the currents final banner

Volume 13                                                                                                                                                      August  2011  
In This Issue
Fall CBA Sessions
RTC Welcomes Two New Team Members
Rising Tide Entrepreneurs attend Tory Burch Mentoring Event
Angie Fitch Wins an iPad
RTC Joins the Campaign for Opportunity nation
Help Us Reach 500 Entrepreneurs by Fall 2011!
Make a Difference

Donate to RTC 

Making a Difference in the life of an entrepreneur means helping a talented individual  build a business that will sustain his or her family, provide jobs, and keep cash circulating in our communities. Every penny counts. Show your support for our entrepreneurs today!

Upcoming Programs Activities

Community Business Academy

This Fall, RTC will teach a CBA class outside of Jersey City for the first time, with an additonal session in the City of Orange Township. If you want to attend a CBA class this Fall, click here to find a CBA orientation date near you! 

Business Acceleration Services
The next six months will be filled with seminars, workshops and resources to give small business owners the skills they need for business success! Click here to find out about upcoming events and activities!

Stay Connected with RTC

We're Growing, and we need your support!

Ei AlfaThis summer has been a period of growth and expansion for Rising Tide Capital. Not only have we officially launched our expansion into Essex County through the Community Schools partnership in Orange, but we have also expanded our team to support our growth. This Fall, we will host four sessions of the Community Business Academy, putting us well on our way to supporting even more entrepreneurs who are creating their own paths to economic opportunity.


This year we are sending out our annual appeal earlier than usual, and we urge you to support our 500 Entrepreneurs campaign. In these challenging economic times, we need your help in supporting even more underserved entrepreneurs. With your support, we can do outreach to find the right entrepreneurs for our programs, hire an additional instructor and provide instructional materials for our students. This Fall, 92 budding entrepreneurs can have access to the support they need to start their businesses, with your support.


Help us to reach 500 entrepreneurs!



Alfa Demmellash


P.S. To make a tax deductible donation in support of our500 entrepreneurs campaign, click here

Join Our Mailing List!


Rising Tide Capital Expands into Northern New Jersey - Starting in Orange


Rising Tide Capital is Expanding

ORANGE, NJ-Rising Tide Capital (RTC)-a New Jersey non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurship training and coaching in underserved, urban communities-will bring a session of its Community Business Academy (CBA) to Orange this Fall as part of its regional expansion. The Community Business Academy, an 11-week, adult education program, provides the hands-on training and management skills essential to starting and running a successful business. The classes are scheduled to start on September 22, and will be hosted on weeknight evenings at the Rosa Parks Elementary School by the Orange Township Board of Education. Rising Tide Capital will join other community organizations participating in a revitalization initiative funded by JPMorgan Chase which focuses on building a "Community Schools" program in Orange.


Read more

Fall Sessions of the Community Business Academy to start on September 19

  Community Business Academy
This Fall, Rising Tide Capital will host four concurrent sessions of the Community Business Academy, three in Jersey City, and one in the City of Orange Township.  


Classes in Jersey City will be held on Tuesday evenings at the St. Paul's Church (Basement)  at 440 Hoboken Avenue, Wednesday evenings at the Grassroots Community Space at 54 Coles Street, and on Saturday mornings at the Urban League of Hudson County at 253 Martin Luther King Drive. The Orange class will be held on Thursday evenings at the Rosa Parks School, 369 Main St.


Read more 

Rising Tide Capital Welcomes Two New Members to our Team

  shari ashton_keith dent

This summer, Rising Tide Capital was pleased to welcome to new people to the team, Shari Ashton, our new Development Manager and Keith Dent who will lead our Essex County expansion efforts as Assistant Director.    


Shari Ashton joins Rising Tide Capital as Development Manager with nearly fourteen years of managerial, fundraising and leadership experience in the non-profit sector.


Keith Dent will be facilitating the pilot replication of our programs in Essex County. He is responsible for community outreach-establishing and maintaining stakeholder relationships to ensure that our programs reach potential entrepreneurs living in distressed urban centers in Essex County.


Read more 

15 Rising Tide Entrepreneurs attend the Tory Burch Mentoring Event

Tory Burch Mentoring Event
Rising Tide Entrepreneurs with Tory Burch

For the third time, Rising Tide Entrepreneurs were invited to participate in the Tory Burch Foundation's Mentoring event. On July 20, 15 of our entrepreneurs joined other small business owners at the Tory Burch offices in Manhattan, NY for a night of mentoring and networking. Some of the mentors in attendance included well known figures in the fashion, beauty and law industries such as  Russell Simmons of Rush Communications, Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion at Parsons the New School for Design and Blythe Harris, CCO of Stella and Dot. 


 Read more 

Angela Fitch Wins an iPad for participating in RTC's Evaluation Surveys


Angela Fitch and Alfa

Winning the iPad has made a big difference to Angie's business.  "Sometimes when I go to a client's home to fix their pc, they don't have any access to the net for troubleshooting or downloading drivers, so then I have to bring the pc to my house.  This will save time and effort.  I have found so many useful apps.  I am a news buff, therefore I have downloaded a bunch of news service apps, newspapers and plenty of games for my down times.  It's an amazing machine.  I love it"


Read More

Rising Tide Capital joins the Campaign for Opportunity Nation

Opportunity NationRising Tide Capital recently joined a coalition of community-based organizations in support of the Campaign for Opportunity Nation. According to its website, this campaign seeks to change the United States of America by building a national dialogue around opportunity in America, to change policy concerning access to and expansion of opportunity, and to build a permanent coalition of diverse organizations to support opportunity in America.


"Rising Tide Capital is founded on the basic idea that people can create their own opportunities," said Alfa Demmellash, CEO of Rising Tide Capital. "We believe that through the transformative power of entrepreneurship, through building and supporting strong businesses, people can change their lives and their communities. This Opportunity Nation Campaign is a natural fit for us."


For more information about the Campaign for Opportunity Nation, please visit

Donate to Help Us Reach 500 Entrepreneurs by Fall 2011!

500 Entrepreneurs Campaign

On May 26, Rising Tide Capital (RTC) marked its 7th year of assisting struggling entrepreneurs in and around Jersey City, and the 5th Anniversary of the Community Business Academy, RTC's 11-week, hands-on business training program.  To date, the Community Business Academy has graduated 430 entrepreneurs.


We need your help to reach 500 entrepreneurs by this fall!