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Volume 34                                                                                                                                                                   June 2013 
In This Issue
Rising Tide Capital Partners with Saint Peter's University
Rising Tide Capital to Offer First Spanish-Language CBA
RTC Staff Share Insight from 2013 AEO Conference
Rising Tide Entrepreneur News!
New Faces at Rising Tide Capital
Five Questions with AmeriCorps VISTA Tia Smith
Spring 2013 Calendar

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Rising Tide Capital's CEO Alfa Demmellash was recognized as an "Innovative Star" Building Communities by Forbes  
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  Rising Tide Capital's Managing Director of Programs Jay Savulich discusses changes to the SBA disaster loan program with 
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 Thoughtful Growth




June has been a month of incredible growth for our team and mission! We kicked off the month with a historic Community Business Academy (CBA) graduation--we not only celebrated 81 entrepreneurs who graduated that night, but also a milestone partnership with Saint Peter's University


As of June 6, CBA graduates are eligible to receive up to 6 college credits through Saint Peter's University's School of Professional and Continuing Studies. This will not only benefit future graduates, but also 369 entrepreneurs who have already completed the CBA. Here's how one Rising Tide Entrepreneur reacted to the news.


After several years of planning, we finished translating our programs material in preparation for our first Spanish-language CBA which begins this fall! This new class will enable us to reach more entrepreneurs in our wider community with our programs and services.


While growth is exciting, it can also be painful and challenging, which is why we are particularly grateful for the support of our new volunteers, staff and interns who answered the call to serve our mission. Please join us in welcoming them to the Rising Tide family and thanking them for their steadfast commitment! 



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Rising Tide Capital Partners with Saint Peter's University to Offer College Credits for Community Business Academy

Saint Peter's University President, Eugene Cornacchia announces the partnership with Rising Tide Capital 

On June 6, 2013, Rising Tide Capital signed an historic agreement with Saint Peter's University which will allow qualified Community Business Academy graduates to receive up to six college credits from the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Saint Peter's University. 


The announcement was made the same day 81 entrepreneurs graduated from the Spring 2013 Community Business Academy


One new CBA graduate shares how the partnership will impact his life.

Rising Tide Capital to Offer First Spanish-Language Community Business Academy 

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Over 700 entrepreneurs have learned what it takes to start and grow a business through Community Business Academy sessions in Hudson and Essex Counties. 

Now, entrepreneurs will be able to take the class in Spanish! 


This month, local entrepreneurs participated in the first-ever Spanish-language orientation (as seen on right) for Rising Tide Capital's CBA


The class will be taught by Fred Dominguez, a native Spanish speaker and current CBA instructor. Find out when our next Spanish-language orientation takes place!


Rising Tide Entrepreneurs & Volunteers Participate in Spring 2013 Plan & Pitch Competition

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This past weekend, 20 entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas for $2,750 in prizes during Rising Tide Capital's semi-annual Plan & Pitch competition. 


At the end of an exciting day, youth empowerment coach Aleia Moore won the $1,500 first prize for her business, Moore2LifeMotivations.


This event was made possible with the support of 28 amazing volunteers from the community who shared their time and expertise to make Plan & Pitch 2013 a success! 

Rising Tide Entrepreneur News!


 Last month, we asked you to help Valerie Dixon raise a $5,000 Kiva Zip loan to open her storefront- and you responded! Valerie is now fully funded and is on her way to paying her loan back

Jersey City Veggie Burgers CEO Elizabeth Migliore is now featured in a Kiva Zip video! Learn about how a crowd-funded loan changed her business.

New Faces at Rising Tide Capital


In June, a new staff member and several volunteers joined our team. Please join us in welcoming them!staff


Five Questions with AmeriCorps VISTA Tia Smith


Meet Rising Tide Capital's Programs & Community Outreach Associate Shantia Smith! (She goes by Tia at the office). She joined Rising Tide Capital has an AmeriCorps Volunteer in 2011, and in just two years, helped to nearly double attendance for Community Business Academy orientations. This month, Tia organized a graduation for 81 entrepreneurs, our annual funder briefing, RTC's first-ever scholars reception, and graduated from the CBA- all on the same day!  

Read more about Tia in this edition of 5 Questions 


Summer 2013 Calendar

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