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Starting Your Own Business Could Be a New Job

Author Mary Beth Izard was the featured presenter at the final AARP Missouri “Encore” event for 2010 and the first event in 2011. The presentation targeted retirees, soon-to-be-retirees, the unemployed or displaced worker, and those with dreams of starting their own business.

The last 2010 presentation was held at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia and the first of 2011 was held during the Fourth Annual Urban Summit in Kansas City Jan. 8. Individuals gathered to learn how to start their own business based on Izard’s book BoomerPreneurs: How Baby Boomers Can Start Their Own Business, Make Money and Enjoy Life. Both events included Izard’s PowerPoint presentation on pitfalls to avoid if you’re 50+ and starting a news business. The presentation also focused on real people who started successful businesses at 50 or older.

Library liaison Marilyn McCloud said, “This is exactly the type of event that we seek for our patrons. We certainly appreciated the opportunity to partner with AARP Missouri – and hope that our relationship continues in the future.”

Likewise, the presentation during the Urban Summit, which was positioned under the economic development education track, was well received. One participant said, “The information discussed was viable and feasible. With this information, I can make a more informed decision.”

“It’s really important for older adults to have as much ‘ammunition’ as possible,” Izard said. “They usually have more to lose and less time to make up for anything that may go wrong.” Sponsored by AARP Missouri, Izard has traveled throughout the state making similar presentations to diverse audiences. Attendees at each session received a free copy of Izard’s book, compliments of AARP Missouri.

Izard is a professor emeritus, consultant and entrepreneur who has worked with hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs. She has written entrepreneurship curriculum as a member of the curriculum development team for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® New Venture™ and FactTrac® LaunchPad™ programs and their college entrepreneurship course, Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture. Izard has also developed and launched the nationally recognized Entrepreneurship Program at Johnson County Community College. Her entrepreneurial experience includes real estate, light manufacturing and consulting.

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