— Exploring the possibility of turning your hobby into a business? Join AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, and SCORE  and find out how! Industry leaders will walk you through the steps to think about if you’re interested in making your hobby a business, including: Is your product or service marketable? How do you move beyond a fun pastime to a serious endeavor? What are the critical steps in building your business? Which on-line presence is best for you? This free, …

— By Cathy MacCaul, AARP Washington Advocacy Director A new retirement savings initiative has launched in Washington. The Retirement Marketplace officially opened the nation’s first online savings portal in March, where businesses and individuals can comparison shop for low-cost, state-verified retirement savings plans. The Retirement Marketplace at www.retirementmarketplace.com was created to help approximately 2 million Washingtonians who do not have access to retirement savings plans through their workplace. We know a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those …

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— Blog post courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service.  WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today offered taxpayers still working on their 2017 taxes a number of tips. These basic tips are designed to help people avoid common errors that could delay refunds or cause future tax problems. As the April 17 deadline approaches, the IRS encourages taxpayers to file electronically. Doing so, whether through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, as the tax software does the …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. A shred event will be held from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Metro Center Mall, located at 3645 U.S. 80 in Jackson. A fraud prevention workshop will start at 11 a.m. that day at Metro Center Mall. Another shred event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on …

— A growing number of people over the age of 50 are known as “encore entrepreneurs,” in that they’re turning their ideas for small businesses into actionable plans. Whether you’re nearing retirement, or retired, or never plan to retire, if you’ve got an idea for small business, you need help from experts. Please join AARP Massachusetts for an upcoming Encore Entrepreneur event Thursday, May 10 in Woburn (details below). The event is free. At the Woburn event, you’ll meet with AARP …

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—  Survey: Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams TALLAHASSEE – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Florida and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Florida is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. Florida’s 4.33 million …

— AARP Arkansas is hosting two important Lunch and Learns regarding utility rates: one in Northwest Arkansas and another in Little Rock. Come have lunch on us and get the latest news about utility rates and utility assistance programs.  A special guest from the Arkansas Attorney General’s office will share information and insight.  Plus, AARP Arkansas will share information about our recent efforts to keep utility rates affordable for residential customers across Arkansas. The cost if FREE for both events, but …

— The documentary film Hot Coffee explores the famous McDonald’s hot coffee case and presents a side of the case you may not be familiar with.  Filmmaker and public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what’s behind America’s zeal for tort “reform.” To view the film’s trailer, click here. AARP is showing the film at multiple locations. See details and registration information below. The film is free to view …

— Are you 50+ and looking for employment? You aren’t alone. Many Americans are looking for work as they reimagine the next stage of their life. If you live in or near Montgomery County, your next opportunity may be just a handshake away at the free 50+ Employment Expo, hosted by the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA). More details are below: FREE 50+ Employment Expo on April 16 in North Bethesda! Retool, recharge & reinvent yourself at the free 50+ Employment Expo! …

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, April 21, in Fargo and Bismarck. A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Fargo event will be held in the northwest parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S. …