Smart Stops on the Web


Compare Quotes Online

www.insuremarket.com

This site offers quotes for personal insurance coverage that includes auto, home, disability, health and life. Quotes also are available for insuring your business and for group-term life and supplemental health insurance for employees. You can save researched quotes in your personal insurance portfolio on the site.

More Online Quotes

www.insurecom.com

This site—a free consumer referral service—also offers auto, health, home and life insurance quotes. Here, however, insurance companies contact users with rates based on precompiled profiles.

InsuranceQuotesOnline.com guides new users through screens asking for pertinent information and then sends the resulting profile to five insurance companies. According to the site’s claims, users receive quotes within minutes.

The EPA Online

www.epa.gov/enviro/index_java.html

The Environmental Protection Agency’s site has a search engine that helps users find risk management plans of companies required to report information under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. Additional information includes parent company subsidiaries, facility locations and contact numbers, as well as emergency response plans and dates of the most recent safety inspections.

Risk Management Plans Online

www.rtk.net

The Right-to-Know Network offers access to databases, text files and conferences on the environment, as well as on housing and community investment. One of the databases features risk management plans for U.S. companies, searchable by state. Users can view a company’s accident-prevention plan, 5-year accident history and worst-case data.

Risk Management Revisited

www.irmi.com

The International Risk Management Institute’s site continues to be useful as a source for information (see JofA, Jul.00, page 22). In addition to its resource directory and Standard and Poor’s financial ratings for more than 3,000 insurance companies, the site has an Expert Commentary section, which is continually updated with new articles by industry specialists. Recent titles included “Reducing Risk Management Costs with Application Service Providers” and “Insurance Archaeology for Mergers and Acquisitions.”

GENERAL INTEREST SITES

Go to Go.Com

www.go.com

This site has the usual search engine capabilities, but its home page contains so many features that users can easily forget it’s a research tool. Included on Go’s homepage are links to headlines, maps, news, stocks and weather, as well as auctions, cartoons and horoscopes. Its translator feature can convert any site into English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

A Site for the Educated Consumer

www.pueblo.gsa.gov

This site seems to be designed with the slogan for Syms, the clothing retailers, in mind: “An educated consumer is our best customer.” The Federal Consumer Information Center now has all its catalogues and consumer pamphlets available online. The Small Business section includes publications that help employers comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that cover copyright registration and its legal dos and don’ts.

See America First

usacitylink.com [No www designation is required to access this site.]

If you’re planning a vacation—or are travelling or relocating to another city—start your journey by clicking on this site. The USA CityLink Project is a “city’s interface to the world.” A link typically includes information on a city’s apartment and car rentals, self-storage facilities and senior housing. The City Spotlight section features a different U.S. city every two weeks.

Online Salary and Compensation Research

www.salaryexpert.com

This site offers data on salary, benefits and cost-of-living figures for more than 45,000 cities in the United States and Canada. Other useful features include a section called Straight Talk, where licensed consultants answer compensation-and-benefits questions. The Downloads section lets users save the entire SalaryExpert.com database on their desktops, laptops or handheld wireless electronic devices with Web access.

A Connection for Commerce

www.doc.gov

This site from the Department of Commerce (DOC) has news stories on related national and international issues, including the latest information about other government agencies, such as the FCC and the Census Bureau. Also featured are links to congressional testimony and legislative action. Users can research DOC initiatives and trade missions, as well as selected publications and online libraries.

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QUIZ

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CHECKLIST

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