DuPont is Downsizing but Small Businesses are Thriving

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DuPont is Downsizing…Small Businesses are Thriving…Are you ready for an Encore Career?

If you are a Delawarean then I know you have read the news:

DuPont to cut 1,700 jobs in Delaware 

Dupont downsizing

If not, it goes a little something like this:

DuPont will eliminate about 1,700 jobs in Delaware by early 2016.

CEO Ed Breen announced the layoffs in a memo sent to DuPont’s roughly 6,100 Delaware employees on Tuesday.

Several hundred of those DuPont employees will receive notice in January that their jobs, while others were notified earlier this month. DuPont officials declined to say how many workers still have yet to be notified their job is being eliminated.

As bad as that news is for Delawareans, there is also some good news:

Delaware picks 3 businesses for Silicon Valley program

Ken Anderson

The Delaware Economic Development Office has selected the first three local businesses to participate in an online, Silicon Valley-based program designed to connect entrepreneurs with investors.

So the question is, are you ready for an Encore Career?

(repost from DeDivahDeals)

If you’re anything like me no matter what year in your career you’re in, the countdown to retirement has begun. I never told hubby, but when he signed his retirement papers on the 28th of February I was extremely jealous! It’s not that I’m ready to sit home and do nothing or pack my bags and start traveling, I am just looking forward to the day when I have the option to work or NOT!

At this point in my life I am too young and active to retire or at least retire without a plan, which is why this blog is part of a bigger 5-year plan. I’ve thought about starting a small business, but it would have to one of little to no stress and definitely little to NO commuting involved!

 By the way, the business was started on November 13th 2015!!!

A.Blake Enterprises, Social Media Management

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Ideally, I would love to sit on the dock of a bay with a laptop or tablet writing and creating. Perhaps I’ll have a little shack where tourist can purchase fishing bait and tackle!

There was an article published in USA Today that caught my attention, it stated that “more older entrepreneurs are starting businesses after they’ve worked and retired from other careers”. They have been labeled “encore entrepreneurs”. An encore entrepreneur is someone over the age of 50 who starts a small business or begins a new career. Some of these small businesses are non-profits that provide a social need such as job training for the unemployed. Others turn their hobby or passion into an income stream which is part of my 5-year plan.

Of course as with any new start-up there are obstacles and challenges, but with age comes wisdom and knowledge both of which are a plus for the encore entrepreneur. Job layoffs, supplementing or replacing income are just a few reasons for starting a business after the age of 50.

However, with people living longer becoming an encore entrepreneur gives us an opportunity to stay active and do something that perhaps we’ve always wanted to do.

What about you, are you ready to retire or regroup and become an encore entrepreneur? Or are you currently a small business owner, entrepreneur or solopreneur who needs assistance in setting up your social media platforms or online marketing campaigns?  If so, please send an email to because I can assist in your social media success!

2 thoughts on “DuPont is Downsizing but Small Businesses are Thriving

  1. As you know I left my job to do blogging full time. So far, so good. But it’s lonely being at home alone while Mr. M works and the girls are at school. I may look into joining something, so I can have something to look forward to. I don’t want to become a couch potato.

    You have a great road ahead of you sis! Keep it going!

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