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Volume 31                                                                                                                                                              March 2013 
In This Issue
A Sweet Start for Cassandra
Simple Elegance is now on Kiva Zip
Rising Tide Capital receives $125K to Support Women Entrepreneurs
Reflections on International Womens' Day
What's new on 334 Martin Luther King Drive?
Five Questions with Esther Fraser
Spring 2013 Calendar

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Rising Tide Capital 
in the News


 Rising Tide Capital CEO Alfa Demmellash and Rising Tide Entrepreneur Angela McKnight recognized in Jersey City as
"Women of Action".


Hudson Reporter 



  Rising Tide Entrepreneur Angelo Stracquatanio is helping small businesses "go mobile" with his create-an-app business.


The Star-Ledger


Rising Tide Entrepreneur Kiwan Fitch celebrated a successful launch of her second book, Confessions of a Welfare Mom Volume 2 in Jersey City. 


Jersey City Independent 


 Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

Since 2006, 446 women entrepreneurs have graduated from Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy. 

Dear Friends,


As Women's History Month comes to a close, help us celebrate the amazing women from the Rising Tide Capital community. In this issue of The Currents, you'll find an inspirational testimonial from Rising Tide Entrepreneur Cassandra Scrimmager and learn about Valerie Dixon, the newest Rising Tide Entrepreneur to join Kiva Zip. 


We're also featuring stories from some of the women on our team: Alfa shares the story of her mother's journey which inspired her to start Rising Tide Capital, and we interview Communications Director Esther Fraser.  


We'd also like to ask you to support one of our Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Tanisha Johnson. Tanisha, the owner of Pleasantly Entertained, is a dynamic entrepreneur who is very active in our community. Recently, she, her husband and two children were displaced by a fire which destroyed all of their belongings. Any donations, large or small, are greatly appreciated. There are two drop off locations:


Location One: 13 Freedom Place in Jersey City 
Location Two: U Break It I Fix It at 842 Broadway in Bayonne

If you would like give a monetary donation contact Katia at 973-405-9792 or Kia at 201-736-4700.


Thank you for your support,

The Rising Tide Capital Team


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A Sweet Start for Cassandra 

A sample of Cassandra's home-made wagashi

Rising Tide Entrepreneur Cassandra Scrimmager shares her inspirational story of determination and passion in her personal testimonial.


"Nearly 15 years ago, I caught the entrepreneurial bug. I quit my job and started a personal chef service and party planning business. Both businesses failed. Rising Tide Capital wasn't 

around back then.


I ended up on welfare for the first time in my life, but as a single mom, 

I couldn't just give up."


"Simple Elegance" is now on Kiva Zip 


Rising Tide Entrepreneur and jewelry designer Valerie Dixon is now on Kiva Zip! Valerie is looking to raise  $5,000 to open her first store, "Simple Elegance" in downtown Newark and purchase initial supplies.


Through Kiva Zip, you can lend as little as $25 towards her cause! 


View her profile

Rising Tide Capital receives $125K in Funding to Support Women Entrepreneurs in 2013



Rising Tide Capital (RTC) received two grants totaling $125,000 to serve women entrepreneurs in 2013--a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to support domestic violence survivors, and $75,000 from the Fifth & Pacific Foundation to empower low-to-moderate income Hudson County women and their families. 


Read more


"Reflections on International Womens' Day" from Rising Tide Capital CEO Alfa Demmellash

Alfa's Mom
Young Alfa and her mother,
Genet Melesse

Alfa shares the story of her mother's journey from Ethiopia to Massachusetts where she started her own dress-making business. 


"When you educate a woman in business management, open doors to economic opportunities and bring down her barriers to financial services and capital, you are taking the smartest and most sensible step towards a sustainable, just and thriving economy."




What's new on 334 Martin Luther King Drive?


We're presenting... 

Rising Tide Capital's Michael Caslin, featured judge and panelist at Babson College's annual Rocket Pitch competition 
We're welcoming...
Two new instructors for the Community Business Academy. Find out who they are! 
We're missing...
Program Coordinator for the Community Business Academy, Mary Sansait who left for maternity leave  
We're celebrating... 
Two of our AmeriCorps volunteers, Ian Tyson and Grace Chung (on left) who were accepted into the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania where they will pursue a Master's in Public Administration. Congratulations!  
We're Hiring! 
Interested in joining our dynamic team? We are looking to hire a Small Business Coach and Program Coordinator. Read more about this opportunity.  

Five Questions with Esther Fraser 



Meet Esther Fraser, Rising Tide Capital's Director of Communications! In the three years Esther has been a part of the Rising Tide Capital team, she helped develop critical components of the organization's communications strategy including a new website, marketing collateral, annual reports and two newsletters (including this one). 


In this edition of Five Questions, we talk to Esther about her inspiration and interests. 


Spring 2013 Calendar

   Spring Calendar   


Click on the calendar icon above to find out about our Program events for this Spring!