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March 06 2014

Mayor Bell Joins HOPE Coalition America to Host a Small Business and Recovery Summit, “Are You Ready?” on March 13th

HCA Highlighted Government Bids and Proposals during a Workshop at the Hoover Public Library in February

Birmingham – March 6, 2014 – It’s never too early for small business owners to organize their finances, so they can quickly HCA staff, HOPE Corps members and speakers share a moment after the workshoprecover from a disaster. To help small business residents, Operation HOPE’s financial preparedness and recovery division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), is hosting a series of workshops to do just that.

On February 10th HCA assembled a group of local professionals to present an informative program on Government Bids and Proposals. The event started with HCA Program Manager Damian Carson giving a summary of the wide variety of services offered through Operation HOPE, highlighting the Disaster Financial Preparedness and Recovery Services. Carson also shared the goals of Project 5117, HOPE’s multi-year mission to continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating economic mobility.

Government contract expert and HOPE Corp Volunteer JeFreda Brown of Brown Accounting Solutions explained the process of winning and maintaining government bids to participants. Also presenting was Executive Director of the Birmingham Business Resource Center Bob Dickerson. His workshop on: Coffee and Contracts - Doing Business With the Government: The Insight on Websites provided the audience with useful tips.

These bids total billions of dollars for products and services provided by small businesses. The attendees are now equipped with an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit and 12 Point Business Continuity Plan, an important tool when trying to secure government contracts for their small businesses.  

On March 13th, in conjunction with Birmingham Mayor William Bell and other city officals, HCA will host a Small Business and Recovery Summit, "Are You Ready," in the Boutwell Auditorium Conference Room.

This program encourages attendees to exchange ideas with like-minded professionals, build relationships and help to generate new business for one another. The participating businesses can qualify for a free booth space in the future small business expo. The event is free to registered participants. Visit the following link to signup:

HCA's-Disaster Financial Preparedness & Recovery office in Birmingham will cover some of the following topics: 

  • Restructuring Business Plans
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Banking Relationships
  • Loan Applications and Packaging
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Financial and Economic Disaster Preparedness
  • Workshops and One-On-One Information and Guidance

Interested parties should contact Damian Carson at 205-516-0912 or visit