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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 45  April 2014 



Alex Recognized as one of NY Observer's as 'Most Influential Philanthropists  


Alfa Delivers Keynote for Greater Newark Summit  


Three CBA Grads Win Office Space in North Jersey 


CBA Graduates on the Rise 


RTC In the News 



Our Spring Calendar


Upcoming CBA Information Sessions

May 6, 2014 @ 6:30PM- 32 prince Street, Newark NJ  

May 27, 2014 @ 6:30PM- 317 Elm Street, Newark, NJ (Spanish)

May 29, 2014 @ 6PM- 121 Newark Avenue, 5th Floor, Jersey City, NJ  


Seminar: How To Get Your Business Street Fair Ready  

May 7, 2014 @ 6PM   

RSVP: [email protected] 

Cost: $10  


2014 Business Pitch Tutorial 

May 22, 2014 @6PM

St. Paul's Lutheran Church Basement, 440 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306   

Cost: $25 to participate    



FulopMayor Steve Fulop Honors RTC's AmeriCorps VISTAs For Service in Jersey City 

In April Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop recognized our six AmeriCorps VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America)  at City Hall for their service during the 2nd Annual Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service.

The event honored volunteers from AmeriCorps programs throughout Jersey City. Join us in congratulating our VISTAs for this public recognition of their commitment to building capacity in Northern New Jersey.

 "Our entrepreneurs are the reason I chose to serve at Rising Tide Capital. When a Rising Tide entrepreneur succeeds, I share in that success as well,"
said Russell Borenstein-Burd, AmeriCorps VISTA.       
NYObserverAlex Recognized as one of New York Observer's 'Most Influential Young Philanthropists'  

Alex was highlighted amongst  leaders such as Scott Harrison of Charity Water and Eric Trump of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, for his dedication to empowering individuals through entrepreneurship.

Congratulations Alex!

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AlfaAlfa Delivers Keynote Speech for Greater Newark Summit 

On April 16 Alfa shared her entrepreneurial journey with a keynote address at The Greater Newark Business Sustainability and Advocacy Summit. Hosted by ForwardEver and The NJ Main Street Alliance, the event facilitated discussions to promote small business growth and sustainable local living economies.

Want to read more about the event? Click here
IncubatorsThree Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Win Office Spaces at
Northern New Jersey Incubators

This month  three recent graduates of the Community Business Academy each won six months of free office space at incubators in Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark. They were selected from a large pool of graduate applicants for this opportunity.

Deidre Malloy of Lord & Powers LLC.,
a real estate property management firm that offers consulting and seminars for home buyers and tenants in Essex and Hudson counties, received a workspace at Mission 50.

Lenore Holz, owner of Brownstone Concierge LLC., was selected for the Indiegrove residency program. Through her business, she provides a wide-array of personal and professional assistance for busy individuals, families and businesses.

Crystal Rogers,
winner of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) space and owner of Standard Property Investments offers multi-family housing to low income families.

Read the full story
cbagradsCBA Graduates on the Rise

On April 19 Simeko Watkins-Hartley, owner of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa, hosted a gala at Rutgers Newark to benefit her nonprofit Born-To-Be A Natural Leader Teen Program. She recognized and awarded scholarships to 7 teen girls from Essex County.

Missed the event? Read more

Rising Tide Entrepreneur and
owner of Heaven Your Way Salon and Spa, Taneice Chavers raised 100% of her Kiva Zip loan! Thanks to supporters like you, she will use the $5,000 loan to purchase inventory for her salon. Please visit her recently launched website created by Rising Tide Entrepreneur Rene Mayo!

This past weekend, Elaine Helms, owner of Helms Medical Services, and founder of LGBT RAIN (Reaching Adolescents in Need) Foundation
hosted the organization's first Appreciation Dinner & Fundraiser in Newark. The dinner honored key community supporters who provide continued support for the organization. The proceeds from the event provide homeless LGBT Essex County adolescents with shelter and wraparound support services. Read More 
RTC In the Newsrtcinthenews

 New York City's 20 Most Significant Young Philanthropists: Alex was recognized by the New York Observer for his dedication to strengthening communities through entrepreneurship.

North Jersey Residents Among Those Honored at Berrie Awards:
Alfa recently served as the keynote speaker for the Berrie Awards! Her speech is highlighted in an article featured on NorthJersey.Com.

Local Entrepreneur Empowers Teen Girls in Essex County: The West Orange Patch featured Rising Tide Entrepreneur Simeko Watkins-Hartley and her Born-to-be a Natural Leader Teen Gala.Read more here.


Simeko Watkins-Hartley to Award Scholarships to Essex County Teen Girls: Brick City Live highlighted Simeko's teen female empowerment program on their website.
RTCVolunRecognizing YOU- Rising Tide Capital's Volunteers
volunteerVolunteering: A Life Changing Experience

After founding Noggin Seeds, Rising Tide Entrepreneur Rene Mayo needed legal assistance with several important business documents. Through our partnership with NYU Law and Lowenstein Sandler, she was paired with Kimberly Diamond, a lawyer who changed not just her business, but also her life. 


Read on to learn more about the project, and see how it turned out!

"I have benefited from working with Kimberly Diamond not only by having the actual work done, but by submitting to the process. Discussing my business with Kim and her team in order to revise and legally structure my contracts opened up my eyes to a ton of pitfalls that existed because I didn't include the right amount of detail. This has allowed me to avoid recurring issues in my business, and become a more effective negotiator."
Rene Mayo- Owner, Noggin Seeds

"Working with Rene has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my legal career.  To know that applying my skills can both change the course of a business and impact the owner of that business in a very positive way is more than gratifying. I can't express in words the level satisfaction and fulfillment that I've gained by helping Rene to get the foundational elements of her business in place so that it can thrive.  Rene is an amazing woman who has great vision and drive.  It has been my honor and pleasure to assist her with her business." Kimberly Diamond- Counsel, Lowenstein Sandler

VISTAOur AmeriCorps VISTAs Share Why They Volunteer 
For nearly three years AmeriCorps VISTAs have expanded RTC's capacity to serve an increasing number of entrepreneurs in high-need communities.
They joined forces to celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month by creating a video,  
sharing their individual motivations for volunteering at RTC on our social media platforms. 

Tips3 Tips to Help Maximize Your RTC Volunteer Experience  

Ian Tyson served as Volunteer Coordinator at Rising Tide Capital for two years. During that time he was able to observe what it takes to be a great volunteer at our programs! He recently provided some best practices  to ensure that the experience is beneficial to both entrepreneurs and volunteers.

1. Start With Conversation- Ask questions to get to know each other and make a connection.
2. Keep An Eye On The Clock- Budget your time, propose a plan and set guidelines to ensure you cover everything.
3. Ask A Lot Of Questions- This will help you get clarity on a situation or topic and help you to be a better volunteer.

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What's New on MLK Drive?whatsnew

RTC Welcomes New Team Members!   

  • Programs and Community Outreach Assistant, Russell Borenstein-Burd recently ended his term as an AmeriCorps VISTA. He joined the team full-time to serve as the acting Spanish Language Programs Coordinator. Congrats Russell!  
  •  In the beginning of April Milaury Herrera came on board as Programs Assistant. She  will provide potential applicants interested in starting their business with information about the Community Business Academy.   
  •  Please extend a warm welcome to our new part-time Grant Writer Tammie Reid. Tammie will assist with fundraising and development for the upcoming year.    
  • Huge thanks to our Program Evaluation interns Diana Kantor and Kayla Wilson for volunteering their time over the past two months to help us perform outreach to CBA graduates!  


Get To Know Volunteer Coordinator Miles Roman    

1) Who inspires you?

My grandmom. While I was in college she sent me a postcard every week. By the time I graduated I had collected 120 of them. The love, peace, and joy that she communicated to me through these postcards is something I aspire to pass on to others.      


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

I love to do something active, whether it's going for a run or playing some sort of sport, usually soccer or basketball.


3) What's your hidden passion?

I have a passion for traveling and experiencing new foods and cultures. In my picture you can see I'm in Spain sampling paella.   


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

The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes."


5) What's an RTC product or service you can't live without?

Helados Reina, Reina Maradiaga's ice cream cart.  There's nothing better on hot summer days!  


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