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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 47 June 2014 



Rising Tide Entrepreneur Partners With Whole Foods


CBA Graduates on the Rise  


RTC In the News 



Our Spring Calendar


Upcoming CBA Information Sessions

July 1, 2014 @ 6PM- 440 Hoboken Ave, Jersey City, NJ   

July 16, 2014 @ 6:30PM- 586 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ  

July 17, 2014 @ 6:30PM- 317 Elm Street, Newark, NJ


Start Something Challenge Events:


The 2014 Start Something Challenge Kick-Off  

July 8, 2014 @ 6PM   

Index Art Center, 237 Washington Street, Newark, NJ  

Share Your Story Workshop

July 12, 2014 @8:30AM-1PM

YWCA of Essex and West Hudson, 365 Main Street, Orange, NJ

The Start Something Challenge Grand Finale

July 24, 2013 @ 6PM

West Side Theater, 285 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ   


All SSC events are free and open to the public. RSVP to [email protected] 



sscIt's Never Too Late To 'Start Something'! 

In June we hosted two SSC video pitch tutorials in Jersey City and Newark. Each attendee worked with RTC staff to create a video and perfect their business description for entry into the Start Something Challenge.  



New Jersey entrepreneurs have until July 3 to submit their 30-second Animoto video and business description on the Start Something website and join the Challenge to win $10,000



Join us in Newark for the official Kick-Off event announcing the semi-finalists on July 8th!
RSVP here. 

planpitchRising Tide Entrepreneur Rafal Rogoza Wins $1,500 During Plan & Pitch 
Three recent CBA graduates won a total of $2,750 in prizes after pitching their businesses in front of an audience at our fifth Plan & Pitch Competition.Thanks to the hard work of our corporate volunteers, 23 entrepreneurs received one-on-one coaching to perfect their business pitches.

Microgrants were awarded to: Rafal Rogoza of Bike Parking Hub (1st Place: $1,500), Alysis Vazquez of the The Chilltown Kitchen ( 2nd place: $750) and Jody Yearwood of Jody's Book Jubilee (3rd Place: $500.)

graduatesRising Tide Capital Welcomes 130 of New Jersey's Newest Entrepreneurs  
In early June we celebrated 130 graduates of our Community Business Academy at a ceremony held in the Goldman Sachs building in downtown Jersey City. Featured speakers included City of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, our Chairman of the Board of Trustees Doug Forrester, co-founders Alex Forrester and Alfa Demmellash as well as representatives from each of the six sessions of the CBA.  
Learn more here 
wholefoodsRising Tide Entrepreneur's Skin-Care Products Located in New Jersey Whole Foods!

You can now purchase Rising Tide Entrepreneur Nicole Silva's hand-made skincare products at the Paramus, West Orange, Madison and Edgewater New Jersey Whole Food locations. 

Nicole, second place winner of the 2013 Start Something Challenge, used her $7,500 prize to design new labels and update her packaging to meet FDA standards so she could sell her products in larger stores. Congratulations Nicole!


"We are so excited about this opportunity! This is going to give us great credibility and the exposure we need to increase our customer base. Over the next few weeks we will be making appointments with other Whole Foods' locations with hopes of being in more stores. We are ready to spread the love with DollyMoo," Nicole said.

 Learn more here
riseCBA Graduates on the Rise
Rising Tide Entrepreneur Gabby Creery to Host Theater Festival

Gabby Creery, owner of Metropolis Coach, is looking for playwrights to participate in her New York New Works Theater Festival. Participants will have the opportunity to have their plays reviewed by a panel of Broadway Producers and Emmy Award winners, a chance to win $500, and their piece aired on local television.   


The submission deadline is July 6. Click here to apply! 


Recent Graduate Launches Website for Montessori School

Spring 2014 CBA graduate Myani Lawson recently launched the website for her new Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School. Located at 324 Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City, this dual language preschool and kindergarten center will offer affordable, high-quality, early-childhood education to children 18 months - 6 years old starting this September!


 Click here to visit her new website!  



Rising Tide Entrepreneur Giovanni "Nikki" Perkins has started a GoFundMe campaign to help with start-up expenses for her modern life coaching business, NIKKfriday.

 Click here to support Nikki's campaign

RTC In the Newsrtcinthenews

Rising Tide Capital Le da la Bienvenida a 130 Nuevos Empresarios Emprendedores de New Jersey: Reporte Hispano covered a story about our 130 graduates and class representative, Martha Granda. 

West Orange Entrepreneur Turns Hobby Into Growing Business: Nicole Silva was featured in several patches throughout New Jersey for her partnership with Whole Foods.

Commerce in the Community: Featuring Alex Forrester: The U.S. Department of Commerce highlighted Rising Tide Capital's cofounder Alex Forrester in a web-series featuring community leaders.
sscchampsCatching Up With The Start Something Champs!


We recently caught up with the 2013 Start Something Challenge Champions to see how their businesses are doing since the Challenge.  

  • Coretta Owusu owner of aSuiteStay and first place winner has used the prize money to update her website, develop a mobile application, hire interns and increase the depth of services she offers.  
  • Second place winner Nicole Silva is the owner of DollyMoo which offers hand-blended skin-care products. With her $7,500 she updated the labels on her products to meet FDA standards, resulting in a partnership to sell her products in four Whole Foods stores.
  • Third place winner Liz Migliore of Jersey City Veggie Burgers used her cash prize to secure a location to increase her production and sales.

We conducted a short Q&A session with each of the champs in our blog. Click here to learn more about them.

estherFive Reasons To Start Something With Rising Tide Capital this Summer   

Check out the blog article written by Director of Communications, Esther Fraser. It highlights the 5 major reasons entrepreneurs should participate in the Start Something Challenge and win $10,000 for their business.

1) Expand your network
2) Social media boot camp
3) Gain visibility for your business
4) Perfect your pitch
5) Win $10,000

Read More here
What's New on MLK Drive?mlk

RTC Welcomes New Team Members!   

  • The Programs Department recently expanded to include three new team members!
    • Briana Sellers, Marketing and Outreach Assistant in Newark 
    • Victoria Rodriguez, Business Service Coordinator 
    • David Rosenthal, Programs and Community Outreach Assistant- AmeriCorps VISTA. Click here to learn more about David. 
  • Our past intern, Diana Kantor joined the team as the Communications Assistant- AmeriCorps VISTA. 
  • Join us in welcoming our new Communications intern Dominique Koranteng. She is currently enrolled as a Communications/Fine Arts student at Saint Peter's University.

Get To Know Mike Caslin, Managing Director of Strategy and Development    

1) Who inspires you?

I am inspired by the lives and values of Jesus Christ, William Wilberforce and Mother Theresa.


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

During the weekend, I enjoy doing Bikram Yoga, spending time with my family and hiking the Appalachian Trail or local Catskill Mountains.


3) What's your hidden passion?

My hidden passion is playing and singing Irish & Folk Pub Songs with my guitar. I learned how to play on my own!


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

"Lord I need You" by Matt Maher.   


5)What's an RTC product or service you can't live without?  
Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Rising Tide Entrepreneur Vance Lavington's Not Just Cookies are amazing! I also enjoy Liz Migliore's Jersey City Veggie Burgers.


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