Manulife Financial launches Small Business Solutions Centre

    Online resource to help advisors address Canadian small business owners'
    total financial needs

    WATERLOO, ON, June 8 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial is launching an online
Small Business Solutions centre to help advisors work more closely with small
business by making it easy to identify and provide comprehensive business and
personal financial solutions for their Canadian small business clients.
    The site, which is exclusive to Manulife, provides advisors with one-stop
access to products and information suited to meet the financial needs of small
business owners - including group and individual insurance, wealth management,
banking and group retirement solutions.
    "Manulife's product breadth and strong advisor relationships have given
us a solid reputation in the small business market" said Rick Brunet,
Executive Vice President, Group, Manulife Financial. "The Small Business
Solutions centre lets us build on those strengths and expand our focus beyond
products to total client solutions. It's an easy way to let us help our
advisors offer comprehensive advice that covers business and personal
financial needs, from tax and estate issues to cost-effective ways to help
them attract and retain the best employees."

    One-stop shopping suits many small business owners' needs

    In a recent survey for Manulife, small business owners (those with fewer
than 100 employees) confirmed that their growth and success hinged upon
customized advice. Especially key in the current economic slowdown,
entrepreneurs want to balance personal financial needs with creative workforce
    "Many advisors are also small business owners, so they know
entrepreneurs' business and personal needs are intertwined, calling for
affordable, custom-designed programs that reflect their clients' personal
financial and business goals," said Marilee Mark, Vice President, Marketing,
Manulife Financial Group Benefits. "The site makes it easy for advisors to
provide small business owners with one-stop solutions, using tools that are
bundled together in one place."
    The Small Business Solutions centre features online access to a variety
of business and personal products. Designed from the ground up with small
business owners' needs in mind, advisors will easily and quickly find
resources to effectively support their clients' needs and offer innovative
options to help them plan for future growth.
    Easy access to the latest content will keep advisors on top of trends and
new product offerings so they are well-positioned to provide ongoing relevant
and effective advice.
    Manulife's Small Business Solutions Centre can be found at
    The online poll for Manulife, conducted by Rogers Business Professional
Group, surveyed 436 small business owners (with fewer than 100 employees)
across Canada. The online survey, conducted in January, contains a margin of
error of plus or minus 3.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
    For more details on what Manulife has to offer, please visit

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$405.3 billion
(US$321.7 billion) as at March 31, 2009.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet

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For further information: Media Contact: Tom Nunn, Manulife Financial,
(519) 594-8578,

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