The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP have a new strategic alliance to provide counseling and training to “encore entrepreneurs” — i.e., people over the age of 50 who want to start or grow a small business.
The two organizations expect to train 100,000 encore entrepreneurs through a multi-pronged effort that includes live workshops, conferences and mentoring programs. SBA and AARP (whose membership includes millions of older Americans) also will jointly develop and host a customized online course, self-assessment and webinar series for 50-and-older entrepreneurs.
“For more than 70 million Americans over 50, business ownership is a practical option. It can be a second career or a chance to leverage life experiences into an interesting and financially practical ‘encore’ career,” says the SBA.
In addition to what it’s developing with AARP, SBA offers online courses on start-up basics, finance strategies, marketing tactics and other topics of interest to people who want to start a business. To check out these courses, go to http://www.sba.gov/training and look under “Online Small Business Training.”
SBA also has this dedicated web page for 50+ entrepreneurs. One of its features is an online self-assessment tool to help potential small business owners evaluate their readiness for starting a business.