Next Insurance launches program to assist small businesses

Next Insurance | April 28, 2020

Next Insurance, a national business insurance provider, has announced a new program to help small business owners in the midst of the current economic slowdown.
Next Insurance’s Built By Business program will allocate more than $250,000 – originally intended for production of the company’s first national advertising campaign – to support small businesses. About 50 businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak will be hired to deliver commissions in line with their skillsets that help Next Insurance refocus its brand. A select group will be showcased in an advertisement providing visibility in their marketplaces, Next Insurance said.
“Next Insurance has a core mission to serve small businesses to the best of our ability,” said Next Insurance CMO Melanie Chase. “We are seeing firsthand how much businesses are hurting as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and know what they really want is to get back to work. Shifting marketing dollars back to the small business community is a better way for us to do our part to help.”

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