Ohio Business Insurance

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Ohio business owners should consider several types of business insurance to guard against a variety of work-related accidents. Customer slips, property damage and employee injury are a few of the many incidents that can result in debts that can put the financial welfare of a business at risk.

There are over 989,000 small businesses in Ohio that account for 99.6% of all businesses in the state, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Each should have adequate business insurance to protect their livelihood, cash flow and assets.

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Types of OH business insurance

General Liability

This is the most common business insurance coverage, and nearly all businesses in Ohio should have it. It protects against third-party bodily injury and property damage, as well as personal and advertising injury.

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Commercial Auto

This coverage protects against damage to your vehicles and trailers, as well as injuries or property damage related to their use. Your personal auto policy doesn’t cover vehicles while they’re being used for business reasons.

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Workers' Compensation

Businesses in Ohio are required to have workers' comp insurance if they have one or more employees. Ohio requires any business needing coverage to get it directly through the state.

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Business Owners Policy (BOP)

A BOP combines property and liability coverage into one easy-to-manage policy. It’s a great option for small to medium-sized businesses that rent or own commercial property, such as a storefront, warehouse or office building.

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Professional Liability

Ohio businesses that offer professional services should consider this coverage. It protects businesses from claims of professional negligence, both actual or alleged, and helps pay for defense costs. It’s also known as errors and omissions insurance (E&O).

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Cyber Insurance

This protects against incidents like data breaches and cyber attacks. It includes first-party and third-party protection for things like investigative services, data recovery and legal costs. Businesses that store or manage customer data, like credit card information, typically need this coverage.

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How much does business insurance cost in Ohio?

The cost of business insurance in Ohio depends on a variety of factors, including a business’s industry, size, coverage needs and location. For example, a business located in Columbus can expect a different rate than one in Akron, and a business that has employees will likely pay more than one that doesn’t.

The most influential factor is the level of risk associated with the type of work that’s done. Businesses like roofers and tree trimmers are considered high-risk because their work is complex and requires working high off the ground. These kinds of professions can expect to pay more due to their increased exposure.

Learn more about the factors that influence business insurance rates. You can also get a quote online to find out what you’ll pay for your unique situation.

Ohio business insurance requirements

Ohio law requires all businesses with employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Business owners have the option of self-insuring or buying coverage directly through the state’s insurance fund. Unlike most other states, Ohio’s unique laws prohibit businesses from purchasing coverage through private insurance carriers.

Other insurance coverages, like general liability, BOP and professional liability, aren’t required by state law, but you should consider them to protect your livelihood from unexpected accidents. It’s common for clients and landlords to require you to have certain business coverages and limits before you can begin working with them.

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Ohio professions we insure

We help small business owners from a wide variety of industries, including these common professions:

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Business insurance for all Ohio cities

We can customize business insurance in all Ohio cities, including, but not limited to:

  • Columbus
  • Cleveland
  • Dayton
  • Parma
  • Cincinnati
  • Toledo
  • Akron
  • Canton
  • Youngstown
  • Lorain

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