Advanced technology is leveling the playing field for small businesses, and many individuals approaching retirement are now able to realize their personal ambition to be the boss and reap the rewards. Owning your own small business can be an exciting change of pace, as well as a terrific way to stay engaged and productive.

As a workforce veteran, you bring a great deal to the table: maturity, strong finances, and a wide network of professional contacts and associates. Whether you’re interested in starting a side business right now or intend to wait until retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities –

  • Start a business
  • Purchase a business
  • Buy a franchise

The U.S. Small Business Administration can help.

Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day will be held on Friday, Dec. 6. A seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Harbor Lake Golf Club (2100 Clubhouse Dr.) in Granbury.

SBA, SCORETarleton State SBDC and AARP will all be in attendance.

One in four Americans between ages 44 and 70 is interested in starting a business or non-profit venture in the next five to 10 years. Nearly half of these aspiring entrepreneurs reported a desire to be "Encore Entrepreneurs," starting a business with a positive social impact. If this sounds like you or someone you know, the SBA and its resource partners can help you find fulfillment in your later years through your own small business opportunity.

To register, call 817-684-5500 or email Arlene Brown at Arlene.Brown@sba.gov.