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Want to Start or Grow a New Biz After 50?

Sam interviewed by public radio

Are you over age 50 and ready for a new life challenge? Have you always wanted to start your own business in this phase of your life, but have never known where to begin?

We can help.

AARP Wisconsin and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to hold Encore Entrepreneur mentoring events April 8-9 in Appleton and Sheboygan Falls.

 These  events, which are free and open to AARP members and non-members, are designed to provide counseling, mentoring and training for those aged 50 and older who would like to start or grow a small business.

"We know that many older Americans pursue entrepreneurship as a way to generate income and strengthen financial security," said AARP Wisconsin State Director, who is pictured being interviewed prior to an Encore Entrepreneur event in Milwaukee. "And for many of these workers, it is also a way to turn a hobby or passion into a paycheck. AARP creates real possibilities by connecting experienced workers with the resources and guidance they need to help start or grow a small business."

The first event will be held Tuesday, April 8, at the Grand Meridian, 2621 Oneida St., Appleton.  Click here to register for the Appleton event.

The second event will be held Wednesday, April 9, at the Heritage House at the Bull, 1 Long Dr., Sheboygan Falls.  Click here to register for the Sheboygan Falls event.

 Or you can call 1-877-926-8300 to register for either event. Both events will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Remember, these events are free, but seating is limited so please call soon.

 Mentor Month in April is part of a larger effort by AARP and SBA to provide a range of resources this year to thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners over the age of 50. The events will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors such as those from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business.

 According to a recent AARP survey, “Staying Ahead of the Curve 2013: AARP Multicultural Work and Career Study,” 15 percent of workers 45-74 are self-employed. Additionally, 13 percent of those who are current wage and salary workers say they plan to start a business once they retire.

 AARP and SBA are producing 10 webinars this year as part of an encore webinar series, with two of them being held in April. For more information, and to register, visit

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