50+ Entrepreneurs

More Boomers Taking the Entrepreneurial Route - 55 Plus Business - Ken Little

Wed, 2012-12-19 10:22

About 10 Percent of Older Adults are Self-employed "The number of older, unincorporated self-employed workers in nonagricultural industries increased from fewer than 2,6 million in December 2007 to almost 2.9 million. In March 2012." While the number has increased, the percent of older workers who are self-employed has remained about the same: 9.7percent in March 2012, compared to 10 percent in December 2007, according to a 2012 analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Constitution Quest Finds Advice on Social Media, Marketing & Business Plan From SCORE

When was the last time you had fun learning about the US Constitution?  A study in 2011 revealed that fewer than half of Americans could answer basic questions about the Constitution, a document critical to our country’s history and present. Two teachers from California, David and Pamela Barret, identified this need in the market and used their years of experience in the education field to create an engaging and effective way of filling that need.


David and Pamela Barret
My Location
Temecula CA
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes

David and Pamela spent many months brainstorming, researching and outlining questions on Post-it notes that lined their bedroom wall before the board game became a reality.  They chose to manufacture the game within the U.S. despite the higher production costs.  It was an important marketing decision that has paid off.  In just 3 months of production, they sold 600 games.  Pamela commented, “We are just thrilled.  I would love to get it in as many hands as possible.  Our goal is constitutional literacy.”

The Barrets originally identified their target market as homeschool families looking to incorporate civics into their lessons.  But they’ve also noticed demand coming from other groups including classrooms, grandparents, chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and individuals preparing to take their citizenship exam.

What's Great About My Mentor?

The couple spoke of their SCORE mentor saying, “Bob Godlasky has connected with other experts at SCORE to ensure that we are on track toward success.  We know that we can shoot an email to Bob to get advice on answering those burning questions that keep us up at night.”

How SCORE Helped

The Barrets say, “We have built our small business with tons of blood, sweat and tears!  It’s been nice to have listening ears and a guiding hand along the way.  SCORE of Orange County has encouraged us and suggested trainings that have proven to be very helpful in terms of advertising, social media, financing and writing a business plan.”

       Running my commercial printing business is more than a full-time job, and I often feel like I’m out of touch with what’s happening outside the business. How can I keep current on business- and industry-related developments in an efficient manner?  Read more.....

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
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Deaf Photographer Fights to Get Off Government Assistance - James Summers

Thu, 2012-12-06 09:17

The competition for photography jobs has always been tough. Being deaf has always made it harder for Kevin Haggenjos to get hired. With the economic down turn the competition for those jobs has gotten even harder to land.  Tenacious, creative and entrepreneurial, Haggenjos decided to launch Haggenjos Photography.

Working with Michiana SCORE, Haggenjos identified a market niche and has turned what many call a disability to strategic advantage.

Merit Enterprises

My Location
1628 NW 28 street
Miami FL
United States
5 plus million
Year Company Formed
What's Great About My Mentor?

Dan Reinhardt would not give up until he got what was needed.

How SCORE Helped

My Score counselor helped me with a large need for financing to overcome a working capital shortage. He worked with me through 4 different organizations until he got what I needed and has not stopped!

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.


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