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AARP Participated in ‘Small Business Saturday’

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In Search of a Second Act: The Challenges and Advantages of Senior Entrepreneurship

AARP testimony to the Senate Special Committee on Aging and Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the challenges and advantages of senior entrepreneurship

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Attract and retain top talent in a changing workforce.

A Business Case for Workers 50+

New research on the value of experienced workers.

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Summer of Encore Mentoring Begins in June

Get help from experts and useful resources to move your small-business ideas forward

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Quiz: Are You Ready to Start a Business?

You'll need more than money and a good idea

More Boomers Are Becoming Their Own Bosses. Are You?

A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business

Thinking About Starting a Business

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Business Owner?

Closely examine your finances, your idea and yourself

SBA: Encore Entrepreneurs

A self-paced, easy-to-follow 30-minute online course designed for those who are planning to start a business as a second or third career

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Video: Is Starting a Small Business Right for You?

Take a look at a brief video to help you decide if you should go into business for yourself.

Advice From Successful Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who started their businesses at 50+ share what they learned.

Choosing a Small Business Structure

The Smart Way to Start a Small Business

Choosing the right structure can make a big difference

How to Start a Business

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Can You Afford to Start a Small Business?

Learn how to predict — and lower — your costs

SBA: Build Your Business Plan

A step-by-step tool to help you write your business plan

Working at Home: What You Need to Know

Practical Tips for Working at Home

From taxes to insurance, here's what entrepreneurs need to know.

Video: Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month

AARP and the SBA can help those looking to start their own company

SCORE matches retired executives as mentors with aspiring entrepreneurs.

Find the Entrepreneurial Advice You Need

SCORE volunteers have business savvy and the desire to share what they know

Learn the challenges of opening a franchise business.

The Pitfalls of Franchising

Know the challenges — or your dream business could become a nightmare

Grow Your Business

Hiring? A Business Case for Workers 50+

This new study, evaluates the business case for recruitment, retention, and engagement of 50+ workers.

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Financing Options for Starting a Business Later in Life

Learn the ins and outs of financing a post-retirement business

SBA: Finding and Attracting Investors

Do you need funding to start up or expand your business? Investors can be a great option for you.

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Does Your Business Have a Marketing Plan?

What you need to know if you're beginning — or maintaining — a small business

SBA: Selling Your Business

Whether you are retiring or just moving on to your next idea; learn about the process of selling your business.

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SBA: Buying a Business

Have you considered buying an existing business?  Get an overview of the process and decide if it is right for you.

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How to Start a Freelance Business

Everything you need to know about legal, tax and contractual paperwork

SBA: Introduction to Franchising

Want to be your own boss, but hesitant to start your own business from scratch? Franchising may be a great alternative for you. Online course.


Starting a Business Over 50

Open a franchise and draw on the experience of those who have already run one

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