Every business is different and has its own set of risks. We operate in a shrinking world, and the risks faced by local businesses are increasing and interrelated to what may be happening around the world. Every business will suffer some claim or financial loss during its lifetime. We have found four emerging risks that every business must face and address.
Natural Catastrophes – In the Northeast, every business is subject to weather and other natural events. While business insurance may cover many of these, it pays to be prepared. Have you considered flood insurance or wind insurance if you operate close to the coast? We suggest that every business have an emergency plan to help them manage through natural catastrophes.
Cyber Risk – A small business now has a greater chance of having a cyber-breach than of having a fire. It is important to have cyber liability insurance in place, and have a set of cyber procedures to help reduce the possibility of a breach.
Foreign Products – There is an increase of products, parts, equipment, tools, and more that are being manufactured outside the U.S. This can create an issue for local businesses, especially if the product fails and causes a loss. If you use or sell any products manufactured oversees, make sure that you have received a Certificate of Products Liability Insurance, and make sure that your insurance carriers know this.
The Workforce – The workforce is getting older, and local businesses must attract new and younger employees. It will be important for businesses to consider things like remote workers, flex time, and a more creative working environment, to attract the next generation of workers. In addition, employers must consider increasing benefits packages, retirement programs, and other non-financial perks.