50+ Entrepreneurs

At 84, Mainer Gets Handle on Business of Knives

Mon, 2012-11-26 13:03

Bruce Bohrmann's magic, after 50 years of honing, still flows from his fingertips.  In the last two years, Bohrmann's hobby has exploded into a full-fledgled business.

When Bohrmann's commemorative knife took off, one local SCORE mentor, Skip Orem, was fascinated with Bohrmann's process.  "I got so enthralled by what he was doing, I said, 'I think I'll take this guy,' " said Orem, 83, of Harpswell, a former submariner and executive of a marine propulsion company.


When I began my civil engineering firm three years ago, I wrote a business plan to guide our growth. We’ve been somewhat successful to date, but the marketplace and a lot of our initial assumptions have changed, so it’s time to update our plan. Any tips you can offer?  Read more.....

Janska's Erickson Breaks Mold for Older Entrepreneurs - The Street - Laurie Kulikowski

Wed, 2012-10-24 16:39

One of the things I learned early on was to not be afraid to ask for help or to ask for advice. We did a lot of that. -Jan Erickson

Into the Wild: Driving to Alaska at 65 to Start a New Life - Barbara M. Traynor

Thu, 2012-10-18 09:07

In June, Next Avenue noted that the Center for Productive Longevity in Boulder, Colo., had launched the Inspirational Life Stories contest and the Later-Life Entrepreneurship Success Stories contest for people 50 and older. The nonprofit, which showcases the value of the 55-plus crowd, just announced its contest winners. The Most Inspirational Life Story essay by Barbara M. Traynor of Slingerlands, N.Y. details her journey across the country to start a new career of giving back.


This document details the requirements for forming a not-for-profit organization in Connecticut.




Forming a not-for-profit organization is allowed under Section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue code and must follow some strict guidelines. There are two general categories of not-for-profits:

BrowardSCORE held Entrepreneur Encore Mentor Day

Tue, 2012-10-02 04:23


Broward SCORE together with the SBA and supported by AARP held Entrepreneur Encore Mentor Day on October 2, 2012 at Nova Southeastern University. The event was targeted at assisting people over age 50 who were looking to start a second career as entrepreneurs with their own businesses.

The event consisted of a presentation about what services SCORE, the SBA & AARP could provide to aid entrepreneurs with either starting a business or growing one if they had already started.

How to Find a Mentor - Kerry Hannon

Thu, 2012-10-11 12:57

Like most things in life, finding a mentor is a process. The right chemistry takes some trial and error. And there's no law that says you can only have one. Remember, you aren't looking for yes-men and -women, who support you no matter what. You want them to believe in your mission, but you need to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. No lip-gloss.

Read on to find out tips for finding the mentor that's right for you.


Later in Life, Arizonans Tailor-Make Own Careers - J. Craig Anderson

Tue, 2012-10-02 16:45

Corporate downsizing, a tough job market and the desire for independence have pushed a growing number of Arizonans in their 50s and 60s to start their own businesses.  They include a former mortgage broker who recently opened an archery club, an ex-flight attendant who became a financial planner, a former retail developer who now teaches tai chi to seniors and a retired Xerox Corp. executive who runs a document-scanning firm that employs developmentally disabled workers.

SBA and AARP to Host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

Thu, 2012-09-13 09:18

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP will team up Oct. 2 to host the first National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day.  The event is targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.  To find a local event near you go to www.sba.gov/mentorday.

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