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SBA Assists Encore Entrepreneurs During Mentor Month

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Kellie Randall, (503) 326-5200

 PORTLAND, Ore.  – The Portland District Office and AARP are again teaming up to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month, targeting entrepreneurs over the age of 50. SBA and AARP are committed to providing Americans over the age of 50 with the real-world, actionable information they need to start and grow small businesses.

Currently there are over 76 million people over the age of 50 in the country, and many of them are interested in and poised to be entrepreneurs. New research found that one in four Americans between the ages 44 and 70 are interested in starting their own business or nonprofit venture in the next five to 10 years.

For many 50+ individuals, entrepreneurship training is the toolkit that empowers them to use their experience, knowledge, and skills to become job creators. In addition, entrepreneurship training focuses on helping experienced professionals apply their career knowledge for a new business. Mentor Month is an opportunity for SBA and its partners to leverage AARP’s network to introduce existing and future encore entrepreneurs to existing resources.

The Portland District Office will be participating in three events during Mentor Month:

Mentor Month: Meet a Mentor – April 9, 2014, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The Portland District Office and Vancouver SCORE will have representatives available with handouts and information. Business owners and entrepreneurs can stop by to learn about programs and resources available through the SBA and a network of partner organizations. Interested participants will find out how to get started on a business plan, hear ideas on seeking capital and meet other entrepreneurs. 

 Mentor Month: Finding Work at 50+ – April 22, 2014 and April 24, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Portland District Office, AARP and Portland Community College Small Business Development Center will provide tips and strategies to make job searching more effective, boost interviewing and social media skills, and allow interested encores to take the first step in making their business plan tangible. A specific Encore Entrepreneur track will provide an in-depth look at what it takes to start and succeed in business. 

For more information on encore entrepreneurship, go to:

Cosponsorship Authorization #14-6010-52. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.