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New podcast interview - Entrepreneurs Over 40

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I enjoyed a recent conversation with Greg Mills on his podcast 'Entrepreneurs Over 40'. Entrepreneurs Over 40 features inspiring stories by Entrepreneurs talking about the businesses that they created and the Side Hustles that they launched. In it we cover their motivation, the tools and tactics that they used to develop their business as well as their best and worst of days. These were some of the takeaways from our conversation: • The majority of startups are done by people 45 and older. • One of the biggest impediments to entrepreneurship is not knowing an entrepreneur to model after or learn from. • In school we were taught that it was scary to start your own business. Today it is much scarier not to. • There has never been a better time to start a one person business than right now...It does take a while to build up your networks of fellow experts so get in the game now. • There is room to advise people in just about any subject. Thanks

New podcast interview - Money on My Mind - with Aditya in Muscat Oman

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I had a great conversation recently with Aditya Bhardwaj, a wise young man in Muscat, Oman about the opportunities available to ageless entrepreneurs globally. I am certain that younger and older entrepreneurs around the world can become a collaborative force for global good. Thank you for a good conversation Aditya! My interview with Money on My Mind Podcast: Apple Podcasts Spotify

Upcoming conversation with Abhii Dabas

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 I had a great conversation with a new friend today.  Abhii Dabas is Singapore based entrepreneur and focuses his B++ podcasts on big issues of entrepreneurship and innovation.  It's exciting to consider how the ideas around ageless entrepreneurship apply worldwide.  I'm looking forward to sharing this conversation once published.    

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