Inmates to Entrepreneurs is focused on providing education and support to former inmates who have started or are interested in starting businesses. The following programs and websites are great resources for additional support and information about starting and running a business:
SCORE: SCORE is a nonprofit association that provides free advice and mentoring to help small businesses get off the ground, expand and meet their goals.
U.S. Small Business Administration: The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a U.S. government agency that supports entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Small Business Development Centers: Nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers throughout the U.S. provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training hosted by colleges and universities and funded in part through a partnership with the SBA.
Jobs for Felons: Website with resources to help individuals have a successful re-entry into society.
Bedros Keuilian: Website with videos and resources on entrepreneurship.
In North Carolina
North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center: The Rural Center aims to improve the quality of life of residents in North Carolina’s 80 rural counties, with a focus on individuals with low incomes and communities with limited resources.
Business Link North Carolina: Business Link is a collaboration of state-funded business resource providers who offer services that help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
NC Small Business Center Network: The Small Business Center Network includes 58 Small Business Centers throughout North Carolina, which support the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses.
Community Success Initiative: Community Success Initiative is a nonprofit with the mission of helping formerly incarcerated men and women get back on their feet once released from prison.
Step-Up Ministry: Step-Up Ministry helps adults and children transforming their lives through employment and life skills training.
Correction Enterprises: The mission of correction enterprises is to provide marketable job skills and transitional opportunities for inmates in a professional and safe work environment while providing quality goods and excellent service to our customers at a savings to the citizens of North Carolina.
Capital Area Re-Entry Council: An organized network of individuals and agencies that provide supervision and coordination of innovative responses to the reintegration of offenders/formerly incarcerated individuals at the local level.
Every Black Educator: Provides basic digital marketing services for educators while providing an easy and economical platform for peer networking.
Prison Books Collective: Sending free books to people on the inside in North Carolina and Alabama, and zines around the country.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice: The Southern Coalition for Social Justice partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the south to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights through the combination of legal advocacy, research, organizing and communications.
S.O.A.R. Outreach: S.O.A.R is a nonprofit increasing economic opportunities for young men through business development, professional development, and further education assistance.