Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Roland Zapata bounces back with home inspection solo business after lay off

After 17 years in the corporate world, Roland Zapata was laid off.  Eventually, He explored a solo career doing home inspections and soon his company, Ideal Home Inspections LLC launched.  Roland wonders why he didn’t do this sooner. What the business does:  Ideal Home Inspections LLC offer home buyers an in-depth inspection of their future home.  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 …

Solo Business Success: Sherri Curley is the Practical Sort providing Eco-Organizing Solutions

Eco-Organizing Solutions Sherri Curley started The Practical Sort, a small Eco-organizing business putting her coordination skills to work. Origin Story: Sherri Curley does not call herself an “empty nester,” she prefers “free bird,” shedding the negative and hollow connotations of her children leaving the nest.  She asked herself, “what does that look like?”  Jackie’s Better, Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Stories: Anne Hudson works home remodeling small business magic as the Sourceress

Encore entrepreneur inspiration comes to home interior designer Anne Hudson, age 70, with her home remodeling small business. What the business does:  Anne’s specialty is Sourcing interior materials such as furnishings and fixtures for remodeling projects. Design, beauty, and a keen eye for aesthetics and design have been an integral part of Anne Hudson’s careers.  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 …

Elizabeth White’s book “55, Unemployed, and Faking Normal” is a coping guide to being jobless after 50

Recently on Paul Solman’s News Hour series Making Sense there was a story about Elizabeth White.  White recently self-published a book, 55 Unemployed, and Faking Normal.  The book is road map to coping with current economic realities. 55, Unemployed, and Faking Normal contains themes which are relevant to Better, Smarter, Richer.  We reached out to White Read More …

Solo Business Success: Michael Tevlin takes his freelance writing career to the next level

Michael Tevlin has a solid writing career.  After taking the Better, Smarter, Richer class, he stepped up his game. What the business does: Market content and corporate communications. The Value of Specializing an Established Career:  Michael Tevlin describes it as “the career equivalent of driving off a cliff” when he left the corporate world to 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 …