Former farm kids—Today's farm insurance experts

Jenny as a child on her family's farm.

Jenny VanDeHei’s Story

When Jenny VanDeHei left for college to study business, she thought she had picked her last stone and fed her last calf. She loved the family farm she grew up on, but she saw her future as an accountant, in an office building in the city, far from the country fresh smell of cow manure.

Never once did she think her life would come full circle back to farming nor that she would be so happy it did.

Great Place to Work and Fortune recognize SECURA among Best Small and Medium Workplaces of 2017

SECURA Best Small & Medium Workplace by Fortune

It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes a great workplace. Things like modern facilities and flexible schedules are important, but a truly genuine office culture can only be measured by the voices of the people who work there.

For the second consecutive year, the voice of SECURA associates was heard, as Great Place to Work and Fortune named our company among the Best Small and Medium Workplaces of 2017. Based on anonymous surveys, the award is a direct reflection of how our associates feel about SECURA.

Unique insurance risks for Mobile Home Parks

Mobile Home Park Insurance

Tiny homes, huge potential

300 square feet?

It seems impossible to live like that, but it’s also impossible to flip TV channels without landing on a show about tiny homes or mobile lifestyles.

Demand for mobile home parks is once again growing, especially near metro areas. For young people buying their first home or retirees looking to downsize and travel, these housing options offer the benefits of low overhead and flexibility.

Permanence: Insuring your tattoo business to stand the test of time

Tattoo Parlor Insurance Liability Coverage

Two words: professional liability

If you own or operate one of the 21,000 tattoo parlors in the U.S., you understand that you and your business play a role in changing perceptions of this fast growing market, and perception is reality for tattoo pros.

Approximately 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and they’re spending more than $1.65 billion on them each year. Forty-nine percent of people with tattoos say the reputation of the artist or studio are the most important factor in considering a tattoo. What you might not consider is that tattoo and body piercing parlors have many of the same insurance concerns as any other type of small business owner, plus additional liability risks.

Hayrides, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses: Are your seasonal events insured?

Hayrides, pumpkin patches, haunted houses – all these special events require special responsibilities. If your nonprofit is holding a seasonal event this fall, manage it with the right special event insurance.

Check your coverage

Special event policies protect you during a one-time event (or a series of events) that are outside your normal scope of operation. Even if you already have some special event coverage built into your policy, take time to review any stipulations regarding certain activities or the maximum number of participants. So before you organize that corn maze race or apple pie eating competition, check with your insurance agent to make sure you’re protected.

Does your insurance protect your daycare?

Daycare providers insurance

Dirty diapers are the least of your worries

Commercial child care providers wear a lot of hats. Insurance expert shouldn’t have to be one of them.

If you own or operate a daycare or run a before and/or after school program or preschool, you know there’s a fine line between “kids being kids” and “I’ll see you in court.” Founded or unfounded, claims of negligence or abuse can have a serious impact on your business.

Happy Customer Service Week

Customer service representatives
Customer Service Week (CSW) is an international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis. CSW has been a nationally recognized event since 1992 when the U.S. Congress proclaimed it to be celebrated annually during the first full week in October.

Tips for celebrating Customer Service Week

  • Show your customer service team you appreciate them with a special meal or treat
  • If your organization’s dress code is typically business professional, give customer service team members a casual day
  • Write thank-you notes to customers

Thank you to our outstanding customer service teams for their dedication to always providing exceptional service to our agents and policyholders as well as to our partner agencies for their customer service excellence.

Trust your spa to insurance experts

Would you let just anyone cut your hair?

Your phone is always ringing. Your inbox is flooded. If you have a fitness tracker or smart watch, you’re connected even when you sleep.

The stress of being connected 24/7 is driving people to look for relief, and they’re heading to the spa. According to the International SPA Association (ISPA), the spa industry is on an upward swing.

Seconds until death: Grain bin suffocations persist

Grain Bin Safety Understanding Hazards

The tragedy repeatedly makes news headlines: People entrapped in grain storage bins with only seconds to react before they are engulfed and suffocated.

Understanding how people get trapped in grain bins

Scenario 1: A worker enters the top of a grain bin, and the auger begins running to unload the grain. Within five seconds, the worker becomes trapped. The flowing grain behaves like quick sand, pulling the worker down. After 22 seconds, he is completely covered.

Scenario 2: Unbeknownst to him, a worker stands on a “bridge” formed by clumped grain due to moisture or mold. Beneath the firm layer, there’s a pocket of space and, when it collapses, the worker becomes buried. When unloading begins, the worker is instantly trapped.