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SBA to Host Free Training for Entrepreneurs Ages 50 and Older

Advisory Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
Release Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
Release Number: 1087-13-35
Contact: Larry Demirelli 208-334-9636

Boise, Idaho – In April, the U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting National Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50.  Building on the success of a SBA Mentor Day in October 2012, the SBA will match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.
Mentor Month is part of a larger effort by SBA to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older.  It will consist of events across the country that will match encore entrepreneurs with mentors who have small business experience.  The events also will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), and SCORE chapters who can help 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 have more longevity.  SBA will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.  For more information on encore entrepreneurship, go to www.sba.gov/encore.
WHO:  U.S. Small Business Administration
WHAT:  Free Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Training
WHEN:  April 23, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Idaho Innovation Center, 2300 N. Yellowstone Hwy., Idaho Falls, Idaho
 
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