“Everyone deserves a second chance”: Nonprofit helps formerly incarcerated start their own business

 HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WTVD) — Roughly 18,000 people are released from North Carolina prison every year and come home to face more barriers from housing to unemployment. Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a non-profit founded in Holly Springs, is working to help formerly incarcerated individuals start their businesses. According to a report from the US Chamber […]

Second Chance Month is a failed promise for former inmates. Here’s how we can fix that

Since 2017, April is observed as Second Chance Month in the United States. This year is no different. President Biden released his proclamation on March 29 and announced, “During Second Chance Month, we recommit to building a criminal justice system that lives up to those ideals so that people returning to their communities from jail […]

Inmates to Entrepreneurs Offers Resources to Help Returned Citizens Start Businesses

Lawrence Carpenter says he grew up poor and dreaming of a better life. By age 12, he was following the only example he saw in his North Carolina neighborhood of how to achieve this dream: selling drugs. By age 17, he was incarcerated. After serving six years in prison, he was back on the streets […]

Seasoned Local Entrepreneur Becomes Live Video Streaming Provider’s New CEO

LiveSwitch, a startup provider of live, interactive video application technology that was born in Canada but now has a second HQ in Raleigh, has a new chief executive at the helm. Seasoned Triangle entrepreneur Brian Hamilton became the company’s new CEO this month after making a significant investment in the startup known previously as Frozen […]

Davey Hamilton Jr. transforming his life: ‘I made a mistake. I am not that person anymore’

INDIANAPOLIS — His first race suit was tiny, barely big enough to fit a doll. It was red, white and gold, a replica suit made for 2-month-old Davey Hamilton Jr. to match the one his dad was wearing as he ran the Indianapolis 500 that year. Hamilton Jr. still has that suit from 1997, when his dad […]

Brian Hamilton, Star of “Free Enterprise,” Appears at Johnson & Wales University on November 16

Johnson & Wales University Hosts Hamilton and Free Enterprise While Production Films in Charlotte, N.C. November 15, 2021 Jessica Baryla CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Johnson & Wales University (JWU) is hosting Brian Hamilton and Free Enterprise for a special community event at the Hance Auditorium on the JWU campus on Tuesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. […]

“Free Enterprise” Season 2 Premieres October 30

NEW & RETURNING SERIES “Murder Nation,” an investigation docu-series that spotlights deadly crimes, focuses on homicides in the seaside towns of New Jersey in Season 2’s “Jersey Gore.” It bows Sunday, October 10 at 10p on HLN. “Free Enterprise” premieres October 30 as part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure programming block airing every Saturday morning on ABC stations […]

Inmates to Entrepreneurs/It´s Not the Top-Line Number, It’s the Bottom-Line Goal

Brian Hamilton, founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs and Sageworks talks with Neal Asbury and Rich Roffman about why starting a business is a great alternative to finding a job for people who have been involved in the justice system. This episode of Made in America with Neal Asbury ran on October 9, 2021 on radio […]

Formerly Incarcerated DC Chef Helps Current, Former Inmates Start Businesses

A criminal record can make it incredibly difficult to get a job, but one formerly incarcerated D.C. chef says that entrepreneurship can be a path toward a second chance. News4’s Molette Green reports on how he’s helping other current and former inmates.

Brian Hamilton on the USO’s Operation Jump Start

USO’s Jump Start Program exists to provide support to veterans seeking to start their own businesses, as we welcome entrepreneur and philanthropist, Brian Hamilton, to the show to talk about it.  Brian and Randy talk about Hamilton’s program “Inmates to Entrepreneurs” and how he is expanding his efforts to empower those seeking to better their […]