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Volume 24                                                                                                                                                                 August 2012 
In This Issue
$25,000 in Prizes Announced for Start Something Challenge
Alfa Demmellash: Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World
New Faces on the Rising Tide Exchange
CBA to Serve More Communities in Hudson & Essex Counties
New Music Video Stars Familiar Faces
5 Questions with Keith Dent
September 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!

Don't be Late to a Great Idea! 

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A couple of days ago, an inspiring friend shared with an audience that there is nothing worse than being late to your dreams and ideas. I agree. If I have learned one thing about living out one's full potential, it is the importance of sharing your ideas and starting. It is only then that others can participate in testing, shaping, and ultimately actualizing a great idea. And if it is not a great idea,  the quicker it's evaluated and put to bed the better. 


Now, it is equally important to find the right platform and people to share your ideas with. My friend calls them "faucets, not drains"! That's why we have partnered with the right people who believe in the power of entrepreneurship to launch the Start Something Challenge. This competition for ideas and initiatives closes on September 15th!  your friends, neighbors and "the faucets" who are pouring their energy into good ideas and initiatives not to be late. They can share their ideas in less than 15 minutes for the opportunity to gain visibility, feedback and compete for $25,000 in cash prizes with $10,000 for the top prize.


Once you submit your idea - prepare to "Look good. Show up. Work Hard. And Crush it!" at one of the live pitch and feedback event this fall. Get started today by visiting

Alfa Demmellash

CEO, Rising Tide Capital



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$25,000 in Prizes Announced for the Start Something Challenge Pitch Competition

With only a few weeks to the September 15 deadline, Rising Tide Capital announced $25,000 in prizes for the Start Something Challenge, with $10,000 for the top prize. The initiative is made possible thanks to partners including founding member Jeff Hoffman and JPMorgan Chase, which recently pledged $150,000 to support the Challenge. 


Get started in three steps:

(1) Create a 30 second video using the free version of Animoto


(2) Write a description of your business in 150 words or less


(3) Submit everything online by the September 15 deadline.



Author and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has donated copies of his new hit entrepreneurship guide, The Pumpkin Plan. Submit by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8th and win a FREE copy. 


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Alfa Demmellash Among Forbes 5 Most Powerful Women Changing the World with Philanthropy

This month, Rising Tide Capital's CEO Alfa Demmellash was spotlighted as one of Forbes 5 Most Powerful Women Changing the World with Philanthropy. She was selected by philanthropist and world renowned fashion designer, Tory Burch. Read More to find out who else was nominated. 


New Faces on the Rising Tide Exchange! 

 Tonya Handy of Keepsake Creations
Vance Lavington of Not Just Cookies

CBA to Serve More Communities in Hudson and Essex Counties Starting this September

Community_Business_AcademyRising Tide Capital is bringing its 12-week Community Business Academy to Newark and Union City this September in collaboration with new community partners and supporters.


Also available in Jersey City and Orange, New Jersey, the Community Business Academy is held once a week and covers topics ranging from marketing to bookkeeping. Fall semester classes begin the week of September 18.


It's not too late to register!  Read More 


New Music Video Stars Familiar Faces from Rising Tide Capital

A new music video launched by Mary Sansait, the program coordinator for the Community Business Academy, features familiar scenes and faces from Jersey City. Known by her stage name M Josephine, Sansait launched the video this month to promote her new album Donut Soul. 
The video not only features herself, but also four CBA graduates and one Help Desk consultant.
Click here to watch the video!


5 Questions with Keith Dent

Keith_DentHow much do you know about Rising Tide Capital's Assistant Director? Find out in this edition of 5 Questions! Read More


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 Tawanda Taylor,  RTC's Finance and Administration Manager.

Stay tuned for more interviews! 



September Calendar of Events



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