Second Acts

News and Articles About Second Acts

A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance
Franchises

A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance

After John Grassia and David Smith lost their jobs as pilots, they bought an Express Oil Change franchise to supplement their incomes.
7 Second-Act Entrepreneurs
Leadership

7 Second-Act Entrepreneurs

These well-known Americans overcame bad times in midlife to reach business fame and fortune.
Michelle V. Rafter
How a Surf Vacation Led to a New Niche in Women's Swimwear
Starting a Business

How a Surf Vacation Led to a New Niche in Women's Swimwear

An investment-banker-turned-entrepreneur finds success in a line of bikinis designed to stay on, no matter how rough the surf.
Margaret Littman
Will Allen's 'Good Food Revolution'
Entrepreneurs

Will Allen's 'Good Food Revolution'

His new autobiography chronicles Allen's unexpected journey from professional basketball player to urban farming pioneer.
Art Entrepreneur Wins $100,000 Pittsburgh Prize
Entrepreneurs

Art Entrepreneur Wins $100,000 Pittsburgh Prize

Artist Tess Lojacono talks about winning the "Experienced Dreamers" contest designed to lure middle-aged entrepreneurs to Pittsburgh.
Reinvention 101: 5 Lessons From Robert Downey, Jr.
Entrepreneurs

Reinvention 101: 5 Lessons From Robert Downey, Jr.

The 'Avengers' star is a great case study for anyone launching a new venture or attempting a midlife comeback.
How I Did It: From Defense Contractor to B&B Owner
Starting a Business

How I Did It: From Defense Contractor to B&B Owner

Here's how a stressed-out executive became an innkeeper -- and why she's glad she made the change.
From Tech Maven to Jane Austen Geek
Entrepreneurs

From Tech Maven to Jane Austen Geek

Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems, spent more than 20 years working on a sequel to 'Pride and Prejudice.'
Film 'Marigold Hotel' Portrays Reinvention on a Budget
Entrepreneurs

Film 'Marigold Hotel' Portrays Reinvention on a Budget

A new film about British expats in India inspires a contest awarding $150,000 and vacations to social entrepreneurs over 50.
Michelle V. Rafter
Want to Simplify Life? Dare to Think Tiny
Starting a Business

Want to Simplify Life? Dare to Think Tiny

Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. founder Jay Shafer is an evangelist for the updated small-is-beautiful movement.
10 Workplace Trends to Watch in 2012
Growth Strategies

10 Workplace Trends to Watch in 2012

Keep up with the ever changing American workplace with these 10 trends.
Michelle V. Rafter
'Pursuit of Happyness': Chris Gardner on Reinventing Yourself
Starting a Business

'Pursuit of Happyness': Chris Gardner on Reinventing Yourself

The star of a real-life rags-to-riches tale shares advice for people struggling through a midlife career transition.
Michelle V. Rafter
Vintage Clothing Business Thrives in a Mad Men World
Entrepreneurs

Vintage Clothing Business Thrives in a Mad Men World

How a chef turned her love of retro fashions into a new career.
Business Ideas for Military Veterans
Starting a Business

Business Ideas for Military Veterans

Many veterans have made successful transitions from the service to business ownership. Here are a few options to consider.