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      Older Americans beginning new careers

      CAYCE, SC (WACH)-- Jan Davidson has spent her entire life working and says she's never had a problem landing a job.

      However after relocating to Columbia the business woman searched for work for months with no luck.

      Davidson says her experience and age made her overqualified.

      "You build yourself up you gain that experience, you learn to be professional and extremely qualified for these positions but the economy gets it where they want somebody less expensive," said Davidson.

      While Davidson applied for all types of work she spent several days a week networking and she met an electrician who needed administrative help for his company.

      I said well you know what, I can work from my home and do what you need and it would be affordable to you," said Davidson.

      The quick thinking by Davidson was the beginning to a new career.

      The 56 year old woman says she took the last bit of her money and started her own business.

      "I had to do something and my resumes was not landing me an income so I had to venture into something it was not going to make things worse for me," adds Davidson.

      She now has four full time clients and several others that require routine services.

      Davidson represents small businesses around the country.

      She says thanks to new technology phone lines can be routed to her home and documents can be transferred with the click of the mouse.

      "Certainly in today's economic times people have to work hard they have to produce and they have to run a very good business that provides a quality product to the clients which they serve," said Pete Oliver.

      Oliver is with the Columbia Area Small Business Development Center, he says Davidson's story is common for older Americans that are seeking work.

      After a frustrating job search older Americans moving from employee to employer is becoming a trend.

      In a recent American Association Of Retired Persons survey of unemployed workers fifty years old or older one and five people would like to start their own business and one and twenty employed seniors plan to start their own business.

      "I'm happy I enjoy working form home, if I get more clients I'm gonna have to move into a real office, so that's the next step I guess and at that point I think I will feel like I'm more successful," concludes Davidson.

      If you're a business owner or thinking about opening a business the Columbia Area Small Business Development Center is having a conference on July 30th at the Moore School Of Business.

      You can learn about building a business, human resources, accounting and marketing.

      Here are some local companies that can help you when creating a new business.

      SC Small Business Development Centers

      The Columbia Area Small Business Development Center

      Small Business Development Centers