Free ‘Encore Entrepreneur Workshop’ for adults looking to start their own business

Speaker at Business Conference with Public Presentations. Audience at the conference hall. Entrepreneurship club.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- Adults interested in starting their own business can attend a free Encore Entrepreneur Workshop in Grand Rapids on June 17th from 8:30 to noon at the GVSU Seidman Center.

The workshop, sponsored by AARP Michigan and the U.S. Small Business Administration, will feature expert advice on writing a business plan, developing a marketing strategy, securing financing and other topics. Speakers included experts from the SBA, AARP Michigan, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, GROW, Michigan Women’s Foundation and FranNet. The workshop concludes with success stories about business startups from two Michigan encore entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Munoz, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach, noted that 63% of Americans plan to work during retirement and 20% of people 50 and older are self-employed. She also said 25% of new businesses are launched by 55-64-year-olds — a higher percentage than for younger groups.

“We partner with others to help you succeed,” Grose said. “There’s a lot of help out there if you know where to look.”

“These numbers show that people in their 50s, 60s and 70s are relevant in the work force,” Munoz said.

Nancy Grose, Economic Development Specialist for the SBA, talked about access to capital and guaranteed loans.

“We partner with others to help you succeed,” Grose said. “There’s a lot of help out there if you know where to look.”

Tom Donaldson, Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center, said there’s plenty of no-cost counseling available for budding entrepreneurs.

“We can help you look at feasibility. We can answer the question ‘is this a good idea?’” he said.

AARP Michigan also had Encore Entrepreneur Workshops this month in Detroit and Traverse City.  To RSVP for the Grand Rapids Encore Entrepreneur workshop, call 1-800-926-8300 or register online at

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