Texas-Based Prison Entrepreneurship Program to Open Auto Repair Shops

Over the years, I have been a big fan of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. I was excited to learn today its for-profit subsidiary, Communitas Auto Group, LLC, has inked a franchisee agreement to open a chain of auto-repair facilities to provide jobs for people transitioning from prison. I hope this ground-breaking undertaking will inspire others to attempt bold start-ups that create significant job opportunities for individuals rebuilding lives from prison:

PEP’s for-profit subsidiary, Communitas Auto Group LLC, has purchased the rights to become the exclusive master franchisee for Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers for the State of Texas.
We are working with Auto-Lab on the official press release, but I wanted you to be among the first to know about this significant development.  I also want you to understand the particular implications for PEP.
As the master franchisee for Texas, PEP’s Communitas Auto Group (“CAG”) will build and operate general auto repair shops under the Auto-Lab of Texas brand.  We will also promote the growth of the franchise throughout the state and will provide support to franchises sold anywhere in Texas. Immediate plans call for opening two locations within the first year, likely both within the Houston area. Once these stores are established, CAG will then look to expand to other major metro markets in Texas.
 Read more about this project here.


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