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on starting the entrepreneurial life at 50 and beyond?

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Jeff Williams is professional speaker, workshop presenter and coach offering talks on all aspects of becoming an entrepreneur at age 50 and beyond.

In addition to being regularly quoted in such publications as Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, and, over the past twenty-five years Jeff has guided more than 4,000 new entrepreneurs through his award-winning business start-up process.

Real World Experience In a Very Timely Topic

Recent surveys of 50+ Americans indicate that the vast majority want to work after "retirement", and that a growing number find attractive the sense of independence and fulfillment that comes from doing work they really enjoy in their own businesses.

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If you're working with clients, employees or members who are
50-65 years in age and who are wondering where life can take them next, let Jeff Williams share his story of personal transition from a challenging corporate career as a MBA-trained marketing executive to a very fulfilled life as a 50+ owner of several successful businesses.

Jeff demystifies the process of becoming a 50+ entrepreneur, by showing the many and diverse routes one can take today to use his own business to create work that fits his interests and desired lifestyle, as well as giving his retirement savings a nice kick!

Not only did Jeff launch two new companies after age fifty, but as a business start-up coach he works each month with hundreds of 50+ Boomers who are just stepping upon the entrepreneurial path.

Presentations Focused On Boomers In Transition

Jeff's talks and workshops are designed for professional organizations, membership groups, chambers of commerce, career counseling agencies and companies, and corporate HR departments, which wish to assist their 50-and-over members, clients and employees understand how becoming their own bosses may fit exceptionally well into the next stage of their lives.

All presentations are highly interactive and include lots of how-to oriented content. Jeff uses stories, client-examples, quick exercises and humor to get his point across.

All talks and a number of the workshops can be presented virtually as teleseminars, convenient if your membership or employees are spread over a wide geographical area.
Call Jeff at 877-232-0744 to discuss your needs.

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"10 Keys To Starting a Great Business - At 50 And Beyond"

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Jeff's Biography

Jeff left a corporate career as a sales and marketing executive in 1988, just before his 40th birthday, to launch his first company, the Go Smart Business Start-Up Center, based in suburban Chicago.

Over the years in various corporate jobs, Jeff had worked with quite a few smaller businesses, many family-owned, both as suppliers and customers.

Observing first-hand how the most successful smaller companies got started and grew, he became determined to combine a number of proven business start-up and management techniques into an affordable self-employment training curriculum, designed to greatly increase the odds of success for new businesses through systematic pre-launch planning and organization.

Since launching, Jeff has guided more than 4,000 new entrepreneurs to plan, start and grow solidly profitable new businesses through his Start Your Business NOW! Start-Up School and his Virtual Incubator executive coaching network.

Jeff served as a facilitator for the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, where he helped to mold an agenda of important improvements in the small business regulatory system in the U.S.

Jeff's training company, CMS, Inc, has won state and national awards for its success in guiding clients from the U.S. Department of Labor's Title III Dislocated Worker program to successfully transition into entrepreneurial ventures.

In 1998, at age 50, Jeff launched a new web-based training company,, to promote his entrepreneurial coaching programs around the world.

Jeff writes for both print and online publishers about the job-related challenges that 50+ corporate managers face today, and about how becoming a 50+ business owner often provides the right mix of work and leisure.

Jeff is frequently quoted in national business publications and websites, such as Kiplinger's Retirement Guide, Entrepreneur Magazine,,, and

Jeff holds a MBA in marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School at the University of Virginia.

He resides in suburban Chicago with his wife Marianne.

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Workshop Presentation

The Two-Day New Business Planning Workshop

You are skilled in doing certain business tasks, a talented hobbyist or an experienced volunteer.

But you know that you do not really know how to put a smart business together which is why you have already bought a book or two on business start-up and maybe spent a couple of hours surfing through online courses.

You do not want information that can possibly get your business launched. You want a breakthrough: you want to be in business, not preparing to be in business.

We have designed this intensive two-day live new business planning workshop to break down the business launch process into bite sized chunks that we can use to lead you forward from each key pre-launch decision and task to the next. All in just two days!

Read the full description for Jeff's popular live workshop.

Workshop Fees

Jeff's live workshops can be priced either on a per-person basis, subject to a minimum revenue amount, or for an agreed-upon flat event fee.

Note: If you wish to charge workshop participants a per-person enrollment fee, for a small service charge, we will be glad to handle all workshop registration, payment processing and follow-up. Just let us know what arrangement you would prefer.

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Or, contact Jeff at 847-305-4626

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Speaking Topic

"I'm Over 50 and Want a New Way To Work -
Is Running My Own Business Right For Me?"

Now Is a Great Time To Turn Your Experience
Into a New Life as Your Own Boss

If you're like many of us 50+ folks today, you're not ready to slow down any time soon.

You're most likely thinking ahead by asking yourself: "How do I want to combine work and leisure in the next stage of my life"? You want to continue to work, but with a new twist that permits you to:

  • Pursue activities that hold strong interest for you.
  • Work in a way that creates the most appropriate lifestyle for you and your family.
  • Provide a nice supplement to your retirement income.

    Creating a new business can be a great way to combine these goals.

    Talking points include:

    • Why there's a "boomer business bonanza" occuring in the U.S. today.
    • 7 Reasons Why Running a Business is THE Way to Work Today.
    • The joy of "marching to your own drummer"
    • 8 Reasons People Say They Can't Start a Business - And Why There All Wrong.
    • How today's "New World of Small Business" permits you to start and run a low-cost, high-profit business.
    • What makes a "great business idea"
    • A case study: Transition from Downsized Corporate Manager to Successful Consulting Practice Owner.

    Promotional Description

    Is Running My Own Business Right For Me?

    Share insider tips from a business start-up expert on the demands and rewards of running your own business after 50. Learn how to turn a skill or strong interest into a new life as an independent business owner.

    Presented by Jeff Williams, chief coach for

    Speaking Fees

    Jeff will speak for free for the following organizations in the Chicago area:

    • Chambers of Commerce
    • Career Outplacement Firms
    • Non-Profit Career Counseling Centers
    • Membership organizations, such as Kiwanis and Rotary

    He'll also speak with no cost for his presentation to these types of groups outside of the Chicago area if he is reimbursed for travel, meals and lodging, as required.

    Jeff also speaks for a fee (call to discuss rates) for:

    • Membership Groups
    • In-House Corporate Programs
    • Business Conferences (where speakers are paid)
    • Professional Associations (outside of Chicago area)
    • Teleconferences

    Contact Jeff at 877-232-0744
    Contact Jeff By E-Mail

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