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Do you need a contract Bond?

For contractors, a contract bond is often essential for bidding on a public job.  There are various types of contract bonds.contract bond

Contract Bond Types:

  1. Performance Bond.
  2. Payment Bond.
  3. Bid Bond.
  4. Maintenance/ Warranty Bond.


Contract bonds provide the financial assurance that the contractor (principal) will construct a project for the project owner (obligee), and will:

  • Perform the work according to the contract.
  • Pay certain subcontractors and laborers.
  • Pay material suppliers.


Is obtaining a bond preventing you from bidding on a contract?

Do you have questions about how to obtain a bond?


We are here to answer your questions about contract bonds.  Contact us today.

Have you had your antiques appraised?

Antiques give us a glimpse into the way life used to be.  Antique shows are a great pastime, in which we can find unique, priceless items.

Do you enjoy collecting antiques?

antiquesProtect your investment. When was the last time you had your antiques appraised by a professional? We recommend that you have your appraisals done by a certified appraiser to determine the value of your personal items.  Once you have the appraisal, contact your local independent insurance agent to discuss your coverage options.

Your agent will advise you to either…

  1. List your antiques on your current homeowners policy.
  2. Obtain a valuable articles policy.

In most cases, you can simply schedule your items to your homeowners policy which will also provide broader coverage.  

Do you have an up to date digital inventory?  Please share this information with your local agent as well. Digital records save you time and headaches, in the event of loss. link

Call us today, for more tips and coverage options.



Is Motorcycle insurance coverage all the same?

Are you anxious to get out on the open road with your motorcycle?  Have you checked the tire pressure?  Something that is just as important is making sure you have the right motorcycle insurance coverage, without gaps. motorcycle insurance coverage  There are  so many coverage options available, how do you know which one is best for your prized road hog?

We can help you determine which policy best fits your needs.

Do you have the right motorcycle insurance coverage in each of the following scenarios?

  • You have an accident and the person who is at fault does not have insurance.
  • You take a small spill and damage your safety equipment.
  • Your brand new bike gets hit and is now a total loss.
  • Do you have “guest coverage”  for passengers?
  • Do you have medical coverage? (PIP may not apply to motorcycle on your policy.)

Are there gaps in your coverage? Find out today, by asking your local agent.



Independent Agency VS Agent

Imagine living in a world with only one flavor of Ice Cream and worse yet, only one serving size??  Sound awful? We agree!

We recognize how important choice is, and feel people should know that they also have many options when it comes to insurance.  As an independent agency we work for you, keeping you informed of your options and to providing you with a policy that best matches your needs.

While other agents are stuck representing only one company, we can shop around for you.




Chase Clarke Stewart & Fontana Insurance Agency would be happy to provide you with the free quotes you need…

Why is our Independent Agency right for you:

  • We work for you as opposed to one company.
  • When you have a claim we work for you, to get you the best results.
  • We are value hunters, whose priority is to bring you the best price, coverage and service.
  • We cover a wide range of products, including Home, Renters, Auto, Business, Cyber Liability and More.
  • We will review your coverage from time to time to make sure all your needs are covered.
  • Customer satisfaction is our number one focus.
  • You are a person and not a number and we are available to talk when you need us.
  • We are local, licensed professionals with a long history in this community.

Contact us today  413-788-4531

Vacation Rental Scam

How does this sound?…”One week rental of a 5 bedroom house on the beach this summer, with your close friends and family.  Amenities include, rec room, flat screen TVs, jacuzzi, pool tables and more.” Does this vacation rental sound good?

When choosing a vacation rental there are a few things you need to be aware of so that you don’t get scammed!  The Federal Trade Commision has a few tips to help you avoid being ripped off by a scam.

vacation rentalIt might be a scam if:

  • You are asked to wire them the security deposit or other vacation rental fee. Remember once the money is sent you cannot get it back.
  • They pressure you to send money before you even meet or see the apartment.
  • Do research, if you see the same ad under a different name, it may be a hijacked ad.
  • Read more

If it sounds too good to be true, it may be just that.

Data Breach- Small Business

Are you concerned about a Data Breach? Why should you be concerned?

Every Business needs to have a plan in place.  Even if you are certain that you have minimized the risk Data Breach can happen.

Seems like every day there is a new story about how a big business was “hacked.”  A computer “hack” is only one of the ways that a Data Breach can happen.  Every Business is at risk

The  Federal Trade Commission would agree, protecting personal information is very important.

We hope you find the links below, helpful in protecting your business.

Click here for a PDF: Guide to Protect Your Business

Tips on Identity Theft

As a business owner, you you work hard to protect your property, right? Does your building have fire sprinklers and extinguishers?  Do you also have business insurance, just incase?  In a similar way people tend to have a “firewall” on their computer and a shredding system, to protect private information.  Cyber insurance helps you protect your business from stolen information same way business insurance does against  fire damage or theft.

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We would be happy to answer any further questions you may have about data breach, at no obligation.  Call Peggy anytime…



Cyber Brochures for Download, from some of the Companies We Represent:

Hartford Small Business Tips

Hartford Medical Tips



Data Privacy Day 2015

Did you know that today is actually ‘Data Privacy Day’?

Mark today, January 28, 2015 on your calendars, as Data Privacy Day!  Something to think about on this day… Are you protecting your personal or business information? Take a minute on this Data Privacy Day and make sure you are data-safe.

Cyber Security Tips

  • Do not give out private information.cyber security; data privacy day
  • Check your monthly statements for irregularities no matter how small.
  • Be aware of email scams.  When in doubt throw it out.  Banks and other financial institutions will not ask for certain information through email.  Contact your bank before replying to questionable emails.
  • Make sure your mobile, personal or work, phone is using the lock screen function.  So much information is on our smartphone…we can’t afford not to protect it.

When was the last time you changed your password?

The most common passwords are;

  1. 12345
  2. Password

Please don’t use these.  Set strong passwords.



Happy Data Privacy Day!