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 Announces Winners of Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance HOPE Business in a Box Competition

On Tuesday, May 6 2014, at Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance in Hawthorne, California, eighteen brave ninth graders took to the stage and pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges, made up of community members, bankers, and executives. Thanks to Popular Community Bank and especially Vernon Aguirre, (California Region Executive for Popular Community Bank) for his instrumental help to orchestrate the generous monetary contribution to support the HOPE Business in a Box Academy at Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance.

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...

Your New Economy: How To Turn $36 and Hustle Into A $200,000 Plus Annual Income

I recently met Eric McLean, a mobile notary public in Atlanta, who came by my office. As we signed documents I asked him how he became a notary. I assumed this was a part-time source of income for him. That’s what I get for assuming. McLean told me that he sort of stumbled into the business, beginning by paying the city $36 for a notary stamp. But he committed himself to working hard, and during his first month...

K-12 To Nowhere? Preparing Our Kids For Jobs That Actually Exist.

We tell our kids to go to school, K-12 (elementary school, middle school, and then high school), and then we tell them to graduate. Perfect. Right message. We then tell our kids to continue on to college, graduating there, and attaining some degree in higher education. Perfect. Right message here too. And then we tell our kids to then go find a job at either big business (or government). You can almost name...

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.

Students Present Business Plans for HOPE Business In A Box Academy, Jean Child Young Middle School

 By Heather Thompson, HOPE Fellow for HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB), HOPE Inside Ebenezer  Hope Business In A Box business plans concluded at Jeans Child Young Middle School on Wednesday, March 19, 2013.  After completing 5 two-hour sessions with their business role models, the young entrepreneurs were eager to tell us more about their business endeavors.  Each student was dressed professionally and had the...

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...

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