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WHAT IS BGI AGENCY NETWORK?
We are a growing network of Independent Insurance Agencies in Washington, Oregon and Northern Idaho. We offer growth opportunities to agencies wishing to remain independent while being able to compete with larger regional agencies and clusters.

HOW DID THE BGI AGENCY NETWORK CONCEPT ORIGINATE?
The concept began in 1982 with Satellite Agency Network (SAN) of New England in response to changes in the Independent Agency system. At the time, many local agencies were finding that it was impossible to meet volume requirements, keep markets and survive. SAN allowed the local independent agent to remain independent, keep existing markets while gaining new ones, generate additional income and receive profit sharing without having to sell, merge or cluster. SIAA and BGI Agency Network are building on SAN's success.

WHAT KIND OF AGENCIES DOES BGI AGENCY NETWORK LOOK FOR?
There is no specific member profile and we have members of various sizes. Many of our members are smaller agencies in need of markets or agents looking to start their own independent agency. However, direct writers, life and financial service agencies and producers will all find BGI Agency Network membership beneficial.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BGI AGENCY NETWORK MEMBERSHIP?
  • Access to carriers
  • Clout in the marketplace to compete with larger regional agencies while maintaining local identity and independence
  • Individual company appointments
  • Preferred agency contracts
  • Profit sharing with no minimum volume requirements
  • Utilization of our Group and Life divisions to generate additional income
  • Service assistance with pricing and placing of all lines
  • Consulting on all aspects of agency operation
  • Greatly reduce fees to Member Agencies who chose to use Company Service Centers
  • Greatly reduce fees to Member Agencies who chose to use EZ LYNX Comparative Rater
  • Greatly reduce fees to Member Agencies who use certain Agency Management Systems
  • Access to Programs available only to BGI Member Agencies
  • Access to Programs available only to SIAA Member Agencies

HOW DOES BGI AGENCY NETWORK HANDLE ACCESS TO MARKETS?
There are two methods. First is through Direct Access, which allows members to access our companies directly through codes set up by BGI Agency Network. Second is through Access Plus, which allows members to submit to our top-rated carriers on a ‘producer' basis.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET SET UP ON A DIRECT ACCESS BASIS?
That depends on the company and on the agency. If you have an existing agency, or if your new agency already has E&O, the proper licenses etc, the appointments happen fairly quickly. If you are still in the process of setting up your new agency, appointments take longer. But, you can always submit to BGI Agency Network on an Access Plus basis until you are appointed with the companies.

IF I JOIN, AM I GUARANTEED DIRECT ACCESS TO ALL YOUR COMPANIES?
No, there is no guarantee you'll be approved with all our companies. We match agencies with the companies that best fit their situation. But, we are constantly re-evaluating your agency's growth, so if your not appointed when you first sign up, you can be appointed later.

DOES BGI AGENCY NETWORK PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INCOME OPPORTUNITIES?
We are constantly negotiating higher commissions, bonuses and overrides with our carriers. Several excess compensation arrangements, premium financing and excess and surplus lines overrides are also in effect.

HOW DO I JOIN?
Please complete this informational form and someone will contact you and discuss all your membership options.
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