Barry Diamond

Company: Reentry Survivors LLC

Location: Bridgeport/CT

Company/organization description

We train inmates and released inmates how to go into business for themselves

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

8 years in business. Hundreds of new small businesses created. Endorsed or recommended by 2 CT Governors, 2 mayors, 1 congressman, 2 DOC Comm., dozens of community leaders, approved to be used inside 5 CT prisons, approved for Federal Reentry and Support Court educational training, selected graduates approved for free tuition scholarships to Goodwin University, International presence in Nigeria/(Government approved training inside 5 prisons), 10% recidivism of graduates.

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Scalable Venture - regional, national, or global business focus

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

Development of a virtual classroom training system

Nominator Justification

For the last 8 years, P.R.I.D.E ENTREPRENEURSHIP training program has offered free of charge an educational training program exclusively to people with a criminal background. Training costs are self-funded by the family of the owner. Hundreds of new businesses have been started by released inmates

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