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Volume 25                                                                                                                                                        September 2012 
In This Issue
Start Something Challenge Submissions are in!
Rising Tide Entrepreneur Becomes First Kiva Zip Borrower in NJ
Dorothy David: 20 Years Later, Living Her Dream
Help Rising Tide Entrepreneur Angela McKnight Win $2,500!
Alex Forrester: Entrepreneurship is the Solution
Welcome Sahlu!
Congratulations Rising Tide Moms!
October Calendar of Events

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Community Business Academy

113 entrepreneurs started the Fall CBA session on Tuesday, September 18. Classes are held on Tuesday and Saturday mornings in Jersey City, and on Thursday evenings in Orange. 
This Fall we added additional classes in two new cities. There's a Wednesday evening class in Union City, as well as a second Saturday morning class in Newark.
Congratulations to our Programs Department on this significant accomplishment!


Interested in the Spring  CBA session? Click here  to find an upcoming CBA orientation date near you! 


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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!

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Start Something Today!

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From national groups like BALLE (the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) to international initiatives like the Clinton Global Initiative and Goldman Sach's 10,000 Women Initiative, individuals are being activated to do something around entrepreneurship. In less than 5 minutes, you too can do something to make a difference in the life of a Rising Tide Entrepreneur.
  • Through a pilot initiative of Kiva, you can make a loan as small as $25 to Rising Tide Entrepreneur Elizabeth Migliore to help her grow her veggie burger business
  • You can also vote online for Angela McKnight to help her win $2,500 for her senior care program 

But wait there's more! If you live in the area, then come out and join us at our dynamic Start Something Challenge Kick-off in Orange, New Jersey on October 15.  Meet Elaina Watley, CEO of Brand Infinite and agent of the New York Giants running back Victor Cruz, and Kim Jasmin, Vice President for Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase. Show your support for the New Jersey entrepreneurs competing for $25,000 in prizes in The Start Something Challenge. 

RSVP online today to make sure you don't miss this event!


Thank you for your continuous support and commitment to our mission! Looking forward to seeing you in October.




Alfa Demmellash

CEO, Rising Tide Capital

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Start Something Challenge Submissions Are In! 


Check out all of awesome Start Something Challenge submissions that have been coming! Find out what will happen next for these participants by clicking here

Rising Tide Entrepreneur Elizabeth Migliore Becomes First Kiva Zip Borrower

Jersey City Veggie Burgers provides healthy, travel-inspired veggie burgers, created from the freshest ingredients. Through Kiva Zip, CEO and founder, Elizabeth Migliore is seeking to borrow up to $4,000 to purchase the tools she needs to take her business to the next level. 


You can support her cause by lending Elizabeth as little as $25 to support her business! Read more to learn about this new initiative.  

Dorothy David: 20 Years Later, Living Her Dream

dorothyFrom a young age, Dorothy loved numbers and aspired to go into business as an accountant. However, while studying for her Bachelors in Business Administration, she was faced with a major life event which delayed her plans. 
Diagnosed with breast cancer, she was forced to leave college without graduating. While most people would have been deterred, Dorothy persevered. Read More.  

Vote for Rising Tide Entrepreneur Angela McKnight to help her win $2,500!

angela_cares Rising Tide Entrepreneur Angela McKnight is in the running for a Good Maker Idea grant. If she gets the highest amount of votes, she'll win $2,500 for her nonprofit, Angela Cares. Vote now by clicking here. angelacares


To learn more about Angela and her experience with Rising Tide Capital, click here!  

Alex Forrester: Entrepreneurship is the Solution

philanthropy_roundtableRising Tide Capital co-founder and chief operations officer, Alex Forrester discussed the role of entrepreneurship in economic mobility during a conference on September 12 hosted by The Philanthropy Roundtable in New York City. Entitled Pathways to Economic Mobility, the event brought together individual donors, foundation heads and corporate giving officers to meet with experts working to create economic opportunity in underserved communities. Read More. 


Welcome Sahlu!

sahlu In September, Sahlu Merine joined Rising Tide Capital as the temporary Finance and Administration Manager, filling in for Tawanda Taylor who left on maternity leave. 


Sahlu is passionate about public service and regularly volunteers in his community. After his tenure at Rising Tide Capital, he hopes to pursue a career in international development. 

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 Congratulations Rising Tide Moms! 

The babies have arrived! 
Communications Manager, Esther Fraser is back from maternity leave! In June, she gave birth to a beautiful, baby girl, Elise Safiya Dawkins. Finance and Administration Manager Tawanda Taylor left on maternity leave in September, giving birth to yet another lovely girl, Ariana Videll Taylor. Congratulations Rising Tide Moms!

October Calendar of Events



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