Breakout Topics

Topics to be covered in the breakout sessions are:

  • Risks and rewards of being an entrepreneur 
  • Strategies for identifying/selecting potential business opportunities
  • Desirability of taking skills/aptitude tests to ascertain how your skills/abilities could be best applied
  • Develop a business plan or business concept statement
  • How to evaluate a business concept
  • Create a personal vision
  • Explore funding support
  • How to overcome fears/concerns and real/artificial barriers
  • Conduct research on what would be the competition
  • Review networks of friends/acquaintances and develop an Advisory Board/Planning Committee

Breakout Leaders include:

Helen Dennis–nationally recognized leader on issues relating to aging, employment and retirement; consultant, author and speaker on aging issues; weekly columnist on Successful Aging reaching 1.3 million readers; co-author of Los Angeles Times bestseller Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women

Greg Merrill–President & CEO of National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC), former Chairman of NOWCC Board of Directors, extensive experience in non-profit management and advocating for older Americans; previously spent 19 years with AARP

Rick Moody–Director of Academic Affairs for AARP, also serves as Senior Associate with International Longevity Center–USA and as a Senior Fellow of Civic Ventures; author of over 100 articles and numerous books including Human Development Policies for an Aging Society; former Chairman of the Board, Elderhostel

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