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SBA & AARP Team Up For Encore Entrepreneurs

 Pursue your dream of business ownership



In honor of Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month, the SBA Rhode Island District and the Joseph GE Knight SCORE Chapter, a resource partner of the SBA, will hosts two events, Financing Your Small Business Workshop followed by an Access to Capital panel discussion and Resources Available to Start & Grow A Small Business.  These events are targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to assist these “encore entrepreneurs” with resources to start or grow a small business.

With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership has never been a more viable option.  SBA and AARP will offer training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses in order to create jobs.

Starting a business at any age can be a life changing event.  This SBA and AARP initiative will help potential business owners be confident they have addressed important questions as they prepare to pursue their dream of business ownership.  Questions about finance, planning and market analysis should be addressed before men and women invest their time, energy and personal funds to their business.


              Financing Your Small Business Workshop - Access To Capital Panel Discussion
                                             Thursday, April 18th - 8:30am - 11:00am
                                                     Center for Women & Enterprise
                                                132 George M. Cohan Blvd., 2nd Floor
                                                            Providence, RI  02903

                                  Resources Available to Start & Grow A Small Business
                                               Monday, April 22nd - 9:00am - 11:00am
                                           Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
                                                                 3288 Post Road
                                                               Warwick, RI 02886

In recognition of this growing segment of small business owners the SBA has established web resources dedicated for Americans over the age of 50, , has an online self-assessment tool to help potential small business owners understand their readiness for starting a business, as well as resources for business planning, professional counseling and financial services.

For more information or to register, please call or email Matthew Spoehr at the RI District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration 401-528-4561 or


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