Increasing H.O.P.E., Dominion Energy Help Expand Financial Services Training for Minority-Owned Businesses

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Sept. 30, 2021) – Increasing H.O.P.E. Financial Training Center recently announced a $10,000 donation from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to support educational opportunities for minority-owned businesses.

“We are grateful for the generosity and partnership of Dominion Energy,” Dorothea Bernique, executive director of Increasing H.O.P.E., said. “With this gift, Dominion is demonstrating its continued commitment to helping our communities of color. And hopefully, as these small businesses thrive, we are in turn creating a stronger community for us all.”

Funding from Dominion Energy will support Increasing H.O.P.E.’s North Charleston-based Business Success Center, which creates an ecosystem of opportunity through a variety of training programs available to minority-owned local businesses and entrepreneurs.

“Minority-owned small businesses are often the heart and soul of the communities we serve,” said Rodney Blevins, president of Dominion Energy South Carolina. “We are proud to support Increasing H.O.P.E.’s mission to provide equitable education services, which are critical for local business leaders on their path to success.”

Since 2005, the organization has provided assistance and training for approximately 10,000 clients across the Lowcountry, including more than 2,000 housing-based clients.

About Increasing H.O.P.E (Helping Others Prosper Economically)
Increasing H.O.P.E. operates as a one-stop educational resource, providing integrated services to help families, individuals, and entrepreneurs achieve financial stability and build assets. Increasing H.O.P.E. helps families of modest income reverse the cycle of debt and build wealth through investing, home ownership, and the start of successful small businesses by providing a series of programs that address both the mechanics of saving and investing and the psychological transformation required to do so.

About the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
More than 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed more than $58 million in 2020 to community causes. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality. Please visit to learn more.

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