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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019

Allstate insurance agency, founded in 1931, is well-known for its memorable commercials and motto “You’re in Good Hands.” The company values diversity, accessibility, and supporting the military, and provides insurance coverage across a wide scope of interests and needs, including auto, home, boat, ATV/recreational vehicle, life, condo, motorcycle, and business.

The company’s business insurance protects several business types from common damage and other perils including:

  • Theft
  • Fire and smoke
  • Windstorm or hail
  • Falling objects
  • Lightning
  • Car crash into your business
  • Vandalism
  • Sprinkler leakage
  • Explosion

Allstate offers discounts for multiple policies and has a claims satisfaction guarantee for all insurance types.  

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The Good

  • Standard Coverage
  • Policy Add-Ons
  • Business Types Covered
  • Online Quote Generator 
  • Education for Business Owners 

Standard Coverage

Allstate’s small business policies provide the obvious general liability protection and structure protection on the premises, but also cover business income and extra expenses. Standard coverage includes the following:

  • Building protection
  • Structures at the premises
  • Business income
  • Extra expense coverage
  • Business personal property protection
  • General liability protection
  • Medical expense coverage

Policy Add-Ons

Allstate allows businesses to sign up for additional, optional coverage that may be applicable to some businesses but not others. Policyholders can sign up for these either as add-ons to an existing policy or as a separate policy:

  • Outdoor signs
  • Money and securities
  • Data compromise and identity theft restoration
  • Employee dishonesty
  • Home-based business
  • Cyber one
  • Shield endorsements

Business Types Covered

Allstate covers 36 unique small business types and tailored coverage for each type according to its set of risks and insurance needs. 

Professional Firms

  • Accounting services
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Architects and engineers
  • Business consultants
  • Financial consultants
  • Job search services
  • Legal services
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Office and secretarial services
  • Real estate agents 

Health and Medical

  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Drug stores and pharmacies
  • Health and personal care stores
  • Medical offices
  • Veterinarians

Services

  • Barber shops
  • Copy and mail services
  • Florists
  • Funeral homes
  • Laundries and dry cleaners
  • Locksmiths
  • Personal services
  • Photographers
  • Rental services
  • Repair and maintenance providers

Goods

  • Books, toys, crafts, and office supplies stores
  • Clothing and accessory stores
  • Franchised automotive parts dealers
  • Furniture and home goods stores
  • Home improvement and garden supplies
  • Retail
  • Sporting goods and musical instruments

Food and Beverage

  • Bakeries
  • Food and beverage stores
  • Ice cream and frozen yogurt shop 

Online Quote Generator

Allstate makes it easy to pinpoint your insurance needs based on business type and quickly get a quote. You can procure a quote by calling a representative, meeting an insurance agent in person, or doing it yourself online. First, you select your business type, then fill in information about your business, property, and people. Then, you can get your quote and can begin the review and underwriting process prior to purchasing your insurance policy. 

Education for Business Owners

Allstate's Small Business Connection hub provides access to resources and insights from industry experts and thought leaders in the small business industry. You can find tips for running your business, read about common business risks and other topics, and connect with other Allstate-covered business owners on LinkedIn.

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The Bad

  • Doesn’t Cover All Perils

Doesn't Cover All Perils

Policy owners should be aware that Allstate's standard business insurance plans do not cover floods, earthquakes, or water backups (including sewer backups) and these cannot be included as add-ons to an existing policy. Rather, you have the option to purchase additional insurance policies to cover these catastrophic events individually. 

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The Bottom Line

Allstate is a sound insurance company to utilize overall but it excels particularly in regards to business insurance. The add-ons available to policy owners — in addition to the standard liability insurance — stand out to make for a near-comprehensive coverage for your business, protecting you from physical damage and financial loss due to employee dishonesty, identity theft, and data breaches. And Allstate's multiple policy discount can work to your benefit if you need to purchase auto insurance for uninsured drivers in your business. 

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