SBA and AARP Host Event in Helena


SBA and AARP Host Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month in April with Starting Your Small Business Workshop in Helena

Highlights effort between SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older


HELENA – In April, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP are teaming up to host National Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50.  Mentor Month is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals age 50 and older. 


With one in four individuals age 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.


What:                  Steps to Starting Your Small Business Workshop

When:                 April 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where:               Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT


“Many new entrepreneurs are saving their best acts for their encore performance,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.  “They’re using their decades of expertise and their contacts to start new businesses and to finally pursue that venture that has been stirring their dreams for all these years.  The SBA and the AARP are once again focusing our efforts during Encore Entrepreneurship Mentor Month to help transform those dreams into a successful reality.”


“AARP supports developing opportunities for older Americans to pursue entrepreneurship as a means to generate income, boost financial security and assist others in meeting needs,” said Jean Setzfand, AARP Vice President, Financial Security. “AARP creates real possibilities by connecting experienced workers with the practical information and guidance they need to start or grow a small business.”


SBA developed a 50+ toolkit that includes free online courses targeted at helping encore entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses.  The training courses include profiles of successful entrepreneurs, recommended action steps, and information on licensing and financing.  Go online to for the toolkit and other resources available for entrepreneurs over the age of 50.  AARP and SBA are also producing two webinars in April to help current and potential entrepreneurs.  For more information, and to register, visit

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