Solo Business Builders: Alyssa Elting-McGuire helps Adult Foster Home Care providers

After working for the state for 12 years and a brief stint with Alzheimer’s Association, Alyssa Elting McGuire started her own consulting business. Name of Business: Oregon Care Home Consulting What the business does: Adult care home coaching, consulting, training, and support. Why she went into business: Alyssa worked for the State of Oregon for 12 years.  Read More …

How are Age-Friendly Communities formed? Portland State University’s Institute On Aging’s plays a key role. Research Associate Dr. Alan DeLaTorre explains.

Dre Ageism in an on-going issue many older people face.  However, many studies prove common conceptions about older people wrong.  Dr. Alan DeLaTorre, Research Associate at Portland State University, focuses on how age-friendly actions and policies are shaped. Portland, Oregon is recognized as an early adopter for age-friendly practices. These are practices that aim to Read More …

Solo Business Stories: Rachel Hemmingson helps people with Home Equity Conversion Mortgages – and loves it

Rachel Hemmingson never thought she would be doing reverse mortgages.  Turns out it is a very rewarding business – and definitely her specialty. Name of Business: Rachel technically is employed by Equity Access Reverse, but generates her own work.  She is a mortgage consultant – specializing in Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs). Years in Business:  Read More …

Encore Entrepreneur Story: Patrick Myers wanted more hands-on work. He’s opening CURVE CNC to do that.

Looking for a different way use his love of design, Patrick Myers set up his own shop and loves it! Name of Business: Curve CNC Years in Business: The plan is to be open this December. What your business does:  CURVE CNC is a startup service business focused on producing CNC router-cut materials for hire. Read More …

Testimonial: Michael Bruns took Jackie’s class; “got his work mojo back”

Praise: Jackie shows small business owners how to create your own business based on what you do best. It’s very common for well qualified people to find themselves with a lack of work at some point in their career.  The conventional employment model has evolved and is now less loyal and less rewarding to employee Read More …

Solo Business Stories: Michele Fiasca started a new housing model, Let’s Share Housing

Michele Fiasca launched Let’s Share Housing after realizing the need for older people seeking community and cost-saving benefits.  She is bringing a new housing model to market. Name of Business: Let’s Share Housing What the business does:  Helps people in their 50’s 60’s, and older find housing.  Not just housing: but cost sharing, community, and Read More …

Solo Business Stories: How Kimberly Berg’s Rebel Fit Club fights back against Parkinson’s

Kimberly Berg’s Rebel Fit Club helps people with Parkinson’s Disease.  Jackie’s advice helps her business run at top speed. Name of business: Kimberly Berg, LLC Years in business: 3 Years What led to your current business? “I have a Master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology and an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Read More …

Women’s self-care advocate Della Rae is now the prinicple of Oregon Women’s Health Network (OWHN).

Della Rae has been supporting women’s self-care for years. Rae has 10+ years as a women’s advocate plus a background in human resources and, as a culture guru. She recently became owner of Oregon Women’s Health Network. OWHN has been around since 1994. Rae became principle in the business in September of 2018. OWHN offers discussion groups Read More …

Solo Business Stories: Think you can’t open a store in ten days and be successful? Read the Growing’s story.

Think you are too old too old and have no experience to open a store and be successful?  At 82 years of age, Lyle and Arlene Growing are proof that it can be done. Name of Business:  The Itinerant Artist.  Located in the Lincoln City, Oregon Outlet Mall. How long in business?  Since November 2016. Read More …

Better, Smarter, Richer Testimony: “Success! “Patricia Bean of Visual Consulting

Visual Impact Consulting owner Patricia Bean declares “Success!” after working with Jackie. “It worked. I have contracted with my first new consulting client. each touch point brought him around and it looks like I did some things right. I build trust, he read my book, asked questions about the results and how I work. Then Read More …