Small-Business Success Story: Beaver Bat Company

A retired entrepreneur starts a new business making baseball bats.

Kiplinger's spoke with Peter Curti (pictured at left), 55, founder and owner of Beaver Bat Co., an Oceanside, N.Y.-based sports equipment company, about why he decided to pursue entrepreneurship after retirement. Read on for an excerpt from our interview:

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.