Babson conference on boomer business-starters

For baby boomers interested in starting their own businesses, Babson College will host a conference next month that will feature presentations from successful entrepreneurs. The one-day conference, which is being organized by the nonprofit Center for Productive Longevity, is entitled “Spotlight on Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Baby Boomers” and will be held Sept. 14 at the Wellesley campus.

Among the topics to be covered are the risks and rewards of being an entrepreneur and how to identify potential business opportunities, develop business plans, and overcome the fears of starting a business. Topics for the breakout sessions will include creating a personal vision, exploring funding opportunities, and using networks of friends and colleagues.

William K. Zinke, founder and president of the Colorado-based Center for Productive Longevity, said his group is holding a series of similar conferences across the country as a result of the increased interest by baby boomers in starting their own firms.

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“People are living longer and working longer,” he said, noting there are currently more than 5 million professional people 55 and older who are either self-employed or own their own businesses.

The conference is limited to people 50 and older and costs $35.

For registration and other information, go to the center’s website at

Babson College, AARP, and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship are cosponsoring the conference.

Jay Fitzgerald