Center for Productive Longevity Organizing Events to Stimulate Entrepreneurship Among Baby Boomers
Added: Thu. Jul 12, 2012 3:58pm
Posted in: Career
The Center for Productive
Longevity (CPL), which serves as the bridge between people 55 and older and
opportunities that enable them to continue in productive activities, is
organizing three more meetings this fall in the “Spotlight
on Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Baby Boomers” series. The
meetings are designed to contribute to a national momentum for new-business
creation, which enables Baby Boomers to remain productively engaged and also
facilitates national economic growth.
The events will be held for people 50 and older at
Babson College in Wellesley, MA on September 14, Northwestern
University/Kellogg School of Management in Chicago on October 11, and the
University of Denver on November 15. To register and view preliminary agendas,
visit http://www.ctrpl.org/entrepreneurship-meeting/overview. Sponsors of upcoming
meetings include AARP, CPL, and a number of other organizations.
Each of the meetings will have presentations by
three successful entrepreneurs. The meetings will also include two rounds of
interactive breakout sessions on topics relating to new-business creation and how to become an
entrepreneur, including: risks and rewards of being an entrepreneur,
strategies for identifying and selecting potential business opportunities,
developing a business plan or business concept statement, and exploring funding
The first meeting in the
series was held March 27 in Kansas City, MO at the Kauffman Foundation, a focal
point for entrepreneurship in America, and attracted 95 participants. The
written evaluations indicated that the meeting was extremely successful: 87 percent of
the participants reported that it increased their awareness and understanding
of the benefits and opportunities provided by entrepreneurship, and 97
percent stated they were now more likely to create a new business.
This interest in
entrepreneurship as a career
after retirement is reflected in national research as well, with increasingly
more people 55 and older creating their own businesses. In fact, according to
Kauffman Foundation research, the relative percentage of entrepreneurs has
increased by almost seven percent for people 55-64 from 1996-2011, the largest
increase among all age groups; by contrast, the percentage dropped about five
percent for people 20-44.
The minimum age level is
50, and qualified people can register now for one of the following meetings at http://www.ctrpl.org/entrepreneurship-meeting/overview:
- September 14, 2012: Babson College, Wellesley, MA
Babson College has been selected
for each of the last ten years as having the best post-secondary school program
on entrepreneurship in the country.
Leonard Schlesinger, the President of Babson College, and Ralph
Sorenson, past President of Babson College and founder of its Center on
Entrepreneurship, will be the opening speakers.
- October 11, 2012: Northwestern University/Kellogg
School of Management, Chicago, IL
Paul Magelli, Senior Director, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and James Shein, Professor of
Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School, will make the opening presentations.
- November 15, 2012: University of Denver, Denver, CO
details for the Denver meeting are still being finalized, but will include
Courtney Price, President of VentureQuest, and one other speaker. Go to http://www.ctrpl.org/november-15-2012
for the latest information.
The number of participants
will be limited to 125 on a first-come basis. The cost of $35 per person covers
inclusion of a spouse, if desired, and a post-meeting workshop on the “how-tos”
of creating a new business. Payment to the Center for Productive Longevity must
be received by the first of the month in which the meeting is held to confirm
CPL has also initiated a
national competition, the Later-Life Story Contest,
for people 55 and older. The competition has two categories: Entrepreneur Success Stories and Inspirational Later-Life Stories. A
panel of three independent judges will select one winner from each category who
will receive $1,000 and a specially designed trophy. CPL will post the best
stories on its website (ctrpl.org) under “Success Stories.” The contest
deadline is August 31, and winners will be announced on October 1, 2012.
submit a story, visit www.ctrpl.org/laterlifestorycontest
and complete a submission form. Entrants must be 55 and older, have a
compelling story to share, and be willing to have it posted on the CPL website
for viewing and for possible publication. Stories may also be sent to James
Hooks at email@example.com.
more information on CPL, the meetings and how to submit entrepreneur success stories,
visit www.ctrpl.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTRPL.
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