Donna Davis

Chief Evangelist for California’s Small Business Owners Ready to Help You Dream Big

Posted on 04/9/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Money & Work After speaking with Donna Davis, it would be difficult not to be excited about the idea of becoming an entrepreneur. Her official title is Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region IX, but she calls herself the region’s “Chief Evangelist,” an apt term for a woman who is a leader, motivator, and tireless advocate for small businesses in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and Guam. Her passion for small business stems from her own experience as an entrepreneur. Davis, …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

Debbie Dalton, AARP California

Entrepreneurship: Risky Business or Fulfilling Encore?

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Money & Work Guest post by Debbie Dalton, AARP California Associate State Director of Outreach When you were young, did you have a lemonade stand, a paper route, a babysitting gig, or yard care business? I did. When I look back at those early jobs, I realize I was experiencing my first taste of entrepreneurship. I was making many of my own decisions, managing my money, and marketing my work. After working all these years for someone else, I get the craving sometimes …

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Tools and Tips to Amp Up Your Job Search

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Money & Work Happy Work@50+ Wednesday! Today we’re focusing on websites, apps, and tips that can boost your job search. Learn more about the usual suspects like LinkedIn and Monster.com, plus find some new tools to give your hunt a lift. Getting the Most Out of Online Job Websites In this recent piece, our friend Kerry Hannon shares online jobsite features that might not be familiar to you, even if you’ve been using these popular sites for a while. For instance, did you know …

Spring into Action with a Career Professional

Spring into Action with a Career Professional

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand I often ask job seekers with more than 20 years of experience how they got into their careers. Surprisingly, most say it was by accident. Think about your own experience. Maybe you took a skills assessment or a career survey in high school or college. Or maybe life circumstances factored into your career choice. Perhaps you took what was available at the time, or made your decision based on family obligations. That’s how a lot of …

Debbie Dalton, AARP California

Is an Encore Career Your Next Journey?

Posted on 02/26/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Money & Work Guest post by Debbie Dalton, AARP California Associate State Director of Outreach I remember when my Dad retired at age 62. He spent his time resting, reading, watching sports, and enjoying his family. I grew up thinking that retiring at 62 could be a real possibility for me. Now that I have reached that age, retirement (or as I like to call it, “my next journey”) has changed meaning for me. I’m not ready to think about kicking back; instead, …