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HOPE Inside is a unique empowerment model that brings free financial dignity programming to underserved communities. Clients are counseled on the language of money and work with an Operation HOPE Financial Wellbeing Coach to transform established financial mindsets and develop customized action plans around building their own businesses, raising their credit scores, buying homes, or simply making better decisions with the money they have.

Programs include credit and money management, homeownership preparedness, and small business entrepreneurship. Every office holds consumer credit counseling certification, CFPB, FDIC, U.S. SBA, EITC, HUD, and FEMA applications and partnerships. Through the HOPE 700 Credit Score Communities initiative, the focus on raising client credit scores to 700, and thereby bringing financial uplift to communities is at the foundation of all HOPE Inside programming.


The Small Business Development Program is designed to help those wishing to start or establish their own business. Building a business takes time, effort and the tools to succeed. Most importantly it takes a plan. Participants can attend the Small Business Workshop, enroll in the Entrepreneurial Training Program and one-on-one technical assistance.

Free Small Business workshops are taught by a trained Operation HOPE financial coach.

Topics Include:

  • Advantages & disadvantages of business ownership
  • Questions to consider when starting a business
  • What you will need to start a business
  • Components of a business plan
  • How to access startup funding

231 W 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
201-381-8798 phone

Mon through Thu:
9:00AM - 4:00PM
9:00AM - 6:00PM
9:00AM - 2:00PM

Small Business Development


  1. Donna Burton
    Vice President
  2. Sean Sallee