ERIC Number: ED214596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Older Persons in Small Business Project: Final Report.
Mojock, Charles R.
In 1981, Daytona Beach Community College was designated as the site for a national demonstration project to aid older adults in setting up their own businesses--the Older Persons in Small Business (OPSB) program. In summer 1981, outreach to the community, scheduling and promotion of classes, recruitment of instructors, and the development of instructional materials prepared the way for the program to begin in the fall semester, and an advisory committee was established to oversee the program. Preliminary workshops were attended by 49 older adults, and five courses were planned for the fall quarter. Due to insufficient enrollments, only two of these five courses were actually offered: a 45-hour Small Business course and a module entitled Self-Employment in the Small Business. Seven of the ten students who took the Small Business course and six of the eight students in the Self-Employment module completed the activities. A follow-up survey of 14 of the original 18 students revealed that five had started their own businesses, and four were actively planning to do so. Recommendations arising from the project included the following: continued communication with senior citizens and organizations to assess their needs for OPSB programs and services; a rescheduling of courses with two offered in the fall and three in the winter; the opening of OPSB programs to students of all ages; and the assignment of a counselor for older students. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Daytona Beach Community Coll., FL.