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Volume 29                                                                                                                                                        January 2013 
In This Issue
2012 in Numbers
Rising Tide Capital Celebrates Graduation and Microlending Platform
Entrepreneur Spotlight: Joanna De Leon
What's new on 334 Martin Luther King Drive?
February 2013 Calendar

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Upcoming Programs Activities

 Community Business Academy


The Community Business Academy is a 12-week intensive business course held once a week on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings in Jersey City, Newark, Union City and the Township of Orange, New Jersey. 


85 entrepreneurs graduated from the Fall CBA session at St. Peter's University on January 16, 2013. 

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


Business Acceleration Services 

The next year 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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 New Beginnings at Rising Tide Capital


We are happy to announce that Rising Tide Capital's co-founders Alfa Demmellash and Alex Forrester welcomed a healthy baby boy, Noah Alemayehu Forrester, on January 21. Please join us in congratulating them on this momentous occasion!  If their stewardship of Rising Tide Capital is any indication of the kind of parents they will be, then Noah is one lucky baby.


We were also excited to celebrate the recent "birth" of 85 new Rising Tide Entrepreneurs, who graduated from the Community Business Academy earlier this month. In 12 intensive weeks, they received training, hands-on-activities and homework assignments to learn the fundamentals of operating and running a successful small business. For these new additions to the Rising Tide Community, completing the CBA is a good beginning, but it is just a start.


We rely on partners like  Kiva Zip and long-term supporters like Citi Community Development to help our entrepreneurs access new markets and financial capital to remain competitive in a tough economy. We also look to you. Your financial support and volunteer hours enable us to provide high quality, yet accessible year-round workshops, business coaching and other programs that sustain our CBA graduates on their business journeys. Without you, none of our 2012 achievements would have been possible.


We look forward to transitioning these new beginnings into success stories in 2013. Happy New Year to you and yours!



The Rising Tide Capital team



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2012 in Numbers 

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As we welcome 2013, we can't help but reminisce on some of our 2012 accomplishments:

  • Community Business Academy classes in two new cities, Newark and Union City
  • 156 Community Business Academy graduates
  • 92 businesses started, strengthened or expanded

Without our donors, supporters, volunteers and entrepreneurs, we wouldn't be able to do this amazing work, so thank you for supporting these initiatives! For a brief snapshot of our work in 2012, click here


Rising Tide Capital Celebrates Graduation and Microlending Platform Launch at St. Peter's University  

Rising Tide Exchange



Rising Tide Capital CEO Alfa Demmellash announced the launch of the Rising Tide Exchange 2.0- an initiative funded by Citi Community Development. Read more about this new website that will make it easier for Rising Tide Entrepreneurs to access critical loans to grow their businesses. 


The announcement took place at the latest Community Business Academy graduation on January 16, 2013. Click here to view our our new graduates!


Entrepreneur Spotlight: Joanna De Leon 

Joanna De Leon

In 2012, through our Business Acceleration Services program, we assisted Rising Tide Entrepreneurs to raise over
$18,000 in business financing!


Joanna De Leon, the founder of Triple Green Custom Print Developers, was one of the those entrepreneurs. Through our partnership with Kiva Zip, she raised a $5,000 loan to grow her business in the new year! Read more about her story and this exciting new partnership.   


What's new on 334 Martin Luther King Drive?



Did you know that five members of Rising Tide Capital's staff are full-time volunteers? Four AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) will continue a second year of service with Rising Tide Capital in 2013. To find out who they are, click here. Rising Tide Capital also welcomed new VISTA Joel Philistine who you can read about here and new programs intern, Jong Lim. 



A founding member of Rising Tide Capital's Communications team, Esther Fraser was recently promoted to Director of Communications. Justyna Krygowska who has been part of the team since 2011, was promoted to Communications Coordinator. Congratulations ladies! 



Managing Director of Strategy and Development, Michael Caslin, who is also the founder of several companies, recently contributed to a textbook series on social entrepreneurship. Click here to read more about his contribution to these books. 

February 2013 Calendar

   February Calendar 


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