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Success Stories

When Casey Steele decided to combine her love of baking with the desire to own a business, she knew she was in for a lot of work.  Her friends and family offered up encouragement, but she felt uncertain about business planning.  Then her dentist referred her to the SCORE mentoring program.  SCORE mentors provide free, confidential counseling to small business owners nationwide.  Casey was able to connect with a mentor who helped her find answers to the tough questions, provided her with relevant information, and stayed with her as the business changed and evolved.  Learn how Casey turned her dream of owning her own business into the first kitchen incubator in North Dakota.

Age is No Limit to Entrepreneurship

According to recent statistics, many of the newly retired and soon to be retired are starting their own businesses instead of embracing the standard idea of retirement. A 2004 AARP study on self-employment found that about one in three self-employed workers age 51 to 60 made the transition to self-employment at or after age 50. Dave and Chris Angell became part of this growing trend when they started their home-based business following retirement from careers in the field of education.

For more than 30 years, Dave has enjoyed photographing wildlife and nature. A few years before he retired as a biology and ecology teacher at Bismarck High School, Dave and Chris contacted SCORE for advice on growing this hobby into a business.

Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE is a volunteer organization made up of current and retired business owners, offering free and confidential business advice through one-on-one mentoring.

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