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July 26, 2013

NECC program helps boomers with business ideas

More people are using retirements and layoffs as a way to launch their second act in life. A new eight-week, non-credit course titled “Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) Intensive for Boomers,” is designed for boomers who have a business idea they want to explore, will be offered this fall through Northern Essex Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education.

While NECC has offered an ETP course for more than a decade, this new course is designed specifically for individuals born between 1946 and 1964. The “Boomerpreneurs” are looking to their retirement years as an opportunity to be their own boss while continuing to generate an income, according to Diane Zold-Gross, assistant Dean for the Center for Corporate and Community Education at the Riverwalk in Lawrence.

The course will be taught by Paul Jermain, experienced instructor and consultant and business owner of Jermain and Company.

The course, which will be offered Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 starting Sept. 23 at the Riverwalk. Participants will create a solid business plan and learn the skills and knowledge to implement that plan. They will learn how to size and segment markets; evaluate the competition, determine the best product/service offering, create a marketing plan and consider the impact of factors such as management background and location on the new enterprise. Developing and using financial statements such as: balance sheets, sales forecasts, and cash flow and income statements will also be examined.

For more information contact Dianne Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1222.

Mary Immaculate Health Care services appoints new board members

LAWRENCE — Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services elected Arline El-Ashkar and Dr. Deborah Turiano, to its Board of Directors for four year terms. The appointments were unanimously approved by Covenant Health Systems Directors.

El-Ashkar is Director of Clinical Resources at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has served as a consultant to top medical providers including Phillips Medical and Benchmark, and has extensive clinical and managerial experience gained through tenures at Harvard University, Care Group/Deaconess Waltham Hospital; Boston Medical Center, Lahey Clinic Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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