Marechal Insurance
Florence

New American Insurance, LLC
Columbia

Southern Insurance Group LLC
Greenville

We Insure Advocates, LLC
Myrtle Beach

 

NEW FREE MEMBER BENEFIT: Virtual Elevate Conference Registration
Part I - DIGITAL MARKETING launches Feb. 25

Effective Sept. 1, 2020, the Agency Nation website and Elevate annual conference, both previously part of TrustedChoice.com, have been acquired by the Big “I." Agency Nation is a resource website with original content meant to inspire and inform independent agents in the form of articles, podcasts, videos and more. Elevate is an annual "un-conference" that when done in-person was packed with sessions on four main areas - digital marketing, automation & the customer experience, tech trends and agency recruiting. This year it will be a purely virtual event spread out into three sessions on digital marketing, data management and shaping agency culture. The first session launches online Feb. 25, and registration is free for IIABSC agency members.  (+ More...) 

 

MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: FREE TrustedChoice.com profile upgrade
Only free profile allowing your agency to be suggested to local consumers

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 (mthomas@iiabsc.com, 803-760-1227)

Today's spotlight is the FREE Member Plus profile through TrustedChoice.com, our website that helps connect consumers looking for insurance information online with local independent agents. Every Big I member gets a free profile on the website, but only a FREE upgraded Member Plus profile allows your agency to be actively suggested to them. Member Plus profiles also allow you to give the consumer a little more information about your agency and the types of business you are looking to place for a better match. Agencies that find success connecting with consumers online through their Member Plus profiles may later consider receiving direct referrals from the site by upgrading to an Advantage profile. (+ More...)

 

Big "I" Professional Liability How does it compare?
Use our comparison checklists when analyzing E&O coverage

Our E&O program provides superior customer service and expertise, by IIABSC, and both of our primary carriers provide more than just a policy, a comprehensive risk-management program. Use our comparison checklists when analyzing coverage to find the E&O coverage that's best for your agency.   (+ More...)

 

E&O Loss Control Seminar – Virtual Event January 27th
Qualifies for 10% Loss Control credit on EO policy

Be sure to join us for E&O Roadmap to Policy Analysis virtual seminar on January 27th. This seminar qualifies your agency for the 10% Loss Control credit on your E&O policy. This is a one-day event and is approved for 3 hours of P&C credit and 3 hours of Ethics credit. This course is designed to guide insurance professionals step-by-step through the process of reading policy language, applying a basic coverage analysis to look for possible gaps in coverage, and understanding complex coverage issues. The course will address E&O loss control issues and help the agency look at ways to obtain and retain business. Don’t miss this chance to get your Loss Control credit!   (+ More...)

 

Columbia Commercial Agent Training (CAT) School offered IN-PERSON in February
Seating is limited, also coming to Charleston and Greenville later this year

The popular IIABSC Commercial Agent Training School (CAT) returns to the classroom in Columbia this February and also to Charleston and Greenville later in the year. Seating is limited to comply with social distancing guidelines! This course was developed by IIABSC to provide comprehensive training for agents in all the major areas of commercial lines. It is perfect for new employees or those who just want a refresher course in commercial lines coverages. The CAT series helps agents build a strong foundation in commercial lines insurance coverages. Participants attend one class a week for three weeks. At the completion of all three days, participants receive a Series Certificate of Completion. Each class stands alone so if you don’t want to attend all three days, you can choose to attend just one or two, but the certificate is only given to students who complete all three days.   (+ More...) 

 

LAST CHANCE: Apply for 2021 CIC Scholarship
Covers one full institute registration, deadline Feb. 1

IIABSC is still accepting member applications for a CIC Scholarship that covers the registration fee of one SC classroom or LIVE webinar institute held in 2021. Any licensed member agent or broker pursuing their CIC designation with a minimum of two years' full time experience in the industry is eligible. Application deadline Feb. 1, 2021.   (+ More...)  

 

IIABSC agency membership renewals now due
Agencies paying by monthly draft renew automatically

IIABSC 2021 agency member renewals were mailed in November. Payment is now due, and cancellation procedures will begin for those still unpaid on Jan. 30. To pay your dues online, contact IIABSC Member Services Director Megan Thomas to have your digital invoice with unique online payment url sent to you. You can also email atrevino@iiabsc.com if you need a copy of your renewal invoice. Agencies paying by monthly draft renew automatically; no action is required.

Corporate associate dues renewals have also been sent. If you need a copy of your renewal invoice, email atrevino@iiabsc.com. Those associates who want to maximize their exposure to our agency members, participation with the association and support for our events should consider upgrading to our Palmetto Partners program. All levels of Palmetto Partner program include corporate associate membership with the association.

See also:   Corporate Associate members, please consider upgrading to Palmetto Partner program

 



In this issue:

Michele Poyner joins IIABSC staff as our RLI Administrator

Important 2020 Tax Information

New Agency Members

NEW FREE MEMBER BENEFIT: Virtual Elevate Conference Registration

MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: FREE TrustedChoice.com profile upgrade

Big "I" Professional Liability How does it compare?

E&O Loss Control Seminar – Virtual Event January 27th

Columbia Commercial Agent Training (CAT) School offered IN-PERSON in February

LAST CHANCE: Apply for 2021 CIC Scholarship - deadline Feb. 1

IIABSC agency membership renewals now due - monthly drafters renew automatically



CE ITEMS TO KEEP IN MIND:

CE filing in South Carolina is now done using your National Producer Number. Do not submit your old SC License Number when registering for classes! See below for instructions on finding your NPN.

Anytime you are inquiring about a class or CE standings with IIABSC, please include your NPN number with the details of your request.

Adding your NPN to your user profiles and accounts with IIABSC, ABEN and the National Alliance makes the CE filing process much smoother  (therefore ultimately faster).

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. We recommend fully completing them at least 30 days prior to your producer license renewal date. See below for instructions on accessing your CE transcript.

Prometric is no longer the South Carolina CE Administrator. You must now must use the DOI’s State Based Systems website (statebasedsystems.com) and your NPN to access CE status. See below for instructions on accessing your CE transcript.

You are no longer required to pay a CE Admin Fee with your license renewal.