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Insurance News / 12.05.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Unless you have had reason to be inducted to the ranks of colonoscopy veterans at an early age, most adults don’t worry about such things until their 50th birthday. What a great way to start the second half century of life! There is very little that is pleasant about the procedure other than to experience the relief of concluding it and being told you are OK. However, improvements in non-invasive testing may change that birthday milestone into something...

Insurance News / 05.05.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] During my brother’s respectable forty one years as a Maine banker, he weighed the odds of making loans. He did his home work on the risks facing businesses of every kind, understood the data and researched not just the trends of the industry, he evaluated the financials and track record of prospective borrowers. He made educated decisions before committing the bank’s money. Somewhere along the way, however, this risk-wise sibling became enamored of motorcycles… My brother is highly educated...

Insurance News / 29.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Bikes are back on the road in greater numbers with some of the worst road surface conditions in recent memory due to our hard winter. Swerving around potholes and debris, cyclists and drivers are likely to be in dangerous conflict but the law is on the side of the two-wheelers. That said, everyone wishing to proceed safely on our highways and byways in Maine and New Hampshire need to exercise caution and courtesy. There is nothing more irritating to...

Insurance News / 17.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] It is estimated that in Maine, more than 200,000 people have “some college” education but have not yet attained their associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. In New Hampshire, there are approximately 146,000 people in the same boat. Yet, census data says people who have graduated from an institution of higher learning will have lifetime earnings far greater than those who simply have a high school diploma or some college. How much of a difference? The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that...

Insurance News / 15.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] For Bixby & Company in Rockland, Maine, “reinventing chocolate” was the inspiration for bringing to market a healthy and wholesome array of better-for-you candy bars. Though founder Kate McAleer already has succeeded in making and marketing her line-up through Whole Foods Markets and other large retail outlets, she recently came face-to-face with an entrepreneur’s daydream/nightmare. Having recently secured a meeting with one of the nation’s largest wholesale distributors of natural food products, Kate made her pitch to get onto...

Insurance News / 08.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The 2014 edition of the Maine Economic Growth Council’s Measures of Growth Report has been released and it’s a mixed bag when looking in the rear view mirror at our economic activity. This report plots movement on 27 indicators of economic and quality-of-life factors. The Growth Council compares data against previous years’ ratings as well as the state’s performance relative to the region and the nation. It also assigns gold stars and red flags to indicate where we ought...

Insurance News / 01.04.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] An employee, alleging he was fired for being Canadian, took his employer to the Maine Human Rights Commission to contest his dismissal. The case fell flat when the employer produced a file that documented persistent and well-communicated short-comings in the employee’s job performance. The allegation really lost steam, though, when it also was revealed that the employer, himself, was a Canadian. The recent Third Annual Employment Practices briefing, hosted by Pro Search and Clark Insurance, featured Gregg Frame of...

Insurance News / 25.03.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Years ago, our family spent more than $5,000 for the removal of a twisted spleen from our eight year-old standard poodle. Our three young sons sided with Buddy, their BFF, so euthanasia was off the table. Today, affordable pet insurance is available in Maine and New Hampshire by clicking here or calling 1-855-727-9088. The number of covered pets is expected to increase 25 percent nationwide by the end of 2015 to minimize financially daunting but not uncommon health procedures. For...

Insurance News / 18.03.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Winston Churchill has been quoted as saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” In the world of risk management, that attitude has a lot going for it. A crisis is a test that gives you an opportunity to tell your story, demonstrate your leadership and move toward recovery. Being prepared will improve your odds. When a crisis hits you or your organization, you need to ask a couple of questions that could help you avoid liability claims...

Insurance News / 11.03.2014

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] It pays to be born in Maine. For those whose parents have the foresight to give birth in Maine, a $500 savings account earmarked for higher education will now be established in every new baby’s name. The question will be whether or not education institutions will be affordable by the time these future scholars graduate from high school. Based on the rate of “college inflation”, an in-state public university education for the class of 2036 will begin at...

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