Determination, Incorporated is a Kansas City-based 501C3 nonprofit that hosts business basics workshops and entrepreneurship competitions for currently and formerly incarcerated people.
Mission: Increase the positive social and economic impact of formerly incarcerated people through entrepreneurship.
See our mission in action in this video from our Rise Up, Get Started event: Kansas City's FIRST entrepreneurship competition for formerly incarcerated people
Vision: Prisons and jails will become 'grad schools' for the world's most impactful leaders. And formerly incarcerated people, by starting viable, hiring businesses, will help to solve the problem of recidivism and ultimately end mass incarceration.
Be the Boss is a business support group for formerly incarcerated people. At each session, experts from the entrepreneurial community present followed by group discussion.
Click here to see the detailed summer/fall 2019 schedule and to learn how to compete in our Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship Competition.
The group is always free & walk-ins are welcome:
- 2nd and 4th Thursdays at UMKC Innovation Center, 6:30 PM: 4747 Troost, KCMO 64110
- 3rd Mondays at Bluford Library, 5 PM: 3050 Prospect Ave, KCMO 64128
Check out the Be the Boss workbook (link) for resources to start and grow your business.
Note: Group does not meet if there is a winter weather or ice storm WARNING.
In the news:
- Startland News: Rise Up, Get Started offers second chances with grants to formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs
- Startland News: Rise Up, Get Started competition set to award $1,500 grant; showcase paths from prison to founder
- Kansas City Business Journal: Local nonprofit launches entrepreneurial competition for ex-cons
- Startland News: Inmate to business founder: Determination, Incorporated adds partner with lived experience
- Silicon Prairie News: Entrepreneurship competition focuses on providing opportunities to the formerly incarcerated
- Thinking Bigger: Nonprofit startup launches competition for formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs
- KCUR: Kansas City Non-Profit Connects Former Prisoners To Entrepreneurial Dreams
- Startland News: ‘Rise Up, Get Started’ competitions give spotlight to formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs
- Startland News: ‘Be the Boss’ invites probation, parole clients into entrepreneurial ecosystem
Johnny Waller, Jr.
Co-Founder & Chief Sustainability Officer
Johnny is a successful second chance entrepreneur and has his Masters in Management from Rockhurst University.
Kyle J Smith
Co-Founder & Chief Storytelling Officer
Kyle is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder in KCMO and is passionate about helping others live and love to their fullest.
Cell phone: 816-607-1873
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