Help is Out There for 40-and-Older Entrepreneurs

Looking for third-party support or guidance to launch your startup – but aren’t sure where to turn? Here’s a list of organization, programs and publications that may be useful for aspiring or new business owners. Many of these resources are from Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40.

Organizations:

AARP – Has an entrepreneurship resource center on its website. www.aarp.org

Center for Productive Longevity – Serves as a bridge between employers seeking needed talent and people age 55 and older who have the capabilities and desire to continue working with employers as well as in entrepreneurial or other activities. www.ctrpl.org

Cycle of Success Institute (COSi) – Educates, coaches and transforms small to mid-sized companies into profitable, innovative, high-growth businesses that fuel job creation and wealth. www.cycleofsuccess.net

Encore.org –This group “is building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue encore careers – second acts for the greater good.” www.encore.org

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – The world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship. www.kauffman.org

Franchise Direct – An online portal of franchise opportunities and information. www.franchisedirect.com

National Federation of Independent Business – Includes resources on starting a business, financing and accounting, etc. www.nfib.com

RetiredBrains.com – An independent job and information resource for boomers, retirees and people planning their retirement. www.retiredbrains.com

Senior Entrepreneurship Works – Helps those age 50 and older build sustainable businesses, create jobs and stimulate economic self-reliance. www.seniorentrepreneurshipworks.org

SCORE – Provides free counseling, resources and advice to people who are in business or want to start a business. Website materials include templates for business plans and financial statements. www.score.org

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Nation – A community that “was founded on the open exchange of information and ideas, while creating the opportunity for small businesses to speak with a unified voice.”  www.uschambersmallbusinessnation.com

U.S. Small Business Administration – Provides loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. Website materials include templates and step-by-step guides for writing a business plan. www.sba.gov

Programs:

eProv Studio – A training workshop that combines the methodology of entrepreneurial thought and action and the art of improvisation. http://www.eprovstudio.com/

Kauffman’s FastTrac for the Boomer Entrepreneur – An entrepreneurial course for those age 50 and older.http://fasttrac.org/en/Entrepreneurs/FastTrac-Courses-for-Boomers.aspx

Publications:

Mature Entrepreneur Planning Guide, NYS Small Business Development Center, The State University of New York.  www.nyssbdc.org/resources/Publications/09_mature_entrepreneur_planning_guide.pdf

BoomerPreneurs – How Baby Boomers Can Start Their Own Business, Make Money and Enjoy Life, M.B. Izard. www.consultach.com/boomerpreneurs

Second Acts – Creating the Life You Really Want, Building the Career You Truly Desire, Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine. http://www.amazon.com/Second-Acts-Creating-Really-Building/dp/0060514884

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Know about other resources that could be added to this list?  Please leave a comment below.

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a communications consultant and writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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14 Responses to Help is Out There for 40-and-Older Entrepreneurs

  1. Reblogged this on Geniality Coach and commented:
    a must to read

  2. This is fantastic. Great list of resources. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thank you for the wonderful post. I’m turning forty this year. I’m exploring those issues here: turning40in2014.wordpress.com

    • Lynne Strang says:

      As an attorney, you have many options for channeling your professional experience into an new entrepreneurial endeavor. I hope the information on this site helps you find that opportunity. Good luck on your journey.

  4. leacoach says:

    Reblogged this on City by sea and commented:
    Great list, thank for sharing :-)

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