According to a new national survey, 7 out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances. And nearly 60 percent said they worry about having enough money to pay for school. Meanwhile, half of students are concerned about paying their monthly expenses. That’s why HOPE Inside financial coaches all over the United States are taking steps to improve financial literacy among students.read more
Statistics show that over 80% of new businesses fail within the first five years and are even worse for minority business owners. Preparing yourself with the proper training and skills can go a long way in helping you become a successful entrepreneur. Financial Wellbeing Coach, Joncey Lee, shared her story with us, after engaging in her third, “not-so pleasant” experience with a minority business owner.read more
Meet Marc Jean-Baptiste. Marc is a proud and passionate native of Haiti, currently residing in Tampa, Florida. I met him earlier this year, while passing out flyers for my upcoming Credit and Money Management Workshop at North Tampa Library. We exchanged business cards and he decided to enroll in my 700 Credit Score Community at HOPE Inside SunTrust Bank in Tampa.read more
While most of the nation was enjoying the Labor Day weekend, Chicago marked its 500th homicide this year. According to CNN, 2016 has become one of Chicago’s most deadliest years in two decades.
The upward trend of violence and homicides in Chicago is tragic, impacting numerous families and communities. Chicago’s numbers hold significance to more than just the residents of the city. The true issue at hand is less about race and the color line, and more about class and poverty; “silver rights”, in addition to civil rights.
On August 25th, Azzie Lewis learned that she would no longer be employed with her employer of 20 years. Although this was an unexpected event, Ms. Lewis was determined to make the best of her situation. As a matter of fact, it inspired her to finally seek help from Operation HOPE. Ms. Lewis was referred to Operation HOPE by one of her friends a few months prior. Although Ms. Lewis sought HOPE, she was far from hopeless. She viewed her situation as an opportunity to achieve her dream of starting a business.read more