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March 03

vol. 2021, ed. 7



IIABSC Foundation Scholarship Winners
Seven recipients awarded $2,000 college scholarship

Seven college scholarships were awarded this spring by the IIABSC Foundation to children of member agency employees that will be full-time college students in Fall 2021. Next year's application process is expected to open in September with a Dec. 31 deadline.  (+ More...)

 

2021 CIC Scholarship Recipients
Announcing our 2021 CIC Scholarship recipients. These scholarships are awarded by several contributors, including CRC Group, IIABSC Foundation, IIABSC and the CIC Society and the Young Agents Scholarship Fund.  (+ More...)

 

Explore the ALL NEW Trusted Choice Resources Website
trustedchoice.independentagent.com

Trusted Choice has just launched an entirely redesigned website for an improved member experience and easier access to their free marketing resources and programs. The new site features a streamlined ordering process for free custom marketing materials, the ability to share content directly to Facebook and Twitter, an improved monthly social media calendar and much more! The site also features a resource library of documents, videos and webinars that can help your agency. Sign up for their monthly newsletter for a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card!   (+ More...)

 

NEW CLASSROOM SERIES: Wind, Hail & Flood courses
Coming to a location near you in May 2021

Just in time for the 2021 hurricane season, this NEW course will highlight the important information agents need to understand about two vital coverages for all clients - flood insurance and wind & hail coverage. The first part of the day will provide the participants with a more advanced look at issues concerning National Flood Insurance Program. The second half of the day is a comprehensive look at the SC Wind and Hail Underwriting Association. Register using our online education calendar.  (+ More...)


MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: ePayPolicy online payment processor
Accept premium payments online and pass transaction fees to payer

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)

IIABSC's partnership with ePayPolicy provides a simple, cost effective way for agencies accept credit card and ACH payments online, while passing on transaction fees to the insured. With more than 4,000 national clients, ePayPolicy helps agencies speed up receivables and bind policies faster each day. Sign up takes less than 5 minutes. Use referral code "iiabscmember" when you signup.  (+ More...)

See also:   Seven ways to speed up your agency's receivables

 

CIC IN-PERSON INSTITUTE: Ruble Graduate Seminar in Myrtle Beach
Seating is limited for next month's annual beach update

Join us for the 2021 Ruble Graduate Seminar in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC at the Marriott Grande Dunes on April 14 & 15. The sun is out, the surf is up and COVID cases are down! Seating is limited due to social distancing so you need to register today. Only a few spaces remain!   (+ More...)

 

"Big I Leads the Way" at National Big I Virtual Legislative Conference
April 13-16, FREE for members

Join us from the comfort of your computer or mobile device and get up to speed on the many legislative, regulatory and legal challenges to your profession happening now. Hear from legislators, carriers and industry leaders and walk away with a plan to help you lead the way and protect your industry. Detailed conference agenda available soon. National Big I Chairman Jon Jensen from Correll Insurance Group in Spartanburg will make several appearances, and South Carolina to be recognized for our "triple-crown" win for InsurPac fundraising. Registration is FREE, thanks to our Big "I" Virtual Legislative Conference Sponsors!  (+ More...)

 

CLASSROOM SERIES: Ultimate Account Manager School coming to Columbia
Seating is limited, newly updated in 2021

NEWLY UPDATED in 2021, IIABSC's Ultimate Account Manager School, coming to Columbia next month, is much more than your typical customer service training. This consecutive three-day series takes an in-depth look at day-to-day issues facing CSRs in their quest to become extraordinary. Includes client management, responding to multiple producers, prioritizing work, E&O pitfalls, etc. April 20-22 at IIABSC office in Columbia, 6 hrs. P&C credit each day.   (+ More...)

 

Young Agents Scholarship Golf Tournament April 26 in Orangeburg
Registration now open — you do not need to be a young agent to play!

Registration is open for the Young Agents Scholarship Golf Tournament on April 26 at the Orangeburg Country Club in Orangeburg, SC. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Our tournament is open to anyone who wants to play (not just young agents, and not just insurance industry) and raises money to benefit our young agents program. Register individually or as a team. Keep in mind that team registration is the only way to guarantee pairings. Also, we will repeat all COVID-19 precautions from last year's tournament. See event page for details.   (+ More...)

 

Nominate this year's SC Outstanding CSR of the Year
Final entry deadline May 1

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 SC Outstanding CSR of the Year. This award is the highest honor for insurance customer service representatives who have distinguished themselves through contributions to their industry and profession. Final entry submission deadline is May 1.  (+ More...)

 

Spring Conference marks our return to in-person events 
May 18-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC

Registration for the annual Spring Conference to be held May 18-19 in Columbia, SC, is open to agents and Palmetto Partners. Our Spring Conference offers valuable opportunities for insurance professionals to multiply their visibility, increase their knowledge, enhance industry resources, and engage with exhibitors, new contacts and colleagues. The health and wellbeing of participants will continue to be our top priority in holding in-person events, therefore adherence to state and federal health and human services guidelines and protocols will be followed. As a result, some logistical changes have been made to conference protocols and format. Attendees will pledge that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure. Face masks are required when not actively eating or drinking. Number of people at a time inside classrooms and exhibit hall will be limited as well as our overall registration. We will not be accepting onsite registrations. View full attendee pledge and requirements on our website.  (+ More...)

 

Trusted Choice GIVE Movement seeking TOP AGENCY GIVERS
Week of giving June 1-8 to benefit Make-a-Wish South Carolina

We are participating once again in the Trusted Choice GIVE Movement this June 1-8. This annual project led by the our young agents encourages agencies, affiliates and partners to come together for a week of giving to benefit an incredibly inspirational and worthy cause. Together our donations have the potential for life-changing impact for children and families in South Carolina through Make-A-Wish South Carolina.  If your agency wishes to participate in this campaign at a higher level, please consider becoming one of our TOP AGENCY GIVERS. Agencies that donate a minimum of $1,000 to the campaign will earn your agency recognition and inspire individual donors to reach various goals and "unlock" our top-level contributions. Agencies can contribute any amount they wish above the base $1,000 with the option to partner with another agency.   (+ More...)
In this issue:


IIABSC Foundation Scholarship recipients

2021 CIC Scholarship Recipients

Explore the new Trusted Choice Resources Website, trustedchoice.independentagent.com

NEW CLASSROOM SERIES: Wind, Hail & Flood courses this May

MEMBER BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: ePayPolicy online payment processor

CIC IN-PERSON INSTITUTE: Ruble Graduate Seminar in Myrtle Beach this April

"Big I Leads the Way" at National Big I Virtual Legislative Conference April 13-16, FREE for members

CLASSROOM SERIES: Ultimate Account Manager School coming to Columbia in April

Young Agents Scholarship Golf Tournament April 26 in Orangeburg

Nominate this year's SC Outstanding CSR of the Year, deadline May 1

Spring Conference marks our return to in-person events, May 18-19 in downtown Columbia

Trusted Choice GIVE Movement seeking TOP AGENCY GIVERS