business_plan2_web.jpgBROWARD – Are you 50 years-old or older and always wanted to start your own small business? It’s never too late to chase your entrepreneurial dreams and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Florida District and its SCORE resource partners have scheduled a workshop in Fort Lauderdale designed to help “Encore Entrepreneurs”  launch small business ideas.

“With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option,” said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero.  “These workshops hosted by  SBA, AARP, and SCORE will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.” 

An Encore Entrepreneur Day is scheduled in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferraro Jr. Dr. from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This event is free.  Interested entrepreneurs 50 years old or older can register online at: or by calling Broward SCORE at 954-356-7263.

Attendees will learn about the support and resources available to them locally. There will be a number of encore entrepreneur mentors to share their stories and experience with the audience. Those discussions will be followed by audience questions and answers and the opportunity to speak directly with counselors on hand. Financing your dream will be discussed. Representatives from micro loan and non-traditional financial sources will describe those channels and be on hand to discuss specifics.