SAN FRANCISCO – In April, the U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are teaming up to host National Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50. Building on the success of a joint SBA and AARP Mentor Day webinar hosted by the SBA San Francisco District Office (SFDO) in October 2012, the SFDO and the AARP California State Office will provide these Bay Area “encore entrepreneurs” with a variety of classes and seminars for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Mentor Month is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older. With one in four individuals aged 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option.
San Francisco SBA and AARP California will kick off their local partnership with an event entitled “Starting and Financing a Small Business in San Francisco” to be held on April 3rd, from 11 am to 3 pm. Participants will hear directly from San Francisco officials on how to obtain permits, register their business, and much more. A representative from the SBA will then discuss loan proposal requirements, financing options and SBA programs.
WHO: U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco District Office & AARP California State Office
WHAT: Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month Classes ranging in topic from Crowdfunding to Business Law Basics
WHEN: Classes will be held throughout the month of April, 2013
WHERE: Events will be hosted at the SBA Entrepreneur Center located at 455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco SBA District Office covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. In Fiscal Year 2012, the District guaranteed over 1,500 small business loans valued at $807 million. 125 banks, credit unions and community lenders participated in this program. Annually, the San Francisco District Office cohosts over 1,000 training events for over 50,000 Bay Area small businesses or prospective businesses from SBA resource partners.