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  • Think Your Business Is Too Small to Get Hacked? Think Again.

    Think Your Business Is Too Small to Get Hacked? Think Again.

    If you’re thinking cybercriminals aren’t interested in small businesses like yours, you’re unfortunately wrong. Over 50% of small businesses experienced at least one cyberattack in 2019. And according to recent…

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  • Protecting Your Personal Property: What You Should Know

    Protecting Your Personal Property: What You Should Know

    You’ve probably heard the stories of the wedding ring left in the hotel room after the family vacation, lost in the ocean during the honeymoon, or even falling down the…

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  • Ransomware: What Business Owners Should Know

    Ransomware: What Business Owners Should Know

    Cyberattacks are grabbing headlines and keeping many business owners up at night wondering if they will be next. The reality is that since the world went into COVID-19 lockdown and…

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  • Ben White—Your Project Is Cleared for Takeoff

    Ben White—Your Project Is Cleared for Takeoff

    Pearl’s in-house marketing team (Pearl Marketing Group—or “PMG” for short) churns through hundreds of projects every single year. With so many jobs to keep track of, project management is critical.…

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  • Emilie Leadley–Pearl's Own Super Woman

    Emilie Leadley–Pearl’s Own Super Woman

    Over 20 years ago, Affinity Billing Representative Emilie Leadley contracted a virus that changed the course of her life. But despite the hardships she faced and continues to endure, Emilie…

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  • Lower Your Workers' Compensation Premiums With Smart Risk Management Practices

    Lower Your Workers’ Compensation Premiums With Smart Risk Management Practices

    If you are a business owner with employees, then you are familiar with workers' compensation insurance. Even if you are a sole proprietor, you may carry a policy to protect…

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  • Don't Leave the Dock Without It

    Don’t Leave the Dock Without It

    The temperatures are warming and the water looks inviting! Spring is in the air, and boats are everywhere. If you’re considering buying a boat, or putting a boat on the…

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  • Avoid Risk by Avoiding Promises: An E&O Best Practice

    Avoid Risk by Avoiding Promises: An E&O Best Practice

    A real estate agent marketed a commercial property that included street-level retail and residential units on the upper two floors. The residential units were producing a steady stream of revenue,…

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  • Denise Gibson—Remote Joy

    Denise Gibson—Remote Joy

    Though many of our employees are still operating from home after transitioning to remote work in 2020, a few people have been contributing virtually for much longer. You may think…

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  • American Heart Month—Show Your Heart Some Love

    American Heart Month—Show Your Heart Some Love

    From heart-shaped chocolates to heart-shaped pizza, February has no shortage of goodies to remind us it's the month of love. But Valentine's Day isn’t the only heart-related event this month—February…

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  • The High Cost of Low Coverage

    The High Cost of Low Coverage

    Money is tight for many of us with limited relief coming anytime soon. The thought of saving a bit wherever you can is very tempting—but choose wisely. When you consider…

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  • Scott Simons—An Attitude of Gratitude

    Scott Simons—An Attitude of Gratitude

    Growing up, Scott Simons never imagined working in insurance. What started as a part-time job to make a little extra cash in college turned into a 14-year (and counting!) career…

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  • Don't Skip a Rung in Ladder Safety

    Don’t Skip a Rung in Ladder Safety

    If you're like many other homeowners, you probably have a DIY project in some stage of construction in your backyard, basement, or even attic. Or perhaps you're one of the…

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  • Heather Guillory—Exemplary Service with a Dash of Sparkle

    Heather Guillory—Exemplary Service with a Dash of Sparkle

    If you’ve worked with Heather Guillory, you know she offers the utmost in service. Maybe you’re even among those who call her “Hill” (more on that later). As a member…

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  • Melt the Blues Away

    Melt the Blues Away

    Feeling down this winter? If so, you’re not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of recurring depression that an estimated 5% of the population experience during the months…

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  • Insurance 101 for Small Business Owners

    Insurance 101 for Small Business Owners

    Operating a small business in the current climate is incredibly challenging. For some, it has sadly been impossible. For many, staying afloat has meant pivoting to other lines of business…

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  • Top Five Winter Safety Tips for Your Car

    Your personal vehicle is likely well-prepared for the clear roads and blue skies of summer, but it might not be ready to tackle winter's heavy snowfalls, icy streets, and decreased…

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  • Brad Smith—Mastering the Machine

    Brad Smith—Mastering the Machine

    Though many of our employees specialize in one area of work and stick to it, there are a few people of Pearl who work different jobs throughout their career… enriching…

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  • The Stories Behind 5 of Our Favorite Christmas Songs

    The Stories Behind 5 of Our Favorite Christmas Songs

    Christmas music is a cornerstone of the holiday season, and we all know at least one Christmas aficionado who had seasonal playlists looping long before the Thanksgiving turkey was cooked.…

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  • Business Owners Should Take a Few Extra Precautions During the Colder Months

    Business Owners Should Take a Few Extra Precautions During the Colder Months

    Every season comes with its own risks, and winter is no different. The common elements of cold, snow, and ice may hit some areas of the country harder than others,…

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  • Sheneka Leggison—Family, Faith, and Gratitude

    Sheneka Leggison—Family, Faith, and Gratitude

    Sheneka Leggison, senior underwriter for Pearl's real estate errors and omissions program, never expected a career in insurance. When she was younger, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. "Anybody who…

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  • Protect Your Home from These Holiday Hazards

    Protect Your Home from These Holiday Hazards

    The holiday season is officially upon us, and unfortunately, many of our seasonal traditions present a special set of risks for homeowners each year. As you gear up for the…

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  • Tracey Blumenshine—Going with the Flow

    Tracey Blumenshine—Going with the Flow

    For Tracey Blumenshine, her team and family—sprinkled with laughter and love—keep her going. As Business Insurance Operations Supervisor, Tracey oversees a team of service center technicians at Pearl's Peoria Heights…

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  • Civic Engagement Doesn’t End After an Election

    Civic Engagement Doesn’t End After an Election

    Congratulations! You made it through another nasty political cycle. But the problems facing America—and the world at large—won’t ever be solved in a single election. 2020 has been a historic…

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  • Change of Season Brings New Claims Risks

    Change of Season Brings New Claims Risks

    With daylight savings time and cooler temperatures marking the change of season for much of the country, weather remains a concern for business owners. Not only do you have the…

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  • Cheryl Staller – A Balanced Approach

    Cheryl Staller – A Balanced Approach

    When her high school accounting teacher told Cheryl Staller she should go into accounting, Cheryl scoffed and thought, no way! After getting her degree in business management and working in…

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  • Navigating a Tricky 2020 Halloween

    Navigating a Tricky 2020 Halloween

    Adding to an already scary year is the idea that we may have to give up some of the classic traditions tied to one of our beloved holidays—Halloween. But just…

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  • Justin McGhee—The (Nick) Name Says it All

    Justin McGhee—The (Nick) Name Says it All

    Justin McGhee is fondly referred to as "Bleader" by his coworkers at Pearl. While many of us may have garnered office nicknames, Justin's carries a particularly inspiring meaning. "'Bleader' actually…

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  • Is It Time for a Social Media Detox?

    Is It Time for a Social Media Detox?

    There’s no doubt social media has the power to bring people together in a powerful way. But it also has the ability to do the opposite. And because the pandemic…

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  • Sam Daugherty—The Candy Man Cometh

    Sam Daugherty—The Candy Man Cometh

    Variety is the spice of life, and Sam Daugherty—one of our digital marketing strategists—adds an undeniable zest to the Pearl family mix. Just like the sweets he loves so much,…

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