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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 44 |  MARCH 2014 



RTC Collects Donations For Families Displaced by Jersey City Fire


Our First-Ever Web Series: "How to Get Your Products Retail-Ready


Two Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Train to Become CBA Instructors


CBA Graduates on the Rise 


RTC In the News 



Our Spring Calendar


Workshop: Finish Your Financials   

April 10, 2014 @ 6PM

Open to CBA Graduates only 


Seminar: How To Launch a Simple Website 

April 23, 2014 @ 6:30PM   

RSVP: [email protected] 

Cost: CBA graduates $10, Non-graduates $15


Information Session: Hudson County

April 29, 2014 @6PM

Starting Points, 2737 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07306 



taneiceTaneice Chavers Crowdfunds Through 
KivaZip To Open Salon For Women With Hair loss  
Rising Tide Entrepreneur Taneice Chavers has exactly 28 days left to secure the funding for her salon, Heaven Your Way.  


The salon, which will open this spring, was inspired by Taneice's inability to find a salon that could accommodate her needs after her own traumatic hair loss. Heaven Your Way will provide hair and skin care for women who experience hair loss due to cancer, lupus and other life-threatening diseases. The $5,000 loan will help her obtain inventory--including prosthetic devices--to stock her salon.


Anyone with a credit card and access to a computer can lend as little as $5 to help bring Taneice's vision to life. Visit her KivaZip profile and become a lender today! 

donationsRTC Collects Donations For Families Displaced By Jersey City Fire
With YOUR help--our entrepreneurs and community supporters--we donated clothes, food and kitchen appliances to assist the 35 families who lost everything in the five-alarm fire on Grant Ave in Jersey City. All items were donated to the United Way of Hudson County who will take care of the distribution to the families. 

You can still make a financial donation by visiting and clicking on 'Jersey City Fire Emergency Donations.'
IN PHOTO: (Left) Americorps VISTAs Alfreda Rogers and Shanea Phillips, dropping off the donated goods at the United Way of Hudson County
webseriesOur First-Ever Web Series: How to Get Your Products Retail-Ready
Monday, March 24, was a historic day at Rising Tide Capital. It marked RTC's first-ever webinar, the first time we've used technology to deliver programming for our entrepreneurs. This webinar was the first installment of 3-part web series--"How to Get your Products Retail-Ready"-- for entrepreneurs interested in learning how to prepare their goods for retail. RTC's Help Desk specialist Liz Long, co-founder of Bag The Habit, is the facilitator.

On July 31 and August 28, RTC will host parts two and three of the web series. Liz will cover how to source suppliers, manufacture, and ship products.
entrepreneurtraineesTwo Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Train to Become CBA Instructors

  In order to meet the needs of the ever-growing Community Business Academy, RTC is currently training five new assistant instructors including two CBA graduates.
After successfully starting and growing their businesses, CBA graduates Angela McKnight and LaShonda Tyree return to the CBA, but this time as assistant trainers, offering their talent and experience to aspiring entrepreneurs.
"I am excited to share how I applied what I learned in the CBA to grow my business with future students. I hope to impact the lives of others by sharing my business knowledge to help them start, run and maintain a business," said Angela McKnight (pictured left). 

cbagradsCBA Graduates on the Rise

As a result of the pro-bono legal services offered through our partnership with NYU and Lowenstein-Sandler, Clodec Johnson was able to find an affordable trademark solution for her business, Ideal Concepts Consulting LLC.

Learn more about her experience.

Rising Tide Entrepreneur and CBA Instructor Winston Trumpet, recently published a new book titled "I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Can, I Will." You can purchase the book on

Rising Tide Entrepreneur, host and dad Kris Van Nest recently launched an Indiegogo Campaign to help fund his new team project "KidsTeachDad TV - A new crowd sourced, travel reality series guided by you!"

Check out his campaign!

RTC In the Newsrtcinthenews

A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats: The Huffington Post featured an article yesterday about the inspiring story of our COO and co-founder Alex Forrester and his journey towards social entrepreneurship.
womenshistorymonthCelebrating Women's History Month at Rising Tide Capital
phenomenalwomen11 Phenomenal Women, 11 Inspiring Tips
What better way to celebrate Women's History Month than to honor the women behind the mission of Rising Tide Capital? We asked the ladies of RTC to share the most meaningful lessons they've learned along their respective paths, and were so inspired by what they had to say:

Alfa Demmellash "Let's face it, in order to be successful in your career, it's going to take a lot more than your own hard work. You will need people to help you along the way - friends, colleagues and mentors. The problem is that we often don't like to ask people for help because we are afraid of offending them or having them say yes out of a sense of obligation. However, my one advice is to develop a boldness and take the risk to ask for something - be it advice or a connection to someone or help getting something. You would be surprised by how often the "yes" supersedes the "no" you are afraid to hear." Alfa Demmellash- Chief Executive Officer/Co-founder

"Make the choices that reflect what your heart is telling you. Sometimes what makes the most sense and would provide you with the most income isn't exactly the most fulfilling. Achieve balance by taking the mind into consideration, but realizing that your heart is the core." 
Mary Sansait- Program Manager, The Community Business Academy

The best way to balance your life while taking on new tasks is to remain fearless. Fear is the ultimate factor that distinguishes leaders from followers. As women, we must remain fearless and have the will to persevere. This has helped me to be always open to new risks, people, and life challenges. 
Alfreda Rogers- Program Assistant, Business Acceleration Services

Read "11 Phenomenal Women, 11 Empowering Tips"

inspiringwomenentrepreneursInspiring Rising Tide Female Entrepreneurs

Since 2009, 589 women have graduated from Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy

This month, RTC staff members each selected a female Rising Tide Entrepreneur who personally inspires them.

estherblogA Few Thoughts on International Women's Day

Proud mom of two small girls, and Director of Communications Esther Fraser shared her thoughts on women, entrepreneurship, and RTC's mission for International Women's Day.

"These women are building more than the next fancy gadget. They are building a legacy, for themselves, their families and their communities. I am grateful to have the opportunity to do this work that I love. I don't believe for a second that these women wouldn't have been just as amazing if they hadn't found us. I do believe, however, that our tools and resources are an important part of their journeys. And being able to be a part of this, even peripherally, just fills me with joy and with hope"

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Want to Join the RTC Team? 

  • Rising Tide Capital recently said "see you soon" to our awesome Development Coordinator Bryan Franklin, who accepted a prestigious Peace Players International Fellowship in South Africa. We're currently looking to fill this key position on our Development Team. Interested? Contact Mike for more information. 
  • The Programs Team is currently looking to fill several positions to build out our capacity for serving potential and existing Rising Tide Entrepreneurs.  Love our programs? Email Roger and Mary for more information about upcoming job openings.  
  • Are you, or do you know a creative Junior Web Developer who can develop for both the front and back ends of a website. If you are interested in joining Team Communications at RTC, contact Esther for more information.


Get To Know Executive Assistant Carlee Catena   

1) Who/what inspires you? 

The beauty of nature inspires me to live in the moment and enjoy each and every day to the fullest.

2) What do you love to do on the weekends?  

On Saturday mornings, I teach children and adults how to rollerskate.  There are no words to describe the elation I feel at being able to share what I love with those around me.  It is a true gift.

3) What's your hidden passion?  

I have always been fascinated by female warriors and their command of the bow and broadsword.  I am passionate about archery and would love to learn how to wield a broadsword.  

4) What's one song that belongs on the playlist to your life?

 "It Never Entered my Mind" - by Miles Davis.  It was my introduction to jazz and began a lifelong love affair with the genre.

5) What's an RTC product or service you can't live without?  
Nyah Soaps, courtesy of the amazing LaShonda Tyree.

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