March 30, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS (July 13, 2016) — Today, the 50+ are working beyond traditional retirement age and choosing to stay active and engaged in the workforce.  With years of valuable work experience, maturity, and plenty of energy at their disposal, older workers are increasingly finding financial and personal fulfillment in running their own small businesses.

AARP and the Small Business Administration launched a strategic alliance to provide Americans over the age of 50 with real-world, actionable information they need to start and grow small businesses. Three Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Classes will be held in Minnesota as part of this initiative to help continue to grow our economy and create jobs:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. —  noon
Women Venture, 2021 E. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Getting Ready is a class designed to help you decide if business ownership is right for you.  This class is normally offered for $150 but will be only $25 for people over 50.  For more information and to register, call 612-224-9540.

St. Cloud
Monday, August 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. —   5:00 p.m.
Minnesota Small Business Development Center, St. Cloud State University, 355 5th Avenue South, St. Cloud, MN 56301
The class Life Reimagined is designed to help individuals clarify goals, move past hurdles and find a greater sense of purpose. For more information and to register, call 320-308-4842.

Tuesday August 30, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. – noon
Minnesota Small Business Development Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato Centennial Student Union, Room 245, 620 South Road, Mankato, MN 56001

The class Encore Entrepreneurship — Reinvention after 50  will introduce attendees to the resources available from the SBA and the Small Business Development Center as well as entrepreneurs over 50.For more information and to register, visit

Space is limited in these classes, and registration is required. Come and learn about the resources available to entrepreneurs and business owners, many of which are FREE.  Get inspired by business owners who have started their businesses later in life.

For more information about the SBA/AARP alliance, please visit

For information on this and other classes available in Minnesota for new and existing business owners, visit


The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

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