SBA & AARP To Host Encore Entrepreneur Workshops

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SBA Baltimore District Office

SBA & AARP Present:

          Encore Entrepreneur Business Forums

Two Locations to Choose From:

Chestertown, MD - Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

      (400 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620)

Prince Frederick, MD - Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

      (200 Duke Street, 2nd Floor, Room 2600A, Prince Frederick, MD 20678)

The U.S. Small Business Administration Baltimore District Office and AARP will host two  Encore Entrepreneur Business Forums. These events are targeted at entrepreneurs age 50 and over to provide these "encore entrepreneurs" with resources to start or grow a small business.

With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a viable option. Starting a small business may allow an individual to transform their hobby, interest or professional experience into an income.

"The SBA has business resources and tools to help all entrepreneurs start and grow their business at any stage of their life," said District Director Stephen D. Umberger. "Partnering with AARP helps us connect with Americans over the age of 50 who have years of experience in the workforce and are ready to step out and become their own boss."

The event will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors from SBA’s network of Small Business & Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business. Hear presentations from the SBA, the AARP, SCORE and the MD SBTDC.

Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer. SBA and AARP will provide the training and mentoring services these individuals need to successfully start and grow businesses in order to create jobs.

The SBA has a dedicated web page for Americans over the age of 50 with an online self-assessment tool to aide potential small business owners understand their readiness for starting a business, as well as resources for business planning, professional counseling and financial services, visit www.sba.gov/mentormonth.

This event is free; but seating is limited. Advance registration is requested. Register online at http://www.tinyurl.com/SBA-MD-Events. For questions, contact Arnette Carter at (443) 784-7787 or via email at l.carter@sba.gov.

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