About Us

The I-HOPE Women’s Business Center of the Lowcountry is hosted by Increasing H.O.P.E. Financial Training Center (501c3) and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

We believe that every woman, minority, and veteran entrepreneur should be supported, encouraged, and valued in our community. HOPE is what drives us all to achieve a better legacy for ourselves, our families, and our communities. The I-HOPE WBC seeks to serve entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing them with free or low-cost resources needed to start and grow their business.

We teach, serve and value our small business community and we support them as they make a profound impact on our world. We have opportunities for corporate partners, business professionals, and entrepreneurs in every stage of business and industry.


Our Team

Dorothea Bernique Headshot

Dorothea Bernique

Executive Director
Increasing H.O.P.E.

Kim Henderson

Program Director
I-HOPE Women’s Business Center


Amber Schellinger

Program & Event Coordinator
Certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor

Advisory Board

Dr. Sonja Ogletree Satani, Chair
Elmire Raven
Cindi Rourk
Jennet Robinson Alterman
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch
Latorie Lloyd
Mary Butler
Shontavia Johnson
Katie McCravy
Ashley Chaplin

About Us​

Since 2003, Increasing H.O.P.E (Helping Others Prosper Economically) has been providing financial training educational opportunities to the local community. We are a nonprofit Financial Training Center with a passion to see individuals and families become educated, enriched and empowered in the area of personal finance.

Our Mission

To create financial freedom and stability for families in South Carolina by building assets through financial education and training.



Increasing H.O.P.E. Values


Creative responses to community needs.


We deliver what we promise.


Honor people as individuals.


For quality and excellence.


Fostering relationships, building partnerships.

15 Years of Community Service

To watch Increasing H.O.P.E.’s 15 Year Gala Celebration, please click the image above or click here.