Small businesses have and will continue to play a vital role in helping communities thrive. In the past small businesses have typically been our local bakery, florist, dry cleaners, barber shop, candy store, and the pizza and sandwich shop. Present day, small businesses now include online artisan and jewelry boutiques, clothing stores, food trucks, pop-up shops, nail salons, and pet walkers, to name a few.
Have you thought about turning your passion and something that serves others into an opportunity that could pay the bills? Perhaps you sold lemonade, homemade desserts or candy when you were a kid. At that time, you were probably nurturing your entrepreneurial spirit. Many small-business owners will agree that when you’re passionate about what you do, it does not feel like work; you’re just doing what you were placed on this earth to do.
There’s good news for both observers of small-business trends and those interested in aging issues. Tracking entrepreneurship just got easier, and new data show that entrepreneurs age 55-plus are job creators.
This is the second in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15.
Many of you know Jane Seymour as the actress behind Michaela Quinn, the strong lead character in the hit '90s television series , Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. What you may not know is that Seymour has evolved to become a brand that includes a clothing line, home accessories, floral designs, books and starter painting kits. I connected with the busy entrepreneur, who hasn't completely given up acting, to talk about her latest endeavor, which ( hint, hint )would make a great Mother's Day gift.
I don't have the next billion-dollar invention in my pocket - not yet, anyway. But if I did, my weekly consumption of ABCs " Shark Tank" will have prepped me well for that pitch with a hotshot investor.
One of the many most gratifying aspects of working with women entrepreneurs is how amazingly supportive of each other they are. Even within the same industry and competitive focus women go out of their way to help each other out. I see it again and again.
When I hear financial pundits counsel unemployed people over 50 to start a business if they can't find a job, I think of the last time I tried to go entrepreneurial. This was not an experience for the faint of heart.
One resolution that many folks have every year is to stress less. While we all have our own ways of removing stress from our lives, some could take some advice from chocolatier Antoinette Little. (Is it just me or isn't that such a perfect name for a chocolatier?) In AARP's December feature of Your Life Calling, we profiled this woman's transition from lawyer to chocolate-maker, and how much "sweeter" it's made her life. Check it out and read more about her journey.
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