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Small Business Insurance in Half Moon Bay, CA and San Mateo County

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 Weller/O'Brien Insurance Services 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.

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Weller/O'Brien Insurance Services

720 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Main office: 650-726-6328

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Testimonials

I live in Santa Cruz and work in Half Moon Bay. I decided to go with Weller O'Brien in HMB because it's a smaller town, and I figured they would give me more attention and better service than if I went to someone in Santa Cruz. I wasn't let down. They are always quick to return my calls. I am more then just a policy to them. I've never had an insurance salesman go over a policy like that before. It made me confident that I was with the right group.

Brian S.
Kevin and all of his staff have been great in handling all of my insurance needs for my personal and business operations. Not only is it helpful having them local so I can pop in any time but they also help me understand the different insurance options available to me. Thanks Kevin

Bryan B.
Weller O'Brien Insurance Services in Half Moon Bay, California is wonderful! On my Homeowners Insurance Policy they were able to give me better coverage and save me money. Kevin, Barbara and Adam are always courteous and friendly. If you are in their office or speaking with them on the phone they always make you feel special. I do not hesitate to refer my friends to them..

Teresa A.
Kevin is the best! We have our business insurance with him and we are very happy. His staff is top notch and very helpful. They have a cool new office in downtown HMB, perfect for people that want a face to face in this day in age where so many things are online and impersonal. Thanks for everything Kevin and crew.....we love you.

Mike A.
When looking for homeowners insurance, I checked out several companies. Weller O'Brien by far had the best customer service. Their insurance coverage was comparable to other companies, only much less expensive. Every time I've called I've spoken with Betty, Adam or Kevin directly and all my questions have been answered. They even looked over my auto insurance to make sure that I was fully covered. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing new insurance or wanting to have their current insurance evaluated.

Angela B.