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07.23.17

Top 10 Threats to Small Business


Optimism is the fuel that drives the entrepreneurial spirit, so it isn’t surprising that most small business owners consider themselves optimists. Too much optimism, however, can get a small business owner into trouble. A business plan built solely [...]

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07.23.17

Risky Business: Personal Mobile Devices at Work


In a recent survey conducted by Harris-Decima for Rogers, almost half of Canadian smartphone owners said they keep their device with them pretty much 24/7. Hmmmm, turns out I’m just another sorrowful statistic! In all fairness, we live in [...]

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07.23.17

Fire Safety Tips & Tools for Small Business


Fires are a serious risk for businesses of all types. It’s up to employers, managers and employees to take the proper precautions to keep themselves, their co-workers and the company safe from fire hazards. Not to worry, we [...]

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07.23.17

Keep Your Business Afloat


The fickle nature of Canadian weather only exacerbates the unpredictability of floods, and with so many areas susceptible to flooding, one unexpected severe storm can trigger widespread, damaging floods. Ignoring the issue of possible flooding can sink your business. [...]

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07.23.17

Surf Safe: Tricks to Recognize Spam


I’m not sure what’s changed, but as of late I seem to be receiving an increasing amount of spam. Random emails are invading my inbox at work, home and my social sites. In the rush to keep up [...]

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07.23.17

The Balancing Act: Work vs Life


According to recent studies, nearly 66% of Canadians put in 45 hours of work each week—50% more people than 20 years ago. Not only are many people putting in more hours – over 1/2 of the 25,000 Canadians who responded [...]

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07.23.17

How Many Bullies do you Work With?


“Why should Caesar get to stomp around like a giant, while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? What’s so great about Caesar? Hmm? Brutus is just as cute as Caesar. Brutus [...]

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07.23.17

From Bad to Worse SHARE:


The majority of us like to think we could handle the stress of a disaster – that we’d keep our cool should something happen. Unfortunately, the reality is without practicing safety drills on a regular basis – panic [...]

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07.23.17

Ewww… desks are dirtier than toilet seats


The typical employee’s desk has more bacteria per square centimeter than an office toilet seat. Desks, phones and other private surfaces are also prime habitats for the viruses and bacteria that cause colds, the flu, strep throat, pneumonia [...]

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07.23.17

Running a Business? Don’t be a Wile E.


All of us have a soft spot for Wile E. Coyote – I mean he tries and he tries and we sympathize, we do – but he’s not a character most of us want to emulate. On the flip [...]

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07.23.17

You’re Only as Good as Your Plan B


When I started in insurance, I discovered how important the old saying, “You’re only as good as your Plan B”, really is. A well thought out practical plan can mean the difference between coping with a disaster and [...]

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07.23.17

7 Tips for a Healthier Workstation


It turns out work really is a pain in the butt; as someone that spends a great deal of time sitting in front of a computer screen, I can attest. I came across some tips that may just save [...]

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07.23.17

A Shred-a-Thon Near You


Schill Insurance is hosting 2 Shred-A-Thons this May in Coquitlam and Ocean Park to raise money for Sources Community Resource Centres and the Coquitlam Share Society. BC RECORDS Management Services is providing a 6 ton commercial grade truck to [...]

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07.23.17

Canada Remains Tax Competitive for Businesses


According to KPMG’s recent report titled Focus on Tax, Canada remains the most tax-competitive country for businesses. The report, which assessed the tax competitiveness of 111 cities across 10 countries, ranked Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in the top [...]

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06.23.17

Schill Insurance applies best practices to website design


Check it out… our website was featured in this month’s BC Broker Magazine for our creative website design 🙂 Kudos to us!  You can download the article: BC Broker – June 2017 or keep on reading below.   Designing websites for optimal user experience By [...]

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04.06.17

Annual Spring Shred-a-thon


Schill Insurance is hosting 2 Shred-a-Thons this May in Coquitlam and Ocean Park to raise money for Sources Community Resource Centres and the Coquitlam Share Society. BC RECORDS Management Services is providing a 6 ton commercial grade truck to securely shred [...]

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02.06.17

Why I show love to my Broker on Valentine’s Day


They say the most valuable lessons are learnt the hard way; which, in my opinion, stinks.  So, I’d like to share a brief story with you in hopes it helps someone the pain of learning the “hard way”. Several years [...]

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10.28.16

Have a Spooky, Safe Halloween


Celebrate Safely Do you remember how much fun it was to get dressed up as your favourite action hero, cartoon character or princess and go door to door for Halloween treats? Well, your children can now experience that same [...]

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10.18.16

Home Inventory Checklist


Two weeks after I got married my house was robbed. I was out of town for the weekend and they literally cleaned house. The icing on the cake… many of the beautiful wedding gifts I had just received weren’t even [...]

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10.03.16

Ocean Park Village Halloween Haunt


Grab the kiddies and join us at the Ocean Park Hall, 1577 128th Street on Saturday, October 29, 2016 for the 6th Annual Ocean Park Halloween Haunt. Led by an enthusiastic Halloween Mascot, participants will be led in [...]

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08.09.16

Drive Safe on Wet Roads


Compared to last year’s summer we’ve had a lot more rain. The increased rain is great for the environment but not so much those of us on the road. During rainstorms, low visibility and slick roads can create hazardous [...]

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06.14.16

Ocean Park Day: Saturday, June 18


Pop by our Ocean Park Office this Saturday June 18, 2016 for a hot dog and support a great cause. The day-long festival has a little something for everyone, with rides, games, prizes and food!!!   [...]

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04.12.16

A Shred-a-Thon Near You


YOU’RE INVITED! Schill Insurance is hosting 2 Shred-A-Thons this May in Coquitlam and Ocean Park to raise money for Sources Community Resource Centres and the Coquitlam Share Society. BC RECORDS Management Services is providing a 6 ton commercial grade truck [...]

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02.03.16

Disaster Planning for Seniors


The recent earthquake in December caused quite a stir, with many running out to buy emergency kits for the home. It was scary but thankfully not disastrous. However, it did highlight that preparedness is half the battle. The likelihood that [...]

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07.28.15

Double Up on your Money and Energy Savings


According to Statistics Canada, the typical Canadian family spends over $1,600 a year on home utility bills, and a large portion of that energy is wasted. Not to fear: there are several things you can do each month [...]

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05.13.15

Veggin’ out is awesome.


I was recently chatting with a newbie to the beautiful province of BC and, like most out-of-towners, the cost of living came up. No argument from this chick… it is insanely expensive to live in the Greater Vancouver [...]

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04.14.15

Scam Alert


Intact Insurance – one of our Insurance providers – has recently been informed that a few customers have been fraudulently contacted by someone identifying themselves as an Intact Insurance employee looking for credit card information. The person calling [...]

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02.06.15

Super Foods for Super Health


From retaining strength to reducing wrinkles, the foods you eat can positively impact your long-term health. Consider incorporating the following super foods into your diet to support super health. They happen to be super tasty too! Avoid full-fat dairy and [...]

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02.06.15

The Heart Hath No Fury


Putting the love back in Valentine’s Day I feel that if I start this sentence with I loathe Valentines’ Day, it will paint me as a bitter soul… I can see why. But before you judge, hear me out. The [...]

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08.13.14

Kids’ Biking Safety


It’s almost back to school time. Make sure your kids know the-ins-and-outs of biking safety, especially if it is the way they get to and from school. If nothing else, a refresher never hurts. Instil good street-crossing habits in [...]

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06.11.14

Summer Camping Checklist


Ultimate Camping Checklist For the love of summer and all that’s green, nothing is worse than packing up your family and gear for an epic weekend of camping – only to realize you forgot something once you’ve arrived. Ugh! [...]

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06.11.14

Renting Your Home? What You Need To Know…


Fantastic… you’re considering renting out your home for a little extra moola while away for an extended period of time or for a big event nearby that’s causing the demand for lodging. Kudos to you and that money-making [...]

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06.11.14

Top Free Things To Do This Father’s Day


It’s time to celebrate the wonderfulness that is dad this Sunday. If you’re still tossing around what to do with your loved ones this weekend, we sourced out a few amazing and free events (yes, nothing is too good for [...]

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06.06.14

Customer Appreciation Event


Grab the family and join us at Austin Station Mall June 14th for our Customer Appreciation Day. We want to thank you for your business and have put together an absurdly fun family event with the Tumblebus, games, prizes and [...]

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05.06.14

Using Technology During A Disaster


We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become [...]

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04.30.14

All About IE’s Use-after-free Vulnerability


Just a couple of weeks after news about the Heartbleed bug wreaked havoc in the Internet security world, another serious vulnerability has been discovered, this time affecting Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). This particular flaw is a “use-after-free” vulnerability, where [...]

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11.06.13

The Great Schill Give-A-Thon


In the spirit of charity and to hopefully brighten the lives a few people, this November we are hosting The Great Schill Give-a-Thon. From November 11-22 we be collecting clothes and food at all our branches for the Atira Women’s Resource Society and Coquitlam Share Society in support [...]

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11.06.13

Top 10 Reasons to Give to a Charity


While the concept that giving to others can make you feel good about yourself is not revolutionary, there are several more subtle ways that giving to a cause can benefit your psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being. We’ve all [...]

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11.06.13

Winter-Ready Tread? Check It With the Dime Test


Don’t let a set of worn tires endanger your family. Check tread depth and look for other abnormalities or wear and tear so you can replace your tires before they become a problem in the cold months ahead. A [...]

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11.06.13

Take the Stress out of the holidays


Studies have shown that the leading cause of stress during the holiday season derives from money problems. Ugh! If you’re anything like me, you’re not one of those smart, savvy shoppers, incorporating the gift giving season into her budget [...]

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09.04.13

Top Tips to Avoid the Debt Trap


Several years ago I found myself reading a silly little novel Confessions of a Shopaholic [bang head on wall]. Clearly, this is time out of my life I’ll never get back, but I didn’t bring this up to make you [...]

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07.03.13

Want to Live Longer & Feel Better?


Although there are no sure-fire recipes for good health, the mixture of healthy eating and regular exercise comes awfully close. Singing the praises of a good diet is a key part to good overall health. However, this article [...]

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07.03.13

Eeeek – Watch out for pesky pooches


Each year there are about 5 million victims of dog bites in Canada and the United States. According to the Canadian Safety Council, 460,000 of those incidents involve children under the age of 10. And even more revealing, [...]

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07.02.13

Protecting your skin this summer


Ya, ya, we’ve all heard the best way to prevent a sunburn is to avoid sun exposure but, COME ON, how realistic is this advice? Like a siren call, that magical ball in the sky screams for us to [...]

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12.14.12

Business Protection Series – Water Damage


According to the insurance bureau of Canada, fire or theft is no longer the leading cause of loss in Canada.  Water has taken those honours, and the Canadian Insurance industry pays approximately $1.5 Billion dollars in water related claims per [...]

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12.06.12

Tis’ the season


As the holiday season is upon us, its a good time to remind ourselves to be prepared.  The Healthy Canadians website shares the following tips to ensure we have a festive and safe holiday season. Candles Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep them [...]

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11.21.12

New videos provide valuable information for business owners.


The Dominion of Canada has recently produced some very good videos about various forms of business risks and the best practices for dealing with them. The following is an introduction to the business protection series. We will be [...]

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11.07.12

Many BC home owners not insured for Earthquake – Are you prepared?


In light of the recent seismic activity and industry estimations that only 50% of BC homeowners purchase earthquake insurance, we felt it appropriate to pass along some information and advice. Do I need earthquake insurance? Considering that for many their [...]

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06.13.12

Ocean Park Day!


We would like to invite you to come join us next Saturday, June 16th, so mark your calendars!  The Ocean Park Business Association is presenting a day of fun, food and entertainment! We’ll have a tent set up in the parking lot, [...]

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10.12.11

Peace Arch Hospital windfall lottery tickets available!


Tickets still available for the October 19th final draw cutoff. WINFALL PUTS LIFESAVING TOOLS When you buy WinFall Lottery tickets, you help put lifesaving, life-enhancing tools in the hands of skilled medical teams at Peace Arch Hospital. Every day, hundreds [...]

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10.03.11

Peace Arch Hospital Great Pumpkin Run Walk


It’s your hospital. Run for it. Peace Arch is our Hospital, and this year we are giving back by participating in the HSBC Securities Great Pumpkin Run/Walk. This event is fun, and it will help bring life-saving medical equipment [...]

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06.03.11

Schill Insurance Brokers Ltd. acquires Daryl Page Insurance Agencies Ltd.


Schill Insurance Brokers Ltd. has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Daryl Page Insurance Agencies Ltd., an independent insurance agency located in the Surrey Auto Mall.  The deal closed on June 1, 2011 and Schill [...]

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06.01.11

The Shops at Morgan Crossing Car & Motorcycle Show


Want to treat Dad early for Fathers Day?  Come on down to “The Shops at Morgan Crossing’ on Sunday, June 5th from 12 – 4pm and take a walk around some fabulous cars and motorcycles! All proceeds go to [...]

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05.31.11

Intact to buy AXA Canada


Intact Financial Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Paris-based AXA Group for the acquisition of its affiliate AXA Canada, the 6th largest home, auto and business insurance company in the country.  The transaction is [...]

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12.06.10

Schill Insurance named one of the Top 25 Best Companies to Work for in BC by BC Business Magazine


Schill Insurance Brokers Ltd. is pleased to have been recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for in BC by BC Business Magazine and Mindfield Group.  Schill Insurance ranked 2nd in the Financial Services sector and [...]

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07.07.10

Save Money on your insurance – Increase your deductible!


Let’s talk a little bit about saving money.  We know nobody enjoys buying insurance and a hot tip on how to save is always welcomed by our clients.  The tip I’m talking about is in choosing a higher [...]

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06.25.10

Dealing with one broker


Today I want to stress the importance of having all your insurance in one place, with one broker.  It’s not just because we want you to do all your business with us – we do!  But giving your [...]

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03.31.10

Schill Insurance a proud sponsor of Nite of Hope 2010


Once again, Schill Insurance is a proud silver sponsor of the White Rock / South Surrey Nite of Hope!  On Thursday April 5, 2010, Nite of Hope will host their 5th annual gala at Centennial Arena in White Rock. “Since [...]

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