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How to Find the Best Business Insurance Coverage

As a business owner in Minnesota, it is highly recommended to work with an experienced and accountable insurance agent who can customize your coverage. There are many state and federal regulations that are constantly changing, and the requirements for one business might be completely different than another. It is crucial for commercial or industrial business owners to assess their specific needs and risks, and to abide by Minnesota state laws.

Below is a comprehensive guide to help you choose the best insurance for your business in Minnesota. Important things to consider during your search include:

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Types of Business Insurance

There are several different types of business insurance that may be necessary depending on your specific industry and circumstances. Here are some of the different types of insurance to consider that might be right for your company:

1. Worker's Compensation Insurance

Minnesota law requires most employers to carry worker’s compensation insurance to provide benefits to employees who are injured or become ill due to work-related activities.

2. Commercial General Liability Insurance (CGL)

CGL insurance helps protect businesses from liability claims arising from bodily injury, property damage, or personal injury.

3. Commercial Property Insurance

This type of insurance covers physical assets such as buildings, equipment, inventory, and furnishings in the event of damage or loss due to covered perils like fire, theft, or natural disasters.

4. Commercial Auto Insurance

If your business owns vehicles, commercial auto insurance is necessary to cover liability and property damage in case of accidents.

5. Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, can protect businesses from claims related to professional mistakes or negligence.

6. Business Owner's Policy (BOP)

A BOP combines various coverages, including property, liability, and business interruption insurance, making it a cost-effective option for small to medium-sized businesses.

7. Cyber Liability Insurance

This type of insurance helps protect businesses from the financial consequences of cyberattacks, data breaches, and other cyber threats.

8. Commercial Umbrella Insurance

An umbrella policy provides additional liability coverage beyond the limits of other liability policies.

9. Business Interruption Insurance

This coverage helps replace lost income and pay for extra expenses if a covered event (such as a fire or natural disaster) interrupts business operations.

*Please contact us to verify if the above coverages apply to your specific needs as not all policies are the same.

Minnesota Business Insurance FAQs

Are there any types of business insurance required by law in Minnesota?

The only one that is completely mandatory for all businesses is commercial auto insurance. If you own or operate a vehicle under the title of a business, you are required to have commercial auto insurance for liability coverage. Most of the other types such as worker’s compensation, professional liability insurance or standard liability insurance are usually required, but not always.

Do I need business insurance if I operate from home?

It’s not mandatory, but you should always consider purchasing business insurance for home-based businesses, especially if you have clients coming to you or if you are keeping business-related inventory at your home. Depending on your activities, you might need a business owner’s policy (BOP) or additional coverage such as in-home business insurance. Homeowner’s insurance typically doesn’t cover business-related liabilities, so having separate business insurance is essential to protect your assets.

Is workers' compensation insurance necessary if I don't have employees?

In Minnesota, workers’ compensation insurance is not usually required for sole proprietors or partners who don’t have employees. However, if you hire employees, you may need to obtain workers’ compensation coverage to protect them in case of work-related injuries.

What are examples of industry-specific business insurance requirements in Minnesota?

Construction – Contractors in Minnesota often need to obtain surety bonds, which serve as a financial guarantee to complete a construction project. Common types include bid bonds, performance bonds, and payment bonds. Construction contractors may also be required to carry liability insurance to protect against bodily injury and property damage claims that may arise during construction projects.

Healthcare – Healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, may be required to carry medical malpractice insurance to cover claims of negligence or errors in patient care. Additionally, healthcare facilities may need general liability insurance to protect against claims of bodily injury or property damage on their premises.

Transportation and Trucking – Transportation and trucking companies are required to carry commercial auto insurance to cover liability for accidents, just like any other business that operates motor vehicles in Minnesota. In addition, many trucking companies may need cargo insurance to protect the goods they transport or services they are transporting in case of damage or theft during transit.

Professional Services – For  lawyers, accountants, and consultants, companies are often required (or at least strongly advised) to carry professional liability insurance to protect against claims of errors, omissions, or negligence in their professional services.

Retail Industry – Retailers may need product liability insurance to protect against claims arising from defects or injuries caused by products they sell. In the last few decades, retail and commercial businesses that handle customer data should always consider adding cyber liability insurance to protect against data breaches and cyber threats.

Business Insurance Carriers

At Truax & Associates, we place a premium on delivering exceptional business insurance solutions tailored precisely to your needs. Our devoted team is focused on securing the perfect policy for you, allowing you to navigate your business ventures with complete confidence. We’ve partnered with top-tier providers in the industry to offer you unparalleled coverage options, including:

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215 Western Ave Northwest
Faribault, MN 55021

Note: From May - September, we are only open on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month.