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Derrick Perique is a lifelong resident of New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood. By the age of 28 he had five felony convictions for distribution of narrcotics and illegal possession of a firearm. After his last arrest in 2011, facing several decades in prison, Derrick was fortunate to instead be sentenced in the "Orleans Parish Reentry Workforce Development Program" by Judge Laurie White. While Derrick was incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola he learned how to be an optician, ultimately earning over 30 certiciations in the trade. While he was making eye glasses for his fellow prisoners he learned the industry, created a business model, and wrote a business plan. As Derrick puts it, "I had a vision, about vision, while in prison!" Upon release from prison in 2013 he moved to Maryland where he got a job with Pearl Vision. At Pearl Vision he was able to save some money, learn more about the business, and ultimately launch his own home based business, "Custom Optical." In February of 2016 he moved his business back to New Orleans and opened up his first retail location a few blocks from the house he group up in. His first hire was someone recently released from prison. In May of 2016 Derrick joined RisingFoundations to coordinate our small business incubator, assisting some of the same men he was incarcerated with in starting their own business.
 

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Small Business Incubator

Derrick Perique is a lifelong resident of New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood. By the age of 28 he had five felony convictions for distribution of narrcotics and illegal possession of a firearm. After his last arrest in 2011, facing several decades in prison, Derrick was fortunate to instead be sentenced in the "Orleans Parish Reentry Workforce Development Program" by Judge Laurie White. While Derrick was incarcerated at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola he learned how to be an optician, ultimately earning over 30 certiciations in the trade. While he was making eye glasses for his fellow prisoners he learned the industry, created a business model, and wrote a business plan. As Derrick puts it, "I had a vision, about vision, while in prison!" Upon release from prison in 2013 he moved to Maryland where he got a job with Pearl Vision. At Pearl Vision he was able to save some money, learn more about the business, and ultimately launch his own home based business, "Custom Optical." In February of 2016 he moved his business back to New Orleans and opened up his first retail location a few blocks from the house he group up in. His first hire was someone recently released from prison. In May of 2016 Derrick joined Rising Foundations to coordinate our small business incubator, assisting some of the same men he was incarcerated with in starting their own business.