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Entrepreneurs After Age 50

Here are two individuals and a couple who retired from one career only to launch another

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Free Mentoring

April is National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month, so the Hawaii divisions of AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration are teaming up for a mentoring event.

It is designed for people ages 50 and older who want to start their own businesses. The event is free but registration is required.

What: Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day
Where: Filipino Community Center, Waipahu
When: Wednesday, April 17, 9 to 11 a.m.
Registration: or 877-926-8300

Free Advice for Encore Entrepreneurs

• Small Business Administration, Hawaii office,, 541-2990.
• Hawaii Small Business Development Center,, (808) 974-7575. 
• AARP Hawaii,, 545-6024.
• State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Go to the Divisions link and click on contact Business Action Center. 586-2545.
• Blue Startups,
• Score, volunteer counselors,, 547-2770.

In next month’s issue of Hawaii Business, we profile five more encore entrepreneurs:

  • A retired grocery store manager who now bakes and sells his own products;
  • A retired teacher who became a manager in an online greeting card business because she had “so many people to thank”;
  • A disabled Vietnam veteran who credits Hawaiian values and a knowledge of the federal marketplace for inspiring his business;
  • A woman who remembered her grandmother’s words and now teaches others about sustainable living; and
  • A couple who moved from North Carolina to a Kona cacao farm and started Hawaii’s first chocolate factory.

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