Aging and Opportunity - rarely, if ever, have people thought
of "Aging" as a time of "Opportunity" but, with the advent
of 20-30 additional years of life, today's seniors are determined to add
meaningful life to those years, to remain self-reliant, and to give back to
their communities and their world.
Opportunities abound. New research released by Civic
Ventures and funded by MetLife Foundation shows that approximately 25 million
people – one in four Americans ages 44 to 70 – are interested in starting
businesses or nonprofit ventures in the next five to 10 years. This does not mean that millions of seniors want to launch the next billion dollar public offering. Of course some of them might, but many more opportunities exist in the small and even micro business arena.
Micro businesses represent 80% of all businesses in the US
and according to the “One in Three” research sponsored by the Association for
Enterprise Opportunity, “If one in three microenterprises in the United States
hired an additional employee, the US would be at full employment.” Talk about an opportunity to give back!
Senior Entrepreneurship Works is designed to engage,
empower, connect and celebrate seniors who choose to become entrepreneurs. It is
an entrepreneurial ecosystem in which seniors can learn first, if they have what
it takes to be an entrepreneur. If they decide they do and want to make the leap, our education and training programs provide prospective and
newly practicing entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge they need to validate their ideas and make opportunities happen. We connect new
and seasoned senior entrepreneurs to one another, to their younger cohorts, to
experts, mentors and resources
they will need to launch and sustain successful businesses. Last, but far from
least, we celebrate senior entrepreneurs and share their stories so they might
inspire others and imbue them with their wisdom and experience.