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The 2019 Annual Convention was held at the Westin Resort & Spa in Savannah, Ga. Convention report and video archives are now available on our event webpage. Photo slideshow coming soon. Next year's event will be held Oct. 11-13 at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. [+]
Registration opens for agents and Palmetto Partners in December. IIABSC 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. Returning to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in 2020. [+]
Coming to Columbia Nov. 12, this new course will address the financial issues of insurance agencies. Led by agency finance expert Jon Persky, this course is designed for agency principals, managers and supervisors as opposed to general agency staff, account managers or CSRs. [+]
Four courses have been approved for CE credit in South Carolina, each course has multiple live sessions scheduled this year. Topics include named insureds, new exposures, contractor coverages and natural disaster aftermath. Big "I" Virtual University webinars are taught by some of the insurance industry's leading experts. [+]
View this page for upcoming webinars for Ethics CE hours. Guaranteed to have at least one 3-hour course each month to fulfill your ethics hours continuing education requirement. [+]
View all upcoming webinars for Life and Health CE credit hours. [+]
THE HILL: 

Flood Update: NFIP Reauthorized through Nov. 21

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed government funding legislation that extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Nov. 21. Earlier this year, the House Financial Services Committee passed legislation to reauthorize the NFIP for five years by a unanimous vote of 59-0. The Big “I” supports and continues to advocate for the House to pass that legislation, which would make reforms that will increase overall take-up rates through the NFIP and the private market. [+]
RULES & REGS: 

CE Admin transition from Prometric to SBS

Effective July 1, 2019, Prometric is no longer be the Continuing Education administrator for the SC Dept. of Insurance and SC resident producers. The SCDOI, through the NAICs State Based System (SBS), is the new administrator.[+]
RULES & REGS: 

SC Insurance Data Security Act: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

In short, the Act requires all licensees to undergo a data risk assessment and then develop an appropriate, comprehensive written data security information plan for the agency that also addresses third-party service providers with nonpublic data access. Licensees must also notify the Department within 72 hours in determining that a cybersecurity event has occurred. The new law will become effective on Jan. 1, 2019 with various steps for compliance through February 2020. Key implementation dates of the Act are listed.[+]
RULES & REGS: 

When is a Producer Required to be Appointed by a Carrier?

The question keeps coming up, so it's time to review the state regulations regarding carrier appointments. This article is for both agency members and company partners.[+]
MANAGEMENT: 

ACT helps you protect your agency's data

The Agents Council for Technology (ACT) Security Issues Work Group has collected several resources all on one place to help you protect your agency against tomorrow's threats. Review their Security Issues Guide webpage to understand risks and discover solutions. See also their Cyber Guide 1.0 to stay in compliance with state/federal regulations, avoiding penalties.[+]
COVERAGES: 

E&O Coverage Comparison Checklist

Compare the Big "I" Professional Liability Program and Policy through SwissRe Westport and see why our track record of experience, stability and expertise is second to none.[+]
BRANDING: 

Looking for Trusted Choice logos or customizable marketing materials?

Find logo files and customizable marketing materials at the new Trusted Choice Agents Resource Center. Newest addition include materials to campaign against distracted driving. IIABSC website member login required. [+]
BIG "I" MARKETS: 

Big "I" Markets Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to your questions about Big "I Markets, our members-only online market access program. Questions include how to register and where to find a list of products available in South Carolina.[+]
 

IIABSC Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather in the area where an IIABSC seminar is being offered, a decision will be made by 6:30 a.m. on the morning of the class. Participants should click link to view decisions or contact the hotel facility for updated information. PLEASE do not attempt to drive to a seminar if you feel the conditions are unsafe.[+]

New DOL Regulations: Is Your Agency Ready?

Check out these Big "I" resources to help your agency adhere to the new regulations by Jan. 1, 2020.[+]

New Hiring Help Is Here!

Big “I" Hires has added a new feature to its assessments and testing portfolios.[+]

Why Well-Written Job Descriptions Are Essential to Candidate Response

Can you guess how many job applicants don't respond to poorly written job descriptions? [+]
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