Giving Older Entrepreneurs a Boost
Elizabeth Isele spent 30 years as a book editor at New York publishers. She moved to Portland, Me., in 1996 and set up a nonprofit that taught computer skills to the elderly. Now Isele, 71, is reinventing herself again, this time as an advocate for senior entrepreneurs. In recent months she’s addressed the Federal Reserve and the Senate Special Committee on Aging, asking policymakers to facilitate access to loans and other capital for older Americans starting small businesses. “It’s always been interesting to hear about someone who’s retired and opens a bicycle shop or vineyard,” she says. “I’m trying to get people to understand that this isn’t just some nice and lovely story. Seniors are driving economic opportunity and creating jobs.”
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