“Basically, people get out of prisons and they can’t get jobs. So what we do is help people start low-capital businesses where their record won’t hurt their chances of being able to make a living,” founder Brian Hamilton said. Read more
“The folks who are coming out of prison have difficulty getting jobs,” says Brian Hamilton, who founded the program. “I’m not convinced that is ever going to get any better. So what we want to do is help them start their own business and be the employers.” Read more
“We have a student that gave the story that he has applied 94 times to get a job, and they’ve all told him no because of his criminal history,” said Ware. “Well he can come in here and we say, ‘We don’t care, you know, what kind of history you have. Let’s go out and let’s start a business for you,’ and he’s done that.”
‘A Second Chance at Life’: Entrepreneurship Program for People with Criminal Record Graduates First Wilmington Class
“I have two felonies,” said Reed. “I made bad choices. They are nine to thirteen years old, but they made me who I am today, so I don’t regret anything that I went through.” Reed said she heard a lot of “no’s” when applying for jobs, school, and work with her criminal record. The “yes” from Inmates to Entrepreneurs has catapulted her on a new career trajectory.
Thirty inmates signed up to attend the small business workshop taught by Hamilton and Harris in the hopes that they could learn to become their own bosses.
Inmates To Entrepreneurs hosted a one day seminar, on Saturday, at Brooklyn College in Flatbush.
Raleigh, N.C. – Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit that provides free entrepreneurship education and mentorship to people with criminal records, is celebrating its first class of Wilmington graduates on Tuesday, October 30, at 128 South in historic downtown Wilmington. The graduates have completed Inmates to Entrepreneurs’ free eight-week course covering modules on entrepreneurship essentials. Inmates […]
“As a citizen, I want these guys to have the life skills they need so they won’t commit more crimes.”
“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.”
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.
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.