FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For many, finding a new job in 2014 is just as important a resolution as adopting healthier habits. In fact, Right Management, the talent and career management experts within Manpower Group found that 83 percent of the nearly 900 workers who participated in an online poll intend to actively seek a new position in the New Year. Allstate has opportunities for those looking for a fresh start in 2014, as the company plans to appoint 24 new insurance agency owners in Michigan. Additionally, Allstate's new and existing Michigan insurance agencies plan to hire more than 72 licensed sales professionals. To help the recruiting efforts, Allstate is offering a $5,000 award to the person who refers a qualified candidate to Allstate. The referral award is payable upon of the appointment of the candidate as an Allstate agency owner. "If you're sales-driven and customer-service oriented, this could be a great opportunity for you," said Gary Heslinga, Michigan sales leader for Allstate. "No prior insurance knowledge is needed and we're here to assist new agents with product and sales education, along with brand and marketing support." Candidates need a minimum of $50,000 of liquid capital to invest in their agency. This money does not go to Allstate; it's to help ensure the agency can successfully fund the normal day-to-day costs associated with opening and running a business. Small business opportunities for business-minded peopleThe advantage of investing in Allstate is agency owners are able to leverage one of America's most recognized brands without ever having to pay a franchise or licensing fee. Agency owners are independent contractors, not employees of Allstate. The capital invested in the business will go directly toward the success of that agency. "Allstate is unique among all other insurers because its exclusive agents own the economic interest in the business they write from day one," said Heslinga. "Allstate agency owners can sell the economic interest in their agency. No other branded insurer has this option."