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  • Blog

    Starting an Independent Insurance Agency

    Starting your own independent insurance agency can feel both challenging and overwhelming — and it’s a leading reason many agents start in the captive world or as a producer in someone else’s agency. Many feel that the challenges of simply knowing how to start any business are daunting and simply don’t know where to begin.
  • Whitepapers

    Aggregators vs Clusters vs Networks

    Agency Network. Aggregator. Cluster. The words are used interchangeably in the insurance industry, but are they really the same thing? If you are an independent agent looking for market access and agency growth, is it worth joining some type of an alliance, and how do you know which one is right for you?
  • News

    Smart Choice Named by Inc. Magazine as One of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

    Smart Choice was named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing private companies. This is the 3rd consecutive year Smart Choice has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list with three-year revenue growth of 80%. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Jamba Juice, Timberland, Clif Bar, Pandora, Patagonia, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

  • News

    Smart Choice Reports Breakthrough Growth Metrics and Hiring of Key Executives

    Smart Choice® Agents Program reports breakthrough growth metrics in the first half of 2021 (1H21) and announces strategic hiring of key executives. Of the thousands that applied, over 600 agents were selected to join the partnership network. New executive hires will have leadership positions in Sales and Finance.

    In just six months, 631 independent insurance agents have joined the Smart Choice Agents network. These new partnership agencies represent virtually every type of business from start-ups to well established agency groups with multiple offices.

  • Blog

    Looking for the Best Insurance Clusters to Join?

    Independent insurance agents see the potential of a rewarding career with high earnings. However, unlocking that potential can be tough. The truth is that there’s a lot of competition out there, and it can be difficult to gain access to the best insurance carriers and product lines. Success is possible, but you might need some support to find it — and some agents find that support in insurance clusters.
  • Blog

    The Business Impact of an Insurance Agency Network Partnership

    Independent agents who partner with a high-quality agency network experience better growth and close-ratio outcomes post-relationship. Retention of book of business, opportunities for higher commissions, no network fees, and flexibility to choose which network services to use facilitate agent satisfaction.
  • Blog

    The Independent Insurance Agent Dilemma

    We surveyed and interviewed independent agents from across the United States to understand the hurdles they face, the partnerships they’ve engaged, and how these strategies have affected their businesses. In our research, we explored the options they chose to overcome income and growth barriers while remaining independent.