Insurance Archive

Trusted Choice Logo or Independent Insurance Agents Logo?

Are you taking advantage of the Trusted Choice logo or are you still using the Independent Insurance Agents logo?  In my travels all over North Carolina, I still see many agencies advertising and using the old red/black, oval Independents Insurance Agents logo.  While I understand that logo has been a big part of our growth and history, the decision

The Power and Value of Association

Several years ago, IIANC developed a slogan for the Association that said “You May Be An Independent Agent, But You’re Not Alone.”  As I begin to reflect back over my forty plus years as an independent agent and serving the independent agency system in North Carolina, I am struck by a realization.  One of the

Preventing a Data Breach

With the continued focus on recent data breaches, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the prevention methods agencies can use to avoid a breach. Passwords – Creating a strong password is the first step in protecting your data, along with regularly-scheduled password changes for your systems. Most carriers now

FAQs: Continuing Education & Licensing

Wouldn’t it be helpful to have links/answers to the common questions the IIANC Education department is asked everyday? Are you ever frustrated with searching to find the answers? We thought so! NCDOI – Agent Services Continuing Education Lookup (course offerings, providers) Free Email and Address Update Free Individual National Producer Number (NPN) Lookup Lookup for Continuing

On the Road Again… with Dee Yates

DocuSign – Saves You Time and Money! As I travel around the state visiting with our member agents, I’m always excited to share a new product or service that’s available through their IIANC membership. Lately, the product that is striking a lot of interest with agents is Docusign, the leading solution for electronic signature in

Workers’ Compensation Reminder

A question came up recently about corporate officers and workers’ compensation. If you have a small corporation with three corporate officers and no other employees and the corporate officers want to opt out of coverage, is the corporation still required to buy a workers’ compensation policy? We believe that answer to be yes? We are

What is eSignature?

Over the years we have used pen and paper to authenticate a document with our signature. One of the most recognized signatures is, of course, that of John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence.

Why Attend This Year’s Annual Convention?

Still on the fence about attending this year's Annual Convention? Take two minutes out of your day to see what some of last year's attendees had to say about the 2013 Annual Convention! Bet you won't be on the fence much longer... We will see you in October!

5000 Websites: What Have We Learned?

I just completed a very informative webinar with Laird Rixford, President of ITC. ITC partners with IIANC to help agents create effective websites and manage their digital presence. Laird spoke on the evolution of website development.

Reflections from the Office Next to the Corner Office

This past week we said goodbye to Kelley Erstine who had been IIANC’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2008. Kelley is returning to Arkansas to become Chief of Staff to the President of the University of Central Arkansas, his alma mater. It is a bitter-sweet moment.