Essential Team Resources

About Us

Our Company

We are a full service human resources company serving small businesses, especially insurance agencies. We help teams make clear plans with strategic plans and business plans. We bring excellent people together by staffing, licensing, training, and retraining team members. And we provide ready support with human resources best practices, documents, and guidance along the way.


“Ed is very professional, kind and patient in his approach to training. He has provided me with valuable information and direction that will help me be successful in my sales career. His experience and skill in the art of sales was very evident in the way he instructed me. I appreciate him always being willing to help me if I have further questions.”

– Brenda, State Farm CSR

“Thanks, ETR! You came through for me with a great opportunity at just the right time. Your training prepared me for a successful start in my new sales career.”

– Dan, Allstate Sales Representative

“Essential Team Resources does a great job bringing the total hiring processes of your business is not just a recruiting firm but a business planning firm as well.”

– Jeff Torrice, Allstate Agency Owner

“Ed Lazar and ETR helped me get my agency back on top! Along with staffing, we worked on planning and HR issues to keep us moving forward.”

– Angela McConnell, State Farm Agency Owner

Our Founder and Our Team

For more than 40 years our founder, Ed Lazar, has been a successful State Farm Insurance Agent and respected business owner. Ed has a passion for coaching. He loves to see a team win, and team members grow in the process.

Ed is also a dedicated community volunteer who encourages the same from his team. Ed believes “Giving back to the community is a necessary part of running, and being on, the team for a great business. It’s just the right thing to do.”

ETR’s team of experts share Ed’s values. They are all licensed and experienced in the insurance industry, have education and experience in human resources, and are passionate about helping small businesses. They are committed to the company mission, personal excellence, and being truthful to our clients.

Our Core Values

Shape our Culture and direct our activity…

  • Integrity in all interactions
  • Be truly helpful
  • Keep clients' needs a priority over our own
  • Work with enduring resolve
  • Achieve and maintain the balance between work and personal life
  • Contribute to the community


Our Mission

Our mission is to build winning teams! That means helping them make clear plans, bring excellent people together, and provide ready support to keep them winning.

We define winning teams as those who…

  • Are mission driven
  • Value team members at all levels
  • Have an admirable company culture and unshakeable core values
  • Truly want to be champions
  • Value high morale
  • Desire to be profitable above industry norms


Our Guarantee

Our staffing guarantee: If within the first 60 days of employment a new team member does not work out, and all other contract conditions have been met, we will replace that team member free of charge to the business owner.

ESSENTIAL Elements for Business

June 21, 2017

ESSENTIAL Elements, Volume 1 - Ready Support

READY SUPPORT – Whether a business owner or an individual, you need support to keep you focused and in compliance. ETR is there for you!

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