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Prison to Proprietorship: Entrepreneurship Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 11:30 AM

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Prison to Proprietorship: Entrepreneurship Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Many formerly incarcerated individuals face barriers to reentering the workforce. Some employers hesitate to hire the formerly incarcerated, which drastically reduces employment possibilities and earnings potential. Entrepreneurship can help to overcome these barriers to employment and reduce recidivism. The hearing will discuss entrepreneurship training options for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 


Mr. Shon Hopwood
Associate Professor of Law 
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC 

Mr. Gary Wozniak
President and CEO
Detroit, MI 

Ms. Corinne Ann Hodges
Association of Women's Business Centers
Washington, DC

Mr. Jerry Blassingame
Founder and CEO
Soteria CDC
Greenville, SC

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence

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