Hello There, British Columbia and Alberta!

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Bullfrog Insurance has officially landed in Western Canada!

After launching in Ontario at the beginning of the year, Bullfrog Insurance has now taken up residence in British Columbia and Alberta’s online sphere. It took us a bit longer than we would have liked, but we are finally up and ready for business in the west!

Are you a small business owner in British Columbia or Alberta and are new to Bullfrog Insurance? We are the fast, simple and uncomplicated way to shop for small business insurance coverage online. As a licensed Canadian insurance brokerage dedicated to offering commercial insurance online, we are here to help small businesses, like yours, save time and take care of what really matters; your business.

 

How does Bullfrog Insurance work?

It’s simple. Fill out our short online questionnaire and we instantly provide you with the best quotes based on your business’s needs. From there, you simply pick the quote you want and purchase your policy online. The process only takes only minutes and your policy is emailed to you after the purchase is completed. It’s that easy!

If you have any questions about Bullfrog Insurance and how we can help your small business quickly get the insurance coverage it needs, contact us at info@bullfroginsurance.com or to speak to one of our brokers, call 1.844.GO.B.FROG

Bullfrog Insurance is the First in Canada to Quote & Bind for Small Business Liability Insurance Need

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A premier provider, this online Canadian insurance broker offers free no obligation small business insurance quotes in just minutes from a variety of reputable firms. Coverages offered include, but are not limited to: liability insurance, business property insurance and commercial automobile insurance.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ – As of March 2015, Bullfrog Insurance (www.BullFrogInsurance.com)  became the first brokerage in Canada to quote and bind small business insurance policies online. An industry leader in commercial general liability insurance for business owners and entrepreneurs, Bullfrog Insurance allows individuals to obtain a free, no obligation insurance quote and purchase online for convenience.

Insurance, especially liability insurance, is an essential component of conducting business in today’s world and offers the means for business owners to protect their assets, meet liability responsibility, and preserve their livelihood. Bullfrog Insurance provides small business owners in multiple industries with the protection they need for a wide range of endeavors.

Although many small businesses need it, liability insurance coverage isn’t a simple one-size-fits-all proposition. Different businesses have specific needs depending upon their products and services, location, and whether they conduct commerce online. Individuals within the following fields: healthcare professionals, office professionals, contractors and retailers can obtain quotes online or by calling Bullfrog Insurance’s specialists.

Individuals with businesses that aren’t within the healthcare, office, retail or contracting field can also begin a quote online and purchase their policy over the phone. Bullfrog Insurance specialists are knowledgeable on the requirements for each type of business and work with an extensive national network of reputable insurance companies which hold exceptional financial ratings.

Litigation for real or probable problems can ruin business reputations and significantly impact their viability and future. Without appropriate small business insurance coverage, it only takes one lawsuit to devastate a business and lawsuits are far more frequent than many would believe. Liability insurance is one of the most important protections that business owners can obtain to protect themselves and their company.

Obtaining insurance can be a confusing and complicated process for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Bullfrog Insurance has simplified this time consuming process and eliminated the guesswork, making it easy and convenient for business owners to obtain the protection needed for their business to grow and prosper.

For more information, call 1.844.GO-B-FROG (1.844.462.3774), email info@bullfroginsurance.com or visit Bullfrog Insurance online. Please visit our Facebook page to stay updated with our weekly blog posts and insight!

Theft Protection Tips for Your Retail Business

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Retail businesses are prime targets for theft as they often have cash on hand and store valuable inventory on their premises. Here are three areas you should focus on when trying to prevent the risk of theft to your business and minimize the impact if it does happen:

 

Protect Your Premises.
Installing and using a monitored alarm system, keeping entrances secured with deadbolts, and making sure the interior and exterior of the building are well lit (especially entry points) are just a few of the ways to physically discourage potential break-ins. You should also be conscious of items in your window displays or near the windows as these may attract theft do to their easy accessibility. Be sure to remove expensive items from window displays at night as well.

 

Protect Your Cash.
Keep only a small amount of cash on the premises and post signs advising of this to deter thieves. If your cash register is visible from the outside, empty it at closing time and leave the cash drawer open. Make sure you have a good quality safe that is fireproof and anchored to the floor, and be sure to empty the safe as often as possible.

 

Protect Your Paperwork.
Whether you keep hard copies or electronic copies, all business records and personal files should be kept current and always be backed up, with copies kept off premises. This will help you assess your loss more accurately, prove your loss, and will save the headache of having to re-create these items from scratch should you lose them.

 

In addition to the items above, it’s important to make sure you have proper insurance coverage in the event that something does happen. Read your existing policy to see exactly what it covers and make sure to check for any warranties or requirements such as a monitored alarm or class II safe; failing to comply with these requirements could void your coverage. If you have questions or need help determining what coverage you require, contact one of our Bullfrog Insurance agents today.

Water Damage Prevention

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Water damage issues can affect more than just walls and ceilings; it can also affect your business’ bottom-line. Depending on its severity, water damage can result in a loss of inventory due to a flood or it can even halt your business entirely. It’s important to note that from damaged hose connections indoors to frozen pipes bursting in the winter, water damage issues can occur year round.

To ensure your business is protected and that proper safety measures are put into place, here are some tips to aid in water damage prevention.

 

Tips for Preventing Water Damage.

  • Properly insulate pipes so that they don’t get exposed to our harsh winter temperatures. This helps protect pipes from potentially freezing and ultimately cracking.

 

  • When the temperature drops below freezing, allow both hot and cold faucets to trickle in order to protect against frozen pipes occurring and potentially bursting.

 

  • You can also open cabinetry to expose pipes to warmer temperatures within your place of business.

 

  • If you’re going away over the winter months and plan to close your business down, drain all of your pipes and turn off the water supply to ensure that excess water doesn’t freeze and burst the pipes. Alternatively, maintain the heating to minimize the chance of freezing. This will also help protect your pipes from cracking.

 

  • If your business has a dishwasher, ice maker, or any other appliance that uses water, be sure to check hose connections to see if they are secure and that there is no cracking.

 

  • Regularly check older appliances for rust or leaks. Over time, older appliances can produce condensation which can lead to rust and leaks in supply hoses.

 

  • Regularly check gutters, eaves and downspouts for debris and clean when needed so that water can drain. Also, make sure that your downspouts are extended and pointed away from your foundation and aren’t connected to the sewer system or footing drains.

 

  • Fix any damaged or deteriorated roofing panels or materials so that water doesn’t seep through cracks.

 

  • If your building has a basement area, be sure to install a sump pump to prevent ground water from entering. Be sure to check it regularly to ensure it is properly functioning.

 

  • Take steps to prevent sewer backup such as installing a backwater valve or back flow device, checking and maintaining your sewer lines, and being conscious about what you put down your drains – no bulky items, oil, grease or fat.

 

 

If you have any questions regarding the information above or if you would like to discuss your current policy with a broker, our Bullfrog Insurance brokers would be happy to help you out. Bullfrog Insurance also offers affordable insurance coverage on tools, equipment and materials. Contact us today for more information.

 

Protect Your Small Business with These 5 Tips

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When it comes to purchasing insurance coverage for your small business, the process can feel somewhat tedious and at times a little confusing. To ensure that you are getting the right coverage for your small business without blowing your budget, here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for or purchasing insurance coverage:

 

Use an Independent Broker.

Find an independent insurance broker that focuses on small businesses, who you can trust, and who makes the process as simple and stress-free as possible. Independent brokers have access to a variety of different insurance companies so they can shop around to find the best price and coverage for your needs.

 

Purchase the Right Coverage.

Make sure you have both the right type of coverage and the right amount of coverage. Depending on your business, you should consider coverages such as Property, Business Interruption, Crime, Equipment Breakdown, Liability and more. Look for package policies based on your industry as they will generally include all of the coverages you need but without all the guesswork.

 

Ask Questions.

Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Most people don’t fully understand what insurance coverage their business needs or even how insurance works. As a small business, you should ask your broker about coverage types, payment options, cancellation terms, and ways to reduce your premium. This one goes both ways, as you should also make sure to answer all questions as honestly as possible when filling out the quoting form. This will help prevent any issues with a claim down the road.

 

Be Aware of Factors that Affect Premiums.

It can be confusing trying to understand how your insurance premium is calculated and why you might be paying more than a neighbouring business. Insurance premiums for small businesses are based on a variety of factors, but some of the more significant ones include: Revenues, Operations, Business Location, Past Claims, and Coverage Types and Limits.

 

Extend Your Risk Management Procedures Beyond Insurance.

Purchasing insurance is only one piece of the risk management puzzle. Take steps to protect your assets and liabilities with proper security measures, staff procedures and more. You should also make sure to keep good records of property, purchases, accidents etc. In the event of a claim, good records will help verify your loss, making the process easier. In the event of a lawsuit, they could help defend your business.

 

If you have any questions regarding the information above or if you would like to discuss your current policy with a broker, our Bullfrog Insurance brokers would be happy to help you out. Bullfrog Insurance also offers affordable insurance coverage on tools, equipment and materials. Contact us today for more information.

What Legal Structure is Right for You and Your Business?

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One of the most important aspects of starting a new business is choosing what type of legal structure your business will have. The structure will determine your legal responsibilities, taxes and personal liability among other things. The most common types are sole proprietors, partnerships and corporations. Below is an overview of each type and some potential advantages and disadvantages of each.

 

Sole Proprietorship
In a sole proprietorship, you are the only owner and there is no legal distinction between yourself and your business activities. All profits and losses are yours alone.

Pros:

  • Simple and inexpensive to start up and discontinue
  • You have sole control over your business and reap 100% of the profits
  • Low regulation

Cons:

  • You have unlimited personal liability for the activities of the business. This means that creditors could go after your personal assets.
  • You are limited by your own ability and assets to raise capital
  • The operation of your business is solely dependent on you

 

Partnership
In a partnership, you and the other partners combine financial resources and share in the profits and losses associated with the business.  It’s important to write a partnership agreement that outlines the partnership structure and the rights and responsibilities of each party. You can also be a limited liability partner meaning that you aren’t involved in the management of the business and are only liable for the debts to a certain extent.

Pros:

  • Easy to create
  • You share the financial start-up burden among partners
  • You share the responsibilities and liabilities of the business

Cons:

  • All partners are still personally liable for any debts or other liabilities of the business
  • All partners are financially responsible for decisions made by another partner
  • There is potential for conflict between partners and it can be hard to dissolve the partnership

 

Corporations
This is the most common form of a business organization and it separates the business as a legal entity from the owner, protecting the owner’s personal assets from the business.  The corporation is owned by shareholders and they appoint directors to be responsible for running the company.

Pros:

  • Limited liability for the owner as the business is now a separate legal entity
  • Ability to raise capital through the sale of stock
  • Potential financial benefits such as tax advantages

Cons:

  • More complicated and expensive to start up
  • Strictly regulated
  • More reporting and filing requirements

 

For more information on the advantages and disadvantages of each structure, including tax implications visit here. If you have any questions regarding how each structure would affect your insurance policy or if you have any other questions, the brokers at Bullfrog Insurance are here to help.

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