Silver Founder Academy:

Entrepreneurship for the over 50

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Actionable resources curated for encore entrepreneurs


I’m ready to take the next step and need some guidance


I want to be an entrepreneur and am eager to learn!

Encore Entrepreneurs

Courses designed to provide a step by step road-map to starting your business, especially for the over 50 seeking a new career as an entrepreneur.

Our recent posts

Expanding Resources

Silver Founder Academy is expanding the resources, adding articles, podcasts and topics regarding starting a business after the age of 50.  No doubt the information is relevant to all [...]

Hello? | Maya Angelou

When Maya Angelou spoke at a small community center in Texas, in the 90s, I was on the front row. I don’t remember much about the venue, nor the overall event that brought me to her reading, [...]

Willie’s Still Standing

“I don’t want to be the last man standing.  Or wait a minute, maybe I do. If you don’t mind I’ll start a new line and decide after thinking it through.”* *Willie Nelson’s newest song at 85 years [...]


Anita Leffel, PhD

Meet the Instructor and Founder

Dr. Anita Leffel is a business owner, a former university Professor and Dean, and has received awards in teaching excellence during her 15+ years of teaching entrepreneurship. She has taught and mentored hundreds of nascent entrepreneurs in universities, at invited workshops in the US and abroad, in online courses, and face-to-face.
  • Dr. Anita Leffel has the unique ability to awaken the entrepreneur in individuals. The first time I took one of her courses, she helped me clarify my business ideas and turn them into a reality. Her step-by-step guide gave me the confidence I needed to turn my passion into a business that produced over 6 figures in it's first year!

    Randall Sean Garcia Millenial Leadership
  • Dr. Anita Leffel is an extremely effective and passionate business coach. Her vast knowledge and depth of experience allow her to assist entrepreneurs of all kinds. Dr. Leffel's approach is one of industry-tested guidance, encouragement and support that enables you to build your best business.

    Matt Jackson Small Business Development Center
  • Dr. Anita Leffel is the impetus of why I’m an entrepreneur. The tenure spent with her has laid the groundwork to what is not my career. She highlighted the pragmatic aspects of business through practical application which has allowed me to springboard my enterprise and achieve my goals.

    Alexander Hilmy Hilmy
  • Dr. Leffel helped me develop what began as an ambition in business ownership, into a fully thought out and precisely planned business venture. Her wealth of knowledge and extensive background in helping entrepreneurs makes her incredibly valuable resource.

    Lance Kimbro
  • Professor Leffel was very patient, bringing not only her experience in business, but her deep love for humanity and strong interpersonal relationship skills which made each class look less like a professor and students, but more like colleagues working towards a shared vision.

    Adepeju Jaiyeoba Founder, Mother's Delivery Kit Ventures