Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Miyoko Fuse uses Feng Shui for Healthy Home for Healthy Aging business

Miyoko Fuse combines her interest in gerontology and Feng-Shui to create positive home environments. Business name: Home-Esteem What the business does: Home environment design with Feng-Shui considerations. Her specialization is helping older adults stay in their homes as they age.  She wrote a book titled Healthy Home for Healthy Aging. Origin Story: Thirteen years ago Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs Stories: James Pedersen’s response to retirement crisis with his small firm Investra

James (Jim) Pedersen decided to take action with the retirement crisis when he experienced life changing events.  The result of that action was Investra when he was 37. What the business does: Jim helps people with retirement.  Most people will not have enough money by the time they would generally be ready to retire.  “My Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Jim Logan saw a need for personalized spiritual consultation and founded SoulVentures

Taking a leap of faith in a tough job market lead to starting personalized spiritual consultation service.  Name of business: SoulVentures What the business does:  Jim Logan, 54, operates outside formal religious structures. He provides person-structured spiritual consultation and ceremonies. Especially those marking life’s key transitions.  Categories include weddings, funerals, “living funerals,” the welcoming of Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Finding a niche as an independent health clinic audit consultant Roberta Kaplan

InnovaHealth owner Roberta Kaplan lands on her feet with a specialized encore career as an independent health clinic auditor. What the business does: Independent health clinic audit consultant for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Re-visiting, Re-creation and Re-Imagining: Roberta Kaplan was working for the Oregon Health Authority.  She did this for two years, conducting Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs Stories: Marketing for Service Providers at Don Nasca’s Service Store USA

Don Nasca helps “professionals increase their income, improve their livelihood, and expand their network” at the Service Store USA. What the business does: marketing for service providers. A career in technology eventually led to a venture in creating a platform that offers marketing for service providers.  When he was 50, Don Nasca first got the Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Inspiration: Bill Saphir’s Change Management Consulting Services small business

Bill Saphir’s business, William H. Saphir, LLC, provides change management consulting services to healthcare providers, focusing on supply chain process. Bill describes his chronological age as 70.  Then he adds,”I don’t think I look that old nor do I feel it!” What the business does: His business is still in the beginning stages, but has Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Debbie Durham House Sitting strategy for housing

Housing Strategy: House Sitting domestic and abroad. What she does: Find house sitting gigs as an alternative to paying increasing rents. What is making her strategy work now: Debbie has been able to find house sitting jobs since she moved out of her apartment in March, 2016. She charges a fee for taking care of Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Inspiration: Independent Financial Professional Luna Jaffe

Financial planning and money coaching as a small business Luna Jaffe, 55, Lunaria Financial, Ltd. Financial planning, investment management, and money coaching is Luna’s business.  As an independent financial professional, Luna is the award-winning author of Wild Money: a Creative Journey to Financial Wisdom, “the world’s first beautiful book about money.”  Luna writes, “my life’s Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs Inspiration: Jim Newcomer coaches sustainable and local companies

Jim Newcomer helps local and sustainable companies succeed through his small business Balance Breakthrough Coaching What the Business Does: Coaching services for “businesses with purpose,” focusing on helping sustainable, socially- and/or locally-minded companies succeed.  “My calling is to support clients in succeeding: retaining their commitment, surviving as a business, and making a living.” What makes Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Jim Staicoff’s story

Name of business:  Staicoff Design Company and Paper Paint Press, two businesses uniquely intertwined. What the businesses does:  Staicoff Design Company is an interior design firm focused on the guest experience in hotels and restaurants.  Paper Paint Press is an outlet for Jim’s creative bent and offers “distinctive, high-quality,  art-inspired wall products.” All made in Read More …