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Volume 35                                                                                                                                                                  July 2013 
In This Issue
2013 Start Something Challenge Kicks Off
Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Recieve First Office Spaces
Artisans, Entrepreneurs Display Talent at ARTfest 2013
What's New on MLK Drive?
Five Questions with AmeriCorps VISTA Grace Chung
Summer 2013 Calendar

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 It takes a Community



In July, you might have noticed this fascinating study in The New York Times about what it takes to climb the income ladder in the U.S. Based on millions of earnings records, the study highlights one of our core beliefs that we hold at Rising Tide Capital: In order to break the cycle of poverty for individuals in urban centers, we need to build strong communities.


What does community building look like at Rising Tide Capital? It means:

This Saturday, you'll have an opportunity to meet some of the Rising Tide Capital community. We will be featured in the PGA TOUR documentary, Playing with a Purpose presented by Barclays which airs on CBS at 1pm ET. Tune in and let us know what you think!



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Rising Tide Capital Launches the 2013 Start Something Challenge


In July, Rising Tide Capital launched the 2013 Start Something Challenge--a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity for entrepreneurs. We're excited to announce that we are offering a $10,000 business grant to the first-place winner of this year's competition! 


We're kicking off the SSC with a Video Tutorial & Workshop at the Rutgers Business School on Monday, August 5th. 


Curious to see how our winners from last year are doing? Check out our interview with the top three "Start Something Champions". 

Volunteer Spotlight: Strategic Advisory Board Co-Chair Aaron Regush


For nearly four years, Aaron Kurt Regush has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support Rising Tide Capital's mission. As co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), Aaron played a significant role in recruiting SAB members, fundraising for RTC, and planning Rising Tide Capital's first annual fundraising gala which raised over 60 Community Business Academy scholarships in 2012. 


Check out our interview with Aaron on his experience with the SAB!  


Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Get Their First Office Spaces!


In July, four recent Community Business Academy graduates were selected for residencies at incubators across Northern New Jersey. These residencies- worth more than $7,400 in total- were offered at no cost to the following entrepreneurs: 

  • Paula Aguirre (on left) at Mission 50 Workspaces in Hoboken 
  • Jasmine Burroughs at C3Workplace in Montclair
  • Gabby Creery at at Indiegrove in Jersey City, and
  • Tula Alcocer was selected for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership



Local Artisans, Musicians and Entrepreneurs Display Their Talent at ARTfest 2013

stacy hyatt dixon Rising Tide Capital's 4th annual celebration of ARTfest was a great success! About 20 entrepreneurs from the local community came out to display their business & talents, including Rising Tide Entrepreneurs: 


Portrait artist Akbar Beard
Jewel of a Pillow founder Stacey Hyatt-Dixon (on left), 
Lisbana founder Natalie Webb,
Fashion designer and YONI CEO, Yolanda Winters,
Dollmaker Angela Huggins of Angel Hugs,
Style Haven CEO Corin Wright and
Gerardo Gianette of Wallace & Parker 


Did you miss ARTfest? Check out our story & photos!


What's New on MLK Drive?

  • CBA Program Coordinator Mary Sansait (on right) returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a healthy baby boy
  • Raul Mercado was hired as the new Program Coordinator/ Small Business Coach
  • Seton Hall University student Mario Alves Costa  joined our Fundraising and Development team as a summer intern
  • High School Intern Terrell McCay volunteered for our Programs team, and
  • Shanea Phillips is training to become the new Communications AmeriCorps VISTA

Five Questions with AmeriCorps VISTA Grace Chung

grace chungEquipped with journalism skills, knowledge of economic development and a passion for her surrounding community, Grace Chung joined Rising Tide Capital as an AmeriCorps VISTA in September 2011. As Public Relations Associate, Grace built relationships with local and national media which resulted in nearly 100 news stories for Rising Tide Capital, staff, and entrepreneurs over the past two years. She also wrote and published two dozen issues of this newsletter, the Currents.


 A Seton Hall graduate, this fall, she will continue her education at the University of Pennsylvania where she will pursue a Master's in Public Administration with a focus on economic development. 


Summer 2013 Calendar

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