Over 50 and Want to Start a Business? AARP, SBA Can Help

By EGP Staff Report

You do not have to be in your 20s or 30s to start a business, and this Saturday AARP California and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to help people aged 50 and older get the information they need to do it successfully.

On April 26, AARP CA and SBA will hold Encore Entrepreneur, a free and open to the public event designed to provide counseling, mentoring and training for those aged 50 and older who would like to start or grow a business.

Encore Entrepreneur will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Radisson Hotel: 7320 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier.

The event should be of special interest to Hispanic entrepreneurs, the fastest growing segment of minority-owned businesses, according to AARP.

A recent AARP survey, “Staying Ahead of the Curve 2013: AARP Multicultural Work and Career Study,” found that 15 percent of workers 45-74 are self-employed and 13 percent of those currently working say they plan to start a business once they retire. In California, many of those workers are Hispanic.

April is Mentor Month and AARP and SBA plans to bring together mentors and entrepreneurs to share information. Activities will include five-minute speed-mentoring sessions and brown bag lunches for entrepreneurs to learn best practices from successful small business owners.

“AARP knows that many older Americans pursue entrepreneurship as a way to generate income and strengthen financial security,” said Katie Hirning, AARP’s state director. “And for many of these workers, it is also a way to turn a hobby or passion into a paycheck. AARP creates real possibilities by connecting experienced workers with the resources and guidance they need to help start or grow a small business,” Hirning added.

For more information, go to www.aarp.org

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