Entrepreneurship, Work, & Housing

Finding living wage employment and affordable housing are significant barriers for returning citizens as they re-enter society. Experts in the reentry field will discuss progress, opportunities, and how we can improve the system.

9am – 9:10am

Welcoming & Intro

Introduction and welcome to Reentry Week by County Administrator Ken Wilson and Deputy County Administrator Joy Bivens.

9am – 10am

Employment, Training, and Opportunities

Hosted by: Building/Driving Futures; Center for Employment Opportunities; Justice Through Code

Join Building/Driving Futures, Justice Through Code, and CEO as they share about their programs and how they connect returning citizens to trainings and high in-demand employment opportunities.

11:30am – 1pm

Need a job? Start a Business!  

Hosted by: Kim Knights of Columbus Empowerment Group; Other panelists to be announced

It is well documented the challenges justice involved individuals face when trying to find employment. What is also known, but not highlighted enough, are the successes this group experience when starting their own businesses. Join Leaders from the Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Empowerment Corp., Columbus Urban League’s MSBRI and the Small Business Development Center for a panel discussion about entrepreneurship, and hear from successful business owners that made a way for themselves and their families.

1pm – 2:30pm

A Place All Your Own

Hosted by: Dana Davis – ARCH Business Network Manager/Moderator;

Michael Jones – Realtor & President of The Columbus Realtor Association
Scott Voekel – Mortgage Lender Broker, Premier Nationwide Lending;

Marvetta Froe-Shelton – Restored Citizen/Homeowner;
Carlie Boos – Executive Director, Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio;
Stacy Burke – The ONIONomics Financial Wellness Program

How can a returning citizen transition from renting to owning? Panelists will speak on this subject in ‘A Place All Your Own.’

3pm – 4pm

Don’t Go Home Without It

Hosted by: Lisa Morgan – Reentry Coordinator, ODRC Office of Reentry

Lisa Morgan presents on the ‘Don’t Go Home Without It’ wallets for returning citizens project.

7pm – 8pm

I AM Reentry

Hosted by: Mujeddid Mohammed of IMPACT Community Action; April Harden; Joey Green; Thell Robinson; Jaquita Sealey, Jai Hooked

Panelists will share their lived experience reentering and pursuing their dreams as entrepreneurs. Information will be available for starting a business, getting a minority business certification, loans and other assistance. The premiere of two mini-documentaries by the Laroy Creative Group will also be featured.

To learn more about the entrepreneurs being spotlighted during reentry week, download the flyer below or visit the Central Ohio Restored Citizens Collaborative website.

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