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SBA, AARP and SCORE Host Encore Entrepreneur Events April 30 in Eastern Pennsylvania

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Monday, April 29, 2013
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Release Date: April 29, 2013                       Contact:  Robert Goza 610-382-3084

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SBA, AARP and SCORE Host Encore Entrepreneur Events April 30 in Eastern Pennsylvania

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

 KING OF PRUSSIA/PHILADELPHIA– The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Philadelphia District Office, in cooperation with AARP and SCORE are teaming up to host local events for National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs age 50 and older on April 30 in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, Penn. Events are open to the media.

Building on the previous success of a joint SBA and AARP Mentor Day event in October, “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.

King of Prussia: Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Mini Conference - hosted by SBA and SCORE

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Parkview Tower, 1150 1st Ave., Suite 1001

REGISTRATION: Registration is required; seating is limited. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/SBASCORE-EncoreEntrepEvent

9:00-9:30 a.m.                 Opening Remarks

9:30-11:00 a.m.               Buy/Selling a Business

9:30-11:00 a.m.               Business Ownership Basics

11-11:30 a.m.                  Business Valuation

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.         Small Business Lending: Access to Capital Intro

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Franchising: Is it the Right Business Venture For You?

12:30-1:00 p.m.              Lunchtime Open Forum Panel

1:00-2:30 p.m.                Intro to Government Contracting, Session 1 

1:00-3:00 p.m.                Engagement Marketing with Social Media

2:30-4:00 p.m.                Intro to Government Contracting, Session 2   

3:00-4:00 p.m.                Social Media For Business

Philadelphia: Encore Entrepreneur Meet The Mentors Lunch Time Panel Event, hosted by SBA, AARP, SCORE

1 to 3 p.m., DiBona Room, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 200 S. Broad St.

REGISTRATION: Registration is required; seating is limited. Register online at http://www.scorephila.org/workshops-and-events.html

Scheduled panel participants include: AARP State President Jim Palmquist, Philadelphia SCORE Chapter President Larkin Connolly, U.S. Small Business Administration Philadelphia District Director Dave Dickson, will discuss available assistance and advice for those 50 and older in starting or expanding a business.

Throughout April, SBA District Offices, state AARP Offices and SBA Resource Partners will host more than 100 events around the country. Events include mentoring events, which allows 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 and AARP to provide a range of resources to more than 100,000 entrepreneurs and potential small business owners age 50 and older this year. 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.

“SBA and AARP’s partnership for an April Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month is 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 new entrepreneurs are saving their best acts for their encore performance. Decades of expertise and contacts make them uniquely capable to start new businesses,” said Rich DeFalco, SCORE Assistant District Director for Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

"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 Larkin Connolly, Chapter President, Philadelphia 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 that includes 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 the age of 50.  AARP and SBA are also producing two webinars in April to help current and potential entrepreneurs.  For more information, and to register, visit www.aarp.org/startabusiness.


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