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"Late-Blooming" Biz Advice for NH Entrepreneurs

April 21, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. - Granite Staters interested in launching their own business can get some free expert advice at a pair of forums this week. Economic Development Specialist Hugh Curley, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), said the events are keyed to the growing number of people who are nearing retirement age and want to start something new.

"It's people over the age of 50 who are deciding to get into business. It might be a 'next' business, because they've had one already, but for many others, it's a first business. Those are the ones we're most concerned about," Curley said.

Experts will be on hand from the SBA, the nonprofit SCORE and local universities to help with legal, finance, marketing issues and more. The forums take place Tuesday night in Plymouth and Thursday morning in Keene.

Curley added that representatives of the New Hampshire Small Business Center at the University of New Hampshire will also be on hand, who regularly help Granite Staters launch new business ventures.

"They have counselors positioned throughout the state, who go through their plans, take that critical look and say, 'Is this the right time? Do you have all your ducks in order?'," he explained.

Curley says the forums can be particularly helpful to those who are new to the business world, to help ensure that they don't squander hard-earned retirement money by making the wrong move.

"They're ready to take a chance because they might have some funds available through retirement programs and things like that," he said, "but if they don't get the right advice along the way, it can be devastating for their future retirement."

The forums are sponsored by the SBA and AARP New Hampshire. Another is scheduled for next week in Lebanon. Registration is required and can be done online, on the AARP New Hampshire website.

The schedule and forum registration are available at www.aarp.org/nh.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH