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Oct. 30, 2017 11:33 am

Small biz owners: Check out this how-to on hiring returning citizens

Even if you agree hiring folks with criminal records is a good idea in theory, it can be hard to understand the real-world challenges and benefits. Join The Reentry Project to hear from business leaders who have done it this Thursday.

Hiring? Consider returning citizens.

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Returning citizens needs jobs. But sometimes, the barrier to getting one isn’t the job seeker’s lack of desire or ability, or even the criminal record itself, but employers’ lack of understanding of what it would take to hire someone with a record.

The Reentry Project reporting collaborative is ending in a few weeks, but in that time, it’s hosting two big events: a series of high-level lighting talks at the Franklin Institute on Nov. 15, and a panel discussion on hiring returning citizens for business leaders and HR professionals this Thursday morning.

The latter event will feature a handful of reps from local companies that have hired from this “untapped pool” discussing the challenges and benefits.

There will also be a Q&A so those interested in doing the same can ask about legal risk, background checks, tax incentives and the like.

  • What — “Reentry: Hiring from an untapped pool” panel discussion
  • Who — Panelists are Donna Allie, president and CEO of Team CleanJeff Brown, chief executive of Brown’s Super Stores Inc.; Bob Logue, president of Quaker City Coffee; and Beth Tiewater, director of development and programs of Baker Industries
  • When — Thursday, Nov. 2, from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • WhereChamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, 200 S. Broad St.
  • How much — Free
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P.S. The Reentry Project’s partners want some feedback on our work over the past year. Take our quick impact survey to let us know what you think.

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Julie Zeglen

Julie Zeglen is the editor of Generocity. Previous to joining the Technically Media team, she served as managing editor of Star Community Newsweekly, a hyperlocal newspaper focused on Philadelphia’s River Wards. The Temple alumna lives in West Philly.

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