With new employees, growing participation rates, and budding excitement for workshops and programming, the DC HOPE Community is growing in numbers and enthusiasm.
Just months after losing her job, Monique Flowers had declared that her talent for creating fashionable and distinctive jewelry out of recycled Coke products would be her ticket to entrepreneurial success. But when she started her business, Rebel Gyrl, LLC, out of her home something didn’t feel right.
Pat GorDon, CEO of Spirited Painting shares her story of how Operation HOPE has impacted her life. Pat graduated from the Washington D.C. HOPE Center's Entrepreneurial Training Program in December 2011. Her business is set to open with a formal launch HOPE Center on April 21, 2012.
The HOPE Financial Dignity Center in Washington, D.C. is currently working to expand its economic empowerment services to local service agencies such as Back on My Feet, the DC Public Library and W.C. Smith, a residential housing company.
Last month was recognized in the United States as “Emergency Preparedness Month” and the HOPE DC team made smart choices in the area of partnership development, cyber café management and financial education seminars to take advantage of strategic opportunities available during that month.
This was supposed to be a night when our newest class of entrepreneurs would discover if they had what it takes to own a business, a night Joyce Little, Operation HOPE DC Small Business Instructor, would put the fear of God in those who are not committed to attend a weekly class which requires a business plan in less than 90 days to graduate.
The greatest lie ever told is that we are all different from one another. Just ask any one of the recent graduates from the Washington DC HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center's 12 week Entrepreneurship program.
Cynthia Wynn-Young is pacing, as if she is warming up for a prize fight. A few steps to the left then a few steps to the right just before she launches into her grand introduction of her new start-up Prosperian, a Life Coaching business that aims to give people a "stairway out of no way." This was Ms. Wynn-Young second attempt of the night, giving a 30 second elevator pitch and this time around, she received a healthy dose of audience applause and loud cheers of encouragement.
Bank On DC, one of our local partners in Washington D.C., held its first Annual Passport to Financial Literacy Event on Saturday, June 18th at the Deanwood Recreation Center.
On a warm and humid day, our wonderful Operation HOPE DC volunteers swung hammers, insulated walls and ceilings, hung sheetrock and built a collective camaraderie with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia working on the “Perry Hall Project.”
Maybe it was seeing Overstock.com's name on the invitation. Or maybe it was an opportunity to learn more about what's inside the building located on Good Hope Road. Whatever it was, DC's small business community overcame mother nature's wrath and participated in Operation HOPE's first business forum in conjunction with Overstock.com's Main Street Revolution Program.
Last week, Mel Hardy, Territory Manager for the Internal Revenue Service, spoke to volunteers at the HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center in Washington DC, thanking them for their contribution to the 2011 EITC Campaign, which encourages low-income District residents to file their taxes and claim their credits for free at 11 tax sites in Washington D.C.
In April, Operation HOPE DC kicked off financial literacy month with participation in large community events to expand market recognition in our local market. These activities have led to talks with the NAACP, the DC Mayor’s Office, CAAB, Ward 8 Workforce Development Council and Far Southeast Collaborative to name a few.