Plus 50 Lifelong Learning


Wake Tech offers courses designed especially for adults 50 and over that can help you discover a new career, improve your job search skills, plan for retirement, or explore personal interests. 

Check out these programs and resources:

Become an Entrepreneur

You may have dreamed of starting a business or turning hobbies or volunteer work into a money-making operation. Wake Tech's Small Business Center and Entrepreneurship Initiatives programs have resources to help get you started. Talk with an SBC advisor (live and in person!) in a free, confidential session, any time questions arise.

Launch Your Business

Retired to Re-hired!

Going back into the workforce can be daunting: You may wonder about your tech skills or generation gaps in the workplace - or you may be seeing a challenge you haven't identified yet. Wake Tech's Career Transitions Forum is a great place to start. This unique, weekly series of lectures and networking activities brings professionals together to share ideas and experience in a supportive environment. 

Career Transitions Forum

Course Details & Registration Information

Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Assess your own entrepreneurial abilities and the feasibility of your business ideas. Over the course of eight three-hour sessions, you’ll develop a business plan for starting and running a new business (or operating an existing one). You’ll examine every element of a business operation, from mission statement to financials and sales forecasting. Your “homework” will be to complete the first draft of a business plan. Supporting material and other resources are available for download, and access to course content is available for a full six months after completion of the course.  
Course Objectives
  1. Learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
  2. Understand how to conduct market research and test the feasibility of a business or idea.
  3. Learn how to write a good business plan that contains all of the necessary elements.
  4. Learn how to market and fund a business.
  5. Understand what local and national resources are available to help build and manage a successful business.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Assess your own ability as an entrepreneur.
  2. Evaluate the feasibility of your business idea.
  3. Align personal goals with your business idea.
  4. Create organizing and marketing strategies.
  5. Explore pricing for your product or service.
  6. Develop capital needs & sound financial statements.
  7. Research, develop, and write a comprehensive plan for your business.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
CE to CU Articulation
Familiar with Microsoft Office Products.
Comfortable using the internet.
Easy access to a computer.
Text and Supplies Needed
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Katie Gailes