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Inmates to Entrepreneurs launches free course in Wilmington

Inmates to Entrepreneurs launches free course in Wilmington

“Inmates to entrepreneurs is all about helping people who have been incarcerated start businesses,” founder and co-director Brian Hamilton said. “We’re really about helping people become entrepreneurs. It’s really that simple and specifically we want them to start low capital businesses so they can bootstrap because a lot of the people have limited resources from which to start businesses.”

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Inmates To Entrepreneurs Program On Its Way To Wilmington

Inmates To Entrepreneurs Program On Its Way To Wilmington

Hamilton has been working with inmates since the early 1990s. The idea for the program developed while he was at a minimum security prison and found out how difficult it can be for inmates to find a job after prison.

 

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Group turning 'Inmates to Entrepreneurs' launches Charlotte program

Group turning 'Inmates to Entrepreneurs' launches Charlotte program

Hamilton co-chairs the program with AJ Ware, a Raleigh entrepreneur who has a criminal record himself. “We just want them to take what they’ve learned from the streets, clean it up, get a legit business and grow from there,” Ware said.

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Meet the group turning inmates into entrepreneurs

Meet the group turning inmates into entrepreneurs

“They’re just regular people, they make mistakes, they get out. They want to work, they want to be productive, but there is systemic discrimination against these people in getting jobs,” Brian Hamilton said, the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs.

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No Second Chances

No Second Chances

“This is not a matter of political ideology; it is simple matter of fairness and what makes sense,” said Inmates to Entrepreneurs Founder Brian Hamilton. If private companies will not properly remedy the social injustice they are responsible for, then the government must step in and make them do it. The entire ethos of giving people a second chance in America is at stake. And so are millions of lives of people looking to make a clean start.”

 

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Raleigh Program Helps These Entrepreneurs Beat the System

Raleigh Program Helps These Entrepreneurs Beat the System

“If someone is willing to commit their time to learning more about something and improving themselves, their success rate is inherently higher,” said Inmates to Entrepreneurs Director Jackie Parker. “Our program provides a large network of support that an individual starting their businesses on their own may not (and probably do not) have.”

 

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Room to Mess-Up: Nonprofits and Innovation

Room to Mess-Up: Nonprofits and Innovation

“Inmates to Entrepreneurs continues to grow and make an impact because they have room to try new things.”

 

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Ex-offenders must take employment into their own hands

Ex-offenders must take employment into their own hands

“If you look carefully at the history of the United States, you find that every underprivileged group was able to improve its position through education or entrepreneurship.”

 

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Former inmates who struggled to find work tell Moneyish about starting their business.

Former inmates who struggled to find work tell Moneyish about starting their business.

“It’s a titanic problem,” said Brian Hamilton, founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, which helps formerly incarcerated individuals launch their own businesses through mentorship, networking and online resources. “Just having a criminal charge on your record for shoplifting is hurting someone’s chances of trying to get a job, let alone a drug charge or a violent charge.”

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Chairman’s business savvy is just the break inmates need

Chairman’s business savvy is just the break inmates need

Brian Hamilton’s crash course on starting and running your own business is designed for prison inmates but could benefit anyone with entrepreneurial ambitions but no experience.

 

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