Inmates to Entrepreneurs, Inc.

Our mission is to assist people with criminal backgrounds in starting their own business by providing practical entrepreneurship education through in-person and online courses taught by successful entrepreneurs across the country.


About Us

In 1992, two great friends, Brian Hamilton and Reverend Robert J. Harris, started working at prisons to teach inmates how to start their own small businesses. Harris had been doing ministry work at the prisons, and Hamilton tagged along to a session to see the work his buddy was doing.

During this visit, Hamilton recognized that many employers, if not all employers, would be reluctant to hire people who were formerly incarcerated. Putting himself in the frame of mind of someone in this situation, Hamilton’s thought was: why bother trying to get a job that does not exist — start a business instead. 

Now, 28 years later, what began as an adventure of two friends is becoming a national nonprofit, supported by the Brian Hamilton Foundation, dedicated to helping people start their own businesses.

Explore Our Programs

Are you interested in starting or growing your own business? Inmates to Entrepreneurs offers online resources, correctional facility bootcamps, and city-based events to help you get started.

Through our programs you will learn things such as:

  • What kind of business do I start?
  • How do I get my first customer?
  • How do I market and/or generate sales for my business?
  • How do I service customers well to grow my business?
  • How do I overcome the fears or unknowns of starting a business?

View our programs below to find one that meets your needs on your entrepreneur journey.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business

Starting a Business

  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Classes


  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Alli Thomas
219 Raleigh St
Holly Springs, NC 27540
(866) 753-3726 Ext: 704