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Memorial Day Greetings - Memorial Day is almost here, so we just wanted to let you know that Integrity Surety will close early on Friday, May 26th at 2:30pm Pacific, and will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of the holiday paying tribute to those Americans who died while serving in uniform. Our normal business hours will […]
Success! NASBP/SBA Joint classes a hit! - The National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) jointly presented  “Bonding Awareness Program: Bonding Across America” on May 18th. With “Bonding and Insurance”, “Perspective of a Surety Underwriter”, “Risk Management and Legal Concerns”, and “Construction Accounting”, the event was a full program of the varying facets of bonding. Kara […]
Have you forwarded Year-End Financial Updates? - Now that the Financial Year End has closed, and your taxes are probably finished, soon you will have received your Financial Statements from your Accountant. It is important that your Surety Company receive Financial Updates, so that they can prepare for upcoming bond needs for the year, and everyone can avoid surprises. In order to […]
SBA-backed Surety Accounts! Financials and Taxes are due today! - Please remember! SBA states that December 31 year-end financial statements are due no later than April 30th. Tax Return copies are due immediately! Help us keep your file up to date, and forward your copies ASAP. Call with any questions!
Agents – have you downloaded the Little Black Bond Book yet? - Especially for Agents! Our new companion website littleblackbondbook.com is live, serving up digital copies of Kara Skinner’s Surety Handbook for Agents, “The Little Black Bond Book”. Containing sections “What is a Bond?”, “Surety Etiquette”, “Who qualifies for a Surety Bond”, and especially “How to get your Next Bond Approved”, as well as an extensive Glossary […]
State of Washington – Retainage Bonds on Public Works Jobs - Right now, the State of Washington is backlogged in it’s processing of completed Public Works contracts. This is a concern, as the delay holds up the release of Retainage payments to the contractor, thereby reducing the contractor’s cash flow. Retainage Bonds can be a solution for this, and are written by the Surety that also […]
Regional Small Business Enterprise Training Workshop – 3 sessions - Come join Kara for a 3-session Workshop Training including Bonding, Matchmaking with Prime Contractors, Certifications info, Financial Statemetns / Bookkeeping for Construction, and Bid Estimating essentials. These Workshop sessions are in Tacoma March 14, March 28, and April 4 2017. Email Kara with any questions Joint Training Flyer Registration Page Here
Construction-specific CPAs can help contractors achieve healthy benchmarks - Reposted from NASBP Blog by Martha L Perkins, found here. Integrity Surety can refer clients to local CPAs who are familiar with the hyper-specialized world of Construction Accounting. Email or Call us with any questions! Construction contractors need to work with a CPA who knows their industry to help ensure their financial performance is in […]
Come see us at Alliance Northwest 2017! - Any business interested in succeeding in the government contracting marketplace should have Alliance Northwest on their calendar, March 9 2017 in Puyallup WA. Watch for Integrity Surety’s Kara Skinner, who will be conducting one-on-one workshops educating contractors on the role of Surety in the contracting industry. If you’re new to government contracting, you’ll have an opportunity […]
Have you downloaded The Little Black Bond Book yet? - Our new companion website littleblackbondbook.com is live, serving up free digital copies of Kara Skinner’s Surety Handbook for Agents, “The Little Black Bond Book”. Containing sections “What is a Bond?”, “Surety Etiquette”, “Who qualifies for a Surety Bond”, and especially “How to get your Next Bond Approved”, as well as an extensive Glossary of Surety […]
New buy-online Notary Bond Package coming in February! - That’s right, we’re soon to launch an online, secure, do-it-yourself Notary Bond page where you’ll be able to issue and download your bond, choose your dates, choose Errors & Omissions Coverage, order your Stamp/Seal and Notary Journal, and pay for all of it at the same time! Keep your eyes peeled on this site. In […]
New Year should prompt ERISA/401k compliance review - Now that 2017 is upon us, and employees’ 401k/retirement assets have grown, it is time to re-evaluate ERISA compliance, prior to tax time. Integrity Surety’s ERISA Fidelity Bond helps you comply with the law and assists in protecting plan participants against dishonesty and fraud. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) states that: […]
Happy New Year, from Integrity Surety! - All of us at Integrity Surety want to wish all of you, our friends, clients, and associates, a Happy and Prosperous New Year. 2017 is going to be an exciting time for Integrity Surety, with many changes, enhancements and improvements coming! Watch this space! As always, we are here to help you, the Surety client. […]
Happy Holidays from Integrity Surety! - No matter which Holidays you observe, Integrity Surety wishes you a Happy and Safe Season!  Our office hours this Season are as follows: Friday, December 23; open from 8am to 12:00 pm. Monday, December 26; closed all day. Tuesday, December 27; open regular office hours 7am to 5pm. Friday, December 30; open from 8am to […]
The Little Black Bond Book is ready for downloads! - Our new companion website littleblackbondbook.com is live, serving up free digital copies of Kara Skinner’s Surety Handbook for Agents, “The Little Black Bond Book”. Containing sections “What is a Bond?”, “Surety Etiquette”, “Who qualifies for a Surety Bond”, and especially “How to get your Next Bond Approved”, as well as an extensive Glossary of Surety […]
Check out our newly-expanded Glossary! - Coinciding with the publication of “The Little Black Bond Book”, and the unveiling of littleblackbondbook.com, our surety-terms glossary resource page has expanded to include all the items found in the book!  Check out the new surety glossary here.  And, don’t be shy about submitting suggestions for glossary items by dropping us an email. Enjoy!
Small/Emerging Business Workshop – Bellevue WA – 2 sessions - Small business owners! Sound Transit and Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center invite you to attend a free, two-session-over-two-weeks where you will learn on how to run your business operation more efficiently. This is a FREE workshop for small/emerging small businesses. Class agenda will include: Bonding and Insurance Fundamentals Access to Capital Financial and Accounting […]
The Little Black Bond Book has arrived! - Our very own Kara Skinner has written and published “The Little Black Bond Book – The Insurance Agent Handbook for Surety”, and the first press has arrived! Containing sections on “what is a bond?”, “surety etiquette”, “who qualifies for a surety bond”, “glossary” and especially “how to get your next bond approved”, this guide will […]
Election Season means Elected Public Official Bond needs! - The 2016 elections have almost concluded, and many elected officials will be required to have an active Public Official bond when they take office in January. Integrity Surety has multiple markets for most public official bonds, ranging from Sheriff to County Assessor to Judge, Treasurers, Clerks, and more! These bonds can be required by State code, […]
Bonding Education Program – Free Workshops – Two Sessions - The U.S. Department of Transportation Bonding Education Program (BEP) is in partnership with Surety and Fidelity Association of America (SFAA) to help small businesses become bond-ready. The BEP consists of classes designed to address what businesses need to do to become bond-ready and one-on-one session with subject matter experts such as local surety bonding producer, […]
Have you registered for the 10/4/16 Master Builders Assoc Education Event yet? - Surety is a Tri-Party agreement between the Principal, Surety and Obligee. This presentation will focus in on the surety aspect of developing land. Beginning with the basics of what surety is (and what it is not), we will explain the benefits of using surety and speak to the underwriting process. You will learn exactly what […]
It’s time for Western Regions NASBP! Will we see you in Napa? - The National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) hosts annual Regional Meetings across the country.  These meetings provide international NASBP members, affiliates and associates a venue for expanding their Surety knowledge and keeping up with current issues in the surety industry through sessions, education, workshops, and valuable networking opportunities. And, we’ll be there! Will you? […]
We’re sponsoring the PIA / IIABW Washington Trade Conference – Will we see you there? - It’s time for the PIA / IIABW Washington Joint Conference and Trade Show – This is the only annual statewide industry event in Washington giving hundreds of agents/brokers the opportunity to meet with and learn from Surety Companies, Insurance Carriers, wholesalers and brokers. We’ll be there – will you?  http://www.wajointconference.com/ Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane WA 9/14/2016 […]
Submit your SBA Bonds early! Fiscal year closure from 9/27-10/4 - Due to the Federal Fiscal year end, the SBA will be closed from 9/27/2016 through 10/4/2016. Any Bid or Performance/Payment bond submissions should be made as early as possible in order to have final approval prior to end of business on Monday 9/26/16. Give us a call or drop an email with any questions!
Join us for an exciting education event – Integrity Surety, IFIC Surety, and Master Builders Assoc - Surety is a Tri-Party agreement between the Principal, Surety and Obligee. This presentation will focus in on the surety aspect of developing land. We will start with the basics of what surety is (and what it is not), explain the benefits of using surety and speak to the underwriting process. We’ll explain exactly what you […]
Minnesota Personal Care Assistant Bond – changes to requirements - The State of Minnesota has changed their Personal Care Assistant (PCA) bond requirement. Each location for a provider agency is now required to post a PCA bond, as well as a $20,000 Fidelity Bond. Previously, only one bond was required per company. Each location of a PCA agency is required to have a surety bond […]
It’s time to update your Financial File! - Now that the Financial Year End has closed, and any day now your taxes will be finished, soon you will have received your Financial Statements from your Accountant. It is important that your Surety Company receive Financial Updates, so that they can prepare for upcoming bond needs for the year, and everyone can avoid surprises. […]
We will close at 3pm for Good Friday 3/25/16 - Integrity Surety will close early on Good Friday, at 3:00pm Pacific Time, for the Easter Weekend. We will re-open Monday morning at 7:00am. Thank you!
ERISA Fidelity Bond for Employee Benefit Plan / 401k - Integrity Surety’s ERISA Fidelity Bond helps you comply with the law and assists in protecting plan participants against dishonesty and fraud. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) states that: “Every fiduciary of an employee benefit plan and every person who handles funds or other property of such plan… shall be bonded”. What […]
Are you compliant? California Contractors License bond now $15,000 – effective 1/1/2016 - Legislative enactment of Senate Bill No. 467 increased the California Contractor’s License Bond from $12,500 to $15,000 effective January 1, 2016. Integrity Surety will work with the Surety Companies and their internal systems and will keep you in the loop how this be handled for current contractors.  New contractors, or contractors needing a $15,000 bond may  submit […]
California Contractors License Bonds increased to $15,000 January 1! - Legislative enactment of Senate Bill No. 467 increases your clients’ California Contractor’s License and Qualifying Individual Bonds from $12,500 to $15,000 effective January 1, 2016. Integrity Surety will work with the Surety Companies and their internal systems and will keep you in the loop how this be handled for current contractors.  New contractors, or contractors needing […]
New U.S. Dept. of HUD Bond Requirement – Manufactured Home Installation - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has enforced a new bond requirement in 13 states for Manufactured Home Installation. Integrity Surety is a great market for the $10,000.00 Surety Bond. The purpose of the Manufacured Home Installation Program is to implement regulations 24 CFR Part 3285 and 24 CFR Part 3286 to ensure […]
We wish you a Happy Holiday! - Integrity Surety would like to wish all of our valued Agents, Principals, Sureties, Obligees, and Vendors a very Happy Holiday. We are truly thankful for each of you. Our office will be closing early on Wednesday, 11/24/15, and will be closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We will re-open Monday, November 30th, at 7:00 am. […]
It’s Public Official Bond season! - The 2015 elections have concluded, and many elected officials will be required to have an active Public Official bond when they take office. Integrity Surety has multiple markets for most public official bonds, ranging from Sheriff to County Assessor to Judge, and more! Download an application here, or feel free to email or call us today!
SBA Bond Program – Interim Financial Statements are due! - The SBA Bond Program is a very flexible program, providing Surety Guarantees to Contractors who do not fit the “traditional” Surety Underwriting. However, one area that SBA does not flex is with Financial Statement deadlines. All June 30, 2015 Interim Financial Statements are due to the SBA no later than 10/31/15 for all participants.  Please […]
California Home Care Bonds – Required January 1! - Effective January 1, 2016, the State of California has enacted a new $10,000 bond required of home care organizations. We make obtaining these bonds quick and easy! Apply here, or download an application here. Please note that this is a license bond and does not provide fidelity insurance coverage. If Fidelity coverage is desired, please […]
Texas Truckers – do you have a Superheavy or Oversize bond? - We’ve added the Texas DOT / Transportation Commission’s $10,000 Superheavy or Oversize Permit Annual Bond form to our online submissions! This bond has a common annual renewal date of August 31. If you haven’t purchased your bond in 2015, the time is now! We can write these bonds quickly and easily with premium as low […]
Alabama increases Auto Dismantler / Parts Recycler Bond Requirement - The State of Alabama, via HB 663 / SB 185 / SB 463 has increased the license bond amount required for automotive dismantlers and parts recyclers from $10,000 to $25,000. This amount matches the requirement of Auto Dealers.  Also, this new law removes the option to post cash in lieu of surety bond. Integrity Surety […]
Integrity Surety named to Merchants Bonding’s Leaderboard – Again! - Thanks to our fantastic agents, principals, and underwriters, Integrity Surety has again been named a “Driver” on the Merchants Bonding Company’s Leaderboard!  Just like last year, Merchants acknowledges our success, stating:  “Merchants Bonding Company’s Leaderboard is an exclusive program made up of our top contract surety agencies and agents. To be invited, surety agents must demonstrate […]
Idaho Auto Dealers’ Bond Requirements Change - Effective July 1, 2015, Auto Dealers in the State of Idaho have revised bonding requirements for their Dealer License, per Senate Bill 1015. “Wholesale” Auto Dealers must now post a Vehicle or Vessel Dealer Bond in the amount of $40,000. “Retail” dealers and “Motorcycle” dealers are unchanged at $20,000 and $10,000 bonds, respectively. Posting of […]
Freight Brokers – it’s Bond Renewal season! - Most Freight Brokers / Motor Carriers who hold a $75,000 BMC84 bond are about to come up for renewal. Now is the time to submit for competitive pricing on these bonds.  For best pricing, download and use our FMCSA / Freight Broker / Motor Carrier bond application, or to start a file, send over or […]
SBA accounts – 6/30/15 financials are due next week! - For clients utilizing the Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program, don’t forget that Interim Business Financial Statements should be forwarded to us by the end of July – which is nearly upon us! Give us a call with questions, or email us your question!
U.S. D.O.T. Bonding Workshop announcement - Join the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Small Business Transportation Resource Center, and East West Bank, for a Bonding Education Workshop on June 11th. This is geared towards small and emerging contractors, helping them to increase Surety capacity and execute Winning Bids! Speaker: Tom Cole of Cornerstone General Contractors, Inc. Thursday, June 11 2015 […]
Spring is here! Time to update your Financial Underwriting File! - It’s hard to believe that spring is already upon us. The weather can’t make up it’s mind, the flowers are confused… and spring bid invitations are about to go out. Is your Financial Underwriting File ready? Your 2014 books are closed out, and off to the CPA for tax filing and/or Financial Statement preparation. Now’s […]
Contractors – Remember that licensure doesn’t follow you across State Lines! - In this day and age of travelling farther and farther for contracting opportunities, diligence must be shown in proper licensure, both professionally and “corporately”. Each state will typically require a business license, and most states require a construction contractor’s license as well. There can be severe penalties if not followed. Legal blog Lexology just posted […]
What is a WIP Report? An absolute Must-Have, that’s what! - Work-in-Progress Schedule – A Must Have for a Construction Company Adapted from blog post by Jerry J. Killian, CPA, CCIFP, Wiss & Company LLP A Work-in-Progress schedule, also termed a “WIP” or a “status of contracts” (or a “Work-on-Hand”) is a must have for any construction company that performs contract work. The WIP report is […]
New Bond Type Added – Virginia Appraisal Management Company - We’ve added to our online submissions a Bond Type for the Virginia Appraisal Management Company! Click here to submit! Commonwealth of Virginia code § 54.1-2021.1 states that: A. Beginning July 1, 2014, the Board may issue a license to do business as an appraisal management company in the Commonwealth to any applicant who has submitted […]
Notary “Kit” now available in Idaho! - Due to great success of the Notary “Kit”, which includes Surety Bond, Notary Errors & Omissions insurance, Self-inking Notary Stamp, and Notary Journal, in Washington, the kit is spreading to other states, and Idaho is now available! Details to follow very soon!
Happy New Year! - We hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year celebration! We’re back in the office and ready to get to work on 2015. Wishing all of you a Prosperous and Healthy New Year!
Happy New Year! - Please note that in celebration of the New Year Holiday, our office will close at 12:00 noon 12/31/14, and re-open Friday 1/2/15 at 7:00am. Starring Kara (Mom), Robert (Dad), Jessica (Flick), Mercedes (Randy), and Cameron (Ralphie) Happy Holidays and New Year to everyone! (If your browser won’t play this video, you may download it here […]
Alaska increases Contractors License Bond Requirements effective January 1, 2015 - Alaska Contractors must amend their license Surety Bonds. Effective January 1, 2015, Senate Bill 193 increases the required construction contractor bonding amounts for General Contractors, Residential Contractors and Mechanical/Specialty Contractors. To avoid fines and license non-renewal, Contractors must post documentation (a bond) to satisfy the new requirements BEFORE January 1, 2015. The new Alaska Contractors […]
Online Submissions Updated, Upgraded, and Ready to Go! - We’re pleased to announce that (after a hiccup or two) the Online Submissions / Apply For a Bond system is available for use again. We’ve made some updates and system upgrades, and added new bond types and states. Hopefully, you won’t even notice the differences, except for some additional bonds available. Thank you for your […]
Online Submissions Under Construction - We’re updating, upgrading and improving the “Apply for a Bond Online or Download an Application” section of our website. New bond types and applications will be available soon for online submission or downloadable application. As usual, the process is taking longer than usual. We greatly appreciate your patience and apologize for the delay. Please give […]
Bonding Education Program Workshop - Integrity Surety is proud to be a part of the 2014 Bonding Education Program Workshops put on by USDOT, SFAA, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and Sound Transit. The Seattle series of five evening workshops are outlined below and here , and are an excellent tool for small and emerging contractors to learn […]
Submit your SBA Bond Needs early! - Due to the Federal Fiscal year end, the SBA will be closed from 9/26/2014 through 10/1/2014. Any Bid or Performance/Payment bond submissions should be made as early as possible in order to have final approval prior to end of business on Thursday 9/25/14.
CE Date: September 25 2014 – NOW FULL - The September 25, 2014 class is now full. We will soon announce the October class date – watch this space! Here’s the next date for our ongoing Continuing Education series! Please join us! Course Description: The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has strict rules regulating premium funds collected by your agency. We worked […]
Surety Clients Should Check Their Credit to Avoid Surprises - No matter how you look at it, Surety is a financial arrangement. One of the major underwriting factors in Surety is the personal creditworthiness of Principals. But often, clients do not think to check their credit before the Surety does. To avoid surprises and/or review of inaccurate information, it is important to remind our clients […]
Appraisal Management Company Bonds – Quick and Simple! - Did you know there are 18 states in which we affordably write Appraisal Management Company bonds ($50,000 and under) with just review of a properly signed application? Other states, and bonds $50,001 and higher, may need credit and/or financial underwriting. Give us a call, drop us an email, or download an app or apply online […]
Washington Notary “Kit” – One-Stop Shopping! - We are having great success with our new Washington Notary Package, which includes the required $10,000 Notary Bond, as well as $5,000 Errors & Omissions Insurance, your Notary Stamp, and Notary Journal. No longer will you need to purchase the bond in one place, and then find a vendor for the stamp, and find a […]
Help us raise money for Seattle Animal Shelter - Join us for the Furry 5k to raise money for Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation. Team Integrity Surety will be participating in the Fun Run and Walk this Sunday, June 8, and we need your help! Donate here: https://cssas.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/Furry5K2014/TeamPersonalFundraiserSignupFundraising/tabid/522990/Default.aspx?joinme=34521
China lifts Washington Geoduck ban. - Did you know that Integrity Surety writes Geoduck Harvesting Performance Bonds? A hybrid of Lease, Performance, and Service, many sureties find the obligation tricky, but Integrity Surety has the experience, understanding, and markets to get them approved. See the Puget Sound Business Journal for article announcing the ban lift.
2 Seats Left! Continuing Education – May 27 - Here’s the next date for our ongoing Continuing Education series! Please join us! Course Description: The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has strict rules regulating premium funds collected by your agency. We worked closely with the Insurance Commissioner’s Office to bring you this informative class. In this class, we will review these requirements, […]
New Washington Notary “Kit” – One-Stop Shopping! - We are excited to announce our new Washington Notary Package, which includes the required $10,000 Notary Bond, as well as $5,000 Errors & Omissions Insurance, your Notary Stamp, and Notary Journal. No longer will you need to purchase the bond in one place, and then find a vendor for the stamp, and find a journal. […]
Merchants Bonding Company salutes us! - After an amazing 2012 and 2013, Integrity Surety has been awarded “Drivers Tour” level of the Merchants Bonding Company’s “Leaderboard”. We wouldn’t be able to achieve this level of success without the excellent Merchants staff, our clients, and our agents. Read Merchants’ announcement here
USDOT/WSDOT Bonding Education Workshop for Contractors- Spokane WA - Integrity Surety is proud to join USDOT, WSDOT, SFAA, and others in presenting this two-day Workshop in Spokane WA. Registration is open to Contractors and is aimed at educating small construction firms about Surety, and assist them in obtaining or increasing their bonding capacity. Spread the word among your contractor friends and clients, and download […]
A great article on Subcontractors and risks associated - We found this article on Huffington Post and wanted to share with you in entirety. This is NOT our original content, which can be found here For so many contractors, profit or loss on a project depends on whether subcontractors deliver or fall down on the job. Some companies recognize this and establish best practices […]
Continuing Education Class announced for April 22nd 2014 - We’ve announced another date for our ongoing Continuing Education series! Please join us! Course Description: The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has strict rules regulating premium funds collected by your agency. We worked closely with the Insurance Commissioner’s Office to bring you this informative class. In this class, we will review these requirements, […]
Surety Education for Emerging Contractors – SuretyLearn.org - New within the handy “Useful Links” page in our “Resources” is a link to SuretyLearn.org, which is an informational site provided by the National Association of Surety Bond Producers. The SuretyLearn.org website orients small and emerging contractors to the basics of bonding and of what is needed to achieve surety credit. Resources at the website […]
Congratulations to Great American Insurance Company! - Great news for our Principals and Applicants of Great American Insurance Company! A.M. Best Company, the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source, has upgraded the Financial Strength Rating score of Great American Insurance Company and its pooling affiliates to “A+” (Superior)! The Financial Strength Rating score serves as an indicator of […]
Appraiser / Appraisal Management Company Surety Bonds – 15 new states added! - Federal Reserve rules regulating Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal Management Companies have caused at least 15 states to amend or add Surety Bond requirements. We’ve added online application types for these bonds in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The guarantees vary by state, […]
SBA changes mean easier Bond approvals! - The Small Business Administration (SBA) has amended their Surety Bond Guarantee Quick Program, now including a wider variety of projects. Contracts $250,000.00 and under may now be considered with up to a 2 year maintenance period and/or up to $1,000.00 in liquidated damages. Previously, the Quick Program was limited in these regards. There is no […]
Unexpected benefit of Surety Underwriting Review - In the world of Surety, we often ask for what feels like a lot of paperwork – financial statements, bank verification, etc etc… But, it’s always for a reason; protecting the Obligee, protecting the Surety, and making sure the Principal is solvent. There are often things the annual Surety Underwriting Review catch or notice that […]
Auto Dealers with Membership in Professional Association - Integrity Surety has many options for Auto Dealers, new and used, across the nation. Several of our Surety companies have even filed and can offer a discount for qualified applicants who hold a membership in a Professional Association. Soon, we will post a number of “Dealer Associations” and their web links. Please call with any […]
Come see us at WAWGG! - Friends, agents, clients in Pacific NW! Integrity Surety is proud to co-sponsor the 2014 WAWGG (Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers) convention and trade show! We’ll be there discussing the Surety needs of the wine and beverage industry. Some of those needs include TTB and BATF Federal “liquor tax” payment bonds, State license and permit […]
Snow Removal Service Contractor - With the “Polar Vortex” floating around the U.S. this week and not expected to clear any time soon, normally-dry municipalities are scrambling to find qualified contractors for emergency Snow Removal Services. As public funds are used for these contracts, most states require that these contracts be protected with Performance and Payment bonds. Here at Integrity […]
California Car Wash Bond is now $150,000 - California Assembly Bill No. 1387 was signed into law October 11 2013, and poses a financial security requirement for Car Wash establishments in the state of California. This bill would place the employer’s bond requirement amount at $150,000, but would exempt an employer from that requirement if the employer has a collective bargaining agreement in […]
Happy Holidays! - We would like to wish all of our friends, agents, business clients, and, well EVERYONE a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Integrity Surety will be closing at noon tomorrow 12/24, and closed for the Christmas holiday. We will re-open on Thursday 12/26 at 8:00am.
Northwest Harvest – matching donations - For the Thanksgiving holiday, we have donated to Northwest Harvest, and want to help even more in this season of need and giving! Integrity Surety will match the first 10 of your cash donations to Northwest Harvest, up to $100 each, in order to help families in need. Simply donate any amount at http://www.northwestharvest.org/donate, send […]
Confused about the new $75,000 FMCSA BMC-84 Bond? - What is Happening As of 10/1/2013, MAP-21 legislation required anyone acting as a broker or a freight forwarder and subject to FMCSA jurisdiction, including motor carriers, to register and obtain broker or freight forwarder authority from FMCSA. Section 32918 amended the financial security requirements applicable to property brokers and created new requirements for freight forwarders. […]
Pay.gov announcement - Effective 10/1/13 The SBA Surety Bond Guarantee program requires all SBA Contractor Fees be paid via the SBA’s convenient Pay.gov web portal. With our number of clients utilizing the SBA Surety Bond Guarantee program, we felt it may be helpful to share this informational guide on how to set up and utilize the Pay.gov system. […]
Light the Night Walk – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – September Charitable Event - Integrity Surety is proud to have formed a team for Light The Night Walk for our September Charitable Event and we hope you’ll support us in this important endeavor. Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s evening walk and fundraising event. It is the nation’s night to pay tribute and bring hope […]
What is a Bank Letter? - Integrity Surety is a large writer of SBA-backed SBA Surety Bond Guarantees, and has several programs that require a “Bank Letter” with certain information. Also, oftentimes, a particular surety submission, particularly for a Performance Bond, needs a “Bank Letter” included to complete the underwriting. But what is a “Bank Letter” and what should it look […]
2013 North City Jazz Walk – August sponsorship - Integrity Surety is excited and proud to be part of the 2013 North City Jazz Walk here in Shoreline WA. We are sponsoring the North City Bistro stage again this year, where the Casey MacGill Quartet will play 4 sets throughout the evening. They are just one of the many talented groups that make Jazz […]
Old Dog Haven Walk and Olympiad – July Charitable Organization - Attention animal lovers!  Integrity Surety has chosen Old Dog Haven for our July charity, and hope you can help us raise funds for this wonderful cause. We will be participating in the 2nd Annual “Walk for Old Dogs and Old Dog Olympiad” on July 21st. Our team will have members in the walk, as well […]