The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP will team up on Oct. 2nd to host the first National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day. Events across the nation will be held for entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders as mentors for advice and assistance.
National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older. The events also will help connect encore entrepreneurs with SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE chapters, which can offer throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s 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 good option. 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 older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.
In Iowa, National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day will be held at the AARP Conference room, 600 East Court Avenue in Des Moines, where free counseling and technical assistance to help “encore entrepreneurs” to start and grow their businesses will be provided AARP and by SBA and its resource partners, including the Iowa Small Business Development Centers, SCORE and the Women's Business Center. Coffee, juice and a light continental breakfast will be provided. There is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are requested. Register at http://tinyurl.com/99k7wny
WHO: U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP
WHAT: National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day
WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 From 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: AARP Conference Room, 600 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA