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Volume 37                                                                                                                                                    September 2013 
Client Progression

Reggie White Hosts Grand Opening  

This past month, Reggie White celebrated the Grand Opening of his restaurant Humz Halal Cafe. He received great support from members of the community, and local government officials as well as a declaration from the Mayor.
In This Issue
Start Something Challenge Kicks Off With A Celebration
Rising Tide Capital Selected As Top 100 Companies
Rising Tide Entrepreneurs On The Rise
What's New on MLK Drive?
October 2013 Calendar


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This September, 107 entrepreneurs answered the call to "Start Something," and completed submissions to the Start Something Challenge (SSC). To enter the Challenge, they created videos for their businesses and business ideas using various marketing tools to drive traffic to view their videos. These brave entrepreneurs-who represent 38 cities and towns and 13 counties across New Jersey-entered the SSC with various levels of experience in marketing.


While many were learning as they went along, most were thrilled to use the Challenge as an opportunity to make progress with heir business initiatives. We are proud of each SSC participant, and invite you to celebrate their accomplishments with us on Monday October 7 at the Start Something Challenge Kick-off in Newark.


This September, Rising Tide Capital continued our own progression towards our mission of transforming lives and communities through entrepreneurship.  A record-breaking 130 entrepreneurs--our largest class to date--were accepted into the Community Business Academy, and we worked with Michele Ashley, one of our Rising Tide Entrepreneurs, to host a second event targeted towards female entrepreneurs. We've also progressed towards replicating our programs and services to other communities. Our Programs department is currently working with Sunshine Ministries to host a session of the Community Business Academy (CBA) with their clients in Chicago. Programs team members and instructors are also working with Making Sense International to become master trainers for the game that we use in the CBA.


Our progress has been recognized with some recent national recognition.  This month, our co-founders were selected to the Empact Showcase of the Top 100 Companies in the United States.  


As always, we couldn't do this work without you, and your support. Thank you for everything you do to help RTC and our entrepreneurs progress towards our goals.



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Start Something Challenge Kicks Off With A Celebration


The 2013 edition of The Start Something Challenge  is all about giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain visibility and feedback for their business ideas, and win $30,000 in cash and prizes!


Join us to celebrate these entrepreneurs and witness the announcement of the 30 semifinalists who will move on to the next phase of the Challenge.


WHEN: OCTOBER 7, 2013 6:30-9 PM



  • Kimberlee Williams, CEO, FEMWORKS  
  • LaShonda Tyree, The Handmade Soap Coach, Founder and creator of Nyah Beauty   
  • Robert Weiss, Managing Director- Head of JP Morgan Private Bank for New Jersey, JPMorgan Chase 

  • Darryl Godfrey, Executive Vice President of Small Business Development for Brick City Development Corporation  

  • Start Something Challenge Competition entrants 

WHERE: The Great Oaks Charter School, 5th Floor, Teachers Village, 24 Maiden Lane, Newark NJ 07102


DIRECTIONS: The Great Oaks Charter School is on the corner of Maiden Lane and Halsey Street. Halsey Street is between Williams Street and Branford Place. Free parking is available in the lot right next to Teacher's village. 


COST: Free



Questions or concerns? Email: [email protected]   

Rising Tide Capital Selected As Top 100 Companies by Empact

In September, the Empact Showcase recognized RTC co-founders Alfa Demmellash, CEO, and Alex Forrester, COO, in their list of the top 100 "Best Companies Started & Run by Young Entrepreneurs" in the United States. The Empact Showcase highlights young entrepreneurs in the United States, age 35 and under, who play an important role in solving some of the world's most pressing issues. Each organization meets the annual revenues or operating budgets of more than $100,000.

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Rising Tide Entrepreneurs On The Rise

This month, Rising Tide Entrepreneurs used their talents and skills to provide financial and business growth for themselves as well as their community. 


RTC partnered with Rising Tide Entrepreneur Michele Ashley to host a Women's Empowerment Event


CBA grad and Women's Empowerment expert Michele Ashley led an all-day event supporting female entrepreneurs. Attendees gathered at HCCC's Culinary Conference Center to receive coaching geared towards growing their ventures, increasing revenue, and engaging their ideal clients. Event attendees networked with other small business owners, but more importantly, they worked with Michele on their business plans.


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Stacey Hyatt-Dixon Makes New Strides with 'Jewel of a Pillow'


Stacey has used her sewing skills to create a home furnishing company that offers elegant, trendy and unique pillows that allow her customers to spruce up their environment and express who they are.


"By the end of the year, I want to fully rebrand my website, business and logo to fit the major changes that I am making. In the future ,I plan to launch a vintage line of pillows as well as sell bed and bathroom decor and clothing. This is something that I am passionate about and was able to put into action with the help of Rising Tide Capital. I owe my current success to them," said Stacy.

Stacy offers over 25 high-end designs at an affordable price of $20-$35. Her products can be purchased online at or 128 Newark Ave. in Jersey City, NJ.

What's New on MLK Drive?


Seedra Enver joined the team as the new Fundraising and Development Assistant- AmeriCorps Vista. 


Kudos to our Programs Department!
 Under the leadership of Managing Director Jay Savulich, the Community Business Academy continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Programs is currently undertaking several major projects including:
  • Training Sunshine Ministries to host a session of the (CBA) in Chicago.
  • Working with Making Sense International to become master trainers for the business simulation game used in CBA.
  • Starting the Fall CBA session with 130 students, including 13 Spanish CBA participants.
Rising Tide Capital will receive a donation from Jersey City Fashion Week

From September 25-28 Jersey City Fashion Week--presented by Desha Lang Jackson's Give to Live Community Foundation--celebrated emerging designers while giving back to three Jersey City non profits, including Rising Tide Capital. RTC's staff and entrepreneurs attended the VIP Women's Reception where CEO Alfa Demmellash presented the keynote address.

October 2013 Calendar