AssureStart, the online small business insurance provider, is now open for business in Montana. The company sells business property and general liability insurance on the Internet to small businesses with fewer than 30 employees – an underserved and often overlooked segment of the commercial insurance market.

By answering a few questions at, qualified small businesses in Montana can get coverage recommendations and a rate quote, and purchase a business owner’s policy in as little as five minutes, with immediate access to a certificate of insurance.

Buying a business owner’s policy (which combines business property and general liability coverage) through traditional commercial insurance channels can take several days or more.

With AssureStart’s 100% cloud-based technology platform and efficient direct sales process, the company is able to pass along premium savings of up to 40 percent to small business owners.

"With our exclusive focus on small enterprises, our mission is to help small business owners meet their unique insurance needs through an intuitive, next-generation technology platform," said AssureStart Chief Marketing Officer Chad Zenner.

AssureStart’s proprietary technology platform and recommendation engine can be accessed 24/7 via laptop, tablet or smartphone. During the application and purchase process, prospective customers can contact a licensed insurance professional by phone, email or web chat to ask questions and receive more information.

The company formed in February 2013 and launched service in its first state in November 2013. AssureStart currently sells business owner’s policies in 37 states, with expected completion of a national footprint in early 2015.

Based in Seattle, AssureStart is a wholly owned affiliate of American Family Mutual Insurance Company. AssureStart is dedicated to serving the insurance needs of small businesses with fewer than 30 employees.