Can entrepreneurship help to reduce recidivism? AKA, can starting a business stop someone from going back to prison? Let's find out.
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. She has lost family members tragically and been mistreated by the criminal justice system, but she has persevered by staying true to her purpose of helping others and by trusting in God. Today's conversation is humbling, and Latahra will inspire you to make the most of your blessings and your pain.
Learn more about the KC Freedom Project on Facebook.
Drafts: Aaron Smith, Escaping the Odds podcast
On his podcast “Escaping the Odds,” Aaron Smith interviews second chance entrepreneurs who have started successful businesses after returning home from incarceration: https://anchor.fm/aaronesmith
Aaron conceived of the show while he was spending nine years in prison for drug crimes. He was so impressed by the caliber of men that supported him through his journey, that he knew when he got home that he needed to share their stories with the world in hopes of helping others as they return home from prison.
Follow Aaron and Escaping the odds on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/escapingtheodds/) & Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/escapingtheoddspodcast/)
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.
Learn more about Ricky's case and the Midwest Innocence Project: https://themip.org/clients/ricky-kidd/
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.
Keep up with Lamont: https://www.lacareyenterprises.com/
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.
Visit FOI ETC: http://www.foietc.com/
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!
Learn more: www.determinationincorporated.com