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Entrepreneur mentoring offered

April 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are teaming up this month to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month, targeted at entrepreneurs older than 50.

Building on the success of a joint SBA and AARP Mentor Day in October, the two organizations will match “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.

Throughout April, SBA district offices, state AARP Offices and SBA resource partners will host more than 100 events around the country. Events include speed mentoring, which allows mentors and entrepreneurs to share information for five-minute sessions, and mentor lunches for entrepreneurs to learn best practices from successful small business owners.

Mentor Month is part of a larger effort by the SBA and AARP to provide a range of resources to more than 100,000 entrepreneurs and small-business owners older than 50 this year. The events will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors such as those from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life of an entrepreneur’s business.

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To find a local event, go to www.sba.gov/mentormonth.

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