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Volume 33                                                                                                                                                                   May 2013 
In This Issue
Rising Tide Capital Wins $75,000 Citi Microentrepreneurship Award
RTC Staff Share Insight from 2013 AEO Conference
Rising Tide Entrepreneurs on Kiva Zip!
What's new on MLK Drive?
Five Questions with Bryan Franklin
Maripli Rodriguez: The Missing Piece to my Business
We're Hiring!
Spring 2013 Calendar

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Rising Tide Capital 
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rasheedah_cook   Rising Tide Entrepreneur Rasheedah Cook was spotlighted in the Newark Pulse for her ice cream truck, "Treats for the Streets."
Rising Tide Capital was also recognized in the Business Section of the Jersey Journal for taking home the $75,000 Citi Microentrepreneurship Award from the 2013 AEO National Conference. 

 The Power of Micro




Earlier this month, we were honored to receive a $75,000 Citi Microentrepreneurship Award at the 2013 Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) National Conference which we won with the support of AmeriCorps VISTA Bryan Franklin


We were equally enriched by conversations with thought-leaders and entrepreneurs who share our mission to empower the microbusinesses which are the engine of economic growth in the United States. According to the AEO, if just one in three microbusinesses added one additional employee, our entire country would be at full employment. With the support of community partners and funders, we're realizing that vision for the entrepreneurs who live outside our office and surrounding cities. 


Next week, 83 entrepreneurs will graduate from the Community Business Academy. Many will go on to receive support through our Business Acceleration Services. These extensive services include access-to-capital for entrepreneurs like Valerie Dixon who are ready to transition to storefronts and entrepreneurs like Joanna De Leon who can transform their businesses with the right tools.  


As we close the month, we welcome two new team members Haymawatie Persaud and AmeriCorps VISTA Russell Borenstein-Burd who join us to change the world, one entrepreneur at a time!



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Rising Tide Capital Wins $75,000 Citi Microentrepreneurship Award

Citi Award  

Earlier this month, we asked you to vote for us and you responded- overwhelmingly! We're so thrilled to announce that we won a Citi Microentrepreneurship Award in the category of "MDO-Innovative Services" at the 2013 Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) National Conference in St. Louis. Thank you for making this amazing opportunity possible!  

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Rising Tide Capital Participates in the 2013 Association for Enterprise Opportunity National Conference


This year, members of our Rising Tide Capital team went to St. Louis, Missouri to participate in one of the largest events of the year for microbusinesses development organizations. Left to right: Louisa Cousins, Roger Cervantes, Esther Fraser and Jay Savulich.

Rising Tide Entrepreneurs on Kiva Zip!


Triple Green Print Developers' CEO Joanna De Leon printed 250 T-shirts for Kiva Zip using the dryer she purchased with her $5,000 loan. The dryer cuts her production time in half and contributed to her 700% increase in business sales since she graduated from the CBA. 
Valerie Dixon is 65% of the way to raising her first Kiva Zip loan which would help her renovate a storefront for her Newark business, Simple Elegance. Lend as little as $25 to help her reach her goal! For a limited time, all loans will be matched. 

What's new on Martin Luther King Drive?

NAPO Volunteers  


Five Questions with Bryan Franklin




Passionate about community development and entrepreneurship, Fundraising & Development Associate Bryan Franklin joined Rising Tide Capital in August 2011 through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. During his term, he has written a number of successful grants including one which won $75,000 for Rising Tide Capital's programs!


Read more about Bryan in this edition of 5 Questions


Maripili Rodriguez: The Missing Piece to my Business 

"Just as I continue to learn about the health and wellness industry by attending workshops and conferences, I keep my business knowledge growing with the on-going support that Rising Tide Capital generously provides." 

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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