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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 Mid-America Specialty Markets 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

MASM / Columbia

2800 Forum Blvd, STE 4B
Columbia, MO 65203
Main office: 573-447-4990

*MASM / O'Fallon

1656 Bryan Rd
O'Fallon, MO 63368
Main office: 636-978-3696
Toll free: 888-978-3696

MASM / Springfield

330 W Plainview Rd, STE F
Springfield, MO 65810
Main office: 417-865-1558

MASM / Clever

6809 State Highway 14 W, Ste F
Clever, MO 65631
Main office: 417-743-2288
Toll free: 888-978-3696

MASM / Joplin

1401 E 7th St, Ste B
Joplin, MO 64801
Main office: 417-553-0692

MASM / Lamar

128 W 10th St
Lamar, MO 64759
Main office: 417-682-3131

MASM / Neosho

613 W Coler St
Neosho, MO 64850
Main office: 417-451-9177

MASM / Nixa

204 Village Center St. Suite 7
Nixa, MO 65714
Main office: 417-595-4430

MASM / Seneca

908 Washington Ave
Seneca, MO 64865
Main office: 417-776-5433

MASM / Shawnee, KS

6208 Richards Dr
Shawnee, KS 66216
Main office: 913-322-3388

Testimonials

I've been with Estal Insurance and Nationwide for over 10 years now, and I've had nothing but good experiences with them. Recently, my stepdaughter was in a serious motor vehicle accident, and both Nationwide and the Estal Agency have been very helpful throughout the process. I highly recommend their office.
kmh314 From St. Charles, MO
My family has been a customer of Estal Insurance for over 10 years. Renters and Auto Policies in our 20's. Home, Auto, and Life Policies in our 30's. The rates are always fair and the service is excellent! Matt is more than willing to offer suggestions on how to get the best value for our budget while making sure we are protected with the appropriate limits. Whenever we have had any claims over the years, they always go the extra mile to make sure we are taken care of. And they offer free towing AND roadside assistance! My family and I feel fortunate to work with the entire Estal team. They are practically like family to us! We would recommend them to anyone who is looking for insurance.
Anonymous From St. Louis, MO
Matt has taken care of my family's insurance needs for some time now. Home, auto and life insurance are not an area of stress in my life because I know I have everything covered! I would definitely recommend this agency!! Extremely thorough and dependable!
JenS40 From O'Fallon, MO
Estal insurance can assist fully with all business insurance needs. They are always accommodating to our growing business insurance needs and they are very responsive
Estipes From Saint Charles, MO