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50+ Entrepreneurs

Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+, or “encore entrepreneurs”, are turning to small business ownership.

Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities.  SBA has a number of resources and tools to help encore entrepreneurs effectively prepare for starting and running a small business.

Tips and Tools to Start or Grow Your Small Business - Webinar Series

A series of encore entrepeneurship webinars are available on a variety of topics, such as creating a business plan, financing your small business, and marketing your business online to help you start or grow your small business: register online!

Online courses

Try our free online courses!  In addition to courses on general business topics like accounting and marketing, there are the Encore Entrepreneurs and Encore Entrepreneurship for Women courses that are designed specifically for the Encore Entrepreneur. 

Quiz: The Basics of Starting Your Own Business

Do you have what it takes to start your own company? Take the quiz and find out!

Learn form Entrepreneurs who started their businesses at 50+

Derrick Pruitt, owner of Happy’s Java and Soul Food Shack

Derrick Pruitt, owner of Happy’s Java and Soul Food Shack sells the unheard of – home-cooked meals from a drive-up window. After a near-fatal hit and run accident in 2008, Derrick was told he would never work again. Defying the odds, he built his own innovative and successful coffee, barbecue and soul-food business with his wife, Marcella, in Springfield, Oregon.  Read about Derrick's story.


Find Local Resources

Enter your zip code to find a small business counselor or mentor through a Women’s Business CenterSCORE chapter or Small Business Development Center near you. SBA resources can help you learn more about your target market, how to manage a successful small business and ways to sustain your growth.  You can also search for events in your local area.