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Encore Entrepreneurs: A New Business at 50+

Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

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Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50+, or “encore entrepreneurs”, are turning to small business ownership.
Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities.  The SBA, SBDC and AARP have a number of resources and tools to help encore entrepreneurs effectively prepare for starting and running a small business.
Sponsored by the MA Small Business Development Center
This event is a panel discussion led by Walter Manninen. Panelists:
Mike Festa, State Director of AARP Massachusetts
Lisa Gonzalez Welch, SBA Economic Development Specialist
Walter Manninen, Senior Business Advisor / Financial Analyst MSBDC Northeast Region at Salem State University
Gayle Piraino, Founder and President – GAP Promotions, LLC
Annmarie Linnane, Owner and President – Women On The Move, LLC


Walter Manninen

Walter Manninen joined the staff of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center's Northeast Regional Office in November 2005.

A former entrepreneur, Walter served as president and chief executive officer of CXO Media Inc. which published Chief Information Officer, Chief Security Officer and Chief Marketing Officer magazines for senior managers bridging technology and businesses along with associated professional conferences.

Walter also brings to the SBDC ten years of experience in banking as a treasurer, controller, vice president and loan officer. His outstanding performance was noted in 2004, when he was nominated for an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was later given the IDG Chairman’s Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

In 2005, Walter partnered with the director of the Secret Service and the director of CERT Coordination Center to conduct a comprehensive research study on cyber security.

Walter holds a BS from Salem State College and an MBA from Suffolk University. His interest in art, demonstrated through his philanthropy, has resulted in an endowed chair and a building named in his honor at Endicott College the WALTER J. MANNINEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Walter’s art collection has been highlighted in several feature articles both in U.S. News and World Report, along with CFO Magazine.

Walter Manninen

Senior Business Advisor and Financial Specialist
Small Business Development Center

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