April is Encore Entrepreneurship month. According to a 2012 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Study, there has been an increase in the share of new entrepreneurs ages 55-64. This group represented 14.3% of new entrepreneurs in 1996, while in 2012 it represented 23.4% percent of new entrepreneurs.
To assist this growing group of entrepreneurs, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP have partnered again to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month
, which will help entrepreneurs over the age of 50 get the advice they need to start and grow a small business. The two organizations will work to match these entrepreneurs with the success business owners and community leaders to help them get the assistance they need.
Throughout the month of April, the SBA and AARP will co-host activities nationwide including in-person workshops with small business owners and one-on-one mentoring sessions. There is also a variety of online resources available including webinars, as well as a free online course available to 50-plus entrepreneurs. For more information on online courses and to register for the webinars, visit the SBA website by clicking here.