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We bring you real life stories of what it takes to start a business after prison from people who have been there. We’re bringing you hope, advice, and plenty of laughs. We want you to succeed, to get out of prison and never go back, and to live the life of your dreams. Own It is brought to you by Determination, Incorporated, a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that helps formerly incarcerated people start and grow businesses. To learn more about our organization, and to join our virtual Be the Boss Business Support group community for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs, visit our website at www.unlockESHIP.org.

Own It: Starting a Business after Prison Determination, Incorporated

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

We bring you real life stories of what it takes to start a business after prison from people who have been there. We’re bringing you hope, advice, and plenty of laughs. We want you to succeed, to get out of prison and never go back, and to live the life of your dreams. Own It is brought to you by Determination, Incorporated, a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that helps formerly incarcerated people start and grow businesses. To learn more about our organization, and to join our virtual Be the Boss Business Support group community for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs, visit our website at www.unlockESHIP.org.

    Patterns of Successful Entrepreneurs with Leslie Walton

    Patterns of Successful Entrepreneurs with Leslie Walton

    Leslie Walton is the Entrepreneur Success Manager at Determination, Incorporated & the Founder of A Cents of Change where she empowers women to build a better relationship with their money. Leslie is a lifelong entrepreneur who loves helping other people reach their own definition of success. From her wide ranging life experiences, including getting her MBA & starting a catering business with food stamps, Leslie has identified the patterns of successful entrepreneurs that will help you no matter your starting point. 
    Today on the show you will learn how to make goal setting practical and enjoyable, why self discipline means freedom and not punishment, how to change your relationship with money from reactive to proactive, and whether or not you should talk about your criminal history at networking events. 
    Learn more about A Cents of Change and download Leslie’s free ebook “Mindful Spending: Aligning Your Financial Decisions with Your Values and Goals” at her website. 
    Own It is brought to you by Determination, Incorporated, a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that helps formerly incarcerated people start and grow businesses. To learn more about our organization, and to join our virtual Be the Boss Business Support group community for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs, visit our website at www.unlockESHIP.org.

    • 55 min
    Building Resilience Through Adversity with Ricky Kidd

    Building Resilience Through Adversity with Ricky Kidd

    Ricky Kidd spent 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He lost his appeal 11 times before finally winning and regaining his freedom. During that time, he focused on getting “better, not bitter,” and learned how to not just survive, but to thrive in terrible circumstances. Today on the show, Ricky shares how he turned his resilient spirit into the five keys of resiliency that anyone can use to make it through difficult times: get anchored, get moving, find your energy, access perspective, and live selflessly. 
    These days, Ricky is an author, board member, and a national public speaker advocating for wrongfully convicted people across the U.S.. He trains prosecutors on how to avoid wrongful convictions as a criminal justice consultant and delivers resilience trainings for businesses and organizations. Learn more at www.resiliencemode.com.
    Own It is brought to you by Determination, Incorporated, a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that helps formerly incarcerated people start and grow businesses. To learn more about our organization, and to join our virtual Be the Boss Business Support group community for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs, visit our website at www.unlockESHIP.org.

    • 53 min
    Creating a vision and a plan for your life with Diamond Fuse

    Creating a vision and a plan for your life with Diamond Fuse

    When Diamond Fuse got a felony at age 19, she wasn’t sure she’d ever be able to make anything of her life. That is, until she learned how to take charge of her own destiny through the power of vision boards, positive affirmations, and manifestation. When she made her first vision board in 2012, she didn’t have enough money to fill up her gas tank. By 2016, Diamond owned her own home, had a college degree, and completed everything on her vision board.
    “I am abundant,” is one of Diamond’s go-to positive affirmations. In this episode, you’ll learn how to cultivate abundance in your own life by achieving goals through action planning and nurturing a positive mindset. 
    Diamond is the owner of Bizzy Babies, Kansas City’s #1 soft playground and bounce house rental company. Learn more at www.bizzybabies.com. 
    Own It is brought to you by Determination, Incorporated, a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that helps formerly incarcerated people start and grow businesses. To learn more about our organization, and to join our virtual Be the Boss Business Support group community for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs, visit our website at www.unlockESHIP.org.

    • 38 min
    Starting a Business After Prison with Sarah Muntean

    Starting a Business After Prison with Sarah Muntean

    When Sarah Muntean started her first business All American Construction Contractors in 2013, she had recently been released from prison, she was homeless, and not many people in her life believed she could succeed. Through pure grit, and by staying humble and learning on her feet, Sarah grew her business year over year to hundreds of thousands in revenue and was able to hire many people in transition and recovery. 
    Today on the show, Sarah shares her advice for starting a successful business after prison. While she had to learn many lessons the hard way, you can avoid her missteps and build a strong foundation for your business by following her hard earned advice.  
    Connect with Sarah Muntean on LinkedIN. 
    Own It is brought to you by Determination, Incorporated, a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO that helps formerly incarcerated people start and grow businesses. To learn more about our organization, and to join our virtual Be the Boss Business Support group community for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs, visit our website at www.unlockESHIP.org.

    • 52 min
    Drafts: Latahra Smith, Trinity First Aide & CPR Services

    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. 

    • 28 min
    Drafts: Aaron Smith, Escaping the Odds podcast

    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/) 

    • 31 min

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