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The value of peer-to-peer networks

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We're re-launching our Pittsburgh Food and Beverage (FaB) network web site.  The FaB network has become a great model for ageless entrepreneurship principles...  Start small.  Start smart.  Start right now. Pittsburgh FaB has been a labor of love since I began traveling to Pennsylvania to help launch Food21 and grow this network in 2018.  We now have over 90 regional food businesses and over 85 support organizations in our Pittsburgh FaB network.  We are just now launching an exciting new culinary category.     My guidance has always been that organizations like FaB should grow as ground-up, peer-to-peer business development networks.  It's what I advocate for in the book and at our new Center for Ageless Entrepreneurs  I'm looking forward to helping grow this model.

New podcast conversation - Kickass Boomers

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I had a wonderful conversation about ageless entrepreneurship this week with Ms. Terry Lohrbeer, podcast host of Kickass Boomers. Here’s a short quote from Terry… “I think that’s great advice. So while they’re still working, they can start something small, so that when they need it, they can make it grow – into what they need. That’s excellent advice!” Link to the Kickass Boomer podcast

Entrepreneurship in the second half of life. My conversation with the Bloom community.

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I had a wonderful conversation with the Bloom community this week. I love the description Bloom uses on their web site: "Why retire when you can bloom? Join a community of adults 50+ learning, connecting and redefining a new phase of life." I met many new friends and opened up new conversations with the Bloom community. What a great day! The Bloom team sent some of the responses they got from my presentation: • "I liked that Rick recognized and is creating the missing bridge that we need as potential and/or existing entrepreneurs. We do not all have degrees nor do we all fit in the familiar list of businesses. I personally appreciate his warmth, knowledge and encouragement." - Deborah C. • "I caught your session on Bloom. This organization is exactly what I've been looking for." - Daryl W. • "A chance to talk with so many other people my age, as the other entrepreneur groups I talk with all seem young." - Sha

Piano top life preservers - Bucky Fuller

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As the world hopefully emerges from the pandemic, we have the opportunity to rebuild systems that regenerate life rather than deplete it.  Ageless entrepreneurs can be leaders in this movement. "I am enthusiastic over humanity's extraordinary and sometimes very timely ingenuity.  If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver.  But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.  I think we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday's fortuitous contrivings as constituting the only means of solving a given problem." - Buckminster 'Bucky' Fuller Buckminster Fuller Institute:  https://www.bfi.org/

International Women's Day - make a loan to a woman entrepreneur

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  Monday March 8th is International Women's day, 2021. Looking for a way to make a difference?  Consider supporting women entrepreneurs through Kiva.  You can loan as little as $25, making a real difference when your loan is aggregated with others. I've been a Kiva lender since 2012.  I've made 279 loans to entrepreneurs in the U.S. and 85 different countries worldwide.  Over 80% of my loans are to women entrepreneurs, working primarily in food and agriculture.  I also serve as an advisor to the Kiva Pittsburgh team.   International Women's day 2021.... celebrate and act.  Invest in her . Kiva - Invest in Her

Presentation with Bloom - March 25, 2021 2 PM EST

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I'm looking forward to my conversation with the Bloom community.  Bloom is a platform for  adults 50+ learning, connecting and redefining a new phase of life. I really like the Bloom platform. The gathering conversation begins at 2 PM EST on Thursday March 25. Link is below: https://home.hellobloomers.com/sessions/how-to-start-a-business-at-any-age

Founders Over 55 gathering - Full recording - Thanks for a great conversation!

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  What a great conversation.  Thank you! This is the full recording of the recent Founders Over 55 gathering. Link to Youtube recording

Reviews from Boston gathering - Founders over 55

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I really enjoyed my conversation with Founders Over 55 based in the Boston area.  I met (digitally!) many new friends.  Great questions and discussions.  I loved the energy of those on hand! Here is a sample of feedback from the event... "BRILLIANT!!  That was so exciting and energizing... there is so much to unpack and followup...  Let's collaborate for sure!  thank you sooo very much for sharing your time and wisdom" -Danielle "Wonderful job today!  I appreciate how approachable you were and humbly inspiring." -Paul "Thank you again for being such an inspiring keynote speaker for Founders55 today.  As I'm sure you could tell from the energy in the group, your insights and advice were resonating with us all." -Mary

Welcome to our new Clubhouse room

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Are you using the new Clubhouse app yet?  It's an audio-only platform for creating and sharing specific conversations.  No recordings, just a place to interact around shared interests. We've opened a new room on the Clubhouse app.  Our initial plan is to schedule the room for 2 PM on Sunday afternoons (eastern time).  We're calling the room 'Ageless entrepreneurs - start a business at any age.' If you're on the app and would like to chat, please drop in.  We look forward to meeting you!

Boston: The Silicon Valley of longevity?

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Two of my favorite quotes below, with a link to the full article. Boston: the Silicon Valley of longevity? An older population can serve as the hub for a new kind of innovation cluster. February 15, 2021.      By Joe Coughlin and Luke Yoquinto       “In the United States, the economic impact of older adults is already remarkable. Americans aged 50 and up account for just 35 percent of the US population, but, according to the AARP, they controlled 83 percent of all household wealth as of 2018, and were responsible for 56 cents of every dollar of consumer spending — a figure expected to rise to 61 cents by 2050. Their unpaid activities, including elder care, child care, and volunteerism, add another $745 billion worth of production to the US economy. Their labor force participation, too, continues to rise, part of a long-term trend that started in the 1980s. But older people’s potential economic activity only begins with what they’re up to now. Tools to address their future needs, wants,