Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur?

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PrintLong Island residents 50 and older who have been itching to become entrepreneurs can gain real-world information to help launch their new businesses at a free special workshop cohosted by AARP New York and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Entrepreneur Symposium on Long Island—April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Freeport Memorial Library—is part of Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month, a nationwide initiative jointly created by SBA and AARP. The two organizations have committed to train, counsel or mentor more than 100,000 new or existing 50-plus entrepreneurs nationwide and give them the tools they need to succeed and create jobs.

The Long Island symposium will include presentations by accomplished business owners, counseling and one-on-one mentoring sessions. The event also will feature a session to help African American, Hispanic and female entrepreneurs learn how to obtain government contracts.

AARP New York also will award a $5,000 grant to two not-for-profit businesses on Long Island, to help them grow their organizations. Email longisland@aarp.org for more information. To register, go to bit.ly/AARPSBA14 or call 877-926-8300 toll-free. —Ronald E. Roel