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.
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 cohosted over 50 "Mentor Month" activities nationwide, Together we will continue to offer similar programs throughout 2014, including live workshops with accomplished business leaders and one-on-one mentoring sessions.
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. 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. Enter your zip code or click on a map on SBA’s Local Assistance website to connect with local SBA district offices and other resources in your area that can help you find 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 events in your state.
You can view recent articles about encore entrepreneurship in USA Today and on NPR. Also view a letter from AARP to Congress in support of recently introduced Encore Entrepreneurs legislation, which would help the 50+ in their efforts to start small businesses.
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