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Protecting Your Business Equipment
By: Karen Gross State Farm Agent

In light of the the devestating fires downtow the Visalia YPN wanted to make help make sure that our local businesses are protected from potential disasters.

You've worked hard to establish your business. You've made tough decisions and dodged countless pitfalls. Nevertheless, don't let the excitement of moving forward distract you from the present: What are you doing to protect what you've already built?
Beyond the physical damage that burglaries, robberies, floods, and fires can cause, the interruption to your normal business operations is devastating. Luckily, many of these unexpected setbacks are preventable.
Follow these guidelines to not only help you prevent loss, but to help your business get up-and-running again as quickly as possible.

Keeping your place of business secure often comes down to taking the right preventative measures.
Below are some helpful tips. Read more information about preventing workplace burglary and surge protection devices.
  • Make sure any surge protectors you purchase are listed as UL Standard 1449. This is a national benchmark and means the product has been thoroughly tested.
  • Point-of-use devices can protect particular appliances in your home, but a more comprehensive approach to surge protection is to combine point-of-use devices with another device, like a service entrance surge protector or an electrical panel surge protector.
  • Direct lightning strikes are powerful enough to overwhelm even the best surge protection; that said, the ultimate surge protection is to unplug equipment from the wall if you suspect a surge might be coming.

Water damage protection
Water damage in the workplace can be a major problem: not only can it cost you quite a bit to clean up, but it can also slow —or even shut down —your business operations.

Have adequate coverage
Although you can do much to prepare, you can't prevent every calamity. That's why the proper insurance is crucial, as it will help to repair or replace your damaged or destroyed equipment after a covered loss.
You'll be able to expedite the claims process if you've kept an up-to-date inventory of your business equipment. Remember to include leased equipment that is not specifically insured by the leasing company.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm ® . While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.
Karen Gross is a local State Farm Agent; License #0C36140, NMLS #139716. For more information she can be reached at: 1325 W. Main St. Visalia CA 93291, (559) 625-8700, . Neither State Farm nor its agents provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your own adviser regarding your particular circumstances.

YPN Spotlight:
Erin Olm-Shipman is the Executive Director of the Visalia Fox Theatre

The Visalia Fox Theatre is a historic cinema and performing arts venue located in the heart of Downtown.

Why is participation in the Visalia Young Professionals Network beneficial to you and your business?
As an individual, being a part of YPN has provided lots of fun networking opportunities. For the Fox, it’s been a great way to engage younger audiences with one of our city’s oldest landmarks.

The best part of Visalia is …the cultural diversity.

What is your favorite local charity/non-profit? My favorite non-profit is the Visalia Fox, of course, but a close second is the Arts Consortium. As the designated arts council of Tulare County, they’re the umbrella organization for all our local arts organizations. I volunteer at their annual Taste the Arts festival every October, and the Fox participates in the First Friday Downtown Visalia art hop whenever we can.

Name three items on your bucket list.
1. Spend a summer surrounded by lions, tigers, and bears while volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary.
2. Create and host my own secret supper dining series.
3. Purchase a Round the World ticket and visit all the locations on my extended bucket list. 😉
Monthly Meet Up

Thursday, March 14th
5:30 pm
BarrelHouse Brewing
Monthly Kickball Game

Saturday, March 16th
11:00 am
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Justin Patton, International Speaker and Executive Coach will be the first keynote speaker at the first Annual Impact Leadership Conference, hosted by the Visalia Chamber of Commerce on March 21, 2019 at the Visalia Convention Center. Justin has traveled the globe working with top Fortune 500 organizations coached NCAA athletes and contestants in the Miss America/Miss USA organization and is releasing his first leadership book Bold New You in January 2019. 
David Carr, former Fresno State Football and NFL Superbowl Champion will be the afternoon keynote speaker at the Impact Leadership Conference. Carr will share leadership lessons he’s learned at Fresno State University, in the National Football League and now as a commentator on the NFL Network. As a Fresno State Football player, Carr won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Sammy Baugh Trophy, additionally his Fresno State #8 jersey was retired in September 2007. Carr was chosen as the 1 st overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and he went on to win the Super Bowl Championship in 2011 with the New York Giants. After retiring from the NFL Carr and his brother Derek opened Carr Elite in Bakersfield, CA. Carr is a regular contributing Football Analyst for NFL Network. 
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