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By David Bauerlein Tue, Dec 2, 2014 @ 9:05 pm

Operation Hope, a national nonprofit, is expanding to Jacksonville by starting a new program that will have at least 10 neighborhood-based locations where small business owners can learn to become better at financial management, officials announced Tuesday.

It’s part of a drive by Operation Hope to open 1,000 locations in cities nationwide where people can get counseling and training. The ultimate goal is to help them strengthen their financial profile so they can qualify for lending through banks.

“We’re going to create the Starbucks of financial inclusion,” Operation Hope founder John Hope Bryant said Tuesday at Jacksonville City Hall.

The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the organization a $2.5 million grant, which Operation Hope will use for its small business program in Jacksonville and eight other cities.

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