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Summer of Encore Mentoring Begins in June

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En español | This year, AARP and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a Summer of Encore Mentoring to help Americans over age 50 get the real-world information they need to start and grow small businesses.

See also: Do you have what it takes to start a small business?

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

For the new Summer of Encore Mentoring initiative, AARP state offices and SBA district offices nationwide will offer events specifically designed to help encore entrepreneurs—those age 50 and older who want to start or grow a small business. The Summer of Encore Mentoring builds on 2012’s successful Mentor Day, which grew into successful Mentor Months in 2013 and 2014. Summer of Encore Mentoring events are scheduled for June, July and August. More encore events are offered throughout the year.

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 for both the webinar series and upcoming online events.

Also, there’s a free online course for 50-plus entrepreneurs and a checklist, Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?, which can help you determine whether 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 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.

Read the news release on AARP’s collaboration with SBA.

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