8 Ways Your Small Business Can Help the Community

July 06, 2022

 Being a Farm Bureau insurance agent is more than just providing insurance coverage—it’s also being a small business owner and a community advocate who helps protect the livelihoods of friends, family, and neighbors.

Many Farm Bureau agents donate their time and resources to make a difference in the places they serve by getting involved with charitable organizations. This helps them raise awareness for worthy causes, as well as establish credibility among the community. If you’re an insurance agent and a small business owner, consider these ideas for how to give back.

1. Get Involved in Local Events

One way your business can engage with the community is to connect with neighbors through activities they—and you—are passionate about. This can include:

  • Coaching a sports team 
  • Joining city council 
  • Volunteering with a school
  • Joining a neighborhood cleanup program
  • Helping with an after-school program

2. Donate to Local Charities

From company-sponsored outreach and volunteer activities to food and clothing donations, there are dozens of ways to contribute to organizations that work to better the community. As a Farm Bureau agent, you can help any charity, including those that Farm Bureau actively supports:  

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Children & Families of Iowa
  • American Heart Association
  • American Parkinson Disease Foundation
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Special Olympics

3. Befriend Your Neighbors

As business owners, Farm Bureau agents understand that building relationships with members of the community is critical to understanding their insurance needs. Make extra effort to coordinate face-to-face meetings rather than virtually to show your client/members—and ultimately, your community—that you’re willing to do what it takes to get to know them.

4. Be a Resource

As a Farm Bureau agent, you’re a much-needed resource in your community, especially in tough times. Whether it’s helping folks prepare for retirement or protecting their assets at various life stages, as an agent, you always have your clients/members’ backs.

5. Plan for the Unexpected

Severe weather can occur when you’re sleeping, at work or when hosting a family gathering. It can happen any time of day or night, and it can cause significant damage to homes, cars and crops. As an agent, your role in the community can help protect client/members by making sure they are ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. 

6. Boost the Local Economy

To a business owner, running a company is more than a source of income; it’s a dream. As a small business owner yourself, you know this to be true. By offering customized business insurance and patronizing local businesses, you’re in a unique position to help preserve that dream for fellow business owners in your community, thus contributing to the overall economic health of your city or town. 

7. Protect Local Farms

A Farm Bureau, insurance career means you can tailor a protection program to help meet the needs of local farms. This coverage is necessary in order to keep crops and livestock healthy and food on the table for millions of people across the globe. 

8. Train Safer Drivers

Distracted driving can lead to car accidents, injured pedestrians and damaged property, and with new teen drivers taking to the road each day, there has never been a greater need for safe driving education. By encouraging client/members (who are under the age of 25) to complete the Farm Bureau Young Driver Safety program, Farm Bureau agents can help to foster safer drivers in their community. 

Make an Impact as a Farm Bureau Insurance Agent

Few small business opportunities are more impactful than a career with Farm Bureau Financial Services. Who or what will you impact when you become an agent? Find the answer by learning more about the opportunity that awaits you.