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The Co-operators helps small businesses succeed with OnePlace For Business™ program

Dec 4, 2014

GUELPH, ON, Dec. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Co-operators Financial Advisors across Canada are offering OnePlace For Business™, a program designed to help small business owners save time and effort while getting helpful advice about essential insurance products and financial services.

The OnePlace For Business™ program starts with building a profile and understanding of the small business that identifies the stage the business is at and their needs as they grow. This includes a review of product offerings and solutions that shows how The Co-operators can help the enterprise and its owner achieve their goals at every stage.

The Co-operators offers a full suite of insurance products to protect the owner and employees. For the business, insurance coverage is available to provide the financial means to allow the business to carry on in the event of an injury or death of an owner, partner or important employee. Employee benefit products are available that are important to attract and retain top employees. And for the business owner, individual life insurance solutions can support the business in the areas of succession, tax management and estate planning.

A 2013 Industry Canada report indicated that 98 per cent of businesses in Canada are classified as small businesses, showcasing a dominant business model and the need for specialized programs.

"Small business owners need to protect what they have worked hard to build, while also planning for growth and development – and the OnePlace For Business™ program offers convenient and comprehensive services to meet these needs," said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO, The Co-operators. "This program will help entrepreneurs and business owners protect themselves, their business, employees, and loved ones with comprehensive, affordable solutions."

OnePlace For Business™ is available through The Co-operators network of advisors. To find an advisor near you, use the "Find an Advisor" function on the homepage of

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $37 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit

SOURCE The Co-operators

For further information: Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, 519-767-3937

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