On Tuesday, the Capital Bank location in Hickory announced the first HOPE Inside location in western North Carolina. HOPE Inside is a program of Operation HOPE that will provide free financial literacy education for area youth, adults and small businesses. The aid is located inside Capital Bank’s 1420 2nd Street location.

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Joining the celebration were Hickory Mayor Hank Guess, President and CEO of First Horizon Bryan Jordan and John Hope Bryant, Chairman and Founder of Operation HOPE. Community Bank Market President, Richard Shaffer, and Hickory Market Leader, Darrell Johnson attended as well as other members of the Capital Bank leadership team.

HOPE Inside is part of a $1 million commitment by Capital Bank and First Tennessee Bank’s Financial Education & Empowerment Program, in partnership with global financial dignity and economic empowerment nonprofit, Operation HOPE, Inc.

Operation Hope's website says this:  Our focus is financial dignity and inclusion. We equip young people and adults with the financial tools and education to secure a better future—coaching them through their personal aspirations and life’s challenges, and facilitating their journey to financial independence.

Capital Bank is a part of the First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) family of companies, that also includes First Tennessee,   Capital Bank and First Tennessee have opened 22 HOPE Inside offices to date, including several offices specific to small business counseling, in the bank’s financial centers, according to a press release from the company.

HOPE Inside offices at First Tennessee and Capital Bank locations served more than 8,000 new members in 2018 with over 1,360 clients still actively enrolled in services. HOPE Inside offices have helped clients create 84 new small businesses, the release stated.

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