The U.S. Small Business Administration Wisconsin District Office and AARP Wisconsin are hosting a joint workshop in Appleton for entrepreneurs over the age of fifty. SBA and AARP will match “encore entrepreneurs” with successful local businesses and resource organizations for advice and assistance. This event builds on successful joint programs in Milwaukee in 2012 and Eau Claire and Madison in 2013. At the workshop, mid-life entrepreneurs will hear from experienced mentors with SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business. Local business owners who have benefitted from each of these organizations will also share their experiences. There will be time available for networking and questions. With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option. Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and have more longevity. SBA and AARP will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.