Recognizing and Honoring Entrepreneurship

  This week, recognized as National Small Business Week by the Small Business Administration, spotlights the hard work and tenacity of 30M small business owners. Being a small business owner is not easy by any measure but these individuals are risk takers, community engagers, and innovators that often single-handedly work to realize their dream and vision, fueled by a desire to create an opportunity for themselves and others. AARP believes entrepreneurship is a path to financial security. One third of …

Supporting Small Businesses…Saturday

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. To honor the contributions small businesses make to help sustain local communities, and to encourage …

Recognizing Veterans and Entrepreneurs

During this National Entrepreneur Month, we not only recognize the tenacity of small business owners, but our veterans who took the leap of faith to open a small business. While November is widely known as a time our country honors and recognizes the contributions veterans made to our country, it’s also a moment we acknowledge the impact entrepreneurs have made to our economy; both adding valuable contributions to our country. Becoming an entrepreneur is challenging and rewarding, all at the …

Six Things I Learned from Watching “Shark Tank”

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. The show where small-business owners and inventors go before a group of self-made moguls seeking moolah is more than just great entertainment. Will the Sharks praise or pooh-pooh the idea? Will they get five doses of rejection? (“I’m out!”) What snarky comment will the …