Online health insurance provider Digital Insurance Co., East Norriton, Pa., has acquired Houston-based InsureRate, an online source for high-value insurance products including term life and annuities, from HomeCom Communications Inc., an Internet application services provider in Atlanta. As part of the transaction, Digital Insurance purchased InsureRate's retail and financial institution-focused Web site-related assets and certain hard assets, as well as the assumption of certain liabilities. InsureRate will continue to operate as a separate entity and manage its operations in Insurance Services Inc. has forged a multiyear agreement with Shaker Heights, Ohio-based OfficeMax, Inc. to offer the superstore chain's customers ePolicy's suite of small-business and professional insurance policies online through, OfficeMax's e-commerce business unit. Visitors to can select from ePolicy's comprehensive selection of low-cost insurance products for small businesses and professionals.

Fort Worth, Texas-based InsureZone, an insurance online marketplace for small-businesses, has formed a strategic commerce partnership with Santa Monica, Calif.-based BizBuyer Inc., a business-to-business, request-for-quote sourcing solution for growing businesses. InsureZone will be the exclusive provider of small-commercial property and casualty insurance for BizBuyer's business customers throughout the United States. InsureZone offers policies from many major carriers, including The Hartford, Kemper, The St. Paul, CNA, and Zurich U.S. Small Business.

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