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Small Business Insurance

Your small businesses needs many types of coverage in order to adequately secure itself against losses in the event of certain common business casualties. Common elements of small business insurance include:

  • General Liability Insurance: This policy covers a business against claims arising from problems like libel, slander, medical expenses, property damage, medical expenses, and the cost of defending against a lawsuit.
  • Product Liability Insurance: If you deal with a product - whether it's manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, or just distributing it - you may be responsible for keeping it (and people in the area around it) safe. The amount required depends mainly on the products involved - the larger and/or heavier the products are, the more coverage is needed.
  • Professional Liability Insurance: Similarly, if you provide any kind of professional service, you may need coverage for errors, malpractice, and negligence. Some companies are required to have this type of coverage (especially, though not exclusively, those in the medical field).
  • Commercial Property Insurance: If your small business owns any kind of physical property (an office, a retail store, a warehouse, etc.), this coverage insures it against a wide variety of natural and man-made forms of damage. If your business is particularly vulnerable to a certain type of damage (flooding, vandalism, etc.), you may need additional coverage for that specific problem.
  • Home-Based Insurance: If you're running a business from your home, then your homeowner's insurance probably doesn't cover any of your business operations. You may need to purchase additional coverage separately, or as an extension of your existing plan. Speak to a Brownson Insurance Agency, Inc. agents to find out.

Many other industry-specific forms of coverage are available. For more information about what policies are the most important for your business, talk to one of our agents and ask for a full risk assessment. You can research forms of insurance through reputable sources—this information is available for free online, courtesy of groups like the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Insurance Requirements for Small Business

All small businesses are required to have Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and sometimes Disability Insurance. Other requirements for small business insurance vary by industry, as well as local, state, and federal law.

What constitutes a small business?

The exact definition of a small business varies by industry, but according to the Small Business Administration, it's usually 500 employees or less for mining or manufacturing, and $7.5 million or less in revenue for other industries. Note that there are many exceptions to this rule, and they are listed in detail on the Small Business Administration's website.

 

1. "Insure U Get Smart About Insurance." Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.insureuonline.org/smallbusiness/.

2. "Insurance Requirements for Employers." The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/insurance/insurance-requirements-employers.

3. "Summary of Size Standards by Industry Sector" The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/contracting/getting-started-contractor/make-sure-you-meet-sba-size-standards/summary-size-standards-industry-sector.

Our Locations

Brownson Insurance Agency, Inc.

139 Albion St.
Wakefield, MA 01880
Main office: 781-476-5976
Fax: 781-245-3826

Office Hours:

Mon: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Byfield Insurance Agency, Inc.

147 Merrimac St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
Main office: 978-528-4787
Fax: 978-462-2880

Office Hours:

Mon: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Humphrey Insurance Agency, Inc.

147 Merrimac St.
Newburyport, MA 01950
Main office: 978-525-0296
Fax: 978-462-2811

Office Hours:

Mon: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Our Providers

Testimonials

Thank you so much for your assistance in explaining homeowners insurance when we bought our first house last month. Your help navigating through all our requirements the bank put on us was really appreciated. You made that part of the house buying process so easy. Brownson Insurance is lucky to have you working there. Thanks so much!!!
- EJ
How can I thank you enough. Your knowledge and professionalism is awesome. When my father told me to go to Brownson Insurance, I had no idea where he was sending me. That was fifteen years ago, two houses ago, at least four cars ago, and two kids ago. Thanks for going to the registry for me for this latest car swap. I really do appreciate your work with all my “stuff”.
- JH
I just want to say that after 30 years of dealing with Humphrey Insurance, I’m glad you’ve been there every step of the way. Your organization of my many properties insurance policies is refreshing. Especially in today’s world of automation, I love being able to pick up the phone and get a caring human voice on the other end. You’re the best! I hope your there for another 30 years.
- BL
How do you do it? You wear so many hats when it comes to my many insurance needs and I just feel like I needed to send you a note saying so. I know I can trust your advice when I seek it, and I do often. Cars, a house, kids driving, yikes. You’ve seen it all. Your advice is always spot on. Thanks for being there for me whenever I need you.
- JS