WMU News

Insurance coverage is topic of Battle Creek workshop

June 4, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Small businesspeople can get a handle on how much insurance other companies carry and how much they're paying at a Western Michigan University presentation Monday, June 10, in Battle Creek.

Area insurance experts will be part of a panel that addresses "Small Business Insurance: A Survey of What Other Companies Have and What They Pay" from 6 to 8 p.m. at WMU-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, 50 West Jackson. Part of a monthly series co-sponsored by WMU's Women's Business Development Center and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, the program is free and open to the public.

Panel members will include Randy Gorham, an agent with State Farm Insurance; Patricia Norris, financial consultant with Comerica Securities; and Lance Johnson, vice president of the Insurance Network. Chris Micklatcher, president of Alternative Tax Solutions, will moderate the discussion.

Topics will include what kinds of insurance businesses need, how rates are calculated and how much rates vary. Panel members will discuss the different types of commercial insurance, personal insurance for owners of home-based businesses and insurance products that can ensure a smooth transition to a new owner in the event of death.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs through training, problem-solving consultation, current business information and networking opportunities.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce at (269) 962-4076.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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