Popular Community Bank and Operation HOPE launched the third HOPE Inside location in New York recently. The program will empower entrepreneurs and small businesses through classroom education and onsite guidance.
At the Grand Opening Celebration on February 19, U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, of New York’s 9th District, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams praised efforts to help build local businesses. Business leaders, bank clients and students heard testimonies from previous participants of the program, and attended free workshops with trained Operation HOPE counselors.
“On behalf of the people of the Ninth Congressional District of New York, I want to thank Operation HOPE and Popular Community Bank for their commitment to strengthening the middle class in our community,” Clarke said.
Operation HOPE and Popular Community Bank work as a team at the branch to provide two offerings:
· Small Business Workshops – occurs every second Tuesday of the month and provides one-on-one consultations with trained Operation HOPE counselors to discuss business plans, financials and to deliver support through referrals
· Entrepreneurial Training Program – occurs every Wednesday and provides practical information such as branding, distribution, capital financing, conduct analyzing and vet out their value proposition.
“Our ongoing commitment to Operation HOPE is another way we strive to empower entrepreneurs and the community business leaders of tomorrow,” said Brian Doran, New York Metro Region Executive at Popular Community Bank.
The partnership to develop HOPE Inside Bank Branches in four New York Boroughs commenced on November 2013 with a commitment of $150,000 from Popular Community Bank.
Congratulations Popular Community Bank!