Bonnie Hand started her business in 1980 in Altoona with five years insurance experience and three years experience selling investments as a single mother with three small children. She grew her business until she had two offices, one in Altoona and the other in Pittsburgh. She 1s the first certified female insurance agent in Pennsylvania with the Department of General Services and Penndot.
She has been asked to serve in various capacities throughout her career. In 1986 she was the Pennsylvania delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business’s which was a year long commitment. She was also an advisor to develop a bond program for minority owned businesses for the ,city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in 2007. She also is a member of the Altoona Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Ambassadors group supporting many new Businesses and attending their ribbon cuttings.
Numerous awards have been awarded to her such as 2004 Small Business Administration Woman Advocate of the Year, 2007 MBE/WBE Advocate of the Year in Allegheny County, 2008 PA Best 50 Women in Business.
Her business concentrates mostly on business insurance, group health, life,annuities and bonding. She is known for helping newer businesses get their first bond or increase their bonding capacity, She enjoys the challenge of helping small businesses grow.
I started my insurance career over 30 years ago with licenses in Property Casualty, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, and Investments. Started Blair Insurance Services Inc in 1980 in Altoona, PA then in 1986 opened 2nd office in Pittsburgh, PA. Since then I have developed and managed 3 different bonding programs that were successful under my guidance.
2008 PA Top 50 Women in Business
2007 MBE/WBE Advocate of the Year in MED Week
2007 served on PA bond program committee
Named in Who’s Who in Small Business several years
2005 & 2006 Top 100 Businesses from PA Business Central
2004 SBA Women Advocate of the Year
1996 named to Blair County Hall of Fame in Small Business
1995 Co-winner of PA Business Entrepreneur of the Year
1993 – 1994 served on the Governor’s Task Force for Women
1986 PA Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business
Blair Insurance Services Inc – Altoona, Pittsburgh, PA President
Started and still run Blair Insurance Services Inc.
1969 Penn State University
Otterbein College Westerville, Ohio
Child Care & Home EC ,
Many Professional Classes
Numerous Insurance Courses