Encore (55+) Entrepreneurs 

People age 55+ make up 21% of the U.S. population, but own a disproportionately high 50.9% of U.S. small businesses, according to new survey data from 3,000 entrepreneurs published by SCORE, mentors to America’s small businesses.

What best describes your business? 

  • Supplemental work
    • Encore: 30.9%
    • 55+: 23.8% 
  • Stable nonemployer
    • Encore: 24.2%
    • 55+: 24%
  • Contract work
    • Encore: 24%
    • 55+: 21.3%
  • Early stage potential emploter
    • Encore: 20.9%
    • 55+: 30.9%

How much support have you seen during the Covid-19 pandemic? 

  • Local community
    • Not supported at all
      • Encore- 51.1%
      • Non-encore- 55%
    • Somewhat supported
      • Encore- 32.6%
      • Non-encore- 33.1%
    • Very supported
      • Encore- 16.3%
      • Non-encore- 21.9%
  • Local government
    • Not supported at all
      • Encore- 71.8%
      • Non-encore- 73.1%
    • Somewhat supported
      • Encore- 20.6%
      • Non-encore- 19%
    • Very supported
      • Encore- 7.5%
      • Non-encore- 7.9%
  • State government
    • Not supported at all
      • Encore- 65.5%
      • Non-encore- 68.5%
    • Somewhat supported
      • Encore- 26.4%
      • Non-encore- 25.1%
    • Very supported
      • Encore- 8.1%
      • Non-encore- 6.4%
  • Federal government
    • Not supported at all
      • Encore- 47.8%
      • Non-encore- 52.2%
    • Somewhat supported
      • Encore- 34.3%
      • Non-encore- 25.1%
    • Very supported
      • Encore- 17.9%
      • Non-encore- 14.1%

What personal sources have you used to finance your business since March 15, 2020?

  • Personal savings- 74%
  • Personal credit cards- 36.6%
  • Retirement savings- 23.6%
  • Friends/family- 14.1%
  • Home equity loan- 6.3%

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