From writing a business plan to seeking start-up capital, creating your own business can be a daunting task.
That's why AARP has teamed up with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help Americans over age 50 get the real-world, actionable information they need to start and grow small businesses.
As part of our alliance, SBA and AARP will together train or mentor more than 100,000 "Encore Entrepreneurs" over the next year. This April, AARP and SBA cohosted “Mentor Month” activities nationwide, including live workshops with accomplished business leaders, one-on-one mentoring sessions and mentoring brown-bag lunches. Forty AARP state offices, in conjunction with SBA district offices, produced 107 events reaching over 5,000 people.
You can also review free online resources AARP and the SBA have developed to help 50-plus entrepreneurs launch or grow a business. For example, we are hosting a webinar series featuring a variety of topics, including assessing if you are ready to start a business, expanding an existing business, developing a business plan and financing your enterprise. Visit www.aarp.org/moneywebinars for both archived and upcoming online events.
Also, there’s a free online course for 50+ 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.
To learn more about AARP's alliance with the Small Business Administration, read our news release. And check out this USA Today column on encore careers that mentions the AARP-SBA alliance.
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