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Ex-Inmate's Venture Aims To Help North End Drug Dealers Use Business Skills For Good, Not Ill

Ex-Inmate's Venture Aims To Help North End Drug Dealers Use Business Skills For Good, Not Ill

HARTFORD — Bashaun Brown has an eye for business.

Spend more than five minutes with the 36-year-old and he'll steer the conversation to sustainable funding, the importance of networking, and how best to engineer partnerships.

And when he lets slip that he's developing T.R.A.P. House, a business incubator that targets high-crime, high-poverty areas, with $30,000 in seed money, he gives the impression that he's an MBA student with years of experience. But he's not, and Brown has become an unintentional advocate for dismantling that kind of knee-jerk judgment.

It's not that Brown isn't educated — he's got 16 credits from Wesleyan University under his belt....

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