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Small Business Insurance in Altoona PA & Hollidaysburg PA

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 H. Dean Allison Insurance 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.

Federal income tax laws are complex and subject to change. Neither Nationwide nor its representatives give legal or tax advice. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor for answers to specific questions.

Our Location

H. Dean Allison Insurance

H. Dean Allison Insurance

218 Logan Blvd
Altoona, PA 16602
Main office: 814-264-3789
Fax: 814-943-0957

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Our Providers

Testimonials

"We had been with a company for over 30 yrs and when we met Andrew Myers he wanted to know if we were interested in changing insurances. We were skeptical at first but we had him draw up papers. Make a long story short we switched. My kids also switched. We were shocked at the savings. It was easy, quick, and Andrew's team did all the work. Thanks Andrew, for all the help!"
- Janis Rubine
“I thought I had the most affordable and comprehensive insurance option out there. Wrong! Andrew Myers and his team at H. Dean Allison Insurance Agency not only beat all other competitors, they went out of their way to walk through details of my coverage as one friend to another. All this was accomplished during times that fit into my schedule. Top notch!”
- Scott Sanker
“H.Dean Allison Insurance Agency was able to save us a good amount by switching. We also had not thought about it before. It's definitely worth having them take a look at your info to see what they can do for you.”
- Jonny Hasson
"I will be honest, insurance confuses me. It is one thing that flies over my head. I am proud and glad to say I do business with a group of professionals that sincerely care about my well being. I had the same insurance for years, but now with a simple switch, I have saved hundreds of dollars. Not only did I switch, but my entire immediate family met with the group and made a switch, saving them money as well. Trust me, you won't be disappointed working with these fine individuals."
- Jared Pufka