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SBDC - Grow Your Business Growth FAST! Learn How with an SBDC Orientation

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on October 10, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help you turn your business idea into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Instructor Spotlight: Jackie Babicky Peterson

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on August 31, 2018

Jackie Babicky Peterson is a strategic adviser to small businesses at Portland Community College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Her clients are interested in making a living doing what they love. Her most recent project is a book titled, "Age is Opportunity," and capitalizes on her energetic approach to equip SBDC clients with the ability to combine their small business ideas with decades of professional experience into a plan to become successful business owners later in life. 

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship, Solopreneurship

SBDC - Expedite Your Business Growth Curve with an SBDC Orientation

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on July 30, 2018


Orientations offered by PCC’s Small Business Development Center (at no cost!) are a great way to learn about the opportunities we offer to help you turn your business idea into action. A typical orientation includes a small group of future entrepreneurs – but may also include sole-proprietors and small business owners seeking to find efficient, practical and effective solutions to common business-related challenges. You’ll leave our 2-hour orientation having identified new resources, and with an action plan to guide your next steps.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Getting Your Recipe to Market, Growing a Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

How to Start Your Encore Business

For people ready for a second act in life, an encore entrepreneurship may be the perfect choice. Whether you’re retired, unemployed, or looking for some extra income, joining the ranks of entrepreneurs over 50 can be a great opportunity to pursue a business that’s always interested you. Or you may choose to dip your toe in the water of the many unexplored opportunities you never had time for. In this post, we’ll discuss how to get started with an encore business.

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Topics: Encore Entrepreneurship

Encore Entrepreneur: Jackie Babicky Peterson

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 06, 2017

Article originally posted on AARP Oregon on June 1, 2017.

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Jackie Peterson is Leading the Way in Encore Entrepreneurship

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on May 11, 2017

What is encore entrepreneurship?

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will soon. Encore entrepreneurship is on the rise!

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

5 Skills Artists and Creatives Need to Learn to Run an Effective Business

Posted by Jackie Babicky Peterson on April 03, 2017

As an artist, writer, design or creative entrepreneur, you have the skills to create great work, but do you have the business skills to get great work? When starting your own creative business, you will need to do some digging into business topics and getting to know your market. Though it might take some trial and error, by doing your homework, you can run an effective business.

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Topics: Small Business, Starting a Business, Growing a Business, Solopreneurship, Encore Entrepreneurship

4 Advantages You'll Have as an Encore Entrepreneur (and What That Means)

Posted by Jackie Babicky Peterson on May 27, 2016

There’s something special about the later years in life, including the freedom to do different things like travel, explore, and even start a business.

Those individuals who endeavor to create their own business at this stage in life are often referred to as  “encore entrepreneurs”. Individuals who start business after 50 accounted for nearly one-quarter of new businesses started last year. People in this age range actually start businesses at a higher rate than those in their 20s. If you consider full-time independent workers, baby boomers and seniors combined are actually the largest segment at 37 percent according to the MBO independent workforce study.

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Encore Entrepreneurship: Age is Opportunity!

Posted by Jackie Babicky Peterson on May 03, 2016

There are now about 100 million people in the U.S. over the age of 50 - and most of them are going to live a very long time. Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last century. Now when you turn 65 you can look ahead to 20, 25, even 30 more independent, energetic, active years. Never before in the history of humanity have we had such long life expectancy.  What an apportunity.

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

Exploring a Second Act Career: Becoming an Encore Entrepreneur

Posted by Jackie Babicky Peterson on August 27, 2015

There is no age limit in the business world. Indeed, a group known as “encore entrepreneurs,” people over the age of 50 who start a business, is on the rise. According to a Kauffman Foundation survey cited by Forbes, those aged 55 to 64 invest in new business ventures at a higher rate than other age groups—making up 23% of all new entrepreneurs. With so many middle aged and older adults taking the lead, entrepreneurs and business leaders from every age group are starting to take note.

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Topics: Small Business, Encore Entrepreneurship

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