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Business workshop offered at UWS to entrepreneurial baby boomers

You’d think retiring baby boomers were just itching to get back to work.

Last week, the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Center for Economic Development held a workshop geared to baby boomers who are retiring from traditional jobs but want to start their own businesses.

Now comes the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a similar workshop.

UWS’s will offer “Encore Entrepreneurship: Essentials for Starting a Business After 50” on Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center, 600 N. 21st St. in Superior.

The event costs $20 and is open to the public.

The workshop is for anyone age 50 and older who is looking for new opportunities in retirement, said Julianne Raymond, director of UWS’ Small Business Development Center, which is presenting the event with the Center for Continuing Education.

“Many retirees have an idea for a business, but not the resources to move forward,” Raymond explained in a statement. “The workshop is helpful for entrepreneurs who are unemployed or need to supplement their income.”

The workshop will cover ways to test the viability of an idea, getting started, financing options and managing the risk. Sessions also will include information on networking, creating a lean business plan and taking advantage of the free business counseling available.

To register, call (715) 394-8351 or visit and click on “Full Calendar” under events, then on “Continuing Education Events.” Door prizes will be given to the first 25 people who register. Walk-ins also are welcome to attend.