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As an IT business owner, you have a lot of electronic assets to protect. Just because your business is primarily run online does not mean you are any less susceptible to a breakdown which could cause your operation to shut down for days or weeks.

In fact, as a IT services business, you have even more resources to safeguard.

That’s why choosing a top-of-the-line IT business insurance plan is vital to the continued growth and success of your business. After all, if you as the business owner don’t protect it, who will?

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Operating a restaurant is a dream come true for many culinary entrepreneurs. It’s easy to become immersed in menu planning and creating great tasting meals when you have a passion for food.

However, it’s equally important to protect your dream. There’s a wide range of insurance coverages available to help you manage the risks involved with running a restaurant. This includes property insurance and general liability coverage.

Unfortunately, flooding in your restaurant is not covered under insurance plans.

What Does My Restaurant Insurance Cover?

While flooding is not covered under insurance policies, there are many areas of your restaurant business that can benefit from a commercial insurance plan. A good starting point is to obtain a Business Owner’s Policy (BOP). A BOP provides broad liability coverage against property damage and business interruption.

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Finding the best retail insurance provider for your business can be somewhat of a hassle. After all, every provider offers varying degrees of coverage, and how are you to know which parts of the coverage plan are essential, and which aren’t?

Running your own retail business can be difficult enough. You already worry about the wellbeing of your company day in and day out. But one thing that should not be difficult is choosing your retail insurance provider.

Here are three things in particular to look for when shopping for the best insurance provider for your retail business.

Customer Service Centric 

Have you ever been the recipient of a terrible customer service experience? At one time or another, most of us have, and most would probably say it isn’t an enjoyable experience.

You as a retail business owner are in the customer service business, so more than anyone you know what good customer service looks like.

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Anyone who owns a retail store has a lot to protect. Physical property, inventory, employees and customers are just a few elements a retail business owner must think about safeguarding every day. With so much at stake, choosing the best type of insurance coverage can be challenging for even the savviest entrepreneur.

Additionally, obtaining the right amount of coverage at an affordable rate can also be difficult.

A single retail insurance plan that covers multiple needs within a reasonable budget would be an ideal option.

If you’re a retail store owner in this situation, a business owner’s policy (BOP) is your solution.

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In a world ruled by social networks, email, and global organizations, the key to success is all in who you know. You might have a lot of knowledge in your industry, or you might be an expert at finding great talent, but in order to take advantage of any of your skills, you need to make the right connections with the right people at the right time and in the right way.

 

Seasoned CEO Larry Benet – also known as “The Connector” – shares the last of three great tips on how to become connected on a personal and global level. Check out the third step below, and take a moment to read over the first two steps here.

 

What have you found to be most helpful in growing your business? Chime in below – or join the conversation with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

 

3. Take Notice of Your Digital Surroundings

 

These days, access to information of all kinds is readily available through your smartphone: contact information, birthdays, calendars, and much more. You can organize your life through a device that fits in your pocket.

 

When it comes to growing your business, you need to take advantage of all of these resources. Are you following your business partners’ pages on Facebook? Do you ever take a minute to scroll through your Twitter feed to see if you find anything that might be relevant to a client? Use your digital surroundings to round out the information you have and to be a resource to others.

 

Send them a quick note on their birthday, wish them luck at their next big event, or click “like” on their latest Facebook post. You can integrate yourself into their digital world and subsequently learn a lot about what your partners and clients are talking about – and in which areas they could use your expertise.

 

From there, you can also become an invaluable resource for other contacts – now that you know in which areas your client needs more information, you can recommend contacts that you have partnered with in the past. This not only positions you as a source of information, but also shows that you take a special interest in each of your professional relationships – and your clients and partners will notice.

 

Being a connector doesn’t have to be complicated. Take the time to implement a few easy steps every day.  Once you have completed one step, begin another. Take a few extra minutes each day to reach out to clients, check in with partners, and offer your experience and skills in order to maintain great professional relationships, as well as build a reputation for being knowledgeable and reliable.

 

About the Author

Known as “The Connector” – Larry Benet brings passion and energy to every opportunity. He is the founder & CEO of the Thought Leaders Mastermind Series, the SANG events, and the author + creator of the Connection Mastery training system. A huge fan of the Denver Broncos, he is speaking at several events in 2016 and would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, and LarryBenet.com. Check out his eBook, “The Art of Connection,” for some great tips on growing your professional network.

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If you’re the owner of a retail store, you’re already carrying quite a bit on your shoulders.

You’re responsible for maintaining inventory, ensuring customer satisfaction and managing employees, among dozens of other responsibilities. Because of your numerous daily tasks, there may be a few things that slip under your radar every now and then – for instance, the type of retail insurance that is best suited to your specific needs.

Now, you might think that a basic insurance package is enough for you, or even that you don’t need insurance to begin with. After all, why pay more for something you may not even need? Couldn’t you save yourself a few dollars by cutting what seems to be an unnecessary cost?

Here’s a secret: good insurance coverage will actually save you money in the long run, if you know what type of insurance your retail store needs.

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In a world ruled by social networks, email, and global organizations, the key to success is all in who you know. You might have a lot of knowledge in your industry, or you might be an expert at finding great talent, but in order to take advantage of any of your skills, you need to make the right connections with the right people at the right time and in the right way.

 

Seasoned CEO Larry Benet – also known as “The Connector” – shares the second of three great tips on how to become connected on a personal and global level. Check out the first step here, and keep an eye out for the third and final step next week.

 

What have you found to be most helpful in growing your business? Chime in below – or join the conversation with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

 

2. Keep Your Commitments

 

As your business grows and you begin to create professional connections, you will notice that an essential element of making and keeping these connections is committing to follow through on every promise you make. This can be difficult for business owners, especially if their business experiences sudden growth.

 

Between managing the daily tasks of your office, meeting with clients, and finding the right talent for your company, your calendar can get very full very quickly. But no matter how busy you are, you must remember to keep the commitments you make.

 

Did you promise to send over some information to a client about an upcoming event? Send it right after you wrap up the meeting with the client. Are you supposed to get back to a partner on setting a time to discuss a new marketing strategy? Make a note on your calendar and call your partner as soon as you have a few extra minutes later in the day. At the end of each meeting or call, make a list of action items, and be sure everyone knows what their responsibilities are.

 

No one is perfect – you will forget to return a phone call at some point in your career. But make this the exception and not the norm. Find ways to manage your time so that you can keep any promises you make to your clients and partners.

 

Don’t overpromise; if you know you don’t have access to the resource they need, tell them so. And when you do have the information or skills they need, be reasonable about the timeline you offer when promising to call with an update. Once you have a timeframe you know you can stick to, be sure you deliver everything you have promised in a timely and efficient manner.

 

About the Author

Known as “The Connector” – Larry Benet brings passion and energy to every opportunity. He is the founder & CEO of the Thought Leaders Mastermind Series, the SANG events, and the author + creator of the Connection Mastery training system. A huge fan of the Denver Broncos, he is speaking at several events in 2016 and would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, and LarryBenet.com. Check out his eBook, “The Art of Connection,” for some great tips on growing your professional network.

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In a world ruled by social networks, email, and global organizations, the key to success is all in who you know. You might have a lot of knowledge in your industry, or you might be an expert at finding great talent, but in order to take advantage of any of your skills, you need to make the right connections with the right people at the right time and in the right way.

 

Seasoned CEO Larry Benet – also known as “The Connector” – shares three great tips on how to become connected on a personal and global level. Check out the first step below, and keep an eye out for the second step next week.

 

What have you found to be most helpful in growing your business? Chime in below – or join the conversation with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

 

  1. Give Before You Take

 

Every business owner wants their company to grow, both within its industry and financially. It’s natural that you would put your business’ needs first when it comes to creating partnerships and finding new client leads – after all, you have to protect your company, your coworkers, and your capital.

 

Oftentimes, when meeting with a potential business partner or client, business owners have a “me-first” mentality – you want to know what you will get out of the partnership. While that is a fair question, consider turning it around on yourself. Why should another business or possible client agree to work with you? What are you bringing to the relationship?

 

Instead of focusing only on the potential benefits of your partnerships, consider the benefits you can offer them. Position yourself as an expert in your field who is willing to lend knowledge and experience as needed. Establish a working relationship where “give and take” is a regular occurrence. This will allow you to not only draw on valuable resources in the future, but also be recognized as a company that is genuinely interested in furthering the research and growth of their market as well as a reliable resource for partners and clients.

 

About the Author

Known as “The Connector” – Larry Benet brings passion and energy to every opportunity. He is the founder & CEO of the Thought Leaders Mastermind Series, the SANG events, and the author + creator of the Connection Mastery training system. A huge fan of the Denver Broncos, he is speaking at several events in 2016 and would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, and LarryBenet.com. Check out his eBook, “The Art of Connection,” for some great tips on growing your professional network.

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Business Man | ALGATechnology firms are in the business of keeping their customers connected and protecting client information. It seems unthinkable that your IT company could be the victim of a security breach or data loss. That’s why keeping your data secure is a top priority for your company and you invest a great deal of resources to protect your customers.

However, no IT company is invulnerable to attack. Additionally, some risks to your IT business are not related to technology. Whether the threat is manmade or natural, insurance for online businesses is imperative.

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For small companies, competing in the business world can be a daunting task. But in the ever-evolving digital age, more and more small companies are able to play in the big leagues. They can be in serious competition with national and even global corporations. 

 

So how does a small business take advantage of the business world and up their game? Roosevelt Giles, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc., shares five insightful tips on how going digital can make your small company bigger and better than ever. 

 

View the fourth tip here, and check out the fifth (and final) tip below. 

 

Commandment 5: Protect Your Business

 

What do you do if you live in a floodplain? You get flood insurance. The same is true for any business with secure information, especially in the digital age. You must ensure that your information, and especially your client’s information, is safe and secure.

 

It is crucial to understand the potential that at any given time, there could be someone searching for a loophole in your software. There are groups and individuals who dedicate a lot of time and energy to attempting to break down the security you have enabled. They might succeed; they might not. But in either case, it is imperative that you have a plan in place. If someone tries to exploit a loophole in your software, what do you do first? Who is responsible for what processes? How do you initiate these processes? Does your cyber security give you a warning to let you know you need to act immediately? These are just a few of the questions you need to consider when you create a security plan. Employees must be trained to react appropriately, especially when assuring clients that their information is not at risk.

 

In the event that you do have a security breach, take the opportunity to learn from the experience and strengthen your security measures. You know which piece of information someone was trying to obtain, so make sure that you find out how they got through your security for that information and close any loopholes you find. Reassess your security plan – was it successful in reacting to the security breach? What processes need updating? Check consistently for new updates in cyber security that you might be able to utilize in your own plan. There are a lot of opportunities for someone to exploit your digital information – don’t let it catch you unaware.

 

Moving your company into the digital world is not a matter of “if” – it’s a matter of “when.” A successful business must evolve with the changes that the business world makes, and that includes following digital trends in order to take advantage of timely opportunities and connections. A small business can have a big impact if it takes the time to cultivate a digital presence, enter into alliances, and show that they are experts in their field. Having happy, well-trained employees and keeping your cyber information secure are equally important to the success of your company and satisfaction of your clients. Don’t let the size of your company hold you back – when it comes to the digital world, you have everything you need to take big leaps into success.

 

About the Author

Mr. Roosevelt Giles serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc. and as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Information Management Systems, Incorporated. With over 26 years of experience in the information technology field, he spends much of his time sharing his business expertise all over the world, and is an internationally-known technology expert, speaker and lecturer. Follow him on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.