SBA and Partners Helping Minnesotan’s Over 50 Start and Grow Businesses

Three Events Held Across the State Part of National Initiative
Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Release Number: 
Sarah Swenty, 612-370-2316

Minneapolis - Today, the 50+ are working beyond traditional retirement age and choosing to stay active and engaged in the workforce.  With years of valuable work experience, maturity, and plenty of energy at their disposal, older workers are increasingly finding financial and personal fulfillment in running their own small businesses.  That’s why AARP and the Small Business Administration launched a strategic alliance to provide Americans over the age of 50 with real-world, actionable information they need to start and grow small businesses.

Thanks to the strong support of SBA resource partners, three Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Classes will be held across Minnesota as part of this initiative to help continue to grow our economy and create jobs: 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. —  noon
Women Venture, 2021 E. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Getting Ready is a class designed to help you decide if business ownership is right for you.  This class is normally offered for $150 but will be only $25 for people over 50.  For more information and to register, call 612-224-9540.

St. Cloud
Monday, August 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. —   5:00 p.m.
Minnesota Small Business Development Center, St. Cloud State University, 355 5th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
The class Life Reimagined is designed to help individuals clarify goals, move past hurdles and find a greater sense of purpose. For more information and to register, call 320-308-4842.

Tuesday August 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – noon
Minnesota Small Business Development Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato Centennial Student Union, Room 245, 620 South Road, Mankato, MN 56001
The class Encore Entrepreneurship -- Reinvention after 50  will introduce attendees to the resources available from the SBA and the Small Business Development Center as well as entrepreneurs over 50.For more information and to register, visit