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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...

Entrepreneurship: Building Student Confidence and Ambition

I graduated high school and survived my first few years post-academia largely because of one quality, my competitive drive. A few select teachers forced maturity and good-naturedness out of me along the way but I was an aimless 17-year old with tons of energy.

Nonprofit Teaming with More Banks to Better Reach Underbanked

by SARAH TODD, American Banker December 26,2013 Oakland entrepreneur Nai Saeturn has had plenty of success attracting customers to the video production and marketing company she founded in 2006, but she hasn’t always been adept at running the business side of the operation. For a long time, Saeturn didn’t have a business checking account and never really paid herself – even though her company was...

DC Celebrates September Entrepreneurial Graduates

By: Cynthia Harrison, Small Business Program Manager, HOPE Financial Dignity Center DC A group of 17 small business graduates received their Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) certificates at the HOPE Financial Dignity Center DC on September 14th.  The graduates participated in an intense twelve-week program that focused on business plans, marketing, and financing.  Family and friends joined us to celebrate...

HOPE Workshop Empowers New York’s Budding Entrepreneurs

By Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, HOPE Financial Dignity Center NY Twenty six aspiring entrepreneurs attended HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York‘s Small Business Workshop on July 9th. Students worked with Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, covered the essentials of starting a business including: determining proper business entity, writing a business plan, and accessing...

Debra Collins, HOPE Executive Assistant, Shares Her Struggle in Her First Book

HOPE’s own Debra Collins, executive assistant to Division President Lance Triggs, stepped into HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant’s shoes for a moment on Sunday July 14th, to talk about her recently published memoir, Crossing Over Boundaries to a packed audience at the Glendale Central Library.

Free NY Course Boosts Entrepreneurs

By Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager HOPE Financial Dignity Center New York’s Free Small Business Incubator takes place on the last Saturday of the month. Business owners can utilize office space, computers, wi-fi and faxing services, as well as receive technical assistance.  In this photo, Stephanie Penceal, the new Small Business Program Manager, meets with a business owner to discuss plans to...

Entrepreneur Success in New Orleans

Elegant in Black LLC, is a moderately priced ladies clothing site, which caters to women of most age and size ranges. It prides itself on providing clothing to suit the body frame and personality of the individual. Owned and operated by Mrs. Abigail G. Washington of New Orleans, Louisiana, Elegant In Black was established after the lost of a long-term career in public service. With a dream and vision, Elegant In Black didn’t happen over night. It took and still takes constant prayer and encouragement from family and friends to keep moving.

ETP Program Graduates Honored by NY State Senator

HOPE Center New York celebrated the 8th Commencement ceremony of the Entrepreneurial Training Program by graduating eighteen business owners.

New Orleans Entrepreneurs Finish Training, Look Ahead to Success

A week before graduation, ETP Students worked on their final projects that marked the culmination of the 12-week Entrepreneur Training Program. Some students found themselves searching for more facts about their competition while others constructed ideas for a new business plan.

Artists Turned Entrepreneurs in New Orleans

On Wednesday January 30th, 2013 Operation HOPE in New Orleans held its 6th Graduation Ceremony at the Blue Plate Artists Loft honoring six artists who completed the twelve week Entrepreneurial Program (ETP).

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