How to Fight Poverty With Entrepreneurship

There is a lot of discussion about poverty in America. Solutions range from increased taxes on the rich to work requirements on welfare. It seems as if no one is arguing for one solution that’s been top of mind for me lately: entrepreneurship. The many causes of poverty are complicated and the subject of much […]

Trailblazing the Path to Reentry Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

Last year, Brian Hamilton, 56, sold his North Carolina-based fintech company Sageworks to Accel-KKR, a private equity firm based in Silicon Valley. It’s unclear how much Hamilton actually netted, though he told one publication that “I’m confident it’s one of the largest transactions in the Raleigh area and North Carolina in the last couple of […]

Wesleyan offers online entrepreneurial course

BY WILLIAM F. WEST Rocky Mount Telegram Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Teresa Honeycutt wanted to learn about a free online program to help people start their own businesses, so she went to the launching of a collaboration between N.C. Wesleyan College and the foundation of a nationally known philanthropist. Honeycutt, 56, of Rocky Mount and […]

Even the Second Step Isn’t Large Enough for Criminal Justice Reform

As I sat at the White House last Monday night and listened to the president celebrating the passage of the First Step Act, several things occurred to me. After volunteering in the prison system for 27 years, I am heartened by a seemingly bipartisan effort to right a clear social injustice — today, many fellow […]

I Sold a Multimillion Dollar Company to Work with Prisoners

Entrepreneur Brian Hamilton’s life changed in a prison. He wasn’t incarcerated; he was accompanying his friend, Reverend Robert J. Harris, who frequented local prisons to do ministry work. During the visit, Hamilton started talking to one of the inmates and asked what he was going to do when he got out. “He said he was […]

Innovative Triangle Program Gives Hope to People Who Can’t Find Job After Being Jailed

RALEIGH, N.C. – Nickia Baker said she believes an innovative program for people who have been in the criminal justice system and cannot get hired for a job has changed her life. “I woke up this morning feeling like I hit the Powerball, because not only am I doing what I love, it doesn’t seem […]

Workshop Teaches Prison Inmates How To Start A Business