A Small Business Owner’s Guide to Business Expenses

What do printer ink, client lunches and shipping costs all have in common? They’re business expenses—the costs incurred while operating your business. And, as long as you run a for-profit company, you can deduct many of these expenses from your taxable income to help your business’s finances at tax time. What Are Some Examples of Small Business…

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National Safe Boating Week 2021

National Safe Boating Week encourages boaters to maintain reliable vessels and follow responsible boating practices. Lacking proper boating precautions can increase the risk of accidents occurring on the water. In fact, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, over 4,000 boating accidents happen annually. Utilize these safe boating tips: Before Boating Know the rules. Complete a…

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CVSA Announces 2021 International Roadcheck Focus

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that this year’s International Roadcheck has been scheduled for May 4-6, 2021. The International Roadcheck is an annual, three-day enforcement initiative that emphasizes the importance of commercial motor vehicle and driver safety through a blitz of high-visibility roadside inspections across North America. During the event, an influx of…

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20 Years of CIC Leadership

Laura Deeley Bren, CIC, ASLI was recently honored for her ongoing pledge to education, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the insurance profession by The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC.) Earning her CIC designation and maintaining all update requirements for 20 years places Laura in the top 1% of all insurance professionals in the…

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FEMA Unveils Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it will be updating the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) pricing methodology through a new risk rating system. This system—which is being referred to as “Risk Rating 2.0”—will leverage additional information and variables to help communicate policyholders’ flood risks more clearly, as well as deliver more accurate…

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Truckers: What Can You Do To Prevent Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity (including fatigue and illness) that diverts your attention away from driving. Truck drivers must devote their full attention to driving. Any non-driving activity is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing. Check out the types of distractions along with defense techniques. RECOGNIZE THE HAZARDS MENTAL (COGNITIVE) DISTRACTIONS. Mental…

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Experts Predict Another Active Hurricane Season in the Atlantic

For 2021, Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th. Specifically, CSU researchers believe there will be 17 named storms in 2021. This is above the average 12.1 named storms per year that occurred from 1981-2010. Of the predicted 17 named storms…

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Surviving a DOT Audit

The DOT regularly audits motor carriers to evaluate their safety management controls. Motor carriers are subject to complex and time consuming safety audits from the moment they register for a USDOT number. To better understand and navigate DOT safety audits, check out this helpful Surviving a DOT Audit Guide.