Isha Reed started a nonprofit after graduating from I2E Wilmington


Inmates to Entrepreneur Wilmington graduate Isha Reed believes everyone should be an entrepreneur, even if it’s with something small.

“Whatever their passion is, they can turn that into money,” she said.

Reed graduated on October 30, 2018, from the first eight-week course in Wilmington, and has since been working to grow her own nonprofit. The organization, entitled EPIC, which stands for Empowering People In Communities, aims to first work with women victims of abuse and opium and PCP abusers.

She said her experience as a child of abuse and a former substance abuse addict compelled her to help others struggling with the similar issues.

“I took all the negatives and turned them into positives and said, ‘Hey, you made it, now help someone else make it,’” she said.

While she is establishing EPIC, she works as a data entry analyst at Support the Port, another nonprofit in Wilmington.


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