UHV SBDC to address business opportunities for people over 50

The University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP to educate community members older than 50 about the benefits of owning a small business.

Farhang Niroomand

According to AARP, more than 7.4 million Americans older than age 50 work for themselves.

“These entrepreneurs represent one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “Many in the Baby Boomer generation are starting to recognize the benefits of working for themselves as they get older.”

The “Encore Entrepreneurs” workshop will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The workshop will educate attendees about valuable free resources available for entrepreneurs older than 50.

Speakers at the event will include representatives from the SBDC, SBA, AARP, SCORE, Women’s Business Center and others. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of successful “encore entrepreneurs,” who will share their lessons learned and advice for making the leap to business ownership.

Joe Humphreys

“As people near retirement, they start exploring new opportunities for generating income,” UHV SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “Owning your own business is a great way to supplement income for retirement. If you want to turn a hobby into a business or finally have the resources to start the business of your dreams, this workshop is a great jumping off point to success.”

The UHV SBDC offers assistance on starting, growing and financing a business; contracting opportunities; and recovering from disaster. Most of its services are free to area small business owners in Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, Goliad, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria counties. It is part of a nationwide small business assistance program serving the small business community and federal, state and local governments.

To register for the free workshop, email or call 361-485-4485.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Katy Walterscheidt 361-570-4342