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AARP Grant Enables SBDC to Host Additional Work for Yourself@50+ Workshops

Thanks to the renewal of an AARP Foundation grant, Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will conduct three free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops in Pittsburgh, including one in Spanish.

This national grant initiative is designed to help vulnerable older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, develop skills and learn about resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves.

Details of the Duquesne SBDC Work for Yourself@50+ workshops include:

  • Spanish language workshop: Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Beechview branch of the Carnegie Library located at 1910 Broadway Ave., Pittsburgh
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library located at 7101 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh
  • Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Braddock branch of the Carnegie Library.

Call 888.339.5617 to register for a workshop, which also includes a 72-page workbook and resource guide. The interactive workshops will address exploring options, creating a business plan and connecting with community resources.

"The AARP Foundation is proud to work with organizations committed to helping older adults successfully run their own business," said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. "Our Work for Yourself@50+ program is designed to enable older adults to pursue self-employment by connecting them with trustworthy resources in their own communities."

Through a nationwide open request for proposals, AARP Foundation-with support from The Hartford-identified and then selected promising organizations in high-need communities to receive grant awards and implement the Work for Yourself@50+ workshop model.

"We're very pleased the AARP is continuing this program, which has been a tremendous success, and we are delighted to be the host," said Dr. Mary McKinney, director of Duquesne's SBDC. "This program, which is community-based, offers an opportunity to explore a new career for those over 50."

The SBDC offers confidential consulting services and training workshops for startup and existing small businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania. Their main office is located at Duquesne University, but they also offer consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.

AARP Foundation
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