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Small Business In COVID-19

Five tips for small business owners during the pandemic

Businesses are struggling around the world during these unprecedented times. Through lockdowns, new regulations, shifting markets, restricted consumer interactions, and so many more factors, many small businesses worry about the future. Entrepreneurs are a tough group of people and not…

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Starke Agency Receives 2020 “Best Practices” Insurance Award

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Starke Agency, Inc. is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies selected for inclusion to Best Practices Study Group. More than 1,300 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual…

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COVID-19 Scams

Life-altering events seem to bring out the best and the worst in people. The COVID-19 pandemic has been just that—a life-altering event. Outside of all the obvious negative ways the pandemic has affected us, coronavirus scams are popping up everywhere…

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Senate Passes Cares Act

CARES Act Summary: Businesses

We at Starke want to make sure you stay informed as new information arises every day. We are certain you're receiving numerous emails relating to COVID-19. It is our intent to provide useful, current information. Below is a summary of…

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Starke Agency Response to COVID-19

As of last Thursday, all staff, except for critical support, are working from home and have call-forwarding from their direct dial numbers to their cellphones.Support staff that choose to come in will practice social distancing.We were ahead of our peers…

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Global Map COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19 Effect on Global Economy

The coronavirus also known as COVID-19 that affects the immune system and lungs took its first victim in Wuhan, China on January 11, 2020. Since then, it has spread worldwide. Affecting mostly those with compromised immune systems, kids and seniors.…

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Commerce Street Legends Celebrate Anniversaries

Commerce Street Legends

As we enter the new year, we can't help but look back at 2019 and what it meant to our business and others' on Commerce Street. There were many celebrations in 2019, but it’s safe to say that three neighboring…

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Planning For The Unexpected

As a business owner, it is important to plan ahead and plan for the unexpected. When you hear the word emergency, do you think of a fire, chemical spill, medical accident or some other type of emergency that might occur…

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The ’10s:

The agency entered the current decade with more breadth than ever. We hired three young producers for the future. You have to keep growing to stay relevant.   Technology is at a turning point as we’ve gone to a “cloud-based”…

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The ’00s:

The implementation of technology and expansion of the agency in the previous decade brought the agency to a new height. We were one of the first independent agencies to have a website. At that time a website was a big…

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A Decade A Day: The ’90s

In the ‘90s, the agency would expand "with confidence" rapidly. Remember the 70’s when the agency’s Gross Premium was close to half a million? At the beginning of the 1990s that number was a lot closer to 9 million—18 times…

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A Decade a Day: The ’80s

The ‘80s: The 1980’s brings us to our fourth and current location in downtown Montgomery, Alabama: 210 Commerce St.  The building, previously known as the Old Implement Store dates back to 1895 and boasts some of Montgomery’s most extravagant Victorian…

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The ’70s:

Bo had been working at the agency for almost 10 years when he decided his father, Bo Sr. was spending more time at the Beauvoir Club than he was in the agency. So, he decided to tell his father he…

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The ’60s:

In 1962 Bolling P. “Bo Bo” Starke, II, joined the agency after two years of military service. Current President, Trey Starke, recalls being told that at the time the agency profits were split between the three family members—Bo Sr., Bo…

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The ’50s:

While the insurance industry and Montgomery continued to expand, the agency hired its first family member. Joe Jordan, Bo’s brother-in-law, began working at the agency as their second producer. By the 1950's Rawlings was no longer backing the agency and…

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A Decade a Day: The ’40s

The decade begins the year after WWII began. Bolling, better known as “Bo”, left the states and went to Germany to serve with the Red Cross during the War. He had tried to enlist but due to his age (late…

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A Decade a Day: The ’30s

In honor of our 90th anniversary, we thought to share some of Starke’s most interesting and pivotal points through the last 9 decades over the course of 9 days. The agency was established in 1929, so our first ‘real’ decade…

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Starke Agency Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Starke Agency celebrates its 90th anniversary providing insurance and risk management to the people and businesses of the River Region and beyond. Starke is marking its 90th anniversary on September 5, 2019, which has been proclaimed Starke Agency day. There…

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Starke Agency Receives MarshBerry’s 2019 MAX Performer Award

MONTGOMERY, AL, June 25, 2019 –MarshBerry is excited to announce that Starke Agency, Inc., of Montgomery, AL, is the winner of the 2019 annual Southeast MAX Performer recognition award. The MAX Performer award is a mark of distinction given to…

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Celebrating National Small Business Week

It’s National Small Business Week and all things small business are being celebrated! Small businesses are absolutely vital to the U.S. economy. More than 30 million small businesses employ close to 59 million people in the U.S. And this makes up…

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Employer Actions to Address the Opioid Crisis

“Our nation is facing the deadliest drug crisis in its history”, is how the article in the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research begins when referencing opioids/opiates. What begins usually as a legitimate use of these medications may end…

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Starke Agency in Top 12 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama

Starke Agency has been designated as one of the Top 12 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama for the 2017 fiscal year. This isn’t the first time the agency has ranked amongst the Top 12 Insurance agencies in the state.…

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New Assistant Commercial Account Advisor

Mandy comes to Starke after a two-year hiatus from the world of 8-5's to spend time with her two children, Hazen & Olivia. Mandy has previously worked over a decade in claims management, working specifically with medical claims. She is…

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Starke Awarded Best Practices

Starke Agency, Inc. retains its Best Practices status, once again becoming a part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States. This status comes by participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA…

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Welcoming Bobby Barnes, Director of Sales and Marketing

Bobby, a 29-year veteran in the insurance industry, comes to us after most recently working as Client Advocate/Account Executive for Willis Towers Watson. He has previously worked in both local and private agencies, including Starke Agency itself, and publicly traded…

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Anna Watts Csr

Welcome Anna Watts, Commercial Account Advisor

Starke Agency, Inc., Montgomery’s oldest independent insurance agency, is pleased to announce the recent hire of Anna Watts, our newest Commercial Account Advisor. Watts graduated from Troy University in December of 2017 with a degree in Business Administration with a…

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Data breaches mean more work for Alabama businesses

It has been two months since Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed Act No.2018-396, regarding data breaches, into law.  However, it is never too late to be reminded of the provisions that come with it. Obligations in the new law “All…

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Starke Agency in Top 10 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama

Starke Agency has been designated as one of the Top 10 Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies in Alabama for the 2016 fiscal year. This isn’t the first time the agency has ranked amongst the Top 10 Insurance agencies in the state.…

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Driving and Distraction: A Growing Problem for Your Business

According to the 2016 US Market on Car Rental Data, over 2.3 million cars were in service by companies in the US. With that many company cars on the road, we can assume most companies with fleets will have their…

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5 Free Apps For Your Small Business

Payroll, taxes, employee benefits –the list could go on. Thankfully, today’s technology makes it easier than ever to do just that. Since business costs are enough, we thought these freebies may interest you.  Check out the following 5 apps that…

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Starke Agency: Giving Your Business Confidence Moving Forward

As a business owner, you can know that with Starke you will have "Confidence Moving Forward". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8ByTPdTLGA&feature=youtu.be

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When Software Isn’t Enough: Cyber Insurance

Just because you operate a small business don’t think you are not a target for cyber attacks. Actually, you may be a more attractive target because larger corporations have much more sophisticated safeguards and software against cyber attacks although those…

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2016: A Year to Remember

2016 was quite the year! Filled with not just work, but fun, food, charity, concerts, golf tournaments and more, 2016 brought lots of love and left us with lots of memories! Furthermore, we acquired 3 new employees: Melissa Thurber, CFO;…

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New Overtime Rule

Effective December 1, 2016—only 113 days from now—the new overtime “final rule” will change a variety of facets of the previous overtime law. The final rule will: Raise the previous employee salary threshold for eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476…

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Workplace 2.0

It’s 2016 and things are a’changin—including the workplace. “Treadmill desks. Bouncy ball chairs. Tablets on public transit. Wi-fi on airplanes. Our workplace is more mobile than ever.” Welcome to Workplace 2.0. Traveler’s Insurance has deemed Workplace 2.0 as, well, anywhere…

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Welcoming New Hire, William H. Van Hooser

We are happy to announce that we have hired William Van Hooser as the new Employee Benefits/Life Advisor. Van Hooser, a graduate of Auburn University, brings to Starke 3 years of experience working with Traveler’s and has worked with multiple…

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Trey Starke Recognized by CIC for Twenty Years of Leadership

Trey Starke, CPCU, CIC of Starke Agency, Montgomery, was recently honored for his ongoing pledge to education, commitment to excellence, and dedication to the insurance profession. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors presented Mr. Starke with a formally-inscribed certificate for…

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The Cost of Caring: Health Industry Risks

Specialized health-related workplaces can be easy instigators to a claim. NURSES A new report published by the Nurses Service Organization or, NSO, found that malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. Nurses who had practiced at least 16 years…

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Introducing our new Director of Sales & Marketing: Mark J. Ludick

Mark has just recently moved from Mobile, AL, to take on the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at Starke Agency. He officially started with us yesterday, January 19th and we are so excited to have him! A 30…

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Does Your Business Need Business Interruption Insurance?

If you’re wondering, the answer is yes. You never know when your business may suffer from a crippling event. Whether it is a fire, tornado or other disaster that causes your business to come to a standstill, business interruption insurance…

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September/October Starke Round-Up

As the new Brand Manager at Starke Agency, since I began working here September 9th, there has not been a day go by that hasn’t made me love this company or my job here more and more. From the September…

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Best Practices

Starke Agency Selected as 2015 Best Practices Agency

Once again, for the ninth straight year, we at  Starke Agency, Inc., Montgomery's oldest independent insurance agency, have been selected by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) as a "Best Practices" insurance agency. Each year since 1993, IIABA and…

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General Liability vs. Professional Liability: Insurance for Small Businesses

As a small business owner it is vital to protect your company and yourself from claims. It is safe to assume that many small business owners know of and have general liability insurance; but, what about professional liability insurance? While…

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Wage and hour: Employee fairness

Lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been becoming increasingly popular in the last years. While you might think that you are being fair to all of your employees—full-time, part-time and temporary—sometimes being too flexible, and what you…

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Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Employer misclassification of their employees as independent contractors continues to be a hot topic for business owners and the IRS, as FedEx and Uber are two huge corporations that have recently found themselves in lawsuits over this dispute. Misclassification occurs…

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Non-Owned and Hired Auto Liability

When it comes to protecting your business from potential automobile exposures, you may be under the false impression that a standard Commercial Automobile Policy (BAP) is the only type of coverage needed for vehicles owned or rented by your company.…

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Pitfalls of General Liability Insurance

With each new year, it seems as if the landscape for the construction industry becomes increasingly complicated. Knowing this, Starke Agency hosted a Contractual Risk Transfer Lunch and Learn to clear up any confusion our clients may have about this…

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Joy to Life’s “Walk of Life”

Joy to Life’s Walk of Life was a huge success! We had a great time participating in the race and meeting all of the participants! If you see a picture that you’re in, please feel free to download it! For…

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4 Tips to Reduce Your Workers Compensation Costs

Did you know: Workers' compensation programs in the United States and federal programs together paid $56.0 billion in medical and cash benefits in 2004, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2003 payments. As an employer, you may be concerned about…

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April is shaping up to be an exciting month here at Starke Agency, and we couldn’t be more excited! From Joy to Life’s “Walk of Life,” to AWF’s Cook off, to Meals on Wheels, our office has plenty of activities…

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Why your special event may need special insurance attention

The city of Montgomery is buzzing with excitement, as it prepares for the historical anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery that took place 50 years ago. For almost the entire month of March, there will be special events…

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Top 5 Reasons to Get Cyber Liability Insurance

Does your business use a computer? If the answer is yes, (and it’s safe to say that is the answer for most;) your business is in danger of a data breach. Cyber security is a problem for every business, but…

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Joey Beattie Obtains Prestigious CIC Designation

Starke Agency’s Direct of Marketing, Joey Beattie, recently obtained his Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation, after successfully completing the required classes, course work and written exams specified by the National Alliance for Insurance & Education Research. “Joey’s dedication to professional…

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Fiduciary Liability Insurance—Make Sure You’re Covered

By Trey Starke, CPCU, CIC Do you have fiduciary responsibilities? Are your personal assets at risk? Are you subject to lawsuits, fines and penalties? If you are an owner or officer who makes decisions about your company’s 401(k) plan or…

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Five Ways to Prepare Your Business for Disaster

By Charlie Harris, CIC, CRM, CSRM DID YOU KNOW: - More than 1 in 4 businesses will experience a significant crisis in a given year. - Of those businesses that experience a disaster and have no emergency plan, 43% never…

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Three Tips to Protecting Your Business Online

By Andy Flowers, RPLU, CPCU, ASLI While there may be those who believe that an online security breach is nothing more than an embarrassing, inconvenient mishap for the business, the reality of the situation is actually quite the contrary. According…

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Starke Agency Iron Bowl Food Drive

Iron Bowl. Two words that can immediately evoke pride, distaste and a heated word exchange between two people faster than you can say “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle!” The University of Alabama and Auburn University have been meeting to play…

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Starke Agency Selected as a Best Practice Insurance Agency

Starke Agency, Inc., Montgomery’s oldest independent insurance agency was selected again as a Best Practice Insurance Agency. Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories. More than 1,100…

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