Category Archives: Career Changes

A Couple’s Calling: Gourmet Marshmallow Treats

Judy Soldinger was a registered nurse. Her husband, Steve, worked in broadcasting for more than 40 years. Now the Portsmouth, Virginia couple is busy producing Crispycakes — soft and gooey marshmallow treats that are making their way into locations ranging … Continue reading

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Learning from Entrepreneurs Who Have “Been There”

One way to test the waters of entrepreneurship is to talk with people who have started a business. Where better to get advice, technical help or a real-life perspective than from entrepreneurs who have lived through the startup process? Social … Continue reading

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Why Leaders Get Better With Age

Companies prize young talent. And rightly so. In an era of instant communication, they need young, tech-savvy leaders who can help them to get things done faster. Still, speed by itself doesn’t equate to business success. Sydney Finkelstein wrote about … Continue reading

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Opening a Law Practice at Age 72

When Pennsylvania resident Carolyn Newsom decided to go to law school at age 68, she wasn’t the only one there who was making a midlife career change. A half-dozen women with her at the Widener University School of Law were at least … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Grocery Entrepreneur Seeks to Help Working Families

For 31 years, Doug Rauch helped Trader Joe’s Company grow from a small operation in Southern California to a national chain that has more than 400 stores these days. Now Rauch — who served as Trader Joe’s president for 14 years before … Continue reading

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Ten Steps for Starting a Software Business

Jim Kelly is a Bethesda, Maryland-based serial entrepreneur whose expertise includes software technology solutions and venture capital. In 1996 – at age 55 – he left his position with BDM to start his first company: SynXis, a hotel reservation management software provider sold … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama’s Thoughts on Turning 50

Turning 50 isn’t what it used to be. Just ask Michelle Obama. The First Lady of the U.S. isn’t just celebrating her 50th birthday today. She’s embracing it in a way that sets a great example for others. “What you learn is that each decade brings a … Continue reading

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Invention Turns Smartphones into Heart Monitors

David C. Albert is an Oklahoma City-based cardiologist, inventor and the founder of three tech companies. His latest venture, which he started at age 56, sells a product that has caught the attention of many in the health care industry. The AliveCor System turns a smartphone … Continue reading

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The Power of Persistence

Four years ago, I set out to write a book about people who became successful entrepreneurs in the second halves of their lives. I undertook this challenge for several reasons but at the heart of it all was a personal one. I … Continue reading

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