A shrinking job market brought on by a spread of things that features technological advances, an financial recession and the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted America. And the higher Asheville space and Buncombe County aren’t any exception.
The present unemployment in Buncombe County was 7.5% in the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in August. This compares to three.2% August a yr in the past.
The timing is ideal to assist those that turned not too long ago unemployed on account of downsizing or lay-offs, or retirees who need to pursue one thing they’re enthusiastic about, and need to take the primary steps towards beginning a brand new enterprise on this chapter of their lives. AARP Mountain Area and North Carolina Small Enterprise Know-how and Improvement Middle have teamed as much as supply such a category.
The North Carolina Small Enterprise Know-how and Improvement Middle (SBTDC), in partnership with the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration (SBA), is a enterprise advisory useful resource for rising and creating companies.
“SBTDC is trying ahead to partnering with AARP Mountain Area to supply a free, digital class referred to as “First Steps to Entrepreneurship”, mentioned Benjamin Robbins, enterprise launch specialist at SBTDC. “This class is ideal for these over 50 who’re fascinated with reworking their passions, concepts or hobbies right into a enterprise. Sherree Lucas , my co-instructor, and I hope that this course will create affluent enterprise alternatives for our group.”
This four-week, four-session digital course entitled “Taking the First Steps to Entrepreneurship” is from 10 a.m. to midday and begins Wednesday, October twenty eighth.
Taught on a Zoom convention name, the category is free to the general public however restricted to the primary 20 individuals who register. To register, if you’re studying this digitally, click on the hyperlink here. It’s also possible to electronic mail Sherree Lucas straight at firstname.lastname@example.org and he or she’ll ship you the hyperlink by way of electronic mail.
“What makes this course distinctive is the mixture of enterprise courses with different matters necessary for a 50+ entrepreneur,” mentioned Lucas. “We’ll be educating the ideas of an entrepreneurial mindset in addition to sharing data, based mostly on a confirmed neuroscientific premise, that Child Boomers are present process a organic change to their brains that enable them to carry out at their highest artistic ranges. And creativity is vitally necessary in beginning a brand new enterprise.”
Lucas, a long-time Silicon Valley advertising and marketing specialist who moved to Asheville final yr, brings a resume of entrepreneurial achievements with start-up companies. She is a current Management Asheville graduate, SCORE mentor and AARP volunteer centered on encore (50+) entrepreneurship in Western North Carolina.
Having lived within the San Francisco Bay Space for 25 years, her ardour is working with entrepreneurs to assist them take an concept, passion, ardour, or talent and switch it right into a enterprise. Her focus is individuals within the second chapter of their careers and/or lives, which means they’re able to do one thing new and totally different, in addition to significant, with their time and assets.