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Entrepreneurs: What Advice Do You Have for Others?

It's National Entrepreneurship Week and we want to hear from you


The spirit of entrepreneurship is about as American as apple pie. Whether it’s participating in a direct-sale small business, setting up your own brick-and-mortar store, pitching in to the family business, or finding a new way of using your skills to serve an unmet need, the potential for innovation is seemingly endless these days.

More and more, older Americans’ “second act” includes an entrepreneurial endeavor. At Next Avenue, we provide information and resources to help these small business owners and entrepreneurs. In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, we’re asking our community to share their hard-earned lessons and experiences as entrepreneurs. Selected responses will be edited and shared in an upcoming feature. Please submit your thoughts in the form below.

What worked for you as an entrepreneur? What didn’t? What did you wish someone had told you before you started out? What’s the one piece of advice you would share with someone of any age who is thinking about taking that leap and trying to launch his or her big idea?

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