Event targets those ages 50 and older wanting to start a small venture

The U.S. Small Business Administration Portland District Office and AARP will host an Encore Entrepreneur Business Forum on Tuesday at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus. The event is targeted at entrepreneurs age 50 and older to provide “encore entrepreneurs” with resources to start or grow a small business.

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 viable option. Starting a small business may allow an individual to transform a hobby, interest or professional experience into an income.

“The SBA has business resources and tools to help all entrepreneurs start and grow their business at any stage of their life,” said acting District Director Robert DuCoté. “Partnering with AARP helps us connect with Americans over the age of 50 who have years of experience in the workforce and are ready to step out and become their own boss.”

The event will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business. For more information on the Encore Entrepreneur Business Forum or to register, visit the AARP event page at

Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer. SBA and AARP will provide the training and mentoring services these individuals need to successfully start and grow businesses in order to create jobs. SBA Regional Administrator Calvin Goings will be traveling from Seattle to offer his perspective and participate in the forum alongside a few encore entrepreneurs who will be sharing their own success stories.

“AARP is pleased to be working with SBA on this important initiative to help older Americans get practical information and guidance on starting and growing small businesses,” said Joyce DeMonnin, director of public outreach for AARP Oregon. “Our work with SBA is part of AARP’s Work Reimagined program to help middle class Americans reach their ‘what’s next’ moments in work and career.”

Work Reimagined is a social network-based jobs program that connects employers seeking experienced workers with qualified professionals searching for new or more satisfying careers. The site,, leverages the platform of professional networking site, LinkedIn, which is used by more than 15 million people ages 45 to 64.

The SBA has a dedicated web page for Americans ages 50 and older with an online self-assessment tool to aid potential small business owners in understanding their readiness for starting a business, as well as resources for business planning, professional counseling and financial services, visit

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