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Volume 19                                                                                                                                                                 March 2012   
In This Issue
Rising Tide Exchange Takes Off
Michael Caslin Joins Rising Tide Capital as Managing Director for Strategy and Development
Donor Spotlight: Sonny Soi, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Supports Rising Tide Capital
Partnership with Creative Grove Opens Opportunities for Rising Tide Entrepreneurs
5 Questions with Jay Savulich
Angela Huggins to Begin Free Residency at Mission 50 Business Incubator in Hoboken
Michele Ashley Shares Tips for Female Entrepreneurs
RTC Staff Creates Donor Thank You Video
March Calendar of Events
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Community Business Academy

Ninety-four entrepreneurs started the Spring CBA session on February 28. Classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in Jersey City, and on Thursday evenings in Orange.


Interested in the Fall  CBA session? Click here  to find an upcoming 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!

 Happy Donor Appreciation Month!

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Spring is finally here bringing many new and exciting changes at Rising Tide Capital. This month, we welcomed Michael Caslin, a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and business development to our team. In the few weeks that he's been working with us, it's already clear that his experience and passion for entrepreneurship will be instrumental as we expand and deepen our programming. 


This month, we launched two initiatives to directly benefit Rising Tide Entrepreneurs. We unveiled the beta version of the Rising Tide Exchange, an online platform for Rising Tide Entrepreneurs to connect with you and one another. Please visit the Exchange and share your thoughts on how we can make it as user-friendly and high-impact as possible. We have also forged a successful partnership with the Creative Grove Artist Market to create a Rising Tide Zone outside one of the busiest train stations in Jersey City.


These initiatives would not be possible without the support of our incredible friends and supporters who share our commitment to RTC's mission. That's why we declared March "Donor Appreciation Month". You may have already received an email or phone call from a member of our team, but just in case you missed us, I wanted to share this video we created to thank you for sharing the vision of rebuilding our communities through the power of entrepreneurship.




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Rising Tide Exchange takes off

With the generous support of the Citi Foundation, Rising Tide Capital is proud to launch the Rising Tide Exchange, a platform for Rising Tide Entrepreneurs to connect with you and one another. 


Check out our new website to learn about each featured entrepreneur's:

  • Milestones and Accomplishments,
  • Business Needs,
  • Contact Information,
  • Photos, and more!

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Michael Caslin Joins Rising Tide Capital as Managing Director for Strategy and Development

Michael Caslin was CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) for 
20 years.


Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit organization that has supported the start and growth of hundreds of small businesses in Northern New Jersey, recently hired Michael Caslin as the Managing Director of Strategy and Development. 


Recognized nationally as a leader in social enterprise and business venture development, Caslin will lead a replication strategy to expand the nonprofit's services to other communities in need. 

"Rising Tide Capital's mission aligns with my faith in the power of entrepreneurship to transform communities. No single politician or major corporation can save communities of need. Only entrepreneurs from the communities themselves- who support their families and create jobs- can do that," said Caslin who joined Rising Tide Capital in February.


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Donor Spotlight: Sonny Soi, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Supports Rising Tide Capital  
 Sonny Soi started giving to Rising Tide Capital in 2010.


Individual donors play a critical role in making sure that Rising Tide Capital's services remain affordable to all entrepreneurs, particularly those from undeserved communities. In this story, meet Sonny Soi, a philanthropist and entrepreneur who supports Rising Tide Capital because of his faith in the ability of entrepreneurial training to empower communities. Read more


"I support Rising Tide Capital because it puts into action the old saying, 'Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for life."


Sonny Soi, CEO CrossPoint Business Group 


 Partnership with Creative Grove Opens Opportunities for Rising Tide Entrepreneurs

Left to Right: Stacey Hyatt-Dixon, Yolanda Winters and Angela Huggins participated in the pilot Rising Tide Zone.
Once a month, a section of the outdoor Creative Grove Artist Market dubbed the "Rising Tide Zone" will be exclusively designated for Rising Tide Entrepreneurs. In March, Rising Tide Capital launched an innovative partnership with the market organizers to give Rising Tide entrepreneurs opportunities to market their  products and services at the hub of downtown Jersey City, the Grove Street PATH Plaza. 


 "With such a high traffic area as the Grove Street PATH Plaza, this Zone will give our entrepreneurs a great opportunity to not only meet customers, but also potential partners," said Mary Sansait, program coordinator for the Community Business Academy and the lead organizer behind the Rising Tide Zone. Read more   

5 Questions with Jay Savulich

Jay Savulich with his two sons, 
Miles and Franklin.
You may know him as the managing director of Programs at Rising Tide Capital, but did you know the Jay Savulich is also a music historian that loves cupcakes and hiking with his sons? 
Each month, we will spotlight a Rising Tide staff member and share some fun facts you might not have known. Stay tuned for more interviews! 


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Angela Huggins to Begin Free Residency at Mission 50 Business Incubator in Hoboken


CEO of Angel Hugs, Angela Huggins won a free, month-long residency at the Mission 50 Business Incubator out of the Hoboken Business Center


For the past two years, the HBC has been a host for RTC events. During the latest event, a Marketing Master Class, participants entered a competition to win a one-month residency and Huggins was selected as the winner. Read More


Congratulations Angela Huggins! 

Rising Tide Entrepreneur Michele Ashley Shares Tips for Female Entrepreneurs

"Entrepreneurship is the new glass ceiling for women to break," according women's empowerment coach, Michele Ashley, "Twenty to thirty years ago women were trying to find that balance between running a job, managing a house and raising a family. We've been there, done that. Now after spending some years in the corporate world, women are asking themselves, how can I create my own job?"
In this article, Michele shares her top tips for female entrepreneurs looking to start and grow successful businesses. Read More

Rising Tide Capital Staff Creates Donor Thank You Video


To show how thankful we are for your support, the whole Rising Tide Capital staff 

came together to create this little video. Click on the image above and enjoy!


April Calendar of Events


 Click on the calendar icon above to find out about our Program events and activities in April.