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Why You Should Be A Member of IBASFV

Political advocacy is why you should be a member of IBASFV. A lion's share of the association's resources goes to protecting your business interests in the legislative, regulatory and judicial arenas. However, IBASFV provides so many more benefits to help you run your business successfully. Here are just a few.


Training Your People:

IBASFV provides Continuing Education credit classes, but we do much more. We are dedicated to training as a tool to increase productivity. Perhaps that's why members rank our professional education programs nearly as high as advocacy among membership benefits. Insurance Skills Center (ISC) can fulfill your CE needs but is even more eager to help you train your people to levels that improve your firm's productivity. ISC also mobilizes quickly to offer timely training on new laws and hot insurance topics.


IBASFV membership makes your firm eligible for sizable discounts on ISC seminars, including programs like the Palm Springs Getaway. In addition ISC offers onsite training for your people with topics tailored to the needs and practices of your firm. ISC introduced a new service designed to help members identify and eliminate potential E&O exposures, premium leakage and retention problem. ISC also offers the largest agribusiness conference for insurance professionals in the nation with the only agribusiness insurance designation, as well as online 24x7 education courses.


Telling Your Story:

IBASFV provides tools you can use to promote your value and image. Through our newly designed website we offer consumers information that helps them make good personal and commercial insurance purchasing decisions. And through our "Find a Broker" search engine, we bring together more than 200 consumers and IBASFV members each day. We also conduct campaigns to inform the media about how members serve the public. Our trained Media Team, Speakers Bureau and local association community outreach offers additional public relations support. Plus we are working with IIABA to implement the Trusted Choice Branding Initiative & Advertising Program, which already has exposed independent agents and brokers to more than 25 million people each quarter via newspaper, magazine, television and Internet coverage.


Providing You Valuable Information:

IBASFV e-publications are your trusted source for industry and association news. We provide breaking news and other important information on our website daily and through email broadcasts sent directly to you.


First-Call, Free-Legal Service:

IBASFV membership entitles you to a first-call-free legal service with attorneys who understand your business and can help you with initial legal questions on insurance practices as well as employment-related issues. While we can't represent a member in court, through our Legal Defense Fund we take up those issues that affect all the members. Our victories have saved members hundreds of millions of dollars.


Exclusive Products and Services:

Through our IBASFV Service Corp we've concentrated on enhancing our insurance products to make them more useful and easier for you to use. Members have responded by increasing their use of our products and services by more than 20 percent this past year. Stay ahead of your competition by gaining access to more than a dozen markets not readily available to other agents and brokers.


Group Buying Discounts:

The collective strength of the IBASFV membership creates many opportunities for you to save through our group discount programs on industry publications, reference materials, personnel assessment tools, advertising consulting services, office supplies, phone plans, and travel and entertainment cards.


Networking Opportunities:

The board of directors of IBASFV takes up the issues most critical to the future of your business. You can join the board quarterly as they discuss and debate the issues. You'll meet and hear from top industry leaders and experts, and enjoy exchanging ideas and visiting with friends. IBASFV also offers the Blue Ribbon Conference and the Young Brokers and Agents Conference, both great opportunities for your people to network with their peers and leading insurers.


IBASFV's local association network also provides opportunities for you to form useful relationships. Local associations conduct luncheon meetings, educational seminars, sports events, "I" Days, holiday parties and much more.


24x7 Member Services Available:

Perhaps the most valuable feature of your IBASFV membership is the fact that so many benefits are available to you 24x7 through our website. But we haven't forgotten the importance of personal service.




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