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Volume 32                                                                                                                                                              April 2013 
In This Issue
Joe Masterson Appointed Co-Chair of SAB
Meet Rising Tide Capital's Strategic Advisory Board
Jersey City Recognizes Rising Tide AmeriCorps VISTAs
Five Questions with Ian Tyson
Alex Forrester Awarded $50,000
Taking Back My Power: A Domestic Violence Survivor's Experience with RTC
Rising Tide Entrepreneur News
We're Hiring!
Spring 2013 Calendar

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Rising Tide Capital 
in the News
Mission 50 Workspaces in Hoboken, New Jersey granted a 6-month Residency to Rising Tide Entrepreneur
Yajayra Casanova 

 Rising Tide Capital is a finalist for a

Citi Microentrepreneurship Award and 5 AmeriCorps VISTAs are recognized at City Hall.   

 Recognizing Volunteers




Alfa is back! We're excited to welcome our CEO and co-founder Alfa Demmellash back from maternity leave. While we missed her tremendously, we were able to keep this ship afloat in her absence thanks to dedicated team members including leadership from extraordinary volunteers


That's why to recognize National Volunteer Month, we're dedicating this issue of the Currents to our friends and partners who genereously commit their time, energy and talent to support the success of Rising Tide Entrepreneurs! In this issue you'll meet our talented AmeriCorps VISTAs, including Volunteer Coordinator Ian Tyson, and learn about our Strategic Advisory Board members such as our new SAB co-chair Joe Masterson.

These are just a few of the nearly 150 professional volunteers who rally behind our mission each year. In 2012, volunteers contributed over 700 hours, supporting Rising Tide Capital's first fundraising gala, a statewide business pitch competition, and all of Rising Tide's year-round programs. 


We just want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for Rising Tide Capital in the finals of the Citi Microentrepreneurship Award!  Volunteers and friends like you make the success of our entrepreneurs possible! 



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Joe Masterson Appointed Co-Chair of Strategic Advisory Board 


"For a long time, my passion has been to help microbusinesses survive in the face of economic turmoil", said social entrepreneur and volunteer Joe Masterson who was appointed Co-Chair of Rising Tide Capital's Strategic Advisory Board in 2013. Read about Joe. 


Meet Rising Tide Capital's Strategic Advisory Board 

Left to RightAaron Regush, Binna Kim, Glen MacDonald, Leslie Ann O'Brian, Regina Gwynn, William Hitchcock, and Joe Masterson. Not Pictured: Rich Rizzuto, Joel Ruffin, and David Dwek
In 2012, the Strategic Advisory Board helped execute Rising Tide Capital's annual first gala and advised Rising Tide Capital's Communications team. Read about our outstanding team!

Jersey City Recognizes Rising Tide Capital's AmeriCorps VISTAs


AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) play an important role on the Rising Tide Capital team. The five RTC VISTAs- Ian Tyson, Grace Chung, Bryan Franklin, Shantia Smith and Joel Philistin- help with everything from volunteer recruitment and fundraising to program development and outreach. In April, they were recognized for their hard work by Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy


Five Questions with Ian Tyson 


Ian Tyson is a second-year AmeriCorps VISTA and the first Volunteer Coordinator for Rising Tide Capital. He has built the infrastructure to recruit, supervise and engage volunteers for all of Rising Tide Capital's programs including the Community Business Academy and on-going Business Acceleration Services. Under Ian, the number of Rising Tide Capital volunteers has increased by 122%- from 64 in 2011 to 142 in 2012! 

Read more about Ian!


Alex Forrester Awarded $50,000 to support Rising Tide Capital's Programs



Rising Tide Capital's co-founder and COO Alex Forrester pitched his way to a $50,000 first prize during the Q Conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. 


He is one of 12 nonprofit entrepreneurs in the Praxis Accelerator Program which supports business and social entrepreneurs who are motivated by their faith to advance the common good. 

Taking Back My Power: A Domestic Violence Survivor's Experience with Rising Tide Capital 

"Overcoming domestic violence doesn't mean you should no longer trust in others; it means you should learn to trust in others who care about your well-being."  

Rising Tide Entrepreneur Newssuccess

Every month, we get tons of good news from our Community Business Academy graduates who are launching, growing and hiring for their businesses. Here is a sample from April!
  • Clodec Johnson successfully registered her business, Ideal Concepts Consulting, LLC, with the help of Rising Tide Instructors Winston Trumpet and Fred Dominguez
  • Bernard Hendricks of Unlimited Cleaning signed on St. Barnabas Medical Center as his newest client. He will provide custodial services for their Milburn, NJ location
  • We visited Angela McKnight's beautiful new office space for her nonprofit, Angela Cares, on 696 Ocean Avenue, Jersey City, just a couple blocks from RTC Headquarters
  • Valerie Dixon of Simple Elegance is the third Rising Tide Entrepreneur on Kiva Zip and now you can help her raise $5,000. Lend as little as $25 and Capital One will match your loan! Lend now!
  • Gabby Creery, owner of  Metropolis Coach is an employer! She oversees 6 coaches who instruct subjects from sports to theater for children ages 3 to 18.

We're Hiring!

Are you looking for a fulfilling career change? Want to learn new skills while working in a diverse team? Rising Tide Capital is looking for three driven individuals to serve as AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) beginning this summer, to work in our Communications and Fundraising Departments.  


Anyone interested should reach out to Ian at [email protected]


For more information about VISTA and other employment opportunities at Rising Tide Capital, click here. 


Spring 2013 Calendar

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