Operation HOPE is Giving Aspiring Youth Entrepreneurs the Chance to Shine

By Natasha L. Foreman

If you live in or will be in the Atlanta area Wednesday, January 16th then there’s only ONE place that you need to be from 9:30am to 11:30am, and that’s cheering on and supporting aspiring youth entrepreneurs at Operation HOPE’s HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB) pitch competition at Jean Childs Young Middle School.

There are 29 teams competing, (consisting of 6th and 7th graders) for the HBIAB Entrepreneurship Grant (from $50 to $500 each), 6 weekly sessions with a Business Role Model, a savings account, and access to additional resources that will help them develop a mini business plan and launch their businesses.

Come out and lend your support to these young entrepreneurs. Be sure to share these details with your friends, family, associates, and colleagues. Tweet it, post it, and blog it!

Wednesday, January 16th
9:30am-11:30am
Jean Childs Young Middle School
3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Cross street: Lynhurst Drive
(404) 802-5900

The competition will be held inside of the auditorium. Early arrival is strongly suggested as we will be starting promptly at 9:30am.

Check out our video and website for more details about HOPE Business In A Box: operationhope.org/business-in-a-box

I hope to see you on Wednesday morning, and don’t forget to spread the word about the pitch competition!

~Natasha

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Youth Entrepreneur: 9-Year Old Boy Sells Lemonade to Help Detroit’s Financial Woes

Nine year old Joshua Smith is on a mission to help save his home city of Detroit by selling lemonade, punch, popcorn, and anything else tasty he can think of for around $1.50—with a goal to help with Detroit’s current financial woes, and to hopefully see a park erected in his neighborhood soon.

So far Joshua earned by the end of his first week, $3,340, leading him to receive an award from the Detroit City Council. He also earned a $2,000 scholarship for college from the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation.

Read more about Joshua and his new entrepreneurial endeavor here

This should be inspiration for other aspiring entrepreneurs—youth and adults. It also highlights the power of developing an idea into a monetized reality, as encouraged and taught through Operation HOPE’s HOPE Business In A Box (HBIAB) Initiative powered by the Gallup-HOPE Index.

The power of an idea— Joshua Smith and other positive youth entrepreneurs show and prove that our country can and will rebound from our economic setback, and thrive in the global economy as we did in the past—and our youth can and will successfully compete with other nations.

Go Joshua!!!

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