UNICO Group, Inc. of Nebraska-Your business and personal insurance, risk management, and financial counselors.

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We have offices in Papillion, Lincoln, Kearney, and Columbus. UNICO Group provides insurance solutions for businesses, families and individuals for all of their insurance needs.

What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours?
One of the struggles that the industry has had is attracting young people to our profession. UNICO Group, Inc., strives to be an attractable place for a younger producer to want to grow. We believe we have the youngest and most talented group of young professionals of any agency/broker in the Midwest. We use the team approach which allows UNICO to find the right group of people to provide the level of service our clients come to expect.

We are the only agency/broker in Nebraska to have Certified WorkComp Advisors, this allows us to show companies how we can become trusted advisors to help them lower workers’ compensation costs and improve profits. Our seminars across the state have become very popular and we are proud to hear that our approach to WC is like no other. We were recently named the National Work Comp Agency of The Year by the Institute of Work Comp Professionals. Our clients are benefiting from our services with lower workers’ compensation costs and increased profits.

What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved with?
UNICO encourages our employees to be active in their communities. We have employees involved with The Cox Classic, Sarpy County Chamber, Omaha Chamber, 5K Fun Run for United Way. We are also involved with the LaVista Chamber, Sarpy County Chamber as well the Gretna Basketball Association and Campus Life in Gretna. We are active in trade associations like NUCA, AGC, ABC and others.

What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years?
Technology advancements continue to evolve for us like with many industries. We are now a “paperless” agency and most of our policies are delivered on a CD. Technology has changed how we market to potential clients and communicate with them. We have a web-based risk management portal that has helped our clients with safety, HR and OSHA.

What do you see happening with the business in the next five years?
We will continue to grow in Omaha and expand our presence in the Midwest. We redid our website this past year and have added a lot of great features including blogs and links to our social media sites.

What is one of the biggest challenges that your company has faced?
Growing our presence in the Omaha area. We were pleased to merge with the Greco Agency, their great reputation has made them a perfect fit for UNICO.

What has been your most important achievements as a business?
2010 and 2011 have been wonderful years with achievements such as:  Accident Fund’s “National Agency of The Year”; Institute of Work Comp Professionals’ “National Work Comp Agency of The Year”; Rough Notes “Marketing Agency of The Month” feature in May 2010; and IIABA’s “2010 Best Practices Agencies” recipient. We continue to be asked to speak to organizations about workers’ compensation and the feedback is always very positive. We also have offered OSHA 10 Hour training seminars.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know?
That insurance can be FUN.  We know insurance can be perceived as boring but our employees enjoy what they do while still being professional. Also, a lot of people don’t realize that we handle the risk management needs for companies all over the country, not just Nebraska or the Midwest. UNICO will continue to grow in the Omaha area and we look forward to the future.

For more information about UNICO Group, Inc., please visit them online at www.unicogroup.com.

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