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Center for Business Mastery Offers New Website

Fort Collins, CO (PRWEB) May 10, 2006

Northern Colorado consulting company, specializing in insurance agencies, offers website to help agency owners develop leadership and people skills.

“A new website has been launched by the Center for Business Mastery,” says President and CEO Gloria Willis. “This site is an introduction to the northern Colorado consulting company that is dedicated to helping agent/owners in insurance agencies develop their leadership and people skills.”

The Center offers executives in the insurance industry and other small businesses one-on-one consultation and coaching, as well as training workshops. “We will help with strategic plan development and organizational / team development. We also facilitate meetings and provide public speakers for training and keynotes,” Willis says.    

“Staying on track with people and customers is challenging. Agents are frequently pulled in many different directions. Everyone is served when you have a specific system for working with your people which ‘marries’ their needs as employees with what the agency requires.” The Center empowers business leaders to reach the next level by staying true to their mission, vision, values and careful orchestration of change.

Willis, a former life insurance agent, is a graduate of B-Coaching Systems and the Coaches Training Institute. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Utah. For more information call 970-482-0332, or visit the new website at


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InsureMe Offers Tips for Keeping Teen Car Insurance Affordable

Denver (PRWEB) November 28, 2005

Parents work hard to protect their children. But when these precious children find themselves thrust into adulthood behind the wheel of the family car, many parents discover their car insurance rates soaring along with their concerns and find that essential protection hard to find.

More than 5,000 teens ages 16 to 20 die annually in vehicle-related accidents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. For this reason, many car insurance companies consider drivers under 25 a higher-than-average risk. This increased risk of death and injury leads to soaring teen car insurance rates.

But if teens are willing to expend some effort and follow a few simple guidelines, parents won’t have to take away the car keys just yet.

To keep rates low, InsureMe, the leading consumer-agent link for buying insurance on the Web, recommends these tips for teens:

Keep a Clean Driving Record

Just one DWI (driving while intoxicated) conviction can raise teen car insurance premiums above a base premium of a few hundred dollars annually for at least three years.

Earn “Brownie Points”

Many companies offer discounts to teens attending high school or college full-time who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. Insurers also offer discounts to teens who take a locally accredited driver safety course or other state-certified program. Ask your insurer about these discounts, or get information online from the National Safety Council at

Involve Yourself in Your Community

Young people who join certain civic or community organizations (such as Eagle     Scouts or Girl Scouts) may receive discounts from their teen car insurance providers. Car insurers often reward teens willing to better their communities with lower rates, since these types of teens usually pose less risk.

Choose a Safer Car

Car insurance may cost up to 50 percent less if your teen drives a safer car,     such as a Honda Civic or a Volvo. Newer model cars with airbags are the least expensive to insure, and the safest for teens to drive. Sports cars, expensive cars, high-performance cars and SUVs carry higher risk and higher teen car insurance premiums.

Add Safety Features

Protective features such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, automatic seatbelts and side-impact airbags can reduce teen car insurance rates considerably.

Shop Around

Agents have different programs of incentives and discounts, and by shopping around, chances are improved for finding the right discounts for a specific teen driver. The Internet provides fast and easy methods for reaching insurance agents.

A little extra attention can mean lower car insurance rates—and on-the-road protection—for the entire family.

About InsureMe

InsureMe, an Englewood, Colorado-based company, links agents nationwide with consumers shopping for insurance. Specializing in auto, home, life, long-term care and health insurance quotes, the InsureMe network provides thousands of agents with insurance leads every year. For more information, visit


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InsureMe Provides Resources for Finding Home Insurance Insurance Shopping Service Offers Tips for Hard-To-Find Home Insurance

Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 19, 2006

With the first named tropical storm under our belt, many homeowners are looking for home insurance — and some are having a difficult time finding it.

To help consumers protect themselves from this year’s high-risk weather season, InsureMe, the leading online insurance shopping service, is providing tips for finding adequate insurance protection.

While homeowners in coastal regions of the U.S. are facing dramatic premium hikes — and worse yet, a shortage of insurers taking on new business — the company urges homeowners not to give up on insuring their residence.

“Policies, especially affordable ones, can be hard to find for a lot of people right now,” says Mike Sajdak, InsureMe Chief Financial Officer. “But allows homeowners to shop online and be matched with licensed, local agents in their area who can meet their home insurance needs.”

Still, the company understands that some homeowners in particularly high-risk areas may not be considered insurable by some insurance companies. InsureMe encourages these select homeowners to take advantage of any state and federal programs that are available, such as that in Mississippi, called the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association (MWUA). Programs like the MWUA offer policies to homeowners in especially weather-prone areas, and although these last resort policies typically cost more and offer fewer coverage options, experts agree that some coverage is better than no coverage.

“Homeowners that are insured under a state plan can and should continue to shop for a home insurance policy from a private insurer,” adds Sajdak, “but having some coverage is better than nothing in the wake of a catastrophe.”

InsureMe also stresses the importance of pairing home insurance coverage with flood protection, especially for homeowners in flood-prone areas. In the recent past, there has been a common misconception that standard home insurance covered flood-related damage and loss, a lesson that many learned the hard way after the active 2005 storm season. Experts estimate that over 60 percent of damaged homes in low-lying areas of New Orleans were without flood insurance.

In most cases, flood insurance can be purchased through a licensed home insurance agent; however those in high-risk areas may have to buy a policy through state or federal programs like the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP offers a variety of flood insurance policies, including those for homeowners with lower-than-average incomes.

In addition to these tips, InsureMe provides a variety of free insurance resources for consumers. The InsureMe Insurance Resource Center contains numerous articles on multiple insurance types; the InsureMe Insurance Blog is also updated daily with insurance tips and industry news. The InsureMe Insurance Blog is part of the greater InsureMe blog network.

About InsureMe

InsureMe, an Englewood, Colorado-based company, links agents nationwide with consumers shopping for insurance. InsureMe desires an open dialog with customers and hosts several blogs to encourage free flow of information about the industry and the InsureMe company. InsureMe has helped millions of consumers find insurance coverage, while providing thousands of insurance agents with leads nationwide. For more information, visit


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InsureMe Offers Tips for Online Health Insurance Shopping

Denver, CO (PRWEB) June 21, 2006

With the nation’s uninsured at an estimated 45 million adults, InsureMe, the leading online insurance shopping service, is offering tips for using the Web to find health insurance that’s both affordable and provides sufficient coverage.

Before applying for health insurance quotes, InsureMe recommends looking into the types of health plans that are available, as well as identifying the coverages that the consumer needs from a policy, such as coverage for pre-existing or chronic conditions.

“Knowing what you need from the outset will help you find the right policy—and quicken the insurance shopping process,” says InsureMe president and former insurance agent, Tim McTavish.

Shoppers can find the health insurance information they need by visiting the InsureMe Insurance Resource Center, which contains health insurance information as it pertains to each state.

Comparing multiple policies and plan prices is also central to finding the right insurance; online insurance shopping services like now allow consumers to apply online and receive free health insurance quotes from local insurance agents. And while price is foremost on the minds of many shoppers, the company also encourages people to pay careful attention to plan coverages before selecting a policy.

“Shoppers should always make sure that a policy protects them from major medical expenses like surgery and emergency care,” adds McTavish. “Medical debt still accounts for about half of all personal bankruptcies in this country.”

While coverage of major medical expenses should be top priority when it comes to shopping for health insurance, shoppers should also identify their personal medical needs and evaluate policy coverages accordingly.

Among coverages to look for, consumers should see if a policy covers:

    Inpatient hospital services

    Office and physician visits

    Preventative care and check-ups

    Maternity and infant care

    Medical tests and x-rays

    Prescription drugs

    Mental health services

    Substance abuse treatment

    Speech and physical therapy

    Pre-existing conditions of plan members

Once a consumer has decided on a policy, it’s important to ask the agent about a “free look period.” Free look periods allow consumers to return the policy and receive a full refund if the policy doesn’t meet expectations. Depending on the state, free look periods extend from 10 to 30 days after the policy has been signed.

In addition to the Insurance Resource Center, insurance shoppers can find more information about health insurance and insurance-related topics at the InsureMe Insurance Blog, which is updated daily with insurance news and shopping tips.

About InsureMe:

InsureMe, an Englewood, Colorado-based company, links agents nationwide with consumers shopping for insurance. InsureMe desires an open dialog with customers and hosts several blogs to encourage a free flow of information about the industry and the InsureMe company. InsureMe has helped millions of consumers find insurance coverage, while providing thousands of insurance agents with leads nationwide. For more information, visit or


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Insurance Claim Contractor Offers New Marketing Strategies to Insurance Companies & Agencies


Plantsville, CT (Vocus) October 25, 2010

Insurance Claim Contractor Group, LLC (ICC) is continuously focused on assisting insurance industry professionals with developing solid online marketing initiatives. Utilizing its’ newest division geared toward insurance companies and agencies, ICC is making strides with designing low-cost efficient marketing campaigns that will increasing traffic to insurance companies and make it easier for searchers to locate agencies in their local area.

“We are working on educating the larger insurance companies around the benefits of organic search results and how those efforts will positively impact the re-sellers of their insurance,” says Tom Birmingham, co-founder of ICC.    

With increased organic search engine traffic comes increased business. Incorporating organic search engine optimization strategies needs to be a component to any long term online marketing success because organic optimization helps to produce a significant increase in targeted search traffic. ICC is focusing its’ search optimization efforts on the local level for smaller insurance agencies and on a larger scale for the parent insurance companies.

In doing so, ICC recommends the use of a unique online portal/directory which provides each insurance agency with a highly optimized presence. This also includes highly keyword focused web pages based on local, targeted areas and call-to-action links, allowing for the highest level of on-page optimization possible, leading to a more effective organic search engine result.

For those insurance agencies who do not have their own website presence, ICC is also designing optimized brochure websites for agencies that include what ICC finds to be all of the current essentials for an online website for insurance agencies.

InsuranceClaimContractor.Com currently ranks on page 1 of the top 5 placements of Google results with nearly a 1000 keywords including insurance claim directory; restoration companies; auto damage appraisers; garment restoration; insurance restoration; and auto insurance claim contractors to name a few.

Insurance Claim Contractor Group LLC assists the following insurance industry businesses with developing cost effective marketing strategies:

Asset Recovery Technologies, Inc. -A nationwide disaster restoration company specializing in the restoration and recovery of electrical, electronic, mechanical equipment and machinery. Areas of expertise include but not limited to computers, servers, data centers TV and radio broadcast equipment, printing presses, CNC machinery and production equipment.

MarylandAutoDamageAppraisers.Com – Expert auto damage appraisers located in Beltsville in the Prince Georges, Maryland suburbs of Washington DC , providing auto damage appraisals and estimates on cars, trucks, SUVs, and work vans.

The Price-Hollingsworth Company, Inc. – A nationwide consulting firm specializing in high tech property damage insurance claims consulting. Providing expert advice on claims involving damage to computers, phone systems, TV stations, equipment, manufacturing equipment and more.


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Kanetix Offers Free Insurance Renewal Reminder Service to Give Canadians Time to Shop and Compare Insurance Quotes for the Best Price—Without Rushing

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) March 24, 2006

Today, kanetix (, Canada’s insurance marketplace, announced the Insurance Renewal Reminder service, a free email-based service that notifies policyholders in advance of their upcoming insurance renewal, giving them plenty of time to shop around for better rates or coverage.

“Insurance policy expiry dates have a way of sneaking up on people, so they often feel rushed and obliged to renew without having the opportunity to compare quotes,” explains Gregory Ellis, Co-founder of kanetix. “The kanetix Renewal Reminder service was introduced to give policyholders enough advance notice of their upcoming insurance expiry so they had sufficient time to review their current policy and shop for better rates if necessary.”

Kanetix believes in providing easy-to-use and informative online tools to help consumers shop for insurance. Available through, people can sign up to receive a Renewal Reminder for their auto, home or motorcycle insurance policy. Reminders are sent out twice—the month before your policy’s expiry and the month of—giving subscribers opportunity if they choose to shop around for their auto, home, or motorcycle insurance needs.

While the Renewal Reminder is a free service available to all insurance shoppers, the real advantage is that once shoppers know their policy will be expirying soon, they can then complete an instant online insurance quote through

About kanetix

Launched in October 1999, kanetix is Canada’s leading national, online insurance marketplace. The kanetix insurance information and shopping service brings consumers and insurance companies together in a one-stop shopping environment. Each day, thousands of consumers visit the kanetix website to compare insurance quotes from a variety of Canadian insurance companies. kanetix visitors can select the insurance quote of their choice and where available, choose to complete the application for coverage online or purchase their policy over the phone.

In addition to the insurance marketplace, kanetix is a leading provider of online insurance quotation technology and develops online quotation systems and websites for some of Canada’s leading insurance providers.

For more information, please contact:

Gregory Ellis

Co-founder, kanetix



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Boulder, CO (PRWEB) May 20, 2004 -

Heritage Conservation Network, in association with Preserve Rhode Island, will be conducting a horsehair plaster workshop at the Philip Walker Preservation Learning Laboratory in East Providence, Rhode Island, July 25 Â? August 7, 2004. The hands-on workshop is designed to teach historic home owners, architects, contractors, and preservationists how to use traditional materials and techniques for restoring and repairing the horsehair plaster used in historic interiors.

Expert plasterer Rory Brennan, president of Preservation Plastering in Brattleboro, Vermont, will lead the workshop. Participants may attend either or both of the two week sessions: July 25 Â? 31 and August 1 Â? 7. Each session consists of five full days of discussion, demonstration, and practice. There will also be a field trip to a local historic site.

The cost of the workshop is $ 875 for one week and $ 1750 for two weeks. The fee includes lodging, insurance, lunches, and workshop materials. The fee for participants not requiring lodging is $ 350 per week. Pre-registration is required. Full workshop details and registration forms can be obtained from the HCN website: or directly from Heritage Conservation Network, 1557 North Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80304, phone: +1 303 444 0128, fax: +1 775 320 6837, email:

Heritage Conservation Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of architectural heritage around the world. Through a network of experts, volunteers and community members, the organization aims to increase awareness of the significance of historic sites and foster the appreciation of varied cultures. HCNÂ?s workshops stimulate a community’s interest in and knowledge of appropriate conservation skills, helping provide for the long-term preservation of its significant structures and sites.


Judith Broeker

Heritage Conservation Network

1557 North Street

Boulder, CO 80304

+1 303 444 0128

(PRWEB) July 25, 2003

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) July, 2003 Â? Five local companies employing more than 60 professionals have joined forces under the umbrella of the Polaxis Group to help small and medium-size businesses and their owners meet the challenges of succeeding in todayÂ?s increasingly uncertain and competitive business climate.

The owners of the five individual entities recognized a synergy between their clientele and service offerings and felt each companyÂ?s success could be maximized through a combined effort. To emphasize their commitment to this unique marketing and service strategy, the companies have come together as the Polaxis Group at a 15,000-square-foot facility housing all five companiesÂ? headquarters at 9501 Union Cemetery Road in Loveland.

With one call to the Polaxis GroupÂ?s new offices, business owners can connect with a wide array of insurance, financial planning, employee benefits, human resources, and staffing services. Member companies include MBA Insurance, MBA Benefits Group, MBA Financial Group, HumaCare, and Star Personnel.

Â?The owners of the individual Polaxis Group companies are entrepreneurs themselves and know first-hand how hard it is for a business owner to become an expert in everything,Â? said Bill Locke, vice president of MBA Insurance. Â?Each Polaxis Group company is an authority in a critical aspect of protecting or running privately held companies. We use our expertise to help business owners cut costs, protect their assets, and reduce the time they spend on non-essential administrative tasks, allowing them to focus on what they do best Â? running their companies.Â?

Â?We are unique in Cincinnati because weÂ?re a one-stop shop,Â? Locke said. Â?No one else has such a diverse and complete selection of products and services. Our clients experience peace of mind from knowing that we have the knowledge and experience to guide them in so many aspects of managing their companies and their financial futures.Â?

Three of the Polaxis Group companies came together several years ago as the MBA Family of Companies. After HumaCare and Star Personnel entered the alliance, the leaders envisioned a new identity to convey their growing range of services. They called on GREENCREST, a Columbus-based marketing, advertising and public relations agency, to develop a new name and branding elements. A combination of Pole Star and Axis, the name Polaxis signifies the groupÂ?s ability to point the way to success by surrounding clients with the support they need to grow and prosper.

The Polaxis Group includes:

MBA Insurance. Under the leadership of Vice President Bill Locke, MBA Insurance offers property and casualty protection for businesses, homes, autos and other assets. MBA Insurance represents some of the worldÂ?s most stable insurance carriers. Its knowledgeable agents have more than 100 years of combined experience in guarding against loss.

MBA Benefits Group. The licensed, experienced insurance professionals at MBA Benefits Group design employee benefits plans tailored to each companyÂ?s specific circumstances. The company offers a full range of benefits, including group and individual medical coverage; dental, vision, and term life plans; disability insurance and supplemental insurance options for employers and individuals. For more information, contact Vice President Bill Locke at 513/605-3500.

MBA Financial Group. MBA Financial Group offers investment, retirement, and estate planning services for small to medium-size businesses and their owners. The company is one of OhioÂ?s fastest-growing providers of 401 (k) retirement plans. For more information, contact President David G. Young at 513/605-3510.

HumaCare. A full-service Professional Employer Organization, HumaCare helps companies save time and money, increase employee satisfaction, assure full compliance with government regulations, and protect themselves from employment-related risks. HumaCare offers human resource administration ranging from payroll processing to retirement programs and benefits administration for companies with five to 500 or more employees. Contact Chief Financial Officer J. Donald Lee at 513/587.4343 for more information.

Star Personnel. Companies can reduce costs and improve productivity by hiring industrial workers and office support staff through Star Personnel. With its large database of qualified temporary associates and six convenient locations in the Greater Cincinnati area, Star Personnel has the right people to fit most job requirements and company cultures. For more information, contact Vice President Michael Goldenberg at 513/793-5100.



Bill Locke    513/605-3522

The Polaxis Group

Cheryl Claypoole 614/885-7921


Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 28, 2006

The Drive Group of Progressive Insurance Companies announced today that it is lowering auto insurance premiums in Colorado by an average of 5.2 percent for new and existing customers effective September 6 and October 16, respectively, and offering two new discounts to customers. The Drive® Insurance from Progressive brand of auto insurance is sold by more than 750 independent agencies in Colorado.

“We’re lowering rates because Drive Insurance continues to see lower claims costs in Colorado as a result of the change from a no-fault system to a tort system,” said Jeff Ewing, Colorado product manager, Drive Insurance. “And our independent agents tell us that discounts are popular – understandably so – so we’re introducing two new ones to Colorado drivers.”

Drive Insurance bases rates on market conditions and its expected cost of doing business and adjusts rates as needed to ensure policies are accurately priced. This is the fifth time Drive Insurance has lowered its rates since July 2003 when auto insurance reforms took effect, for a cumulative reduction of nearly 30 percent. The 5.2 percent rate reduction is a statewide average that will affect individual customers differently; some Drive Insurance customers may experience a larger decrease, a smaller decrease or a rate increase.

“Our message to Colorado drivers is this: Now is the time to visit your local independent agent to make sure you’re getting the combination of coverage, service and price that’s right for you,” said Ewing.

In addition to lower average rates, Drive Insurance is also offering two new discounts: a 5 percent discount to customers who choose the convenience of making payments by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT); and a Five-Year Accident Free discount that rewards safe driving with up to 7 percent off the premium.

Drive Insurance, sold by independent agents, is a brand of The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, which also sells the Progressive Direct® brand of insurance over the phone and the Internet. Progressive Direct most recently lowered its rates an average of 7.4 percent in July 2006.

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, in business since 1937, ranks third in the nation and fifth in Colorado for auto insurance based on premiums written and provides drivers with competitive rates and 24/7 in-person and online service. The products and services of the Drive Group of Progressive Insurance Companies are offered by more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies and online at through the Drive® Insurance from Progressive brand. The products and services of the Progressive Direct Group of Insurance Companies are marketed directly to consumers by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE and online at through the Progressive Direct® brand. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at NYSE:PGR. More information can be found at

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Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 5, 2008

MiniCo, Inc. has signed an agreement with Boulder, Colo.-based International Catastrophe Insurance Managers, LLC (ICAT), to begin offering property and wind coverage for coastal locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Additional filings are in progress for many other states with approvals expected in coming weeks. MiniCo currently has capacity available in designated areas within these states.

Commenting on the partnership, Mike Schofield, President, MiniCo Insurance, said, “We are excited to be able to offer an insurance solution for self-storage properties in high-risk coastal locations.” He continued, “Working with ICAT will enable MiniCo to offer independent agents a one-stop resource for writing single locations as well as multi-location policies that include properties in high-risk coastal areas.”

ICAT’s available policy coverages include property, wind, and business interruption. MiniCo can also provide a general liability quote with limits for customers goods legal liability and sale and disposal liability coverage.

MiniCo provides the leading specialty insurance coverage for self-storage operations nationwide. For more information, contact MiniCo’s Customer Care department at 800-447-8383 or MiniCo Customer Care.

Since 1974, Phoenix-based MiniCo, Inc. has been a self-storage leader providing superior specialty insurance programs, informative publications and valuable products and services created expressly for the self-storage industry.