June 13, 2017

Why You Must Have Video

Websites have come a long way in just the last two years.  Two years ago, content was king.  No new content meant no one cared, and two years ago, the buzz was all about mobile.  Now, if you’re not …

| By Tony Caldwell
April 25, 2017

May I Recommend Chris Burand to You?

Chris Burand is an active consultant in the independent insurance industry specializing in financial analysis, sales, and marketing.  Chris writes a well-respected column in the “Insurance Journal,” …

| By OAA Admin
April 18, 2017

Is There a Future for the Independent Agency?

OAA and its 135 member agencies, held our Annual Success Celebration last week where we gathered to celebrate our collective success in the past year.  That event was highlighted by the attendance, …

| By OAA Admin
March 07, 2017

Why Do Some (So Many) Small Businesses Fail?

In my last post, I discussed the varying views on how many small businesses don’t make it.  There is debate on the rate of survival but not on the difficulty.  Many experts have theories, and, while …

| By OAA Admin
February 22, 2017

AccessPlus Adds New Professionals!

OAA has gone through some changes in the last few months, not just new scenery with our recent office move, but we've also added several new faces!  Our AccessPlus team is member focused, and we've …

| By OAA Admin
February 02, 2017

Grow Your Growth Rate – A Lot!

I have a very simple idea, one that everyone knows about, but my idea is so simple that no one ever does it.  Sound crazy?  Of course it does.  But stop and think – how many great ideas have you …

| By OAA Admin
January 25, 2017

It’s Time to Make Hay

Ever since the election in November, I’ve been talking to business people about the results.  Regardless of party affiliation or candidate preference in the election, one thing has been coming …

| By OAA Admin
December 13, 2016

The Golden Age of the Small Insurance Agency

Much has been written in the last few years about the challenges to be faced by the independent insurance agency industry in the coming years.  Some of that by me.  The conventional wisdom is that …

| By OAA Admin
November 30, 2016

Why Don’t We Celebrate Mistakes?

I attended a meeting held in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week at the Youth Services of Tulsa offices.   This is a nonprofit organization that works with at risk, troubled, and delinquent youth.  Some of the …

| By OAA Admin
October 25, 2016

The Power of Big

As the market for insurance changes and the consumer has more and more choices of what to buy and where to buy it, the small agent is at an increasing disadvantage.  The reasons are lack of capital …

| By OAA Admin