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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 Heritage Insurance Agency 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 Location

Chico

290 Airpark Boulevard
Chico, CA 95973
Main office: 530-894-3276

Our Providers

"We do business with Heritage Insurance Agency for the excellent, personal customer service we receive. They are there when we need them." Debbie Hobbs-Floors By Ray
Debbie Hobbs-Floors By Ray
"My experience with Heritage, formerly Wagner Insurance Agency has exceeded my very high expectations. They are courteous, knowledgeable, responsive, and genuinely interested in matching their clients with the right coverage at a very competitive price. I was attracted by their ability to meet all insurance needs under “one roof.” But when I found out they could do so while upgrading my coverage and STILL save me money, I knew I had found a special place. Kudos to Steve, Dana, and the rest of the team at Heritage for putting the customer first!" -Lawrence Fowler
Lawrence Fowler
"It isn't what we say about ourselves that matters, it's what others say about us that matters most." -Agency Principal, Steve Mora
Agency Principal - Steve Mora
"Our family farm selected Steve and his team at Heritage Insurance because of their commitment to each client. Valuing the person not the policy, Heritage Insurance works with you individually to obtain the best policy that fits your needs. They are quick to obtain the needs of each client and work diligently in doing so. Steve and Kelly are actively involved in many events directly connecting them to the community." -Theresa Schneider, A&J Family Farms, Inc.
Theresa Schneider - A&J Family Farms, Inc. Chico, CA
"Heritage Insurance Agency has not only provided our families with dependable insurance coverage but most importantly provided us with peace of mind with their knowledge and great service. Steve and his staff are attentive to all our needs for our auto, farm business, worker's comp, crop and even health insurance...they got us covered! I appreciate knowing they are always looking out for us-just like family." -Carolina Burreson, Burreson Farms
Carolina Burreson, Burreson Farms, Orland, CA
"We have been associated with Steve Mora and his family for over 30 years. Because of that personal relationship we were very comfortable in assigning to him all our insurance needs, even though separated by considerable distance. Our coverage includes auto, health, residence and several ranch properties plus an umbrella policy. In this modern age of technology our need for security and the peace of mind that goes with it has been well served by Heritage Insurance Agency." -Eve and Glenn Cherry
Eve and Glenn Cherry, Templeton, CA
Whenever you have a problem or a claim, Steve and Kelly act quickly and you will have an answer immediately. In all the years I have been with Heritage, formerly Wagner Insurance, they have been there to ensure wonderful service and that my claims are handled promptly. They always put the costumer first. I like working with Heritage Insurance because they are a versatile agency that handles all types of insurance needs from Farm, auto, commercial to health and life. - Michael Pearson P & S Farms
Michael Pearson P & S Farms
"Steve always takes the time to educate me and explain my options in a way that makes me confident that he has my best interests at heart. The personalized service you receive on the phone, or the warm welcome you experience when you walk into the office, leaves you feeling as if you are part of the family, instead of a name on a file." -Lisa Mehoff
Lisa Mehoff