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.

HOPE Oakland’s Aaron Baluyot: Help, Patience, and Understanding

Mr. Carnell Moore shared this story of how HOPE Financial Dignity Center Oakland Project Coordinator Aaron Baluyot helped him and his wife keep HOPE throughout the loan modification process. Thank you for the kind letter, Mr. Moore!

DC HOPE Center Enjoys Soaring Attendance and Program Growth

With new employees, growing participation rates, and budding excitement for workshops and programming, the DC HOPE Community is growing in numbers and enthusiasm.

Art Teacher Learns Small Business Skills from New Orleans HOPE Center

Ms. Helena Hayes Thomas is one savvy 70+-year-old.  For thirty-five years, Ms. Thomas has been writing and painting to teach others, and she’s preparing to publish her third book. She’s created over 100 pieces of hand-crafted artwork, portraying Biblical themes like the Ten Commandments, and even copywriting some of her designs. With Operation HOPE’s technical assistance, she’s developed a...

CGI America 2012: John Hope Bryant on the Evolution from Financial Literacy to Financial Dignity

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant, attended CGI America 2012 in Chicago, IL last week, where he spoke on the evolution from financial literacy to financial dignity, and his future aspiration for a new generation of American youth. Bryant also discussed Operation HOPE's latest initiatives: HOPE 700 Credit Score Communities and HOPE Business In A Box. Read the complete article on Newsmax here.

New York HOPE Center Hosts Community Business Expo

Alumni from the New York HOPE Center's Small Business Empowerment Program hosted a day-long Community Business Expo on Saturday, March 24.

Daily News Features HOPE Entrepreneur Graduate, Antonia Badon’s Play ‘Zora Harlem’

Antonia Badon, a graduate of the New York HOPE Center's Entrepreneurial Training Program, was recently featured in the New York Daily News for her one-woman play 'Zora Returns to Harlem.' The owner of DovetailACTORS Studios in Harlem, New York, Zora has owned her own business since 2005.

Operation HOPE Welcomes Mrs. Latresa McLawhorn-Ryan, Esq. as the Newest Member of its Family

The Operation HOPE family is honored and pleased to welcome Mrs. Latresa McLawhorn-Ryan, Esq., as the new Operation HOPE Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Development.

Laquita Stokes Shares Hope and Encouragement for Start-Ups

In 2007, Laquita Stokes walked into a neighborhood fashion boutique in East Oakland and began to dream of owning her own store when she discovered that was owned and operated by a young African American woman. Laquita was enthralled with the thought that she too could one day own her own retail clothing business. Motivated by her vision to someday own a boutique, she approached the store owner and asked if she needed help.

Atlanta HOPE Center Launches Inaugural Entrepreneurial Training Program

The HOPE Financial Dignity Center in Atlanta launched its first Entrepreneurial Training Program on January 12, 2012, empowered and engaged 29 aspiring small business owners during the inaugural class the Sun Trust University training campus.

Operation HOPE Founder Appointed Chairman of President Obama’s Subcommittee for the Underserved & Community Empowerment

Financial dignity empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE (HOPE) today announced that HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant has been appointed chairman of the recently announced Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment for the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability (“Council”).

From Civil Rights to Silver Rights

There are more people in the United States today without a bank account -- 17 millions to be exact -- than there were without the right to vote in the early 60's. Think about that for a minute. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final action and unfinished dream was launching a Poor People’s Campaign that attacked unfair housing practices and sought to root out economic injustice and disparity for the underserved.

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