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Business startup training offered to seniors.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP have announced they are teaming up to help entrepreneurs over the age of 50 start and grow small businesses through a counseling and training program.

"Many baby boomers are working beyond retirement age and choosing to stay active and engaged in the workforce," SBA Administrator Karen Mills said in a news release. "For many older entrepreneurs, starting a small business can be an opportunity to transform a lifetime hobby or interest or years of professional experience into a lucrative line of work."

The collaboration will put all of SBA's online resources tailored for the 50-plus crowd in one place at SBA.gov/content/50-entrepreneurs, so AARP's members and other older entrepreneurs have easy access to them.

The training available includes online courses, self-assessment tools and a webinar series designed specifically for older entrepreneurs, as well as access to a network of business mentors and counselors. Courses include startup basics, finance strategies, marketing tactics, overseas trade and others.

"We know that working side-by-side with AARP, we will be able to reach baby boomers and Americans over the age of 50 who have years of professional experience working for others and are ideally positioned to step out and become their own boss. And, in doing so, they will become job creators and drivers of economic growth in their communities," Mills said.
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Title Annotation:Entrepreneurial Training
Author:Ellis, Jennifer
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jun 18, 2012
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