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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
3 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Tackling The Prison Problem
1. They’re teaching former inmates how to start their own businesses.
2. They’re giving former inmates jobs.
3. They’re giving former inmates a chance.
The Story with Dick Gordon – Inmates to Entrepreneurs
It’s a tough time to find a job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that only one in four of this year’s graduates had a job waiting for them. So you don’t need a college degree to understand how much harder it must be for people getting out of prison.
Passions: Teaching entrepreneurship to prisoners
Students in Brian Hamilton’s entrepreneurship class face a bigger challenge than a lack of funding: They are serving time in prison for crimes such as robbery and drug dealing.