MEDIA ADVISORY TODAY- Senator Collins to Participate in “A Conversation at the Dyke Center” at Husson University in Bangor

WHERE:       Husson University
                   Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
                   1 College Circle
                   Conference Room
                   Bangor, ME 04401


WHEN:        TODAY- Thursday, February 18, 2016; 12:30-1:30 PM ET

Bangor, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins will participate in a forum regarding small businesses, aging, and retirement security, among other topics tomorrow at Husson University.  The forum will be hosted by the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business and is part of the popular series, “A Conversation at the Dyke Center.”  Dr. Nancy Forster-Holt, the Director of the Dyke Center, will be Senator Collins’ conversation partner.

During the forum, Senator Collins will discuss the recent trend of older Americans remaining in the workforce longer, either by postponing their retirement, switching careers, or starting their own businesses.  As the Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, improving retirement security is one of Senator Collins’ highest priorities.  Currently, there is an estimated $7.7 trillion gap between what Americans ages 32 to 64 have saved and what they will need for retirement.  According to a recent study, nearly half of today’s retirees say they either must work or want to work during their retirement years.  AARP says that a comfortable retirement now requires a “four-legged stool”— Social Security, a pension, retirement savings, and continued paid work.

Senator Collins led an Aging Committee hearing last year about seniors working in retirement.  The hearing featured Erda, an artisan handbag company in Dexter owned by Susan Nordman.  Ms. Nordman bought the small business a few years ago and began operating it as a second career.  She employs several older workers, whom she believes add value to her company because of their experience, knowledge, and ability to work in a collaborative environment.

“A Conversation at the Dyke Center” is a series that fosters interactive discussions and provides attendees with the opportunity to connect with community leaders.  The forums are attended by Husson students and community members as well as guests from the surrounding area.