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January 01

​vol. 2021, ed. 1

Artistic interpretation of ACORD logo with circular blue watercolor

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Time to renew your ACORD license
IIABSC members receive complementary ACORD forms EUL, renews annually

Most Big I memberships include complementary ACORD form end user licensing (those with a group gross revenue of under $50 million using an agency management system). The ACORD licensing renewal and Big I membership verification need to be renewed on an annual basis, after Jan. 1 of each year. Read our state and national FAQs and information page to learn more. (+ More...)  

 

View the 2020 South Carolina Market Share Report
Generated by our national association using 2019 data from AM Best

Each year our national association reviews property/casualty insurance premium data provided by A.M. Best Company along with other data to assess the market share of independent agents in multiple markets and lines of business and our association works with them to assess the data as it applies to South Carolina. Access the 2020 report (using 2019 data). Member login is required. (+ 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...)  

See also:  CIC LIVE webinars returning in 2021

 

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...)

See also:  Full 2021 classroom/webinar calendar available on our online education calendar

 

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...) 

See also:  Full 2021 classroom/webinar calendar available on our online education calendar

 

Get money back on Trusted Choice branding expenses
Marketing Reimbursement Program helps co-brand your agency with Trusted Choice

Trusted Choice Marketing Reimbursement Program guidelines and 2021 application is now available. New members and first-time MRP applicants are reimbursed on materials such as business cards, letterhead or agency signage. All members are eligible for reimbursement of digital marketing efforts that include the Trusted Choice logo and when they build a new agency website using our preferred partners. First-time TrustedChoice.com Advantage Subscribers are eligible for partial reimbursement of an annual plan.   (+ More...)

See also:   Claim your FREE Member Plus profile to receive referrals from TrustedChoice.com

 

Start 2021 Soaring with Eagle Agency
Big I personal lines program with minimal volume commitment, path to direct appointment

Eagle Agency provides Big "I" members with direct access to preferred personal lines in 49 states and the District of Columbia (not available in HI) with minimal volume commitment. The program strives to fit the member's personal lines needs until the member qualifies for a direct appointment. Eagle Agency company partners include Safeco and Travelers. Watch our one-minute video inviting you to start 2021 with a bang as an Eagle agent!   (+ More...) 

 

New Year bring new discounts on employee training opportunities
My Agency Campus platform is on-demand, interactive, cost-effective and measurable

Our partner for online employee training is offering discounts for the New Year. Packages include basic industry introduction, Commercial/Personal Lines Basics and key concepts of risk management as well as negotiation skills, business communications and client management. Participants have four months to complete their selected curriculumn, with each unit averaging 25-30 minutes each. Spend $150 get $50 off using code SAVE50. Spend $200 get $75 off using code SAVE75. Offer expires 1/31/21.  (+ More...) 

See also: Still looking for new talent? Get help with Big I Hires

 

Insurbanc Message to Young Agents: Preparing for Ownership
President and CEO of InsurBanc, David Tralka, dives into the exciting leap young agents can take to either buy into their current agency or open up their own agency. He offers helpful insight on how to know you’re ready to make that career change and advice for how to make that transition.   (+ 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 those still unpaid on Jan. 30 will be cancelled. 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 are being emailed this week. 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 consider upgrade to Palmetto Partner program

 



In this issue:

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Time to renew your ACORD license (free agency member benefit)

View the 2020 South Carolina Market Share Report

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

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

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

Get money back on Trusted Choice branding expenses (MRP program)

Start 2021 Soaring with Eagle Agency (Big I personal lines program with path to direct appointment)

New Year bring new discounts on employee training opportunities (My Agency Campus) 

Insurbanc Message to Young Agents: Preparing for Ownership

IIABSC agency membership renewals now due