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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:06AM

Firehouse Subs owner gives workers second chance

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Firehouse Subs owners Russell and Kim Clouden hired 90 percent of their crew for their Port Charlotte restaurant by partnering with Southwest Florida Works, a local federally funded workforce-investment program. Firehouse Subs is located in Heritage Plaza at 18500 Veterans Blvd., and is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 941-979-8965.

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Firehouse Subs owners Russell and Kim Clouden hired 90 percent of their crew for their Port Charlotte restaurant by partnering with Southwest Florida Works, a local federally funded workforce-investment program. Firehouse Subs is located in Heritage Plaza at 18500 Veterans Blvd., and is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 941-979-8965.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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PORT CHARLOTTE — When Russell Clouden hired employees for his Firehouse Subs franchise, he didn’t mind that some applicants had been in trouble in the past.

“A lot of people looking for work have been arrested at least once by the time they were 23 or 24 years old,” Clouden said. “I am a believer in giving people a fresh start through employment.”

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