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The ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative

ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi), an anchor program of the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services division, creates opportunities for current and formerly incarcerated individuals to explore small business ownership as a means of self-sufficiency.

REDi provides a five-week training course and one on one coaching for justice-involved individuals. It has helped launch 35 businesses. The training course is a foundational course that teaches things like cash flow, market research, and customer relations. REDi is a program of the Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) that provides over 10,000 hours of business coaching and over $400,000 in lending capital across the Indianapolis region each year.

 

 

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The Program

The REDi program prepares participants by providing one-on-one coaching and a variety of workshop series that assist in the business planning process. REDi is designed into four key phases taught over a 5-week class: Entrepreneurship 101, Business Planning, Start the Business, and Grow the Business.

REDi is no longer accepting applicants for their upcoming class.

The Program

The REDi program prepares participants by providing one-on-one coaching and a variety of workshop series that assist in the business planning process. REDi is designed into four key phases taught over a 5-week class: Entrepreneurship 101, Business Planning, Start the Business, and Grow the Business.

REDi is no longer accepting applicants for their upcoming class.

REDI Pitch Night

The REDi pitch competition provides 5 entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business to the audience and compete for a first place $5,000 cash prize and runner-up $2,500 cash prize plus a package of professional services.

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REDI Pitch Night

The REDi pitch competition provides 5 entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business to the audience and compete for a first place $5,000 cash prize and runner-up $2,500 cash prize plus a package of professional services.

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In the Headlines

Inside Indiana Business

In this Inside Indiana Business piece, learn about the 2020 REDi pitch winner. READ: “Chamber Honors Ex-offenders Pursing Business Dreams”

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IBJ

In IBJ’s Q&A piece, Tichina Clark shares how she took the lessons she learned through the REDi program to create her business. READ: “Q&A with Tichina Clark, who turned lessons from prison into a business”

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In the Words of REDi Students

“One of the essential components that allowed me to be where I am now in my life now was being involved in the REDi program. I ended up meeting [my business coach] and it was a pivotal point in my life.” Michael Lacey, Founder of Fort Goat Productions

In the Words of REDi Students

“One of the essential components that allowed me to be where I am now in my life now was being involved in the REDi program. I ended up meeting [my business coach] and it was a pivotal point in my life.” Michael Lacey, Founder of Fort Goat Productions

 

Questions?

For more information about REDi, please contact business coach Emily Hawk at the email link below.

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