Be Aware 

New Green Card Designs Coming

Beginning May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin issuing redesigned versions of the following two cards: • The Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) • The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) [+]
Flood Reforms that Impact Your Agency 

NFIP - Commission Reductions Could be Coming

As Congress seeks to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) ahead of the Sept. 30 expiration date, Republicans on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee have released a summary of the key provisions to be included in flood insurance reform legislation. [+]
Training for Start Ups 

Start Ups Can now Find Help in Gearing up their Business

Start up agencies now have a place to turn to learn how to get carrier appointments and get their business growing. The "Right Start" training series of webinars is designed to help new agencies with tools and techniques to gain company appointments and keep them. Read more about this new program.[+]

Virginia in the top 10 for Lightning Strikes

With lightning season upon us, it is important that you and your staff discuss the potential for lightning damage with homeowners' insurance clients and make sure they don't have any gaps in coverage. While the number of homeowners' insurance claims from lightning strikes in the United State fell in 2015, it was back up in 2016, according to the New York City-based Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Now is the time to review coverage with your clients.[+]
Compliance Alert 

NY Resident & Non-Resident License Holders

If you hold a NON-Resident license in the state of New York you must now comply with new cybersercurity regulations that went into effect on March 1, 2017. [+]

 Industry Partner

State Auto Executive Joins InVEST National Board

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 22, 2017–InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, recently announced that Bill Post has joined its national board. Post is State Auto vice president, people strategies and services business partners and talent acquisition. [+]

Flood Insurance Bills Move Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2017—The Big “I” today released a statement by Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external and government affairs, regarding the movement of seven flood insurance bills. [+]

Kingstone Insurance Company Joins Trusted Choice®

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 20, 2017–Kingstone Insurance Company is the newest member of the Trusted Choice® consumer branding program for independent insurance agents and brokers. [+]

Big “I” Markets Offers New Cyber Product for Small Businesses

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, June 19, 2017—Big “I” Markets (BIM), a division of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), has expanded its small commercial offerings to include a new cyber coverage product for small business clients.[+]