Small Business Development

We will help you start a business, grow your business, or become an entrepreneur to take all your businesses to the next level of success. 

Build and grow your small business

Helping you take your idea or business to the next level.


Operation HOPE’s team of dedicated Small Business Coaches are here to help you identify and address the issues you may face in starting or growing your business and can assist you in developing a plan to help you achieve your business goals.  

Our dedicated team of coaches can help entrepreneurs and new or existing small business owners identify their key needs and then provide the education, coaching and connections needed to improve their businesses. 

By offering small business group education sessions, small group coaching, and individual/personalized coaching, we can help you master business basics, create and maintain a strong business plan, as well as gain access to funding and resources to grow your business.

Aspiring Small Business Owners:

If you dream of starting a business, but obstacles like lack of access to business loans, limited business knowledge  or poor credit have hindered you, our small business coaches can help you get started.

Existing Business Owners:

As a small business owner, you face many challenges which can threaten your ongoing operations or hinder your ability to grow. Our Business Coaches can help you if you have limited business knowledge, financial records that are not where they need to be or don’t exist, challenges in attracting and retaining customers, competitive pressures, supply chain issues, technology limitations, and lack of access to business loans  for improving your operations or growing your business.

Black Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners:

If you are a Black entrepreneur or existing small business owner, we have created a specialized business assistance program, 1MBB, which is designed to help you navigate the additional challenges facing Black business. Learn more about 1MBB here.

For all other entrepreneurs and small business owners, the small business development program works like this.

We sum up what we do with three words: Educate, Coach, Connect.


Through group education session(s), a Small Business Coach teaches you the information you need to know to support your business or create a business from an idea.


In a series of individual coaching sessions, a Small Business Coach will give you opportunities to practice what you learned in the group education session(s). The coach will follow a process of teaching you how to improve your business skills, guiding you through steps of your journey and then continuing to support you as you do it on your own. In addition to individual coaching sessions, we offer small group coaching sessions for people who want additional practice or to more deeply explore a specific topic. These sessions are about skill building on topics covered in group education and provide you with additional opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge in key areas.


As you work with your Small Business Coach, there will be times you will need or want more or different resources, information, introduction to a bank or any number of connections to help outside of Operation HOPE. Your coach will connect you to what you need as a part of their relationship with you.

Start your small business journey today

Getting started on creating or growing your business is easy.
Enroll in the One Million Black Business Initiative (1MBB).

Get the HOPE in Hand App

Gain access to a Small Business coach & start, grow, or scale your business.
Through the generosity of our partners all programs are provided free of charge.

Download the HOPE In Hand app in the Apple App Store Download the HOPE In Hand app on Google Play

How to Help

Learn how you can support the work of Operation HOPE:


“Operation HOPE helped change my life. Because of HOPE, I was able to get the loan I needed to save my business and get me back on my feet. My business is thriving now and I’ve also been able to start saving for the first time in years. ”
“Thank you so much for building a program that is educational, informative, and transformative. I was able to think about my business in an elevated light and create action plans. So, thank you for teaching me that I can do things I have never thought were possible.”

Workshops for Small Business

Select an upcoming Small Business Intro Workshop for a program overview. When you want to get started with a coach, select an upcoming session of the multi-part Business Development Series.

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Will I need to pay for this? 

There is no cost to you for HOPE’s Small Business Development Program.  All of HOPE’s services are free for clients thanks to the generous support of the partners and donors who share our commitment to helping individuals and small businesses gain the skills and resources they need to thrive.

How much commitment is required? 

The most important element of the Small Business Development process is your openness to learn new skills and your willingness to commit the time and effort necessary to work with your coach, follow their advice, and diligently take the steps needed to reach your goals.

How long does the program last? 

Our Small Business Program typically lasts between 8-12 weeks, depending on which program you choose.  However the needs of each small business and business owner are unique, so the timing may vary to reach your goals.

How will I be paired with a coach?

You will be connected to a coach based on the availability of one close to where you live. 

Will I meet with my coach in-person or virtually?

We make every effort to connect you with a coach you can meet in person, if you want that option. However, if a coach is not located in your city, we will pair you with one as close as we can. In some cases, there may not be a coach close enough for you to meet with in-person. All of our coaches are able to work with any client on a remote basis through video conferencing, phone and other communication methods.