1. Peanut Butter Balls 

1 lb margarine

1 1/2 lbs crunchy peanut butter (about 2 3/4 cups)

1 1/2 to 3 lbs xxxx sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

(extra chopped peanuts, if desired)

Beat butter and peanut butter.  Add vanilla and salt.  Gradually mix in xxx sugar….working last bit in by hand.  Enough sugar to make it firm enough to form into balls and hold together well.

Make small balls, drop in chocolate mixture of……

l large pkg choc chips  (plus another smaller one to add in case you need more)

1/2 block paraffin wax

—Melt above together in double boiler and dip balls.  Drop onto waxed paper.

Best refrigerated.

2. Starting a new business at midlife
by Dale Neal

ASHEVILLE — Starting a new business isn’t just a dream for young people. More older Americans are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs instead of early retirement.

“You don’t have to be 21 and just out of college. The opportunity to start a business is there at any age,” said Blaine Greenfield, vice president of marketing for Asheville SCORE.

Greenfield will moderate a panel of successful, older entrepreneurs Tuesday at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to mark the first National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day. The local event is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP.

“This is a chance to meet some local entrepreneurs who have started successful businesses in the second half of their lives and help people understand that ‘you can do this,’” Greenfield said.

One in four individuals ages 44-70 have some interest in becoming entrepreneurs, according to the SBA, while AARP estimates that 63 percent of Americans plan to work during retirement.

“It’s a growing trend. When you’re older, and more stable, it’s a great time to start your own business instead,” said panelist Dane Barrager, of Asheville.

At age 53, Barrager started Squiggle Enterprises, creating apps for smart phones, including Choose Green Asheville, which can locate for users the 17 certified Green Asheville restaurants.

Barrager had a background in software development, but he dove into the new field of apps, taking a course at A-B Tech to learn how to build an application.

Other panelists scheduled to attend are:

• Oscar Wong, of Highland Brewing Co. and the SBA Small Business Person of the Year for N.C.

• Bonnie Fiedler, owner of Smart Foods, which makes baked goods for people with allergies.

• Eric Sheffer, a former media professional who opened the Savoy restaurant in 2000. He later reinvented the Savoy into Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian restaurant.

• Annmarie Brown, a former real estate agent and professional recruiter who, after turning 50, branched out into the field of life coaching. She’s also a neuro-linguistic programming master practitioner.

• Maceo Z. Keeling, a member of Asheville SCORE and owner of Asheville Alliance Finance and Business Accelerators, a business consulting firm.

National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among older Americans.

AARP is also promoting a new program “Work Reimagined,” a talent exchange to help companies find experienced workers while connecting older professionals with rewarding careers.

Asheville SCORE counselors will also be available to answer questions.


3. Survival Marketing–offered by Asheville SCORE

Presenter: Blaine Greenfield

Sponsored by Ruth C. Smith

Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 9:00 AM-Noon

Registration starts at 8:30 AM

Registration: $30.00

Save $5 by pre-registering by clicking:

To market and grow your business, you need to understand the concept of positioning; i.e., what is it that you do that makes yourself meaningfully different from the competition. Come to this informative and engaging seminar to learn how it’s done.

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