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 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 Entrepreneurs: Douglas Lundrigan’s Story

Lighthouse Business Solutions, owned by Douglas Lundrigan, aged 51.  His does business consulting, coaching, training, and development. What makes it successful: “Gaining a deeper understanding of the generational cultural differences; the drain of business wisdom going on as Boomers retire; and the new methods of doing business that work versus some of the old ways Read More …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Ann Smith writes personal histories

Preserve life stories for future generations as a small business. Encore Entrepreneur Inspiration: Ann Smith business of writing life stories Overview: Ann Smith, age 70, and based in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, started Life Stories Remembered to “capture for posterity the legacy of a lifetime,” to “create a legacy for future generations,” and to “preserve the recollections Read More …

Deadwood, SD: A Small Town’s “Encore Career”
Oregon’s SBDC State Star Reflects on Small Business and Second Acts in the Black Hills

Greetings from from Deadwood, South Dakota! My husband and I are on a month-long road trip, and we were absolutely charmed by this stop-over. Deadwood is an old mining town, but it has totally reinvented itself for the 21st century…which is to say, it has created an inspiring encore career for itself. Today, it’s a Read More …

“Diversify Your Risk and Income with a Portfolio Career” by guest blogger Laura Schlafly

This article originally appeared on the Mac’s List Blog of July 3, 2013. More people are patching together a livelihood from a variety of sources. Job security no longer comes from an employer, but from your marketable and transferrable skills. They’re creating their own portfolio career, which, according to Penelope Trunk, is: “Not the same Read More …

Over 50 and Still Out of Work? Become an Entrepreneur! by guest blogger Laura Schlafly

This article originally appeared on the Mac’s List blog on May 1, 2013. Are you noticing more news articles about entrepreneurs who are starting up their businesses at ages 50+? It’s not your imagination! There is more press on this topic in the last six months than ever before. Why is that important to me Read More …

Make a Move by guest blogger David Gillaspie

THREE WAYS TO GET STARTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION Portland baby boomers have heard the news. The modern world needs clear thinking if you plan on keeping up. The days of dad putting in forty hours at the factory while mom raises the kids changed, but to what? Dad still works in a factory, but Read More …

Four Reasons for Baby Boomers to Consider Solopreneurship

This is an exciting week for Better, Smarter, Richer!  We’re thrilled to announce that Jackie B. Peterson is about to head to Chicago to attend this year’s Aging in America Conference, where she’ll share her wisdom for Encore Entrepreneurs. Every year, the annual conference of the American Society on Aging brings together exciting content, new Read More …

What do you REALLY want to DO? by guest blogger Fay Putnam

Fay Putnam teaches her students how to communicate with authenticity, becoming more confident, inspired and inspiring. A video I saw online this morning gave me pause. The narrator was asking the question, “what would you really want to do, if $ were no object?” As this question comes up concerning our career choices, how many Read More …