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  • Jack Pearl—The Start of It All

    Jack Pearl—The Start of It All

    Today, we have a very special edition of People of Pearl. We are focusing on the one man who started it all—our founder, Jack Pearl. Without his big dreams and…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Danielle Schoonmaker—A Happy Warrior

    Danielle Schoonmaker—A Happy Warrior

    One of our key missions at Pearl Insurance is to help people get back on track amidst a difficult situation. As it turns out, Danielle Schoonmaker—one of Pearl's marketing coordinators…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Ways to Stay Connected While Apart

    Ways to Stay Connected While Apart

    There's no denying it… a pandemic can take a toll on physical relationships and mental health. So during a time where tensions are high and physical contact is low, we…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Car Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

    Car Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

    Whether you want to visit friends and family or you're just ready for a change of scenery, the urge to pack up and hit the road can sound awfully tempting.…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Firm's Insurance

    5 Ways to Save Money on Your Firm’s Insurance

    Insurance is a necessary business expense, but there are ways to reduce your premiums if your bottom line needs a little boost. Here are five quick and easy ways to…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • How to Build an Accessible Website

    How to Build an Accessible Website

    Website accessibility is a concept many organizations take for granted. While many websites are built with the assumption that all users can see or hear the content being presented, some…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Brandon Morgan–Kansas City Has It All!

    Brandon Morgan–Kansas City Has It All!

    If you ask Brandon Morgan the best thing about working in Pearl's Kansas City office, he has one answer. "It's the Chiefs, of course!" he laughs. "Seriously though, KC is…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • How Sunshine Can Brighten Your Existence

    How Sunshine Can Brighten Your Existence

    Most of us are spending far more time indoors this summer than we’d like. While social distancing and abstaining from as many non-essential outings as possible will continue to be…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Emily Carpenter—Life Is What You Make It

    Emily Carpenter—Life Is What You Make It

    Like many of us at Pearl, senior insurance representative Emily Carpenter didn't grow up dreaming of working in the insurance industry. "I originally wanted to work in law enforcement," Emily…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • How to Prepare for Severe Weather

    How to Prepare for Severe Weather

    The early summer months are the perfect time to go outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But for much of the country, late spring and early summer also bring a…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Ingrid McKay—Service, Faith, Family

    Ingrid McKay—Service, Faith, Family

    It only takes a few moments to discern what's most important to Ingrid McKay. As a customer care representative for Pearl Insurance in New York, Ingrid enjoys assisting customers with…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Captive Agent vs. Broker: What's the Difference?

    Captive Agent vs. Broker: What’s the Difference?

    To pick the right insurance company for your specific business needs, it's important to understand the different types of professionals that make up the insurance industry. Largely, there are two…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Meet the People of Pearl Insurance: Mahita Kolli

    Mahita Kolli—Family Is My Prized Possession

    If you ask Mahita (Mahi) Kolli what makes her smile and what brings joy to her day, she has an answer quick as can be­—her family. "I know it sounds…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Prioritize Self-Care to Maintain Well-Being

    Prioritize Self-Care to Maintain Well-Being

    These are challenging times. Due to the global pandemic, many face significant changes—work-from-home schedules, school closures, quarantines, social distancing, lost incomes, and more. Life as we knew it has significantly…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Beware of Coronavirus Scams

    Beware of Coronavirus Scams

    The novel coronavirus—or COVID-19—pandemic has led to an unprecedented economic disruption at a global level. Businesses around the world are being forced into telecommunication solutions by government orders, meaning many…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • How to Pick the Right Insurance Agent for Your Business

    How to Pick the Right Insurance Agent for Your Business

    There are many qualified insurance agents and brokers who are available to you. And, unfortunately, there are also plenty of folks who have passed a licensing exam that really have…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • How to Recognize a Phishing Attack

    How to Recognize a Phishing Attack

    In a world of ransomware and data theft, phishing attacks remain one of the biggest cybersecurity threats to businesses. According to the FBI’s 2017 cybercrime report, fraudulent emails resulted in…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • 6 Worst Password Ideas You Should Avoid

    6 Worst Password Ideas You Should Avoid

    In the Mel Brooks classic Spaceballs, there's a scene where the main villain, Dark Helmet, remarks on the stupidity of using a password like "12345," remarking it's the kind of…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • How to Stay Secure on WiFi Networks

    How to Stay Secure on WiFi Networks

    Whether you're working from home or a hotel, it's important to exercise caution with wireless networks. If you are running a wireless router at home, make sure you are using WPA…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Marijuana Legalization & the Office: Creating a Policy

    How to Create a Marijuana Policy for Your Office

    Once only theorized, marijuana legalization becomes more of a reality every year with more states passing legislation allowing for its medical and/or recreational use. To date, 11 states—and Washington, D.C.—have…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Teamwork Needed to Fight Climate Change

    Teamwork Needed to Fight Climate Change

    Have you heard? The Earth is still in trouble. Yes, we're in the middle of unprecedented times, but the pandemic will end. And, though carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • COVID-19 and Your Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

    COVID-19 and Your Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

    Conducting business has never been more fraught with questions, concerns, and ever-changing rules. As a professional, and perhaps an owner, you're probably seeking clarification and advice on how to conduct…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • 4 Signs It's Time to Look for a New Insurance Broker

    4 Sure Signs It’s Time to Look for a New Broker

    Knowing how to select a commercial broker is helpful, and we will dive into that in a separate post. But what if you already have a broker and are less…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Coronavirus & Insurance: An FAQ for Business Owners

    Coronavirus & Insurance: An FAQ for Business Owners

    The novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, has created widespread economic disruption at an unprecedented level across the world. As doctors, scientists, and politicians race to find a vaccine—or even simply effective…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • 7 Cybersecurity Tips for Working Remotely

    7 Cybersecurity Tips for Working Remotely

    Employees working remotely is trending upward in recent years with employers becoming more open to the concept. While having the choice of your work environment may seem like a great…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • 6-Spring-Cleaning-Tips-for-Your-Home

    6 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home

    As warmer weather thaws the snow and ice outside, hibernation is finally coming to an end. Springtime is a season of renewal and rebirth, but it can also come with…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Meet the People of Pearl Insurance: Vicki Holcomb

    Vicki Holcomb—A Welcome Smile and a Friendly Hello

    If you've visited Pearl Insurance in Peoria Heights or contacted us by phone, you've probably had a conversation with Vicki. Vicki Holcomb is our senior switchboard operator at Pearl. "I…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Five Overlooked Women in History

    Five Overlooked Women in History

    Today, there are still many battles we are fighting to overcome. And gender equality is still near the top. The sad truth is it took women over 100 years to…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • People of Pearl: Erika Scheirer

    Erika Scheirer—A Nurturing Heart

    Among all of the wonderful people at Pearl Insurance, some are universally recognized for their compassion and understanding. Erika Scheirer, the copywriter team lead within our marketing department, is one…

    by Pearl Insurance
  • Picking the Right Insurance Agent Could Save You Thousands

    Picking the Right Insurance Agent Could Save You Thousands

    A few years ago, a new owner of a tunnel wash operation in the Midwest had the misfortune of having a customer whose vehicle was damaged in their tunnel. At…

    by Pearl Insurance