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Volume 15                                                                                                                                        October - November 2011  
In This Issue
Volunteer Spotlight: Irene Kim Asbury, Attorney and RTC Help Desk Specialist
Rising Tide Capital Starting Something at Orange High School
Video Competition Encourages Entrepreneurs to Promote Businesses Online
Donate to Support Rising Tide Capital Entrepreneurs
A Sweet Start with Rising Tide Capital
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Rising Tide Capital "Starting Something" 

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October has been a month of exciting new changes and hard work as we prepare to move into our new headquarters and gear up to host  Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14-19), the biggest event of the year which is coming up in a matter of weeks. 


Earlier this year, we announced this year's GEW theme as "Start Something NJ"- a call to entrepreneurs and government leaders to see what they could do to start and grow businesses in our state. Now we at RTC are starting something. For the first time, we will be hosting GEW programming in Essex County, including a marketing workshop facilitated by Robert Provost, Director of Marketing at the Star Ledger, hosted by The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at the Rutgers Newark campus, and an entrepreneurship speakers series at Orange High School.  We have also launched an online video competition to promote the use of technology for marketing businesses.


Others have joined the call to action including Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno, Director of the White House Business Council, Ari Matusiak, Senator Sandra B. Cunningham, and other key decision makers who will help us kick off the week at City Hall. We will also be joined by leading entrepreneurs throughout the week. 


Without our community partners and sponsors, we could not provide year-around, high quality programs like Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Community Business Academy. On Monday, November 14, we invite you to join us for a special open house where we will celebrate the entrepreneurs who inspire our work and the partners who make it possible. 
We thank you for your continued support. I hope that you will reserve your free tickets today and join us for the exciting events that we have planned for the next month.    

Alfa Demmellash, CEO

Rising Tide Capital



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A Sneak Preview of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011

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GEWIt's hard to believe, but Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14-19) is now only a couple weeks away. Since we know you've been waiting to find out what's on the agenda here is a sneak preview of will be speaking and what events you won't want to miss. 


Bright and early on Monday, November 14, Rising Tide Capital will kick off GEW with a panel on urban job growth and a keynote address delivered by Lieutenant Governor, Kim Guadagno. Other speakers will include Ari Matusiak, the Director of the White House Business Council and Senator Sandra B. Cunningham of the N.J. legislature. The rest of the week will present opportunities to hear from leading philanthropists, visionaries and successful entrepreneurs. Tickets are limited, reserve yours now


Read more to learn about the 2011 Kick-Off, the Start Something Green Panel, ARTfest, and much more.  

Spotlight: Irene Kim Asbury, Attorney and RTC Help Desk Specialist


I showed up early to the seminar, "Legal Steps to Success", so that I could meet attorney Irene Kim Asbury, one of the top prosecutors in Northern New Jersey. 


When I stepped through the door I didn't see anyone in a suit or high heels. Irene, a petite woman with short cropped hair, was in jeans, busily setting up her presentation. Her look was casual, but as soon as she started speaking, it was clear that she meant business.  


Read more to learn about Irene


Orange High School is Starting Something During Global Entrepreneurship Week


Orange High SchoolEvery year, Rising Tide Capital engages partners and community support organizations to host panels and workshops and provide resources for entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week. This year, one of our newest partners has taken up the challenge to Start Something in New Jersey during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  On Friday, October 18, Orange High School will host the "I Started Something" speaker series to inspire the students to think about entrepreneurship as a career path. 


Read more to find out who will be presenting



animotoRising Tide Capital is hosting the "I Started Something Online Video Competition" to encourage entrepreneurs to take advantage of free internet technology to market their business ideas. 


Anyone who creates and submits a video by midnight of November 11, 2011 is eligible to compete for prizes including a digital camera with photography lessons, one-on-one business consultations and lunch with a top N.J. developer and entrepreneur


Read More to find out about prizes and rules.


Donate to Support Rising Tide Capital Entrepreneurs

500 Entrepreneurs Campaign


Interested in supporting the 500 entrepreneurs campaign? It's not too late!

Please make checks payable to RisingTide Capital and mail to: 348 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305


For Credit Card donations, visit our donate page.

A Sweet Start with Rising Tide Capital openhouse

Open House GEW  

  Rising Tide Capital is Moving!

Join us for a special open house on Monday, November 14 at our new headquarters on 

Martin Luther King Drive. 


Please RSVP at