Investing in the Future: The HOPE Office of Small Business & Entrepreneurship


In early 2012, Operation HOPE (HOPE) will unveil its HOPE Office of Small Business & Entrepreneurship (HOSBE), operating from the Office of the Chairman.

On the eve of HOPE’s 20-year anniversary, the HOSBE will connect the 19-year plus track record of HOPE’s ‘input’ power (youth and adults accessing and utilizing HOPE’s battery of financial dignity programs and initiatives) with HOPE’s mostly untapped and transformational ‘output’ power. 

The goal internally at HOPE is to finally translate the well-known qualitative ‘good works’ of HOPE into undeniable quantitative impact; as measured by the HOPE Office of Innovation, Research & Assessment (HOIRA), and the Gallup-HOPE Index.

The goal externally is nothing less than 21st century transformational change at the level of the local under-served community eco-system. To create a new culture of self-empowerment and entrepreneurial spirit at the level of community, and a new culture of self-generated job creation amongst our youth.

A new ‘silver rights’ culture for youth financial literacy and economic energy in America fired by the Gallup-HOPE Index Cities Initiative. We intend to be the absolute global authority on youth hope, youth economic energy and youth financial literacy, period.  That work starts here, now.

HOPE Business-In-A-Box 

HOPE Business In-A-Box (HBIAB) is but one of the powerful ways HOPE will operationalize this vision on the ground and with youth and communities. HBIAB will channel and transform a youth’s natural aspiration and state of hope into practical and life changing action steps that they can move on themselves. 

HBIAB consist of several easy to start, fund and operate small business and entrepreneurial endeavors designed for and around the capabilities of youth. Baked into this approach is the recognition of youth’s increasing levels of financial literacy and economic energy, discovered through active engagement with HOPE empowerment programs. 

  • Designed for youth 4th grade through 12th grade (8 to 18 year olds) who complete HOPE’s award-winning Banking on Our Future program.
  • Can be funded and initiated at the $50, $100, $250 and $500 start-up capital levels.
  • From idea to inspiration within 60 days.

Okay, enough for now, but exciting details on this is coming later this month, along with the formal announcement of — well, just stay tuned (smile)!

Okay, let’s go.

Onward and with HOPE,

John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for President Barack Obama.  Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum

 

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