Big I Maryland is committed to helping independent agencies success in today's ever-changing insurance industry. We are proud to serve as the unrelenting advocate and business partner for over 150 Trusted Choice independent insurance agencies across Maryland. We help connect you to a community of insurance professionals and a suite of top tier products and services that will allow you to focus on what is important - your agency.
Before submitting your membership application, review the eligibility requirements below to ensure your agency is eligible to become a member of the association.
Questions? Our team is here to help you with any questions you may have during the application process or once you have joined the association. Contact our Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410)-766-0600 for assistance.
Big I Maryland membership dues are based on your agency's property & casualty premium volume written in Maryland. The premium volume must include all owned (greater than 50%) subsidiaries and branches.
The Big I Maryland membership dues cycle runs September 1-August 31. Please refer to the dues chart below for dues information:
BRANCH FEE: $100 charge for each additional office location in MD.
Non-Deductible Portion of Dues: Dues to Big I Maryland are not deductible as a charitable contribution but may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. A portion of the dues, however, is not deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense to the extent that Big I Maryland engages in lobbying. The estimated non-deductible portion for 2022-2023 is 29.92%.
Insurance Products for Your Clients
Get market access via 'Big I Markets' (BIM). With BIM, you have access to markets such as cyber (Coalition), Affluent Program, Small Commercial, Auto & Home Standard Markets, Non-Standard Markets, Umbrella & Home Business, Habitational, Bonds, Flood, and more. Visit www.BigIMarkets.com for more information!
You will also get access to RLI where you will have the ability to quote your clients a stand-alone Personal Umbrella Policy (PUP) or a Home Business Insurance (HBI) policy.
Do you have a new company agreement that you are not sure about? The national Big I Office of General Counsel will review your agency-company agreement by request and submit feedback. This is, of course, if it is not already on the extensive list of contracts already reviewed by the Big I and available to you (there are over 100 carriers currently on the list of reviewed contracts). As a Big I MD member, you also get access to the 'Guide to Agency-Company Appointment Contracts - Key Considerations and Sample Provisions'.
Your membership gives you access to the Trusted Choice logo which you can use in your marketing. This allows you to leverage the national recognition and reputation of the brand and also helps expand the brand’s reach. Trusted Choice also offers a Marketing Reimbursement Program to help agencies offset the cost of various marketing activities. Join today to become a Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agent!
FREE access to marketing resources! Thanks to Trusted Choice, Big I MD members have access to marketing resources that include graphics, videos, articles, and entire marketing campaigns to share on social media. They even provide a social media calendar! All can be customized for your agency. Not sure if your website/social media is up to par? No worries! As a member of Big I MD, you have access to a FREE Trusted Choice Digital Review. This detailed report will analyze your website and social media channels.
The Big "I" has your back both on the state and national level when it comes to the issues facing our industry! It doesn't get much better than our Big "I" Government Affairs team who have been named to the list of "Top D.C. Lobbyist" several times.
Agency Valuation & Perpetuation
Having a perpetuation plan for your agency is one of the most important investments you can make in your agency. It will protect you, your customers, your staff as well as your family. It is critically important for all agencies to document their plan, regardless of where they are in their agency lifecycle. That's why we have partnered with Agency Focus to help our members build the plan that is right for them.