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From left, Christopher Wilson, owner of Barclay Investment Corporation, seen here with Terrence Knox, owner of Knox Construction, LLC., at one of Terrence's construction sites at Edmondson Village Shopping Center in Northwest Baltimore. Christopher is an ex-convict turned entrepreneur who started his business to help other people with similar pasts get jobs through his affordable construction, cleaning and consulting service. Terrence is one of Christopher's former employees who he helped start his own business. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz).

‘Take a chance on these people’ (access required)

Christopher Wilson is trying to put people to work, people a lot of employers don't want to hire. He spends part of his time doing workforce development for the nonprofit Greater Homewood Community Development Corporation, helping others – many of whom were recently released from jail – overcome obstacles that keep them from getting a job. Maybe ...