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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)...

HOPE ATL Supports Collects Shoes For Save the Earth Projects, A Youth Social Venture

By Angela Jones, Youth Empowerment Fellow, HOPE Inside Ebenezer We at Operation Hope are not only working tirelessly to improve the economic quality of life for individuals, families and communities, but we also acknowledge and support members of communities who are thematically doing the same. Through HOPE ATL Supports Operation HOPE Atlanta is committed in completing a community service project on a quarterly...

Three Winners Chosen from the HOPE Business In A Box Pitch Competition at Julian Nava Learning Academy

On Monday, May 5, 2014, at Julian Nava Learning Academy in Los Angeles, nine brave eighth graders took to the stage and pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges, made up of community members, bankers, and executives.

HOPE Inside, Miami Presents a Spanish Seminar for Budding Entrepreneurs

On May 22, more than 22 aspiring entrepreneurs took the first step to starting their business dream. Lead by Ana Rojas, Financial Empowerment Coach with Operation HOPE, they learned the basics of Credit and Money management as a key to develop a business and get funding.

HOPE Inside New York: First Entrepreneurial Training Program Graduation Held at Popular Community Bank

The first HOPE Inside New York Entrepreneurial Training Program graduation was held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Popular Community Bank. Family, friends, community partners and the HOPE Inside NY team gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 17 proud entrepreneurs in fields ranging from food products and cleaning service to commercial real estate development.

Thank You Grandma’s Quick and Easy Gourmet Cornbread

    By: Darrick Graham, Small Business Coordinator, HOPE Inside Ebenezer Operation Hope’s  Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) graduate , Shirley Batchelor, and Founder of “Grandma’s Quick and Easy Gourmet Cornbread,  was featured on “Shark Tank”. Batchelor visited our class last Tuesday evening to give new students a cooking demonstration of her ”...

Sage Ben Ali, Owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl, Delivers Commencement Speech to Operation HOPE Graduates

Operation HOPE’s Small Business Entrepreneurial Program graduated twenty-eight students. The six-week DOES- ETP graduated thirteen students, and the ETP twelve-week evening program, graduated fifteen.

HOPE Inside New York: First Small Business Workshop at Popular Community Bank

On Tuesday, February 11th, 16 determined and aspiring entrepreneurs braved freezing temperatures to attend the first Small Business Workshop held at Popular Community Bank (PCB) as part of the new HOPE Inside program model in New York.

HOPE Inside at Popular Community Bank Harlem Held its First Entrepreneurial Training Program

 By Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager  On March 5, 2014, Operation HOPE New York had its first Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) class at HOPE Inside at Popular Community Bank Harlem. It was the first of many classes that will be held at the new HOPE Inside location. ETP graduates, El Ruby Thomas of Gotcha Techs-Harlem, George Williams Jr. of Open Choice IT Service and Cornell Green...

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