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Essex Launches Entrepreneur Classes to Justice-Involved Individuals

The Essex County Sheriff's Office recently announced their partnership in a new entrepreneurship training program offered to Lynn residents recently released from incarceration or impacted by the justice system.

The program is called the Business of Hard Knocks and is funded by a three-year Community Empowerment and Reinvestment grant from the state. The Economic Development Industrial Corporation in Lynn applied for the in partnership with sheriff's office, the Roads Consulting Group, the North Shore Latino Business Association, and the Lynn Police Department.

The 12-week program includes individualized coaching, specialized business seminars, guidance on registering as a DBA (Doing Business As), legal compliance requirements, and invaluable assistance in navigating critical aspects such as networking, capital acquisition, marketing, advertising, and financial management. Participants will complete eight weeks of instruction followed by four weeks of one-on-one consulting, aimed to help individuals finalize their business plan.

Sheriff Kevin Coppinger said this program provides a natural extension of the skills training and overall rehabilitation that starts at the Middleton Jail.

“We have a saying that reentry starts on day one (of incarceration),” Coppinger said. “We provide education and a wide range of vocational training and we’re always looking for more opportunities. This fits perfectly with what we do.”

Those who participate will receive a $1,500 stipend upon completion. For more information on the program click here or call the North Shore Latino Business Center at (781) 596-8300.

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