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Volume 22                                                                                                                                                                   June 2012 
In This Issue
The Start Something Challenge Brings Resources to NJ Entrepreneurs
Third annual ARTfest! stars Grammy award winning singer and Rising Tide performers
Five Questions with Mary Sansait
Three Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Win Funding at 2012 Plan & Pitch Competition
Congratulations Spring 2012 Executive Summary Competition Winners!
Rising Tide Capital Welcomes 2012 Summer Intern
Two Rising Tide Capital AmeriCorps VISTA Members Return from Nicaragua
July Calendar of Events
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 Let's Start Something Together Today!

Ei Alfa

A few days ago, I cried watching Angela Huggins accept a hard fought prize of $625 after competing in our rigorous Plan & Pitch Competition. A doll maker by trade, Angela will buy the sewing machines she needs to grow her doll-making business (Angel Hugs) with more classes for youth, increasing her revenue while passing on a valuable tradition.  We need more "angle hugs" - especially in neighborhoods where youth are struggling to find role models let alone employers. 


Now this is where you come in. Join us as we launch the Start Something Challenge - a competition to draw out the best ideas in distressed neighborhoods and reward them with the seed money and business assistance they need to grow.  


We are raising $20,000 in prize money and mobilizing hundreds of entrepreneurs to join the call. Please donate $25 now and let's start something together today!

Thank you in advance for your generosity!  



Alfa Demmellash

CEO, Rising Tide Capital


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The Start Something Challenge Brings Resources to NJ Entrepreneurs 

Rising Tide Capital, a Jersey City non-profit dedicated to transforming lives and communities through entrepreneurship, is hosting the 2012 Start Something Challenge to provide entrepreneurs with resources to start and grow successful businesses in New Jersey. This exciting new competition will provide entrepreneurs across New Jersey with an opportunity to pitch their business ideas for a chance to win valuable prizes. Read More. 


Rules and details of the event can be found on the Start Something Challenge Facebook page and website which will be launched this month. If you are an entrepreneur interested in participating in the challenge, contact Justyna at [email protected] or call 201-432-4316, ext. 110.


Anyone interested in supporting the Start Something Challenge as a co-sponsor or judge should contact Mike Caslin, Managing Director, Growth Strategy and Development at [email protected] or call 201-432-4316 ext. 107. 

Third annual ARTfest! stars Grammy award winning singer and Rising Tide performers

Bringing together street vendors, break dancers, poets, and Grammy award winning singer Maya Azucena, Rising Tide Capital hosted its third annual ARTfest!-the largest to date-at the Grove Street PATH Plaza on June 8. According to Azucena, she decided to support the Rising Tide Capital event because its mission aligned with her own life philosophy.


"I always felt a sense of freedom in entrepreneurship and being able to work for myself," said Azucena in an interview with Rising Tide Capital.

 Award winning poet, Chilo, and several Rising Tide graduates-pianist Brianne Ford, singer/songwriter Nadine LaFond and spoken word poet T.R.I.N.I the Professor-also performed live at ARTfest!. 


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Five Questions with Mary Sansait  

Learn more about this year's ARTfest! organizer, Mary Sansait. She is not only RTC's Community Business Academy coordinator, but also a professional singer and songwriter. 
Each month, we will spotlight a Rising Tide staff member and share some fun facts you might not have known. Didn't catch the last one? Click here to check out 5 Questions with Louisa Cousins, RTC's Program Evaluation Manager.


Stay tuned for more interviews!    

Three Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Win Funding at 2012 Plan & Pitch Competition


Three Rising Tide Entrepreneurs won prizes totaling $2,750 to support their businesses at the third annual Plan & Pitch Competition on Saturday, June 16 at St. Peter's College in Jersey City.

 First place winner, Cassandra Scrimmager of Bayonne, New Jersey won a check for $1,500 towards her newly launched business, Omigashi Sweets!  Read More  

Congratulations Spring 2012 Executive Summary Competition Winners!

Four Rising Tide Entrepreneurs were selected as winners of the biannual Executive Summary Competition and announced at the Spring 2012 Community Business Academy graduation on May 31st. One entrepreneur from each of the four CBA classes was awarded a Canon printer/copier/fax machine, while second place winners were awarded a $50 gift card to Staples. 

Rising Tide Capital Welcomes 2012 Summer Intern  


In June, Rising Tide Capital welcomed its newest and youngest intern, Drew Silverman. She is a recent high school graduate and will be working throughout the summer to support the Communications team and the organization behind the Start Something Challenge. Welcome, Drew! 


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Two Rising Tide Capital AmeriCorps VISTA Members Return From Nicaragua

 Earlier this month, two of our AmeriCorps VISTA members, Shantia Smith and Bryan Franklin, took part in a mission trip with Mustard Seed Communities to Nicaragua (June 9th - 16th). With a group of 20 others, they traveled to an orphanage in Diriamba, where they helped lay the foundation for a chapel, spent time with the local children, and built lasting relationships with fellow missionaries. In this story, Bryan shares a compelling story about his visit to the capital city's dump where he witnessed the spirit of microenterprise in action.

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July Calendar of Events




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