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Oakland 7th Graders Launch Bay Area Themed Hat Business

This October, Jamal White and Anthony Mata - 7th grade students at Westlake Middle School in Oakland, CA - launched their own Bay Area themed hat business, J&A Hats, after taking part in the Operation HOPE Business in a Box program at their school the prior year.

#GiveHOPE to Youth Entrepreneurs on #GivingTuesday

By Samantha Sineni December 2nd is #GivingTuesday, a time to celebrate the true holiday tradition of togetherness by giving back to those in need. In the spirit of National Entrepreneurship Month, Operation HOPE will participate this year with our goal of raising $5,000 for HOPE Small Business Grants, which will help winners of our HOPE Business in a Box Competitions launch their small businesses. Each winner...

HOPE Highlights Diverse Startup Communities at Denver Startup Week 2014

Since its inception in 2012, Denver Startup Week has allowed the startup community in Denver to gather, share ideas, network and learn. The 2014 event was no exception. Despite its young roots, this year’s weeklong event was able to garner the attendance of more than ten thousand people, thus doubling its attendance from last year and providing tangible proof of the growing entrepreneurial spirit in Denver.

HOPE Fellow Edward K. Minta: Entrepreneurship and Capitalism

Before delving further into how Entrepreneurship and Capitalism work alongside one another, each must be understood at its most basic level. “An entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manages a business undertaking, assuming the risk for the sake of profit. An entrepreneur: Sees an opportunity; makes a plan; starts the business; manages the business; receives the profits.” – SBA.gov “…an economic...

Denver Startup Week Recognizes the Talent and the Support to Build Success 

The following is a personal account of a HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) Young Entrepreneur in Denver, Colorado. Garrett Williams presented his business plan and grant request to the Denver staff in August. Thanks to Operation HOPE’s startup micro-grant, Garrett will now be able to increase his business capacity to fulfill his customers’ demands. In light of HOPE Denver’s participation in Denver Startup Week 2014, stories like Garrett’s highlight the importance of not only helping build the next generation of entrepreneurs, but also giving them the opportunity to gain exposure in the larger entrepreneurial community, regardless of their age or diversity of interest. Thank you, Garrett, for sharing your entrepreneurial journey with us.

Operation HOPE and the American Red Cross Team Up to Beat Disasters

The premier provider of financial literacy and empowerment programs for youth and adults and America’s leading financial dignity nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) and the American Red Cross (Red Cross) are teaming up to assist you, your family and your small business to prepare for personal, man-made, or natural disasters. HOPE, has  been at the forefront of Disaster Financial Recovery and Preparedness...

Former Operation HOPE Graduate crowd-funds her company Smooth

  It is my distinct honor to tell you about Danyelle Ja’net, one of the 2013 Entrepreneurial Training Program graduates. Danyelle is the owner of Smooth, a mobile business that provides personal grooming services that specializes in unisex full body waxing as well as lash and brow tinting. Danyelle is currently working with Kiva Zip, a company that has the mission of supporting entrepreneurs in the United...

Success Story: Danyelle Ja’net

It is my distinct honor to tell you about Danyelle Ja’net, one of the 2013 Entrepreneurial Training Program graduates. Danyelle is the owner of Smooth, a mobile business that provides personal grooming services that specializes in unisex full body waxing as well as lash and brow tinting.

Testimonial: Preparation for the Reality of Starting My Own Business

I began the Operation HOPE Entrepreneurship Program with the thought that I would learn something new. At the very least, since the season was changing into summer, the daylight would be longer; and my three-bus trip home would not be too uncomfortable.

Bank of the West HOPE Inside Oakland Serves Over 100,000 People

Operation HOPE is proud to announce Bank of the West HOPE Inside Oakland has served more than 100,000 people in the Bay Area.  The Bank of the West HOPE Inside Oakland began in 2004 in partnership with Bank of the West with only one employee for the Banking On Our Future program and now there are 10 employees with a permanent HOPE member at the United Way, Sparkpoint Oakland Center. Bank of the West HOPE Inside...

Operation HOPE DC Participates in Congresswoman Norton’s Annual Small Business Fair

Operation Hope DC participated in Congresswoman Norton’s Annual Small Business Fair, on June 6, 2014 at the Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington DC. The fair ran from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and provided answers to the concerns of small business entrepreneurs related to accessing sufficient capital and problems associated with business development training and procurement opportunities.

Operation HOPE Denver Held First Ever Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Event

Earlier this month the Operation HOPE Denver team held our first ever Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Event, hosted at Denver Community Credit Union’s Community Room. We welcomed forty-two volunteers, business role models, old partners and new. Mingling over refreshments and snacks, our community gathered to celebrate our economic empowerment work from the past year and the successes of our HOPE Business in a Box program.

Atlanta Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA HBIAB Pitch Competition Synopsis

Over the last few weeks, 24 students enrolled in the Dr. Maya Angelou Teen Program at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA have been active participants in Operation HOPE’s newest youth focused intervention – HOPE Business in a Box (HBIAB).  11 businesses comprised of 1-4 students each pitched their business ideas to move on to the final phase of the initiative which is the Business Role Model (BRM)...

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