The HOPE Business In A Box Initiative (HBIAB) will channel and transform a youth’s natural aspiration and state of hope into practical and life changing action steps. Action steps that they can implement themselves, with a little help from HOPE.


The Theo Ratliff Foundation believes that youth can and should be inspired by their readiness, through education, to meet any opportunity to strengthen their communities head on. All of our programs, from Operation Hope to The Drake House, are structured to provide more than simply an immediate need, but are designed to teach youth that a better self, family and community may only be realized when inspiration, readiness and opportunity align. It is this belief, in the power of inspiration, that compels us to encourage youth to lean upon their core values, and from this foundation, educate themselves and prepare to be inspired towards greatness.

Hope Business In A Box, is a five-hour entrepreneurial training program designed to teach youth in grades 4th – 12th the fundamentals of new business development, planning and start-up and the art of “pitching” a new business idea to investors. After the completing the five hour classroom program, students may opt to present their business ideas in the HBIAB Pitch Competition at their school. Winners of the Pitch Competition are assigned a Business Role Model (BRM) who will help them launch their idea into a business and are eligible to receive up to $500 in business start-up capital to purchase inventory, supplies and materials.

The Theo Ratliff Foundation will advance the HBIAB program in partnership with B.E.S.T. (Business, Engineering, Science & Technology) Academy, an Atlanta, Georgia-based whose Mission is to provide a rigorous single gender education with B.E.S.T. (Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology) practices that empowers students to learn at their highest potential. We are sincerely honored to play such a significant role in the development of our future leaders, as such we have taken on the task of marshaling Atlanta’s business leaders to assist with executing the well-developed curriculum.

Our resource and financial investments in the Operation Hope program, through B.E.S.T. Academy throughout Q4 2013 and Q1 2014, will serve as a hallmark of the significant positive influence we seek to effect in all programs offered.

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