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April 09 2015

2014-15 Atlanta Market HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) Cohort Presents Business Plans

On Tuesday,  March 24, 2015, HOPE Inside @ Ebenezer hosted a joint collaborative event between the Adult Small Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) and the Operation HOPE youth entrepreneurship initiative, HOPE Business in a Box Academies (HBIABA). The event consisted of participants from the 2014-15 Atlanta Market HBIABA cohort presenting their business plans for start up grants for the final phase of the HBIABA initiative. These business plans were the culmination and result of the Business Role Model (BRM) Empowerment phase of the HBIABA initiative, in which participants were matched with local Business Role Models. These HOPE volunteers mentored and guided the youth entrepreneurs over the past several months to construct their business plans from their winning ideas from the Pitch Competition phase of HBIABA. 

The Business Plan Presentation Event consisted of 8 students in 5 businesses from Ralph J. Bunche Middle School and the Coretta Scott King Young Womens' Leadership Academy showcasing their business plans to the current Atlanta Market ETP cohort, which is directed by Mr. Darrick Graham, Small Business Program Coordinator and Assistant Vice President of HOPE Inside @ Ebenezer. Mr. Graham served on the panel of judges, which reviewed the submitted written business plans and provided feedback and commentary to the youth entrepreneurs about their business plans and presentations. Mr. Bill Atherton, National Business Program Manager of the Small Business Empowerment Initiative; and Mr. David Bell, Director of Operations & Program Development of the Global Youth Empowerment Initiative, served as the other judges on the panel. Ms. Shari Ponder, Atlanta Market Program Manager for the Youth Empowerment Group, and Ms. Hannah Cho, HBIABA & Casey Programs Fellow, served as hosts and MCs of the event.  

In addition to the business plan presentations, participants from the Pitch Competition at the HOPE Global Forum were in attendance to provide insight and share their personal experiences about the HBIABA initiative as well as network with the ETP class and other invited guests. 

Congratulations to all the youth entrepreneurs and BRMs for completing the final phase of HBIABA and to the Atlanta Market HOPE staff for a successful event! 

Operation HOPE would like to give a special thank you to Principal Dr. Dione Simon, Media Specialist Ms. Lajuana Ezzard, Business Education teacher Dr. Theo Smith at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy; and Principal Mario Watkins, and guidance counselor Dr. Vernita Byrd at Bunche Middle School, for their continued partnership with Operation HOPE and for their dedication and commitment to youth empowerment.

Participating businesses and youth entrepreneurs:

Ralph J. Bunche Middle School

  • Criosia Software (educational software programming) - Wilfred Powell 
  • Tee Phrase (t- shirt designs) - Samya Houessou 
  • Miniature Chefs (culinary academy for kids) - Alexia Minter and Tykira Williams 
  • J & K Tie Dye (tie dye designs) - Jamaris McElhaney and Kameron Jenkins

Coretta Scott King Young Womens' Leadership Academy

  • Stanza Inc (customized poetry) - Jaylee Davis and Chemica Griffin 

Business Role Models:

Ralph J. Bunche Middle School

  • Mr. Leonard Lay - Software Developer, Georgia Pacific
  • Ms. Jessica Washington - Customer Service Administrator, Operation HOPE

Coretta Scott King Young Womens' Leadership Academy

  • Ms. Danyelle Parks - President, First Impressions Image Consulting Services, LLC