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SBA, SCORE and AARP Host Encore Entrepreneur Events April 29th and May 1st

Advisory Date: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Advisory Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 | robert.goza@sba.gov

Events provide ages 50+ with free small business info, training, mentoring

 PHILADELPHIA– The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Philadelphia District Office, in cooperation with SCORE and AARP are teaming up to host local events for National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month April 29 and May 1 in Lancaster and Bristol, Pa. targeted at entrepreneurs age 50 and older. Events are open to the media.

Building on the previous successes of joint SBA, SCORE and AARP Mentor Day events, “encore entrepreneurs” have the opportunity to meet with successful business owners, community leaders and mentors for advice and assistance on starting and expanding a business:


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

From 3:00-4:00 p.m.

At: PA CareerLink Bucks County

1260 Veterans Highway Bristol, PA 19007

Join the SCORE Bucks County counselors and mentors as they present on the following topics:

  • What you need to know to start a business
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with guest entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunity to meet the speakers and schedule an appointment with SCORE counselors and mentors


Thursday, May 1st, 2014

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location:  Liberty Place, 313 W Liberty Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Hear from:  Lancaster SCORE, Community First Fund, Assets Lancaster, Kutztown SBDC, Lancaster Public Library and SBA


SBA District Offices, state AARP Offices and SBA Resource Partners are hosting events around the country. Events include mentoring events, allowing mentors and entrepreneurs to share information and gain insight and mentor lunches for entrepreneurs to learn best practices from successful small business owners.


Mentor Month is part of a larger effort by SBA, AARP and SCORE to provide a range of resources to more than 100,000 entrepreneurs and potential small business owners age 50 and older. The events will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors from SCORE and SBA’s network of resource partners who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business.


“These Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month events are a commitment to providing individuals aged 50 and older with the training, tools, and knowledge to empower them as small business owners and job creators,” said SBA Philadelphia District Director Dave Dickson. “These events provide an opportunity to reach out to entrepreneurs and small business owners across Eastern Pennsylvania to familiarize them with the resources that can help them to start and grow a business.”


"Many people in our community are saving their best acts for their encore performance as new entrepreneurs. Decades of expertise and contacts make them uniquely capable to start and nurture a new businesses,” said Gene Murtha, Chairman, Bucks County SCORE.


"AARP supports developing opportunities for older Americans to pursue entrepreneurship,” said AARP State President Jim Palmquist. “AARP creates real possibilities by connecting experienced workers with the practical information and guidance they need to start or grow a small business.”


“During Encore Entrepreneurship Mentor Month SCORE is focused, with SBA and AARP, and on helping to make these ‘second-act’ dreams into a successful reality,” said Larry Keating, Chapter President, Lancaster SCORE.


One in four individuals ages 44 to 70 is interested in becoming an entrepreneur and 63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement, according to the website www.encore.org. Small business ownership is a good option for many baby boomers. Small business owners who get long-term counseling may see bigger sales, hire more workers and have more longevity. SBA and AARP will provide training and mentoring services to older entrepreneurs to help them successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.


SBA developed a 50+ toolkit with 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 www.sba.gov/encore for the toolkit and other resources available for entrepreneurs over 50. For more information, and to register, visit www.aarp.org/startabusiness.


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