In 2001 Lance and Angela Ulen, owners of Hooper Memorial Home, wanted to move their nearly century-old, family-owned business. They found a new location, but knew the financing process would be a challenge. The Ulen’s turned to the programs and services provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to prepare a business plan, secure a loan and expand their business.
The story of Hooper Memorial Home begins with Walter J. Hooper, Sr. In the early 1900s he began his funeral care career and founded Hooper Memorial Home on Forster Street. His wife Alice, his strongest supporter, was one of the Harrisburg’s first African-American teachers. Hooper’s daughter, Millicent Price Hooper, was interested in a music career and attended Temple University.
After her father’s untimely death, Millicent decided to take over the family business and attended embalming school. In 1941, she became the youngest person to pass the State Board of Funeral Directors... Read More