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SBA and AARP to Host Mentor Month targeted at Entrepreneurs Ages 50 and Older

Anchorage – In April, the U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are teaming up to host

National Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50. Building on the success of a joint SBA and AARP Mentor Day in October 2012, the two organizations will match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.

Mentor Month is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older. It will consist of events across the country that will match encore entrepreneurs with mentors who have small business experience. The events also will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business.

“SBA and AARP are committed to providing Americans over the age of 50 with the real-world, actionable information they need to start and grow small businesses,” said Regional Administrator Calvin Goings.  “We hope you come to one of these events so you can receive the tools you need to start, grow and succeed in 2013.”

With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option. Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and have more longevity. SBA and AARP will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs. For more information on encore entrepreneurship, go to www.sba.gov/encore.

WHO: U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP

WHAT: Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month

WHEN: April 23, 2013

WHERE: SBA Alaska District office, RSVP to Nelida Irvine at 907-271-4027

 nelida.irvine@sba.gov

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