HOPE Inside Small Business Program and DC Sun Trust Hold Their First Joint Seminar

On April 18, 2014 HOPE Inside Small Business Program held its first joint seminar with our DC Sun Trust partners.

Entrepreneurial Panel Inspires Denver High School Students

By: MK Sagaria, Banking On Our Future Program Manager, Denver In conjunction with providing HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB) programming in Lorraine Smith’s Executive Internship Class at CEC Middle College in Denver, the HOPE team was asked to invite a panel of local entrepreneurs in to share their lessons with budding entrepreneurs. The panelists included: Attorney Maria Ruskiewicz, Website designer Diane...

NY Business Pitch Competition is a Hit

By: Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager  On December 2nd and 3rd Stephanie Penceal, Small Business Program Manager, NY HOPE Center, Amy Reid, JD, Small Business Program Manager, Atlanta HOPE Center along with two graduates of the NY HOPE Center’s Entrepreneurial Training Program were in Raleigh North Carolina for Count Me In’s Urban Rebound Small Business Pitch Competition for Women.  We are...

Building Business Success at West Career Academy

By Mary Kathryn Sagaria, Banking On Our Future, Program Manager After nearly two months of hard work and dedication to the HOPE Business In A Box entrepreneurship program, three winning businesses were announced yesterday at West Career Academy. “Clean Cuts Shop” will be West Denver’s newest barber shop where it’s two founding owners will entertain their clients and guests with video games and music while...

West Career Academy Prepare for HOPE Business In A Box Competition

By: Mary Kathryn Sagaria, Banking On Our Future, Program Manager, Denver   West Career Academy (WCA) will be the first of six Denver Public high schools to participate in the HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB) pitch competition this academic year. Over the past two months, 15 students in a career development class have participated in The Gallup-HOPE Index, learned financial dignity through Banking On Our Future, and...

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...

Nurturing Entrepreneurial Passion: Atlanta Program Graduate Launches Business

When Inari Batini came to HOPE Center Atlanta she wasn't planning on starting a business of her own, but she was curious. She thought, “I don't have a business, but business information is good, right?” Inari described her potential as "a lump of coal"- she didn't recognized her own talent and passions.

Micro-Lending Making Small Business Dreams a Reality: HOPE Center D.C. Client Leroy Jackson Featured on Kiva Zip

Starting a business in the current economy can seem like an unachievable dream. But Leroy Jackson has already shown that he can beat the odds. Now, with the help of Operation HOPE's Small Business Empowerment Program and the new Kiva Zip program, Leroy is turning his dreams into action and raising funds to start his own accounting and tax preparation business, The Jackson Group, LLC.

HOPE Business In A Box Debutes in Denver

The fall in Denver was marked with the exciting pilot of HOPE Business in A Box (HBIAB). HBIAB, HOPE’s newest initiative for youth entrepreneurship, has been busy educating youth at Montbello High School, one of Denver’s Turnaround Schools. The 30 youth in the program participated in BOOF, followed by a spirited day learning skills and developing business plans from two business leaders in the Denver...

New York HOPE Center Entrepreneur Graduation

November 27, 2012, New York- The Harlem HOPE Financial Dignity Center had the pleasure of graduating 14 budding entrepreneurs from our Entrepreneurial Training Program. The graduation event was honored to have Operation HOPE’s New York Market CEO, Mrs. Mary Hagerty-Ersham, and Harlem HOPE Center Vice President, Ms. Donna Burton, share words of encouragement to the entrepreneurs. The 14 graduates have chosen a...

Stories of HOPE: Oakland Small Biz Graduate Creates Community Book Center

Taggart, a graduate and alumni of Operation HOPE’s 2011 small business empowerment program launched his business in August 2012 called Do 4 Self, a bookstore and community gathering center in East Oakland. Taggart is an Oakland native and activist who recently lost his job as a former city employee who worked as a re-entry program coordinator under the former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums. Taggart worked several years...

You’re Invited: Startup Maryland is Coming to Prince George’s County

Join Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and Startup Maryland, a statewide initiative to highlight and support entrepreneurs, at a rally celebrating startups and giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to network and possibly land a spot at a statewide business competition. The rally will take place on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 from 9 am to 11 am at the National Harbor. During the rally, the...

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