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Over the last two years, wildfires have damaged millions of acres and thousands of buildings across the southeastern and western United States. Many businesses were fortunate not to be directly damaged by the fires but still suffered financially due to evacuation orders preventing customer access in a threatened area. READ MORE >>

Workplace harassment is all over the news. Many allegations involve high-profile individuals creating a workplace culture that subjects employees to harassment with little or no consequence.    RELATED: Read 6 Behaviors that Could Spawn a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit?    READ MORE >>

When was the last time your business shipped something of value to a partner, vendor or customer?  It's true that some businesses do very little shipping while others depend on product shipping for survival. If your business is the latter, or somewhere in between, guaranteeing that your shipment arrives in good condition is essential. READ MORE >>

Humans typically react strongly to fire. Unfortunately, we're not as keen on preventing a fire from starting in the first place! When it comes to fire prevention at your office, there's one absolute fact: you can never assume everyone knows what to do (and not to do) to control risk. READ MORE >>

Landlords may require tenants legal liability insurance. Do you lease space in your commercial building to a tenant? If so, do you require proof of insurance from the tenant?    RELATED: Read Commercial Lease Concerns    READ MORE >>

Many cyber insurance policies cover only claims of damages to third parties caused by a cyber attack on your business.  Depending on the nature of the information stored in your business's network (e.g., credit card/bank account numbers, etc.), this type of insurance may be essential in paying the costs resulting from a breach. READ MORE >>

The owner may have explicit rules preventing its use by other parties. In an effort to ramp up your marketing efforts, maybe you've taken a more active approach to Internet and social media to promote your business, possibly using attention-getting visuals, such as images, charts and videos. READ MORE >>

If your business decides to create a new LLC, corporation or partnership, everything may seem the same—the people involved, the equipment used, the building occupied, the nature of the work done, etc. But you shouldn't assume that the new entity is covered by your current entity's liability insurance. READ MORE >>

Has your hobby turned into a source of sales income? Important considerations regarding your homeowners insurance policy need to be made once you’ve decided to take the leap toward becoming your own boss through direct sales. READ MORE >>

The first Friday in March is Employee Appreciation Day. If your company hasn't already made plans to show your employees how much you appreciate them, check out what these companies are doing. Some are doing something special, but some just make sure to show appreciation all the time. 1. READ MORE >>

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