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SBA and AARP to Host Mentor Month for Entrepreneurs Ages 50 and Older

Release Date: 
Monday, March 24, 2014
Release Number: 
Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Advisory Number: 
313-226-6075 ext. 223,

DETROIT – SBA and AARP offices across the U.S. will host the first ever National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month in April, targeted to persons ages 50 plus who have decades of experiences to build successful businesses.  Events are scheduled in Grand Rapids, Jackson, Traverse City, and Lansing.

Building on the success of a joint SBA and AARP Mentor Month in 2013, SBA and AARP will match “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.  “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,”  said SBA Michigan District Director Gerald Moore. 

SBA and AARP will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.  The events also will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business. Successful small business owners who have started a business after the age of 50 will share their stories.  

Schedule of Events – no charge to attend:

April 3 - Jackson, Jackson District Library – Carnegie Auditorium 244 W. Michigan Ave., 49201 Register at: http://aarp.cvent/com/jacksonsba   9:00 a.m. to noon

April 18 - Traverse City, Northwestern Michigan College – Scholars Hall 1701 E. Front, 49686 Register at:  9:00 a.m. to noon

April 23 - Grand Rapids, Fifth Third Bank, 111 Lyon N.W., 49503

Register at:    9:00 a.m. to noon

April 29 - Lansing, Lansing Community College, 309 N. Washington Square, Room 110, 48933 Register at  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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