Tags: Small Business

Be Prepared: Do You Have A Business Disaster Plan?

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Have you prepared your business for the unthinkable? How will your business survive a fire, flood, tornado, blizzard or hailstorm? What about a workday disaster that leaves your staff stranded at the office? Chances are you’ve thought about protecting your business against theft, employee accidents or even a cyber breach (if you haven’t, stop reading and call us right now at 303-721-1145—you need help!) But most businesses don’t have an emergency management plan in place. Did you know that according to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses will not survive a... Read More

Umbrella Insurance Brings Peace of Mind for Your Business

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We live and do business today in a litigious society. You may think your biggest business worries are making profits and keeping great employees. Consider the possibility, however, that a customer is injured by one of your products. What could happen? A devastating lawsuit with exponential damages and a ruined reputation. While it’s difficult to protect against a ruined reputation, commercial umbrella insurance purchased in addition to your standard commercial general liability (CGL) policies can help protect you from the expenses of a lawsuit. Most CGL policies have an aggregate or... Read More

Is Your Business Prepared for a Flood?

Is Your Business Prepared for a Flood

September is National Preparedness Month. In Colorado, this September is also the third anniversary of the greatest floods in Colorado history. Parts of Colorado received up to 17 inches of rain over a four day period, nearly equal to the annual precipitation of some affected areas. Flood waters spread over an area of almost 200 miles and affected 17 counties. In addition to thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, nearly 1000 businesses were also damaged or destroyed. Many of those businesses never recovered. While we would like to think it... Read More

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

At any given time, your company could be selected for a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) civil investigation (commonly known as an audit) to make sure your employee benefit plans are in compliance. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) establishes standards governing the operation of employee benefit plans and grants the DOL investigative authority. In the past, DOL audits of employee benefit plans have focused primarily on retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans. Now that the DOL has started enforcing compliance with the Affordable Care Act, health... Read More

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

New Law Applies to Both Employees & Applicants Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on June 1 that makes it an unfair employment practice if an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations to a pregnant job applicant or an employee for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law goes into effect on Wednesday, August 10. This new provision within the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant job applicants, or be subject to discrimination claims if the employer does not provide reasonable accommodation or otherwise discriminates against... Read More

10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks

10 ways to prevent cyber attacks

High-profile cyber attacks on companies such as Target and Sears have raised awareness of the growing threat of cyber crime. Recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, and several leading cyber security companies suggest that many small business owners are still operating under a false sense of cyber security. There are many things you can do to prevent cyber attacks in your business and businesses of every size need to be protected. The statistics of these studies are grim; the vast majority of U.S. small businesses lack a formal Internet... Read More

8 Easy Steps to More Secure Passwords Now–Infographic

8 Easy Steps to More Secure Passwords Now

Are you an easy target for password hackers? Were you aware that more than half of all corporate data breaches are caused by weak or stolen passwords? According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report  63% of company data breaches happen because of weak or stolen passwords. Did you know that the average Internet user has 25 accounts to maintain? Despite the large number of accounts, most users only use an average of 6.5 different passwords to protect them, according to a Microsoft study. With identity theft and data breaches an ever-growing... Read More

Smart Phones Can Create Cyber Risks–Are You Protected?

Smart Phones Can Create Cyber Risks--Are You Protected

Smartphones and tablets have become essential in the modern business world. As usage soars, it is increasingly important to protect your company from mobile threats. The need for phone security is no different from the need for a well-protected computer network. According to computer security software company McAfee, cyber attacks on mobile devices increased by almost 600 percent from 2011 to 2012 and show no signs of slowing. Gone are the days when the most sensitive information on an employee’s phone was contact names and phone numbers. Now a smartphone... Read More

Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 2

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Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 2 In our last post, we outlined some of the potential threats to small businesses. In order to develop a plan to manage and minimize risk, it is important to first know what those risks are. Some small business threats may be obvious such as theft, vandalism or fire hazards. Other risks are not so readily visible, such as the possibility of work injuries, data breaches or other legal risks. Part 2 of our Top 10 threats to small businesses outlines five more threats... Read More

Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 1

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Optimism is the fuel that drives the entrepreneurial spirit, so it isn’t surprising that most small business owners consider themselves optimists. Too much optimism, however, can get a small business owner into trouble. A business plan built solely on the “best case scenario” is like a house of cards—one gust of wind (or fire or wrongful termination lawsuit) and the entire business can come crashing down. That’s why smart business owners temper their innate optimism with a healthy dose of reality. In other words, they learn to manage risk. The... Read More