Our industry (and our world) has never seen anything like COVID-19 and our #1 job as agency owners is to survive it so we can get our agencies through this storm and back to calm waters.

At Agency Management Institute (AMI) we are committed to helping independently owned agencies through this crisis and back to solid ground.  We’re creating and collecting agency-specific resources and provide them to you (no firewall) to any agency who can benefit from them.

We are also doing live webinars every other week, to update participates on how other agencies are handling elements of the COVID-19 reality and answer any specific questions you might have.

To be notified of those webinars (if you don’t attend live — you will get the replay later that day) sign up for our weekly newsletter here.

At AMI — we know that most agency owners are accidental business owners.  You were an amazing AE or creative (or whatever you did) and somehow you ended up owning an agency!  I get it — 25 years ago, that was me when I hung up my shingle (knock on wood — we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary).

Our purpose is to help small to mid-sized agencies run the business of their business better, so it is more scalable, sustainable and down the road, if you want, sellable.  And we will get back to that work when this crisis is over.  But for now, our sole focus is helping you weather this storm.

Here are the resources (most current on top) that we’ve created and curated for you.

AMI created and AMI member/partner vetted resources:

Week of March 30, 2020

Week of March 23, 2020

Week of March 16, 2020

  • Podcast on best practices for how agencies can survive COVID-19
  • Video on best practices for how agencies can survive COVID-19
  • Here’s the link to the Work Share Program page (possible option instead of laying people off)
  • You all need to be familiar with the new Family First Act that was just passed.  Talk to your attorney or Sharon (AMI’s favorite attorney Sharon Toerek) about how it will impact you. Here’s an explanation of the Family First legislation.   And another.
  • Here’s a link to the blog posts about language in your contract re: client cancellations or dormant.
  • Here’s the link to the webinar from 3/20/2020 (it’s unlisted so I can’t embed it here)  It really starts around the 10 minute mark.

 

Other helpful resources:

Week of March 30, 2020

Week of March 23, 2020

Week of March 16, 2020