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.
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.
With new employees, growing participation rates, and budding excitement for workshops and programming, the DC HOPE Community is growing in numbers and enthusiasm.
Chief Executive Officer Mary Hagerty Ehrsam speaks at the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center Young African Leaders Innovation Summit in Washington D.C.
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...
Mr. Nickolas Long III, playwrite and director for his own theatre company, Josiah Theatre Works, LLC, discusses how the NY HOPE Center has helped him and his business in various ways, such as hosting auditions for his upcoming shows in the conference room, printing fliers and discount coupons for his shows in the Cyber Cafe, and talking to Christina Barrett for business advice.
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Operation HOPE celebrated the thirty-two graduating students of the 2012 Entrepreneurial Training Class. Friends and family gathered at the Atlanta Life building to partake in the graduation ceremony of the first class in Operation HOPE’s history in which 100% of the students completed the course.
There are three weeks remaining for the Winter Class 2012 Entrepreneur Training Program participants to begin preparing for their final business presentation and graduation.
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.
Street Corner Resource is a community-based service organization, located in Harlem that offers education, training, and employment opportunities to residents of a disenfranchised and greatly undeserved community.
Mr. Julio Meja shares how his experience utilizing the Long Beach HOPE Center's Cyber Cafe and being a member of the small business program impacted his life. Julio accessed the HOPE Center Cyber Cafe while creating his business plan, mission statement and investment funding.
Jenile Brooks, a recent graduate of the New York HOPE Center's Entrepreneurial Training Program was featured earlier this month as Black Enterprise Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Week. Brooks, a Detroit native, aims to use her business, Harvest Express, to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and more to her hometown, which is considered one of America’s most arid "food deserts." You can read the story here.
Our nation can and should feel proud of what we did to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier this year, with the formal unveiling of the monument in his name in our nation's capital. That said, honoring the man is different from honoring his life's work, his commitments when he was with us, or more so, what he was working on when he left here.