Own It: Starting a Business after Prison
Can entrepreneurship help to reduce recidivism? AKA, can starting a business stop someone from going back to prison? Let's find out.
info_outline Drafts: Latahra Smith, Trinity First Aide & CPR Services 06/10/2021
Drafts: Latahra Smith, Trinity First Aide & CPR Services "I've turned my pain into purpose." That's Latahra Smith, owner of Trinity First Aide & CPR Services and Executive Director of the KC Freedom Project. After being released from prison, Latahra had to overcome a lot of obstacles to heal relationships with her family, to reset her life with a renewed mindset, and to start her nonprofit and business. Today's conversation is humbling, and Latahra will inspire you to make the most of your blessings and your pain.
info_outline Drafts: Ricky Kidd, I Am Resiliency 10/01/2019
Drafts: Ricky Kidd, I Am Resiliency Ricky Kidd is the founder of I am Resiliency, a speaker, an entrepreneur, and a recent exoneree in the state of Missouri. Ricky served 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Today he shares his story, and how he used that time to grow as a man, a leader, and an entrepreneur.
info_outline Drafts: Lamont Carey, Contact Visits and Lacarey Enterprises 09/05/2019
Drafts: Lamont Carey, Contact Visits and Lacarey Enterprises Lamont Carey is an author and entrepreneur from D.C. who has been featured on HBO's Def Jam Poetry and the tv show The Wire. His journey to successful business owner started after prison when he realized that in order to dream big, he needed to do right by others and make his hustle legit.
info_outline Drafts: Jabari Muhammad, FOI ETC 07/17/2019
Drafts: Jabari Muhammad, FOI ETC Jabari Muhammad and his wife own FOI ETC. They sell fragrances, oils, and incense at stores and online, and are the creators of the Bari Butter. Jabari honed his entrepreneurial skills on the streets in KCMO, and became the upstanding business man he is today in prison.
info_outline Update: Second Chance Entrepreneurs "Drafts" 07/08/2019
Update: Second Chance Entrepreneurs "Drafts" Welcome to Own It: Starting a Business After Prison, a podcast where we interview second chance entrepreneurs about what it really takes to start a business after prison. For the next season of the show, we will share the firsthand experiences of formerly incarcerated people who have started successful businesses. These episodes are called "Drafts," and will be rough and full of inspiration and education. Enjoy!
info_outline Paige Johnson, Gilded Sparrows Network 06/27/2019
Paige Johnson, Gilded Sparrows Network Paige Johnson is a successful entrepreneur in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the founder of the Gilded Sparrows Network. The team at Gilded Sparrows works with women with justice-involvement to help them create product-based businesses that are beautiful and profitable. https://gildedsparrows.org/
info_outline Johnny Waller: Choose Your Passion KC 01/15/2019
Johnny Waller: Choose Your Passion KC Johnny Waller is exactly what this podcast is all about. After years of gang banging and time in prison, Johnny left the street life to pursue his education and stumbled into running a successful business. Today, he helps with violence reduction campaigns in Kansas City, Missouri and shares his story to inspire others to lead their best lives.
info_outline Josh Munoz, Prison Entrepreneurship Program 10/13/2018
Josh Munoz, Prison Entrepreneurship Program Josh Munoz is the reentry manager with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program in Austin, Texas. Prison Entrepreneurship program, or PEP, is widely considered the gold standard in entrepreneurship programs for currently and formerly incarcerated people. https://www.pep.org/
info_outline Carl Brown: The Fountain Fund 10/01/2018
Carl Brown: The Fountain Fund Carl Brown is the program manager with The Fountain Fund in Charlottesville, VA. The Fountain Fund helps formerly incarcerated people by providing them with low interest loans that they can use to repay fees incurred during their involvement with the criminal justice system. https://www.fountainfund.org/
info_outline Bobby Clark: Sustainable Business Ventures 09/14/2018
Bobby Clark: Sustainable Business Ventures Bobby Clark is the founder and president of Sustainable Business Ventures in Lexington, Kentucky. Bobby helps people who are having a hard time getting a job find their way through entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on folks in rural communities and the formerly incarcerated. http://www.sbventures.org/
info_outline Amy Barch: Turning Leaf Project 08/30/2018
Amy Barch: Turning Leaf Project Amy Barch is the founder of Turning Leaf, a nonprofit in South Carolina that helps formerly incarcerated people change their attitudes, thinking and behavior using a cognitive behavioral intervention, a research-backed, evidence-based solution to helping people stay out of prison.
info_outline Christine McDonald: Seeing the marginalized and exploited through the eyes of grace 08/16/2018
Christine McDonald: Seeing the marginalized and exploited through the eyes of grace Christine McDonald is the author of “Cry Purple”, her memoir, and “The Same Kind of Human."http://www.christinesvision.org/
info_outline Emily Hunt Turner: All Square Restaurant and Institute 08/02/2018
Emily Hunt Turner: All Square Restaurant and Institute Emily Hunt Turner is the founder of All Square Restaurant and Institute, a social enterprise in Minneapolis, Minnesota that sells grilled cheese and empowers formerly incarcerated people by teaching them how to take charge of their own destinies through entrepreneurship and the study of law. https://www.allsquarempls.com/
info_outline A.J. Ware: Inmates to Entrepreneurs 07/18/2018
A.J. Ware: Inmates to Entrepreneurs A.J. Ware is the co-chairman of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a North Carolina-based program. Inmates to entrepreneurs introduces currently and formerly incarcerated people to the opportunities and obstacles of starting your own business, and helps people make and execute a business plan both pre- and post-release from incarceration. Inmates to Entrepreneurs has been refining their model since 2007 and is now gearing up for national expansion. http://inmatestoentrepreneurs.org/
info_outline Joyce Klein: Entrepreneurship as a re-entry strategy primer 06/14/2018
Joyce Klein: Entrepreneurship as a re-entry strategy primer Joyce Klein is the director of FIELD at the Aspen Institute. She published a paper called Prison to Proprietor: Entrepreneurship as a Re-Entry Strategy: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/prison-proprietor-entrepreneurship-re-entry-strategy/
info_outline Tamra Thetford: Credit building on the path to entrepreneurship 06/07/2018
Tamra Thetford: Credit building on the path to entrepreneurship Tamra Thetford is the Chief Program Officer at Justine Petersen, a St Louis-based nonprofit. http://www.justinepetersen.org/small_business/aspire
info_outline Jason Cleveland: Unlocking Futures 05/24/2018
Jason Cleveland: Unlocking Futures Jason Cleveland is a returning citizen and the founder and CEO of Obodo, a software for small human services organizations. He was recently selected as a member of the first cohort of Unlocking Futures, an accelerator run by New Profit and John Legend’s organization, Free America.
info_outline Adam Martin: F5 Project 05/10/2018
Adam Martin: F5 Project Adam Martin was in and out of prison for years and had a hard time staying sober until he realized the power of transparency, hope and community. Now he helps others achieve all three through housing and employment with F5 Project in Fargo, North Dakota: https://www.f5project.org/
info_outline Bob Pelshaw “Illegal to Legal: Business Success for the Formerly Incarcerated” 04/26/2018
Bob Pelshaw “Illegal to Legal: Business Success for the Formerly Incarcerated” Bob Pelshaw was a very successful real estate developer in the midwest before spending 10 months in prison. While in prison, he was struck by the untapped entrepreneurial potential amongst the community of incarcerated people he served time with.
info_outline Tracey Syphax: From the Block to the Boardroom 04/12/2018
Tracey Syphax: From the Block to the Boardroom Tracey Syphax is the author of “From the Block to the Boardroom.” It is a memoir detailing his youth in Trenton, New Jersey, his time on the streets as a drug dealer, his stint in prison, and his twenty plus years experience since as a successful entrepreneur.
info_outline Cerise Hall: Business Speaks 03/29/2018
Cerise Hall: Business Speaks Cerise Hall is a business consultant specializing in startups and young businesses. Many people in her family have been in and out of prison so she knows first hand the struggles they face. She has a particular passion for working with returning citizens in black communities, helping them create wealth and build businesses that they can pass onto their children. https://www.facebook.com/Businesspeaks/
info_outline Kate Mereand- Aspire to Entrepreneurship 03/15/2018
Kate Mereand- Aspire to Entrepreneurship The Aspire to Entrepreneurship program started in Washington DC in 2016. 35 returning citizens have completed Aspire. Out of those 35 graduates: 10 are holding down jobs, 10 are working while pursuing their businesses, and 15 are running businesses that employ 39 people. And to top it all off, no Aspire graduate has returned to prison. That’s right, a 0% recidivism rate. https://dslbd.dc.gov/service/aspire-entrepreneurship
info_outline Zach Sloan: InnerCity Weightlifting 03/01/2018
Zach Sloan: InnerCity Weightlifting Zach Sloan is the COO of InnerCity Weightlifting, which reduces youth violence by connecting proven-risk young people with new networks and opportunities, including meaningful career tracks in and beyond personal training. They use the gym to replace segregation and isolation with economic mobility and social inclusion, disrupting the system that leads to urban street violence. https://www.innercityweightlifting.org
info_outline Jeremy Bouman: Defy Ventures Nebraska 02/01/2018
Jeremy Bouman: Defy Ventures Nebraska Defy Ventures is a character development, job readiness and entrepreneurial training program. I dont know of any program that believes more wholeheartedly than Defy that entrepreneurship is a useful tool to reduce recidivism: http://defyventures.org/
info_outline August C. Ghilarducci: Values-Aligned Goal Setting 01/18/2018
August C. Ghilarducci: Values-Aligned Goal Setting August C Ghilarducci, or Augie for short, lives in Chicago with his wife.
info_outline Andy Davey: Living above reproach 01/03/2018
Andy Davey: Living above reproach Andy Davey works with incarcerated and recently incarcerated people and their families to promote distraction free living and long term success with Gracious Promise Ministries. Andrew served 10 months in federal prison in Pekin, IL, for wire fraud and founded AR15 Ministries to teach about living Above Reproach in business and personal lives.