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The Mature Rookie in Business - Expert Advice Available Through the Amoskeag Business Incubator

Manchester, NH, March 20, 2010 --( Employees in their fifties who have been laid off are facing unique challenges as they search for employment in today’s tough economic times. As a result, many individuals are taking the opportunity to venture out on their own as a consultant or independent contractor. This is the focus of their March “Ask-the-Expert” on-line forum, a collaborative effort between the Amoskeag Business Incubator and the Manchester Union Leader.

March’s expert, Jim Kimberly, president of Sapphire Consulting, recognizes that being a small business owner is not for everyone and he offers some tips for mature workers to consider before taking the leap into self-employment. Kimberly invites you to read his article, “What Have I Done? The Mature Rookie in Business,” and encourages your questions. To take part, visit or, and click on “Ask-the-Expert,” read the article and ask your question (you need not provide your full name). You’ll be answered directly via e-mail; in addition all questions and answers will be posted to both Web sites. This article will be posted throughout the month of March.

Jim Kimberly is President and founder of Sapphire Consulting, an Amherst, NH based workforce performance consulting and training firm that serves clients throughout New England and the US, Canada and Europe. For more information, visit Jim can be reached at or 603-889-1099.

The “Ask-the-Expert” on-line forum features an array of specialists representing New Hampshire. Past topics have included: starting a small business; social media; international trade; tax management; government procurement; the venture capital process; patents, trademarks & copyrights; and disaster preparedness for business technology. All articles, along with the questions and responses, remain available for viewing at

About the Amoskeag Business Incubator (abi): The abi is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides affordable office space and technical assistance to early stage companies creating a supportive entrepreneurial environment that stimulates the growth of businesses, ensures economic vitality for the community and encourages job creation. For more information, please contact the abi at 629-9511, visit or e-mail

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