Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Is Starting a Business Right for You?


Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+, or “encore entrepreneurs”, are turning to small business ownership.


Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities.


The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are teaming up to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50. . As a resource partner of the SBA, SCORE is presenting workshops which help entreprenuers test their new business idea and get started on the right path.
These sessions will help you understand the basics of:


• the concepts involved with assessing a business idea,

• marketing your product or service,

• understanding business financials and how they work, and

• how to fund and finance your business.

Free, one-on-one mentoring is also a part of the workshop process.


The first workshop in this series is designed to help you reach a "go" / "no go" decision on whether to pursue your opportunity. Those who complete Session 1 with a decision to move forward, will be invited to the remaining workshops in the series to help them ensure a successful start to their business.
Session 1: Start-up Basics (Free)


This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, licensing requirements, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.


This workshop is being held twice, once in The Villages and once in Ocala.


Thursday, April 17th, from 1PM until 3PM at the The Villages Library at Pinellas Plaza on the corner of Powell Rd and Highway 466A


Tuesday, April 29th, from 1PM until 3PM at Master the Possibilities Education Center at On Top of The World, 8415 SW 80th Street in Ocala


Pre-registration is required due to limited class size. Please register by clicking the link above and get your ticket electronically. Please register by going to http://thevillagesocala.score.org/localworkshops

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