Our Mission

Develop sharp business skills with a structured support system

From The Block 2 The Boardroom offers hands-on mentoring and comprehensive entrepreneurship courses to returning citizens, at-risk youth and those struggling to find employment. For over 20 years, we have pushed for social change and fought to strengthen our community. We believe that everyone can rise above their circumstances and pave their own path to success. Our mission has always been to support this belief through partnership and educated teachings.

Want to enroll or explore the entrepreneurship course? Contact us at (609) 989-0111 and we'll discuss your options.

Our teaching methods put you first


Self-employment can provide supplemental income to a low paying job or means of a full-time employment for those who are unable to find work in the traditional labor market because of one's criminal background. The curriculum and program is specifically designed to address the unique needs of Returning Citizens.
We can customize the training to meet your organization needs, face-to-face workshops to help increase student engagement groups, and online training. Our programs employs highly trained and qualified speakers, educators and consultants that utilize:
  • Textbooks
  • Public speaking
  • Workshops
  • Business development techniques
  • Mentorship

We live up to our mission and we're committed to teach and inspire, with hard work and a dedication to excellence. We care about the community and do everything we can to strengthen it through economic opportunities and social responsibilities.

Meet The Author

Tracey D. Syphax has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, as a returning citizen and as a strong advocate for reentry reform

Tracey has spent his career advocating to end mass incarceration by using proper reentry tools. He has joined with the Obama Administration and companies from across the American economy as a founding partner for the launch of the Fair Chance Business Pledge. Tracey's success can be seen in diverse groups throughout the US. Through his entrepreneurship courses with CJ Meenan and motivational speaking, he offers returning citizens the opportunity to succeed. His influence and success have been to create an economic engine and revitalize the lives of the formerly incarcerated. Reuniting families and strengthen communities through the 3Es, Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship is viable for reentry.

Tracey is the author of the award-winning memoir, "From The Block To The Boardroom," and the recipient of numerous awards, including:

2016 One of the 25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey

2014 White House Champion of Change

Empower Magazine's 2014 Person of the Year

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year; 1st African American in 51 years to receive this award

Tracey is also the President and COO of Phax Group Construction & Design LLC and the Senior Managing Partner of Phax Group Real Estate LLC. He owns and manages multiple properties.

Membership

In the state of New Jersey, Tracey is:

  • A board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Co-Chairman of the Trustee Board at Union Baptist Church
  • Chairman of the Board of Minding Our Business (MOB)

Meet The Author

    Influential

    2016 One of the 25 Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey

    Champion

    2014 White House Champion of Change

    Person of the Year

    Empower Magazine's 2014 Person of the Year

    Entrepreneur

    Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year; 1st African American in 51 years to receive this award

    Tracey is also the President and COO of Phax Group Construction & Design LLC and the Senior Managing Partner of Phax Group Real Estate LLC. He owns and manages multiple properties.

    Membership

    In the state of New Jersey, Tracey is:

    • A board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce
    • Co-Chairman of the Trustee Board at Union Baptist Church
    • Chairman of the Board of Minding Our Business (MOB)

    Collaborative Social Change

    We support and encourage partnerships

    In an effort to expand positive social change, reunite families and make our communities safer, From The Block 2 The Boardroom has teamed up with a variety of organizations to spread the word. These partnerships include:

    • The White House
    • Life is My Movie
    • Department of Small Business and Local Business Development
    • Petersburg Sheriff Department, VA
    • Project Empowerment
    • Gateway to Reentry
    • Open for Business Venture (OFBV)

    Tracey D. Syphax also co-starred in the documentary, Incarcerating US, and is a contributor in the documentary, Elementary Genocide 1&2 which explores the school to prison pipeline, in an effort to increase awareness and educate about America's prison problems.

    Turn to our life coaching experts


    From The Block 2 The Boardroom is dedicated to helping the formerly incarcerated transition into society with hope, dignity, and inspiration. Our motivational speakers and entrepreneurship coaches have years of experience helping:
    • Inspire the formerly incarcerated
    • At-risk youth
    • Those struggling with employment
    • Open doors of opportunities

    To accomplish this

    we need the help of our sponsors and community partners.

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