Encore Entrepreneurs

A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  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. 

Whether your target market is global or just your neighborhood, the SBA and its Resource Partners can help at every stage of turning your entrepreneurial dream into a thriving business.

Summer of Encore Mentoring

It’s official – June 1 begins the Summer of Encore Mentoring. Encore entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of business owners.  If you are an individual age 50+, then entrepreneurship can offer an opportunity for you to use your knowledge, passion, life and professional experience toward creating a small business.

You can learn more about becoming an encore entrepreneur at a local event near you by clicking here.

Encore Entrepreneur Hires the Help

 Picture of entrepreneur Michele Muirhead

In 2009, Michele (Mickie) Muirhead, now 50, decided she wanted to start her own business, launching HireTheHelp.com in Jamestown New York.  HireTheHelp.com offers house cleaning , elderly care, vehicle detail services (pick-up and delivery), and assistance with computers, pet sitting, landscaping, painting, handyman services, snow removal and almost anything you can imagine in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren counties. Read about Michele's story.

Your Gateway to Success - Encore Entrepreneurship Webinar Series

Have you considered developing a plan for your small business?  Do you know what options are available to finance your small business?  Do you have questions about the best way to market your new or existing small business?  Register Here!

Online Courses

Try our free online courses! Training is available anytime and anywhere, checkout the Encore Entrepreneur and Encore Entrepreneurship for Women courses that are designed specifically for the encore entrepreneur.

Starting a Business - Are You Ready?

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

Find Local Resources

Enter your zip code to find a small business counselor or mentor through a Women’s Business Center, SCORE 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.