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PIDC's Small Contractor Workshop Series Tips

PIDC’s Small Contractor Workshop Series Tips

With more construction opportunities becoming available in the public and private sectors in the City of Philadelphia, PIDC hosted a 4-part Construction Workshop series to provide small contractors with the necessary tools for lasting success. Part 3 of the series was titled Understanding Contract Surety Bonding: An Orientation for Small Contractors led by strategic partner …

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Bonds: An Important Weapon In Any Contractor’s Arsenal

Bonds: An Important Weapon In Any Contractor’s Arsenal

It is vital that construction contractors, regardless of tier or trade, understand the basic principles of contract surety bonds. An understanding of how bonds are used in construction; and, importantly, how the surety company prequalifies the contractor is critical. Surety Bonds are mandated by various federal, state and local laws, but may also be required …

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Surety Bond Associates Welcomes Commonwealth Insurance Company Customers

Surety Bond Associates is pleased to announce their commitment to former customers of Commonwealth Insurance Company by replacing their cancelled surety bonds. Surety Bond Associates, also located in Bala Cynwyd PA, is a full service surety bond agency providing specialty surety bond services to small and mid-sized contractors, including dedicated programs and services for minority, …

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Commonwealth Insurance Company of Bala Cynwyd PA in Liquidation

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department issued an order on March 19, 2014 to liquidate the Commonwealth Insurance Company of Bala Cynwyd PA.  The order was unanimously approved by Commonwealth Insurance’s board of directors and sole shareholder. The failure cancelled surety bonds of many construction contractors and other businesses effective April 19, 2014, possibly leaving taxpayers liable …

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New $75,000 Freight Broker Bond (formerly $10,000 ICC Broker Bond)

When Congress recently passed the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, this sweeping legislation included extensive changes regulating the activities of Freight Brokers by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), including replacement of the former $10,000 ICC Broker Bond (BMC-84) with a new $75,000 Freight Broker Bond. In addition, Freight Forwarders, who …

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Maryland Church Fights Unlicensed Individual Surety Over Bond on Failed Project

The Korean Seventh-day Adventist Church was supposed to be in business in Columbia by now. The church’s 150 members signed a deal, put money down and watched bulldozers roll. But construction stopped in late 2008 and the congregation never recouped its investment. Thanks in part, church officials say, because a bond that was supposed to …

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New York Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond

SB 2913 would subject mobility dealers to the existing licensing and bond requirements for motor vehicle dealers. Mobility dealers are those who sell more than five mobility vehicles in a year. Such vehicles are specially equipped to transport a person with a disability and include mechanical devices such as wheel chair lifts or ramps. Current …

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California Debt Service Provider Bond

SB 708 would require debt settlement service providers to be licensed and post a $200,000 surety bond conditioned on the licensee’s compliance with the proposed law. The bond would secure the payment of any funds owed to persons damaged by the provider s noncompliance with the law or any funds owed to the State for …

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Maryland Debt Service Provider Bond

SB 741/HB 1022 would require debt settlement service providers to register and obtain a $50,000 surety bond. The bond would have to be issued by a surety company authorized to do business in the State. The bond would be conditioned on compliance with the applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Both chambers passed a …

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