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Jumping Off the Corporate Ladder to Fulfill a Dream

As a young girl growing up in Valley Stream, New York, Lori Thomson dreamed of someday opening her own business. "I always wanted to build something for myself," she says. "Although at the time I Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Nancy Collamer

Giving a Lift to Those in Need

Like millions of Americans, Steve Powell was a caregiver for his aging parents. "My mother and father both had a chronic falling problem," the former tech worker said in a phone interview. "It got to Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Erin Jay

Mid-Career Plot Twist: Opening a Bookstore

  Across the whole of America they come: the lawyers and financiers, marketers and architects, librarians (of course) and writers and teachers. In a second — or even third — career, they are Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Ellen Ryan

How to Turn a Hobby Into a Business

Courtney Burton has spent most of her career in the retail industry. She was a merchant for several major companies, including Target, CVS, Albertson's and Lane Bryant. For the last 11 years of her Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Chris Farrell

A Sweet Dream Comes True

Maureen and Jim Elitzak are known around Scottsdale, Arizona, for their exquisite bonbons, bars, brownies and caramels, which can be found at Zak's Chocolate , the shiny shop where they make Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Ellen Ryan

How to Handle the Stress of Entrepreneurship

Many older Americans dream about working for themselves. Yet new business owners often find entrepreneurship stressful, especially during the lean start-up years. Fortunately, experts say that while Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Nancy Collamer

Launching a New Business? Invest in Yourself

Editor’s note: This article is part of Navigating Change, a Next Avenue initiative made possible by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation  and EIX . Many experienced workers in the second Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Chris Farrell

Mentors Encourage a Rural Renaissance

From left to right: Brad Klatt, John Cariveau and Mark (Corky) Skoglund, founders of Uncommon Loon Brewery. EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is part of Lessons from Leaders, a Next Avenue initiative made Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Chris Farrell

Best Advice for Starting a Business After 50

  7 Generation Games designs and develops computer games to teach math to kids age 8 to 14, particularly Native American and Spanish-speaking students.  |  Credit: 7 Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Richard Eisenberg

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Business

Over the years, Noah Alper, 75, has started and run five businesses and a nonprofit school. Four of his ventures — including Noah's Bagels and the natural food and housewares chain Bread & Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Richard Eisenberg