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Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 10/02/2012

SBA and AARP hold Mentor Day for older entrepreneurs

The Small Business Administration and the AARP are teaming up to hold the first National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day today, an event held in various cities nationwide encouraging older entrepreneurs to connect with successful business leaders.

This event is part of a broader alliance between the SBA and AARP offering informational resources and online courses to entrepreneurs
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 05: Small Business Administrator Karen Mills speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Alex Wong - GETTY IMAGES)

Those unable to attend the events in person can find free online mentoring through the Service Corps of Retired Executives, an SBA partner.

Karen Mills, administrator of the SBA, plans to attend a session held in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Many new entrepreneurs are saving their best acts for their encore performance,” Mills said. “They’re using their decades of expertise and their connections to start new businesses and to finally pursue that venture that has been stirring their dreams for all these years.”

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