Over 50 and ready to start a small business?

By Stanley Nakano

Special to The SUN

Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest-growing groups of new business owners in the nation. For age 50-plus individuals, entrepreneurship offers an opportunity to use your knowledge and experience that you’ve gained during your career toward creating a new business that can be rewarding in many ways.

This is an exciting area, especially when you consider that there are 76 million people over the age of 50 in the United States. For the new Summer of Encore Mentoring initiative, the Small Business Administration (SBA) district offices and AARP state offices nationwide will offer events specifically designed to help encore entrepreneurs — those age 50 and older who want to start or grow a small business. The Summer of Encore Mentoring builds on 2012’s successful Mentor Day, which grew into successful Mentor Months in 2013 and 2014.

The Region VIII Summer of Encore Mentoring training webinar is scheduled for Aug. 17. More encore events may be offered throughout the last five months of 2015. With a special focus on entrepreneurs over the age of 50, we’ll be matching up “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business mentors and business experts for advice and assistance.

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