FirstComp Insurance Company, Markel Corp. named top insurance carriers

Two Glen Allen-based insurance carriers have been named among the top such companies in the nation.

Markel Corp. and FirstComp Insurance Company (now owned by Markel) are among 38 carriers recognized on the Insurance Business America list of the top insurance carriers in the country.

The magazine's its fourth-annual Brokers on Carriers report ranks the top-performing carriers across key areas vital to agent-carrier relationship, such as claims processing, marketing support, competitive rates and others. Using a scale of one (poor) to 10 (excellent), commercial insurance agents were asked to rate their carriers in order to recognize the best in the industry – while also providing ideas for how these carriers can improve.

The 38 carriers names were singled out as top performers, with 14 earning five-star ratings in all 10 categories. FirstComp Insurance Company was among the carriers that achieved top marks across the board.

“The overall carrier market greatly improved this year, and the results are very encouraging," said Heather Turner, Insurance Business America journalist.
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Henrico Schools to host College and Career Night Nov. 1


Students of all ages are invited to investigate options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2017 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives of more than 100 universities, colleges and professional programs, as well as about 50 representatives of career options such as businesses and branches of the military.

College and Career Night will take place Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave. > Read more.

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Henrico-based nonprofit Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing its accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team during the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.” These standards cover areas such as: mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership – board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy. Commonwealth Autism was one of six organizations in the Richmond region to be recognized and the first in the region to achieve full accreditation. In addition to this accreditation, Commonwealth Autism is recognized as an Accredited Charity with the Richmond Better Business Bureau and holds accreditation from the Code of Ethics for Behavioral Organizations (COEBO). > Read more.

Purify Infrared Sauna opens at GreenGate


Purify Infrared Sauna recently opened its second Henrico location at GreenGate Shopping Center in Short Pump.

Owner Mary Woodbridge opened her first Purify location on Patterson Avenue in July 2015. The new store is located at 301 Maltby Boulevard, Suite C, west of Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

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The annual Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival – Christmas Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The show features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation. For advance tickets, visit http://tinyurl.com/CraftsmensClassic. Full text

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