Inc. to Inc. (incarcerated to incorporated) – is a Tampa based smart justice organization that advocates on behalf of incarcerated nonviolent drug offenders, returning citizens and at risk youth from marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Through our core program Hustle Smarter, Inc. to Inc. provides an alternative to incarceration and a counter against re-incarceration. Utilizing specialized training designed by a hustler turned successful social entrepreneur Inc. to Inc. equips participants with the skills, tools and resources needed to become positive and productive social entrepreneurs, business owners and community leaders.
Inc. to Inc. was created by Damon Thrash while serving a twenty-year prison sentence for trafficking cocaine. While doing his time Damon watched as brilliant and gifted men were released from prison only to return with more time. Damon who was fighting for his release on appeal set out to discover why these men kept returning to prison. After years of studying Damon looked at his own history and situation. What he discovered was “Poverty + Lack of positive mentors and opportunities + Inspiration and Motivation to supply immediate needs = Survival. Due to a lack of relatable and effective personal development and educational courses along with limited opportunities in the impoverished communities, these men would go back to the only thing they knew “Hustling on the block.” Coming from a similar background and community Damon had a strong desire to solve this problem and to change his life and the lives of other Street Hustlers. After a lot of studying and preparation Inc.to Inc. Entresition Services was born.
The Inc. to Inc. leadership team understands what it means to grow up with limited opportunities, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, only to accomplish what some deemed impossible. They’ve dedicated their lives to making sure impossible dreams become reality by advocating for the power of a Second Chance.
Damon Thrash is the Founder/President of Inc. to Inc. Entresition Services and its initial proof of concept. At the height of the Crack epidemic, Damon grew up in an extremely impoverished and dangerous housing project in Pensacola, Florida. At the age of nine Damon was introduced to the fast money of illicit drug sales. Fourteen years later, during what most would consider an extremely successful run in the drug game, Damon was abruptly arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking and distribution of cocaine. While serving his time Damon realized that there would be no opportunity for a second chance to positively change his life and the lives of others unless he created one. Through his renewed faith, passion for entrepreneurship and rebuilding his community Inc. to Inc. and Hustle Smarter was born.
Senior Program Manager
Alexis Brown is the Senior Program Manager of Inc. to Inc. Entresition Services and she truly believes in the work that this organization is doing in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Alexis believes that everyone deserves a second chance to make a first impression, and that is the heart of what Inc. to Inc. seeks to do. Alexis is currently an M.B.A candidate at the University of South Florida, where she also holds a B.S in Business Administration. Alexis is using the critical business skills she is acquiring in her program such as managerial decision making and business analytics to help Inc. to Inc carry out its mission.
We Want You!
Inc. to Inc.’s community and service partners are dedicated to supporting second chances via Inc. to Inc.’s Hustle Smarter entresition prep and outreach programs. As a valued Community and/or Service partner they donate time, money and resources to further the Inc. to Inc. mission and vision to provide an alternative to incarceration. This alternative comes in the form of innovative educational opportunities for current and formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, and the community.
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12335 University Mall Ct,
Tampa, FL 33612