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AARP Expands 'Encore Entrepreneur' Mentoring Program with the Small Business Administration


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Now in its fourth year of helping Massachusetts residents 50+ realize their entrepreneurial dreams, Encore Entrepreneur, the AARP outreach program with the Small Business Administration (SBA), is expanding.

New this year is our “ Summer of Encore Mentoring” initiative in which AARP Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Small Business Administration District Office will offer additional events specifically designed to help “encore entrepreneurs”— those aged 50+— who want to launch or expand a small business. The “Summer of Encore Mentoring” builds on the successful Mentor Day program from 2012, which evolved into successful “Mentor Months” in both 2013 and 2014.


  Whether people are starting a business to fulfill a passion or because they need the income, the AARP-SBA Encore Entrepreneurship initiative will provide advice and resources to help them succeed." — Mike Festa, AARP MA state director

During this “Summer of Encore Mentoring,” participants in Encore Entrepreneur mentoring workshops will work with experts from AARP, the SBA,  SCORE, local organizations, and small business owners, to learn about programs and resources that will help them start, keep, and grow successful businesses.


AARP Massachusetts will conduct two “Summer of Encore Mentoring” Encore Entrepreneur events in June:

  • Wednesday, June 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Hyannis Town Hall, 367 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601-3903
  • Thursday, June 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thomas P. O’Neill Federal Building Auditorium, 10 Causeway St., 1st Floor, Boston, MA 02222-1001


Register for either event by clicking the respective link, above, or by calling 1-877-926-8300.

For more information, call or email Kara Cohen, Community Outreach director, AARP Massachusetts, at 617-305-0569 or

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Since the program began in 2012, the AARP-SBA national initiative has served more than 305,000 current or prospective entrepreneurs. For more information, visit


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