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This year, AARP continues to work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help Americans over age 50 get the real-world information they need to start and grow small businesses.

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Through online educational resources and in-person events, you’ll get help on assessing if you are ready to start a business, writing a business plan, seeking financing, getting expert mentoring, and more.

In April, AARP and SBA will cohost "Mentor Month" activities nationwide, including live workshops with accomplished business leaders, one-on-one mentoring sessions and mentoring brown-bag lunches. Already, more than 25 states will be participating in Mentor Month, hosting 70 in-person events.

You can also review free online resources that AARP and the SBA have developed to help 50-plus entrepreneurs launch or grow a business. For example, view our webinar series featuring a variety of topics, including expanding an existing business, developing a business plan and financing your enterprise. Our next webinar, on April 22, will provide you with tips on how to write or update a small business plan.

Visit www.aarp.org/moneywebinars for both the webinar series and upcoming online events.

Also, there’s a free online course for 50-plus entrepreneurs and the SBA's Self-Assessment Tool, which can help you determine if you're ready to be your own boss. Another feature, SBA Direct, will bring directly to your desktop the targeted resources you need to start, operate and grow your small business. 

Visit www.aarp.org/states to connect with your AARP state office website and locate a Mentor Month event in your state. You can also find out about events via the SBA website at www.sba.gov/MentorMonth.

You can view recent articles about encore entrepreneurship in USA Today and on NPR.

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