Small Business Insurance
Owning a small business is an endeavour fueled by passion, dedication, and hard work. As a small business owner, you understand the importance of protecting what you've built. We recognize the unique needs and challenges faced by small businesses like yours!
Small Business Insurance
Property Insurance covers the risk of property loss in a variety of commercial situations, including commercial buildings, equipment, furniture, fixtures, inventories, business records, supplies and other physical items.
Property Insurance may cover two types of property losses:
- Direct losses may be covered when property is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.
- Indirect or consequential losses related to direct losses may also be covered.
Commercial General Liability Insurance
Casualty Insurance consists primarily of liability coverages, which protect an insured party against injury or damage claims made by other parties.
Policies provide coverage for liability arising out of:
- Premises and Operation
- Fire Damage Liability (damage by fire to premises rented to insured)
- Personal and Advertising Injury
- Medical Payments
- Products/Completed Operations
You may want to consider a Business Owners Package which combines your Liability, Property and other types of coverage into one comprehensive policy and which can help you save time and money on your total insurance program. And since we live in an age of million-dollar lawsuits, you may also want to add extra liability protection in the form of a Commercial Umbrella Policy. We can tell you more about these plans and if they make sense for you.
Small Business Insurance FAQ's
Fire legal coverage provides coverage to for you if you rent a business space and are held responsible for fire damages to that rented space. It does not apply to all business risks.
Insurance carriers require that an insured party insure at least 80% of the property’s value in order to collect a partial loss in full. This is the way the insurance company encourages all insureds to adequately insure their property in relation to other insureds.
This damage will be covered only if that type of coverage is purchased.
Other people may drive your vehicle with your permission. It is important that they be listed on your policy if they are regular drivers of the vehicle.
At the end of the policy term, the insurance company will review the policy and either charge or credit the policyholder based upon an audit of estimated figures. Examples of estimated auditable items include sales and payroll. Audits can be performed onsite by an auditor or via mail or telephone. A premium is charged for audit estimations.
An audit may require you to show proof that sub-contractors had their own insurance coverage. The sub-contractors’ certificates of insurancewill prevent you from being charged for their exposure.
General Liability provides coverage if you are liable for damages to other individuals arising from your premises, general operations (ongoing and after completion) and products manufactured or sold.
Products/Completed Operations refers to the liability coverage for damages caused by your operation or products after the point at which you no longer have control of them.
Business Interruption/Extra Expense coverage provides coverage for income loss and the expense of establishing a temporary site during repairs due to damages related to a fire or compensable loss.
Named Insureds are those listed by name in the relevant block of the policy’s declaration page. Although the named insured is commonly one person, partnership, corporation or other entity with insurable interests, multiple named insureds may be included.
First Named Insured is the first “named insured” listed on the policy declarations (front page of the policy). This insured acts as the legal agent for all named insureds in initiating cancellation, requesting policy changes or accepting any return premiums. The first named insured may also be responsible for payment of the premiums.
Additional Insured is an entity to which a policy’s coverage is extended. An additional insured must be added to the policy prior to a claimbeing paid. There must be a tied to relationship between the additional insured and named insured. Being an additional insured on another’s policy does not eliminate the need for someone to have his/her own Commercial General Liability policy.