Insurance 101: Business Insurance For Startups

What types of insurance should a startup company have? What value does an insurance broker provide that I can’t figure out for myself? What are the ‘new’ coverages that a technology startup should consider? Do I need to cover my board of directors? Answers to these questions along with a broad overview of business insurance will be presented.

The guest speakers will also discuss the following topics:

  • The origins of insurance
  • How to assess your business risks
  • What value should your broker bring
  • Business insurance coverages
  • Technology and new risks


Ron Shepherd
Shepherd & Associates Insurance Services, Inc.

Ron Shepherd is the founder and acting CEO of Shepherd & Associates Insurance Services (S&A) since its founding in 1994. His background includes founder and Chief Operating Officer of an insurance services company that was one of ‘INC’s’ 500 fastest growing companies each year it was eligible, officer positions in organizations that specialized in insurance program development, implementation and management and 10 years in public accounting with a ‘Big 4’ accounting firm.

Chris Shepherd
Shepherd & Associates Insurance Services, Inc.

Chris joined S&A in November of 2004 after spending eight years in a client advisory role with MARSH and Willis Insurance Services. He provided property and casualty insurance consultation and product placement to clients ranging from startups to large, international corporations.

About ASL Emerging Business Group: Best Practice Series

Abbott, Stringham, & Lynch (ASL)  Emerging Business Best Practice Series consists of lunchtime seminars that address ideas and facilitate discussions around financing, operations, building a team, and other areas essential to the success of emerging businesses.

ASL established the Emerging Business Group to help start-up and growth companies. The Emerging Business Group provides a knowledge resource center of best practices for emerging businesses to streamline systems and operations, reduce regulatory risk, market themselves effectively, and free up entrepreneurs to focus on the business at hand.