Employee fraud can be a big problem for small business owners. This video — produced by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners — includes convicted fraudsters, comments from a small business owner who was ripped off, and practical tips anyone can use (especially small business owners) to be better protected.
This is a great tool to help educate your small business clients on employee fraud and then opens the door to talk about additional insurance coverage they my want to purchase.

Webinar: Gone Viral: Preparing for Pandemics

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 2:00PM ET

Reserve your seat now.

Communicable diseases are at the top of the nation’s consciousness recently, and with so many health concerns swirling around, it is important to remember the best defense against any illness remains preparedness. The devastating effect of the Ebola crisis in West Africa has reared its ugly head here in the U.S., but has only affected a few Americans thus far. However, the preparedness steps and lessons learned from this news story can be applied to far greater threats like the upcoming flu season and other communicable diseases. The annual death toll from the flu virus alone ranges from a few thousand to almost 50,000 Americans. The time to begin preparing is now.

Join national leader in disaster recovery & preparedness education, Agility Recovery, as we cover important information regarding Ebola, Enterovirus D68 and the 2014-15 flu season, as well as steps to reduce the risk of illness in the work environment.

We will cover critical preventive actions to stop the spread of germs in the workplace, as well as steps to help your organization work through an outbreak and keep your organization operational. With proper planning, education and services, an organization can minimize sick days and reduce health costs, while ensuring that productivity and quality are maintained.

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Free Whitepaper – GONE VIRAL: The Complete Guide to Pandemic Planning

GONE VIRAL: The Complete Guide to Pandemic PlanningEbola, Flu and Employee Absenteeism – How to Protect Your Firm, Your Clients and the Bottom Line

From Ebola to Enterovirus D68, communicable diseases have been all over the news lately. With so many health concerns swirling around, it is important to remember the best defense against any illness remains preparedness.  To help you prepare, The Anderson Network and partner Agility Recovery have developed a pandemic preparedness whitepaper that will not only educate you on the topic, but provide actionable advice on what you can do to protect your employees, your clients and your organization.

Download Link: The Complete Guide To Pandemic Planning

“Episode 570: The Fine Print”
by NPR Planet Money

The Fine Print
September 19, 2014

The NPR Planet Money radio show is one I listen to consistently. This episode tackled insurance policies and why they can be difficult to understand. It does a very good job of explaining — in non-insurance language — why certain provision are in most standard policies. You should listen to it and recommend it to your clients and prospects.

3D Printed Heart Helps Surgeons

Operating on a child’s heart is a challenging procedure. Not only is the organ (presumably) defective, but it’s also small, complex, and delicate. So when Louisville, Kentucky, heart surgeon Erle Austin was preparing to operate on 14-month-old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart, he first showed the scans of the muscle to two other surgeons, both of whom gave him “conflicting advice on how to proceed,” according to the Courier-Journal.

Roland Lian Cung Bawi's 3D heart

Then, Austin turned to the University of Louisville’s engineering school, which hooked him up with a MakerBot Replicator 2X. Using a computer model generated by the boy’s radiologist, the engineers fed the MakerBot with a new kind of flexible polymer “that’s similar in consistency to heart muscle,” Timothy Gornet, manager of the Rapid Prototyping Center at U of L, told the Courier-Journal. They printed out three cross-sections of the heart, blown up to-scale, so the surgeons could see the interior.

The model helped the surgical team cut down on operating time and reduce exploratory surgeries. The surgeons are also fairly certain that Roland won’t need to have follow-up procedures. “Once I had a model, I knew exactly what I needed to do and how I could do it,” Austin told the Courier-Journal. “It was a tremendous benefit.”

3D printing is still in its nascence, and it’s certainly far away from being able to solve problems for the general public. Still, it’s found a number of uses in specialized cases like building a replacement hand for a young boy. 3D-printing’s potential for modeling complex systems before high-stakes operations is one of its best use-cases.

Tesla Just Unveiled the Future of Driving

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, unveiled last night their newest car — the Model D. For car enthusiast (which I am not one) it appears to have impressive power. What caught my attention was their new AutoPilot. Think cruise control on steroids.

This is not — yet — a fully autonomous car. According to Musk, Tesla isn’t ready to make the jump yet. A major issues is waiting for regulator to figure out how to handle self-driving cars. The AutoPilot is capable of getting you home safely if you happen to fall asleep while driving. Owners will also be able to have the car to pick them up autonomously, as long as they’re on private property, where DOT and other regulations don’t apply. “The car can do almost anything,” he said.

See for yourself. Watch this video from SlashGear. The future of driving is available today. What do you think?

The Mobile Mind Shift (Groundswell Press, 2014)

Mobile has reprogrammed your customers’ brains.

Your customers now turn to their smartphones for everything. What’s tomorrow’s weather? Is the flight on time? Where’s the nearest store, and is this product cheaper there? Whatever the question, the answer is on the phone. This Pavlovian response is the mobile mind shift — the expectation that I can get what I want, anytime, in my immediate context.

Your new battleground for customers is this mobile moment — the instant in which your customer is seeking an answer. If you’re there for them, they’ll love you; if you’re not, you’ll lose their business. Both entrepreneurial companies like Dropbox and huge corporations like Nestlé are winning in that mobile moment. Are you?

I found this book fascinating to read and – at the same time – made me very concerned for the insurance industry that appears unwilling to adjust to a consumer expectation (personal or business) that they can access their insurance information in a mobile moment.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand changing consumer expectations.