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Check out our Education Blog for articles on insurance, safety and risk for you, your family or your business.

Lessons from the Outer Banks

August 9, 2017

Imagine for a moment that you’ve fulfilled your lifelong dream of launching a business at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Maybe it’s a paddleboard rental place, or maybe you make designer cupcakes for vacationing families. Either way, you’ve done it: you’re all set up in an idyllic location with a low-stress operation to ease…

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Remote Possibilities – Working From Home

August 2, 2017

If you’re among the growing number of workers who’ve been given the opportunity to work from home or the growing number of employers who are granting such permission, good for you! Telecommuting can save a great deal of time and can be a great recruiting tool for employers. Done correctly, a telecommuting arrangement can be…

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Education: A priority for US….to better serve YOU

July 26, 2017

Nearly 80% of the insurance-licensed staff here at Consolidated hold at least one insurance designation, and many hold more than one. From well-known certifications like CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor), ACSR (Accredited Customer Service Representative), CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist), CAWC (Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation), CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative), and AAI (Accredited Advisor in …

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Fleet on the Street – Your Preventative Maintenance Plan

July 12, 2017

In a recent post we discussed the importance and benefits of a formalized maintenance program for your vehicle fleet (if you missed it, see it here). Having discussed the why of a structured program, let’s talk about the how. What are the components of a successful vehicle maintenance program? Mission statement. Mission statements may seem…

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Employee vs. Independent Contractor – June News from DOL

July 5, 2017

The month of June saw a significant development from the Department of Labor (DOL) regarding the ongoing classification of employees versus independent contractors. As you are aware, this distinction is an important one with significant implications for taxes, overtime pay and other benefits. On June 7, the DOL withdrew a 2015 administrative interpretation on classifying…

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Giving Back: Consolidated’s Community Involvement Committee

June 28, 2017

One of our guiding principles at Consolidated Insurance is our belief in being good partners in the communities we serve. Many companies do good work with their financial support of various charities, but at Consolidated we take that commitment a step further with regular and active participation in community events by our team. The Consolidated…

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Preventive Maintenance

June 14, 2017

One of the challenges for any growing business is bringing structure to various processes, and if your business operations involve multiple vehicles, it might be time to consider a formalized preventive maintenance program. Regular maintenance can prevent expensive breakdowns and improve driver and passenger safety, and while there are costs associated with establishing a maintenance…

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ACA to AHCA – Changes and Uncertainty

June 7, 2017

The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains uncertain, as Congress has taken steps towards its repeal and replacement. While much remains unknown, there are some definitive changes for 2017 that employers should note. An effort to replace the ACA with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the House of Representatives and is…

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Considering a New Car?

May 31, 2017

Beyond the sale price, insurance is one of the most important financial questions to consider before buying a new car. Most states require individuals to purchase insurance coverage to drive legally. Auto insurance can be divided into two basic coverage areas: liability and property damage. When shopping for auto insurance, premium quotations are a useful…

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Zenjuries: Your Workers’ Compensation Solution

May 24, 2017

We’re always on the lookout for resources that help our clients better manage any kind of risk, because being in control of your risk profile helps you to tell a better story to insurers. Many businesses would agree that the world of workers’ compensation insurance is among their biggest headaches. The paperwork, regulatory requirements and…

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