Big I Minnesota

Advocating, Educating and Connecting Independent Agents
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Independent Agencies

Affiliate Organizations

Individual Members

Diamond Partner of the Month

EMC Insurance

Big I MN recognizes Safelite as one of its Diamond Partners. Big I MN Diamond Partners are one of the highest level of sponsorship to our organization.

Beating the Burnout

Webinar with a focus on women in insurance

Research shows that burnout, defined as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion, is a challenge faced by many professional women. This webinar explores what burnout is, how to recognize it in yourself and others, and how women can avoid or recover from burnout when they experience it.

Social Jazz

Automate Your Social Media with Social Jazz

Trusted Choice and the Big “I” have a perfect all-in-one solution for our members: Social Jazz. For just $15 a month (regularly $99/month), we can take content development and post scheduling off of your plate all year so you can focus on what’s important, your clients. Get started with a 30-day FREE trial.

Big I MN Boot Camp

Basic Training for New Hires!

Fill in the gap between getting your insurance license and putting it into practice!


Catalyit will help you discover, evaluate and implement technology in your agency.

Catalyit’s simplified technology resource opens independent agents to a community where they can inspire, grow, and succeed. Together we’re going to meet customers where they are and create a stronger, more innovative independent agency system. So, no matter where you are on the technology spectrum – from early adopter to experienced implementer

Everything You Need

Features & Benefits

Protect Your Agency

Member pricing of the best products for agents E&O, Cyber Security, and Workers Compensation

Hiring Resources

Tools to help find your agency’s most valuable assets, your people

Technology Resources

Helping answer the question of how and what to utilize for technology in your agency

Marketing Resources

Helping agencies with their marketing, online and social media presence to boost customer visibility


Providing the best possible, quality education to increase the professionalism of our member agents

Market Access

Member only access to standard Personal Lines, Commercial Lines, Umbrella, and Flood to round out your customer offerings

What Is Big I MN?
How Can We Help You?

Big I Minnesota (Big I MN) is a non-profit state trade association for Independent Insurance Agents throughout Minnesota. Big I MN affiliates with  National Big I (Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, Inc.).  We are dedicated to fostering the independent insurance agency channel through legislative advocacy, education, and tools to help grow your agency. Big I MN also offers exclusive access to E&O and Cyber Security carriers to protect our member agencies. Our portfolio includes 300+ agencies with 700+ storefronts and more than 4,900+ independent agents in Minnesota.

Join Big I MN today and let us help you grow your agency.

What are Big I MN's core functions?

At Big I MN we believe the Independent Insurance Agent Distribution Channel is the best place for consumers to purchase their insurance. With that in mind, we strive to provide our members throughout Minnesota the necessary resources to grow their agency. We provide professional development, talent development, advocacy at both a state and national level, market access, E&O insurance as well as a whole host of other tools that foster agency growth.

Will being a member of Big I MN help me grow my business?

Yes, Big I MN provides a tremendous amount of resources to our members. We have over 300 agencies that use Big I MN for a whole host of products. We have an exclusive market access program through IIABA. Our E&O program gives members access to the best policy available at member pricing to protect their agency and provide risk management resources. We also provide tools to grow your business, including but not limited to the ability to take credit cards from your clients, electronic signature options, and many others.

What do member agencies look like?

We have over 300 member agencies with over 700 storefronts throughout the state of Minnesota. We have many one or two person agencies that might focus on personal lines or commercial lines exclusively, and agencies with 200+ employees that provide a whole host of risk management tools for their clients. As an organization, we recognize all the different challenges that our members of all sizes have and try to meet as many of those as possible.

Does being a member of Big I MN allow me any networking opportunities?

Absolutely! Throughout the year we put on many different events to encourage networking. Our largest event is our Annual Convention and EXPO that takes place in the Spring. We also have several golf outings hosted by different regions of our state in the summer, as well as other sport events and/or happy hours throughout the year. Throughout the year we also have over 25 committee meetings that foster collaboration of independent insurance agents.

What does Big I MN do for their industry as a whole?

Each and every day Big I MN strives to make the insurance industry a bit better. We help elevate our members to allow them to serve the consuming public in the most professional manner possible. Big I MN has taken a leading role in bringing in the next generation of insurance professionals by promoting the industry to colleges and universities throughout the state. Big I MN has numerous committees that help foster a better environment throughout the industry. We have an Emerging Leaders Committee that is growing and learning through education and networking. We have a Legislative Advisory Committee that takes an active role in all things related to legislation and the MN Department of Commerce in cooperation with our state lobbyist.

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Thank You to Our Chairman's Circle & Diamond Partner Members!

Diamond Partner Member

Integrity Insurance

Diamond Partner Member

Liberty Mutual|Safeco|State Auto

Diamond Partner Member

SFM -The Work Comp Experts

We value our membership with the Big I MN because it provides our agency with unparalleled education and advocacy so we stay informed and influential, maximizing our impact within our local community.

Scott Wojtysiak, CIC, CSRM

President, Reliable Agency, Inc.

 As an Independent Agency Owner, being part of Big I Minnesota has been absolutely essential. It offers a supportive community that really understands the unique needs of independent agents like us. With access to a wealth of industry knowledge, timely updates, and valuable networking opportunities, staying competitive in the insurance market has never been easier. Plus, Big I Minnesota ensures our voices are heard in legislative matters, which means our interests are protected and we can focus on serving our clients. 

But most importantly, it’s given me the chance to make personal connections with some really cool people in the industry.

Lisa Hengel

Owner, Willow Wood Insurance


Latest News

The ultimate Big I MN member resource. Here you’ll find a wealth of information tailored specifically to help you navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the insurance industry. Our blog covers a wide range of topics designed to empower you with knowledge and tools needed to thrive in your career.

2024 Outstanding CSR of the Year – Megan Klaphake

2024 Outstanding CSR of the Year – Megan Klaphake

Megan Klaphake is currently a CSR for Ross Nesbit Agency/Kensington Insurance in Belgrade, MN. She started working for the agecy as a CSR in April of 2019 but has always been in the customer service industry in one way or another. Megan started her CSR career in the...

Executive V.P. Message – July 2024

Executive V.P. Message – July 2024

Dear Big I MN Members, Happy Summer to you all! I’m happy to report that the recent rollout of Boot Camp for Insurance has been a major success so far. Those new hires in your agency that have obtained their licenses but still need the “real world” training are...