For citizens returning home from prison, finding employment is a major challenge as employers may have reservations about their backgrounds.
- For citizens returning home from prison, finding employment is a major challenge as employers may have reservations about their backgrounds. A new show on ABC called Free Enterprise is taking a hands on approach to help those who were in the judicial system create their own jobs by becoming entrepreneurs.
I talked with the host and star of the show Brian Hamilton, the philanthropist and entrepreneur has been advocating for incarcerated individuals for over two decades. The show follows the journeys of people who have done their time, returned home, and are now getting professional tools to start a business.
BRIAN HAMILTON: We want people to make money. Of course, we do. We want them to be able to get a livable wage, or to get part of wealth creation. That's what this country is built on, that's the tapestry of the country and getting the second chance.
- Claudia Shivers and David Lusick were both released from prison in 2020. They signed up for Hamilton's free eight week course called From Inmates to Entrepreneurs. Well, now Lusick who is from Bucks County is starting up a paralegal business and Shivers owns a coffee roasting company.
CLAUDIA SHIVERS: You learn sales. You learn to do your elevator pitch. You learn to get comfortable with telling your story.
DAVID LUSICK: The people that are part of the program, they've been successful since they've been released. It gives you hope that with the unknown, you can do the same. Free Enterprise, it airs on 6 ABC Saturdays at 12:30. And this free eight week course on starting a business is available to anyone. My full conversation is streaming on the 6 ABC app also Apple TV, Roku, Hulu, and wherever you stream.