Hartford School of Insurance has introduced a small commercial
training program to help new agency professionals gain technical
insurance and sales knowledge to address the unique needs of a small
"Small business is big business - there are about 28 million small
businesses in the United States,1" said Rick Newell, vice
president and head of Small Commercial sales at The Hartford. "The
Hartford School of Insurance is helping to position and differentiate
agents in the small business arena by equipping them with the insight
and skill set needed to engage with small businesses and serve them
Through a combination of self-paced and classroom learning, the Small
Commercial School will provide agents a thorough review of a business
owners policy, auto and workers' compensation policies, as well as
demonstrate how to effectively position the best products and services
for their small business clients. Participants will develop an
understanding of the unique needs of small business owners throughout
the business lifecycle, whether an emerging business, growing company or
a company in transition.
"The Hartford School of Insurance has been educating agents through
cost-effective training on a wide variety of insurance topics for more
than 15 years and agents expressed a need for a curriculum focused on
small business," said Marie Alvarado, assistant vice president of agent
education and consulting, and head of The Hartford School of Insurance.
"Small businesses have been a focus for The Hartford for 30 years and we
are excited to offer agents the tools they need to fully understand the
mindset of small business owners and to help position them for success
in this market."
Agents who participate in this program may be eligible for Continuing
Education (CE) credit hours and the Small Business Coverage Specialist
(SBCS) Designation. For more information about the Small Commercial
Schooland other training offered by The Hartford School of Insurance,
About The Hartford School of Insurance
The Hartford School of Insurance offers property and casualty and group
benefit insurance agents and customer service representatives across the
country a wide array of technical insurance and sales training courses -
from in-depth programs to shorter courses and webinars focused on a
single topic. Programs are available to agents at all levels, whether
they are just starting their insurance career or have years of
experience. The school has trained more than 6,000 students to date,
including producers from the top insurance agencies in the U.S. For more
information, visit www.hartfordschoolofinsurance.com
or call 800-772-0208.
About The Hartford
With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford (NYSE: HIG) is a
leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual
funds. The company is widely recognized for its service excellence,
sustainability practices, trust and integrity. More information on the
company and its financial performance is available at www.thehartford.com.
Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheHartford.
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Some of the statements in this release may be considered forward-looking
statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. We caution investors that these forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ
materially. Investors should consider the important risks and
uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ. These important
risks and uncertainties include those discussed in our Quarterly Reports
on Form 10-Q, our 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the other filings
we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no
obligation to update this release, which speaks as of the date issued.
From time to time, The Hartford may use its website to disseminate
material company information. Financial and other important information
regarding The Hartford is routinely accessible through and posted on our
website at http://ir.thehartford.com.
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1 Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy,
"Frequently Asked Questions about Small Business," September 2012
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