How to Offset Negative Google Reviews

When assessing risk, underwriters look at more than just a business’ application. To get a complete and comprehensive picture...

Business Continuity Planning: Are You Prepared?

When disaster strikes, it can cost money. The lost revenue and extra expenses incurred by business interruption reduces profits...

Do Good and Raise Your Brand Awareness

Brand awareness describes a target audience’s familiarity with and recognition of a brand and its products. Establishing brand awareness...

Why Do Your Clients Need High Limits?

Over the last decade, we have seen a litigation landscape with nuclear verdicts running in the tens and even...

Umbrella Liability Insurance Hard Market Persists

The most recent Commercial Lines Insurance Premium Survey (CLIPS) released by Willis indicates that nearly all coverage lines saw...
Risk Insight
How to Offset Negative Google Reviews
Risk Insight
Business Continuity Planning: Are You Prepared?
Market Insights
Do Good and Raise Your Brand Awareness
Market Insights, Risk Insight
Why Do Your Clients Need High Limits?
Market Insights
Umbrella Liability Insurance Hard Market Persists
Cyber Attacks as Businesses Go Remote
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Market Insights, Risk Insight, Cyber Liability

Digital Thieves Ramp Up Cyber Attacks as Businesses Go Remote

Hacking activity is up, with cybercriminals taking advantage of remote work vulnerabilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. There are approximately 85 million Americans working from home. In fact, researchers cite that activity against corporations in the United States more than doubled by some measures in March, with malware infections, phishing tactics and ransomware running rampant. That’s because it’s harder to protect data when managed on home computers that use widely varying setups and on company machines connecting remotely.

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COVID-19 Issues
In the Press, Hospitality & Restaurants

COVID-19 Issues, Impacts, and Solutions: Experts Weigh In

As the world grapples with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtually no one has been left unaffected. As we all work to adjust to this “new normal,” virtually every profession, trade, and industry is struggling with unprecedented challenges. Our industry is not immune to such challenges, and is constantly working to adapt to the changing political and economic landscape.

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Covid Rent
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants

Can’t make your rent or mortgage payment due to COVID-19? Here’s what you need to know

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus shutdowns, over 26 million workers have filed unemployment claims in the United States. As cases of COVID-19 spread and people across the country find themselves homebound due to shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders, the retail and restaurant industries have been hit especially hard. 

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Covid-19 Crime Prevention
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight, Restaurants

Covid-19 Crime Prevention: The Need to Step Up Security of Unoccupied Establishments, Limited Operations

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, across the country local and state decrees have mandated non-essential businesses to close or limit operations, including restaurants and bars, in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. In addition to having been hard hit by the loss of income and employee layoffs, a spike in burglaries is also unfortunately another fallout of the COVID-19 crisis for many of these businesses.  

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mitigating Covid-19 Outbreaks
Community Associations, Risk Insight

Mitigating COVID-19 Outbreaks at Multifamily Buildings

The COVID-19 death toll now tops 14,000 nationwide with officials warning that within the next weeks we could experience an even more alarming rate of infections and deaths. As more cases arise across the country, it’s critical that apartment owners, condominium associations, and HOAs continue to take precautionary measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

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In the Press

Regional Sales Executive Hire to Play Pivotal Role in Distinguished’s Growth in the Midwest

Distinguished Programs is pleased to welcome John Chisenhall as regional sales executive of our Midwest territories, which include Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota. With 15 years of experience in the commercial insurance space, John is poised to help expand our presence in the Midwest in the niche markets we serve with our specialized products and services.

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Market Insights, Distinguished Life

Distinguished: Always, Here for You

The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new era of social distancing, self-quarantining and remote work. At Distinguished, remote work has been part of our culture’s DNA with many of our staff already working from home. We are well-positioned as always to serve our agency and broker needs. Our employees are all safe and equipped with the information and resources to answer questions and underwrite new and renewal business.

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Top Books for Insurance Professionals
Market Insights

Distinguished Reads: Top Books for Insurance Professionals While Social Distancing

The coronavirus pandemic has many of us working from home, practicing social distancing and self-quarantining. During this challenging time, we thought it would be a good time to put together top books for insurance professionals to brush up on topics that include everything from leadership to negotiation, sales and marketing and social media. Included in each recommendation is a brief synopsis of the book. 

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Illinois hotel grant
Restaurants

Illinois Department of Commerce Offering Hotels State Grants in Wake of COVID-19; Applications Due April 1

Illinois Governor Pritkzer and the state Department of Commerce have announced the creation of the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program to financially help small hotels, motels and other lodging establishments with funds that were originally slated for job training, tourism promotion and other purposes. The $14 million fund will provide grants to help establishments with payroll, rent and other expenses – welcome news considering the hospitality industry is among the hardest hit sectors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus Pandemic
Hospitality & Restaurants

Stakeholder Considerations for the Hotel Industry Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has upended industries across the globe with the hospitality sector among the hardest hit, with personal and business trips coming to a halt due to travel bans and restrictions and major conferences and events cancelled or postponed. Many hotels have been forced to make difficult decisions amid the crisis. The economic fallout is far-reaching with the hotel industry seeking government funding in the stimulus package being hammered out in Congress in order to allow hotel owners to continue to make loan payments, support employees who are being laid off, and pay suppliers.

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