Silver Founder Mission

We are a group of uniquely qualified and experienced mentors in all things business startup, and all of us are here to help you recreate your life the way you wanted all along. Regardless of location, or industry, the environments in which entrepreneurs operate — the ecosystem — can and does dramatically impact survival, growth, and success. That is why this ecosystem will nurture and support entrepreneurial startup and growth for those of us 50 years of age and older.
For anyone who has chosen to start a business, the decision is both exciting and daunting. Contrary to the notion that all an entrepreneur needs in order to succeed is grit, two-thirds of boomers in business claim the top three challenges they face as new entrepreneurs:

  • Resources and information
  • Mentoring, advising, and education
  • Financial assistance and connections

We can help!

An important prerequisite of an entrepreneur is the willingness to step outside one’s comfort zone.  However, to make the transition from where you are now, to where you want to be, Silver Founders have created this academy of learning.
And if you are interested, you can have access to mentors and advisors, education courses, and networking events as a member.  Free. Finding financial assistance is an important challenge for entrepreneurs of any age, and SFA can help, as well.
Sign up and join our community of like-minded people creating their own encore.

You have the opportunity to join our network. As a member you will gain access to mentoring, advising and learn of other resources available for you as a boomer entrepreneur!

SFA’s 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.


She worked in non-profit, for-profit, and government entities, before moving into academia. Originally from Texas, she now calls herself an encore Californian.


Anita Leffel has owned and launched several businesses. She has 3 married children and 1.5 grandchildren (one is on the way!), a dog who would rather be human, and a loving husband.

“History shows, that you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl!”

I started over after the age of 50 and received my doctorate. This is what I learned: Never be afraid to start over. It’s a chance to rebuild your life the way you wanted all along.”

– Anita Leffel, Ph.D.

In the Press

  • 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
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