What Are Some Of The Barriers Facing Former Inmates When It Comes To Starting A Business?
Brian Hamilton co-founded Sageworks, the country’s first fintech and largest provider of software to U.S. banks. He sold the company to a leading private equity firm in 2018. He is also the founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a national program that helps people with criminal records start their own small businesses. Inmates to Entrepreneurs is supported by the Brian Hamilton Foundation, which provides access to entrepreneurship to people who wouldn’t otherwise have it.
AJ Ware is co-chair of Inmates to Entrepreneurs’ Board of Directors and has been an integral part of the organization since 2009. Ware is the founding and managing partner of Majestic Sports Marketing. Ware has extensive experience in public speaking and aiding business owners in developing a diverse clientele. He has presented in over fifty prisons across the country.
Lawrence Carpenter is an Inmates to Entrepreneurs board member and has been both a mentor and speaker with the organization since 2009. Carpenter started SuperClean Professional Janitorial Services in 2002, following his own incarceration. Under his leadership, SuperClean has grown to provide commercial cleaning services in three states and has been recognized for its remarkable service by the City of Durham.