December 2015

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2015 Winter Double Delight

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Late-Blooming Mompreneur Thinks Outside the Lunchbox

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

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One morning, Samantha Judd was packing school lunches for her two children when a thought popped in her mind. What if she could make a different kind of lunch box for kids who like variety? That idea led to meetings with an industrial designer – and eventually, the creation of the Flip Lid Lunchbox, a six-compartment design that separates different foods and keeps them from getting squashed.  

In this interview, 45-year-old Samantha – a single parent who lives in Perth, Australia — talks about her entrepreneurial journey, the advantages of a late start in business, how she overcomes setbacks and her determination to succeed.

Flip Lid started six years ago. How is your company doing these days?   

It’s still a rollercoaster. While the idea for Flip Lid began six years ago, I’ve only had the product and been selling it for…

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I’ll KEEP YOUR PHOTOGRAPH

A photograph to those you Love
Is something sweet to give,
 But only Loving memories
Can make a portrait live.

And sometimes if you look for long
And let your thoughts go straying,
It seems as if the picture smiles-
What can those lips be saying?

As if the curls so well arranged
Slip sometimes out of place,
And sweet expressions you have seen
Flash now across the face.

It's more than just a portrait in
A folder or a frame;
It comes to real life for you
Because it bears the Loved One's name.

Help is Out There for 40-and-Older Entrepreneurs

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

Looking for third-party support or guidance to launch your startup – but aren’t sure where to turn? Here’s a list of organization, programs and publications that may be useful for aspiring or new business owners. Many of these resources are from Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40.

Organizations:

AARP – Has an entrepreneurship resource center on its website. www.aarp.org

Center for Productive Longevity – Serves as a bridge between employers seeking needed talent and people age 55 and older who have the capabilities and desire to continue working with employers as well as in entrepreneurial or other activities. www.ctrpl.org

Cycle of Success Institute (COSi) – Educates, coaches and transforms small to mid-sized companies into profitable, innovative, high-growth businesses that fuel job creation and wealth. www.cycleofsuccess.net

Encore.org –This group “is building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue encore careers – second…

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A Late Bloomer Gets Fit – And Finds a New Cause

It’s never too late! Amazing story!

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

For 25 years, Len Leshem worked in an auto manufacturing plant near Wilmington, Delaware and spent most of his free time smoking and drinking beer. As reported in this CapeGazette.com article, his physical state deteriorated to a point where he couldn’t do two pushups – a realization that struck him as “ridiculous,” he said.

Leshem decided to do something about it during a drive back to Wilmington from a vacation in Lewes. It was a decision that changed his life.

At age 50, he ran his first 5K. A few years later, he competed in his first Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He went on to compete in three more Kona Ironmans, the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon, Washington, D.C.’s Marine Corps Marathon and Virginia Beach’s Shamrock Marathon.

Leshem is now 78 and lives in Lewes. He still runs half marathons (13.1 miles) and is a fixture at…

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