Sustainable Business Ventures Green Entrepreneur Program February 2, 2011


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Presentation atthe American Correctional Association Winter Conference
February 2, 2011
San Antonio TX

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Sustainable Business Ventures Green Entrepreneur Program February 2, 2011

  1. 1. GREEN ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM FOR INMATES, EX-OFFENDERS & AT-RISK YOUNG ADULTS American Correctional Association Bobby Clark, President Sustainable Business Ventures February 2011 Copyright 2011, Sustainable Business Ventures, Lexington, KY
  2. 2. Our entrepreneur curriculum emphasizes the concept of Triple Bottom Line, which addresses people, planet and profit:1. the impact or bottom-line of a business has on society and the community (people);2. the impact or economic bottom-line on the environment (planet); and3. every organization must focus on the economic bottom-line (profit). 2
  3. 3. Green Programs Managed►Bluegrass Goes Green – Bluegrass Area Development District►Green Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (GEL-IN) - Lincoln Trail Area Development District►Green Entrepreneur Program - Bluegrass Area Development District 3
  4. 4. Scenes from Bluegrass Goes Green 4
  5. 5. Scenes from GEL-IN 5
  6. 6. Scenes fromBluegrass Entrepreneur Program 6
  7. 7. PEP Venture Capital Pitch Day
  8. 8. PEP Business Plan Competition& Graduation June 10-11, 2010 8
  9. 9. Innovative Business Model: Primary Goals► Prisoner reentry to community using Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) with “green” training, education, job development and/or start-up business► Cost savings to state and local governments associated with reduced recidivism and incarceration expenses► To secure livable wages and increased self-sufficiency through employment and/or self-employment (i.e., business development) for ex-offenders reentering community. 9
  10. 10. Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)► IDAs are savings accounts for low and moderate income individuals. Individuals can save up to $2,000 which can get matched by local programs that could be $2,000, $4,000, $6,000, $8,000 or more.► The federal Assets for Independence Act program is typically matched with some combination of corporate and/or philanthropic funds and local and/or state funds.► IDAs can be used for buying homes, vocational/post-secondary education and small business startup 10
  11. 11. Process Objectives► Demonstrate that low-and moderate-skill „green‟ jobs and business development opportunities (e.g., energy efficiency, weatherization, building retrofit component parts, manufacturing, landscaping, and solar installation, etc.) are relevant to ex-offender populations using tested and newly developed training strategies.► Match existing „green‟ and other businesses, including for profit and non-profit, with appropriate training and support systems for ex- offenders, as employees, using tested and newly developed strategies.► Demonstrate that „green‟ and other job training and business plan development can take place within prison facilities as strategies for prisoner reentry to community. 11
  12. 12. Process Objectives - continued► Match appropriate existing community-based IDA programs with correctional facilities and programs to develop a special prisoner reentry component► Demonstrate that prisoner reentry populations can be part of selected workforce development and/or community economic development strategies, targeting “green” business opportunities► We presented this Business Model to the Corporation for Enterprise Development Conference September 22, 2010 with two CFED Innovative Idea Engineers Chuck Shannon and Leonard McCollum 12
  13. 13. Making the Case with Correctional Programs► “Green” business and jobs are relevant to prisoner reentry► thatIDAs are important tools for personal investment in reentry► that“green” training and IDAs complement existing training and counseling programs 13
  14. 14. Relevance of “Green” to Prisoner Reentry► Low-and moderate-technology/skill job and business opportunities► Apprenticeship programs complemented with „green‟ training and certification► Growthof prison industries prepares ex- offenders for start-up business and job opportunities 14
  15. 15. Relevance of „Green‟ to PrisonerReentry: Low & Moderate Skills in Each Sector 15
  16. 16. Examples of Low & Moderate Skill „Green‟ Jobs and Businesses► Weatherization► Building retrofit component parts► Manufacturing► Landscaping► Solar panel assembly and installation► Plumbing & electrical helpers and apprentices► Cleaning business using environmentally friendly products 16
  17. 17. Relevance of „Green‟ Component of Business Model to Prisoner Reentry• Job training and business planning can start inprison (classroom & actual work)• Apprenticeship programs can be complementedwith ‘green’ training and certification• Community-based transition programs can alignwith workforce development programs• ‘Green’ job growth faster than other jobs 17
  18. 18. Range of „Green‟ Training Programs and Technical Assistance► Triple Bottom Line (comprehensive)  People, Planet & Profit► Customized for individual institutions►Training that links prison industries/training with for profit and nonprofit “green” needs 18
  19. 19. American CorrectionalAssociation Adoption of „Green‟ Standard: August 1, 2010► Standard: The program shall demonstrate that it has examined, and implemented, where appropriate, strategies that promote recycling, energy and water conservation, pollution reduction and utilization of renewable energy alternatives. 19
  20. 20. Green Job Skills Training - Examples► Skillstraining for growing organic vegetables grown and reduces the cost of purchases for food in the prison► Inmates are taught benefits of composting and Vermiculture (worms) – reduces disposal costs► Bicycle repair program donates bikes to low- income children in the community► Solar panel installation – cleaning & maintenance► Cleaning prisons using environmentally friendly cleaning products (growing public consciousness for home & business)► Training on Hydroponics/Aquaculture and Aquaponics (growing vegetables and shrimp) 20
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  24. 24. Bluegrass Entrepreneur & Employment Program► The Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Kentucky Department of Corrections officials and non- profits Sustainable Business Ventures and Jubilee Jobs have developed a plan and seeking funding to pilot an entrepreneur program at Blackburn Correction Complex, a minimum security prison in Lexington, KY.► The Bluegrass WIB serves low-income, long-term unemployed and other target groups in the Workforce Investment Act. Ex-offenders are one of the hardest to serve groups because of their criminal records.► “Entrepreneurs control their future. Its the American dream. Training ex-offenders to be entrepreneurs is probably the best way to prevent them from re-offending. It puts them in control of their future,” says Lenny Stoltz, Executive Director of the Bluegrass WIB. 24
  25. 25. Comments from Kentucky► “We are pleased to support an innovative program that teaches inmates and ex-offenders how to start their own businesses, in order for them to be able to be successful in their lives after incarceration. We expect their success will also impact their rate of recidivism in a positive manner,”said Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner LaDonna H. Thompson► “Entrepreneurs control their future. Its the American dream. Training ex-offenders to be entrepreneurs is probably the best way to prevent them from re-offending. It puts them in control of their future,” says Lenny Stoltz, Executive Director of the Bluegrass WIB. 25
  26. 26. More information Bobby Clark, PresidentSustainable Business Ventures PO Box 1367 Lexington, KY 40588-1367 859-227-0263 26