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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 48 July 2014 



CBA Graduate Hosts A Successful First Gala


CBA Graduates on the Rise  


RTC In the News 



Our Spring Calendar


The Start Something Challenge Grand Finale 

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

August 4, 2014 6PM-9PM

RSVP here 


Upcoming CBA Information Sessions

August 5, 2014 @ 6:30PM- 462 Sanford Avenue, Newark, NJ   

August 14, 2014 @ 6:30PM- 39 Broadway, Newark, NJ


 Reunion de Empresarios Pequenos   

August 6, 2014 @ 6PM

RSVP to Milaury at 201-432-4316 x 121  


Successful Selling with Sales Guru Audie Serrano

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

Week 2: August 7, 2014 @ 6PM

Week 3: August 14, 2014 @ 6PM 

Cost: $25 graduates, $40 nongraduates (includes entire workshop series)
RSVP to Miles at 201-432-4316 x 113 



grandfinaleWho Will Win the $10,000 Cash Prize?

This Monday we announced 10 finalists who will pitch head-to-head in front of a live audience and panel of judges for $22,500 in cash prizes.

Come support these hardworking entrepreneurs in the Grand Finale of the Start Something Challenge hosted at NJCU on August 4. Click here to RSVP!  

AlexboardAlex Forrester to Serve on Board of Directors for the Association for Enterprise Opportunity  

Join us in congratulating our co-founder and COO Alex Forrester on his appointment to  the Association for Enterprise Opportunity's Board of Directors. He is excited
to promote the value of quality business education for small business owners across the country.

greenvilleRising Tide Capital Reaches Out To Greenville Community to Provide Business Resources  



As a part of the "I Love Greenville Community Plan" Rising Tide Capital is currently conducting outreach to the local businesses in our immediate community. Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (NJDCA) Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program, we have the funding to offer a free business evaluation to Greenville business owners, and provide affordable assistance with web marketing, print collateral, and loan applications.  We are excited to have so many local business owners come through our offices for assistance!
angelaRising Tide Entrepreneur Angela McKnight's First Gala Deemed 'Major Success'
Last Friday, Angela McKnight of AngelaCARES hosted her inaugural gala at the Chandelier Restaurant in Bayonne, NJ. With nearly 100 attendees, including members of the RTC staff, the event honored two youths and one senior in the Jersey City area. Founded in 2011, AngelaCARES strives to provide a support system for seniors, while encouraging young people to volunteer with seniors in their community.

"I am so thankful and grateful to God and to everyone who made AngelaCARES first Gala a success," said Angela that evening.

To learn more about her event, click here.
cbariseCBA Graduates on the Rise
Recent CBA Graduate Shayla Cabrera Hired as Nanny For Rosie O' Donnell!

We are excited to announce that Spring 2014 CBA graduate Shayla Cabrera was recently hired to work as a nanny for comedian Rosie O' Donnell! Click here to learn more 


"Taking this opportunity will open many new doors for the business," she said. "With this new connection, I will have the chance to expand my target market and develop a high-profile client list. I'm also really looking forward to learning as much as possible from my new employer."
Two Entrepreneurs Obtain Six Free Credits from Saint Peter's University

Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Michael Grant and Duval Brown both received six free credits from Saint Peter's University to further their education.
Through our partnership with Saint Peter's University, they were able to receive these credits-valued at more than $5,000-at no additional cost

earned his Bachelor's in Urban Studies and Duval is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Read more here 


Nia Reid-Allen Has 29 Days to Fundraise For Her Business


Jersey City Entrepreneur Nia Reid-Allen was recently approved to crowd-fund for a loan through Kiva Zip. Nia is raising money to grow her business Myrtle and Flossie, which provides online one-stop, shopping for new mothers. Her goal is to raise $8,000 in order to replenish stock, hire employees, and rent spaces to hold post-natal classes.

You can support her by donating as little as $5. Click here!  

RTC In the Newsrtcinthenews

30 NJ Entrepreneurs Advance to 2nd Phase of The Start Something Challenge: American Entrepreneurship wrote about the 30 entrepreneurs who progressed to the semi-final round of the SSC. 

Jersey City Entrepreneur Stephanie Romano is A Semi-Finalist in The Start Something Challenge: Owner of TRAASH was recently featured in the Riverview Observer for her participation in the SSC.
finalistsMeet The 2014 Start Something Challenge Finalists

 Interested in getting to know the 10 New Jersey entrepreneurs in the running for $10,000? We recently caught up with them to learn more about their businesses, future goals and of course their plans for the big prize! Click here to read more about these spectacular finalists and make sure you come out and support them at the Grand Finale!


2014 Start Something Challenge Finalists:


Fashion & Beauty
Joanna Chmarzewska, Crazy for Italia -Jersey City
Ninotchka Johnson, Top Notch By Design- Browns Mills


Arts, Crafts & Entertainment
Dawn McLaughlin, Positively Publishing- North Bergen
Kimberly Sumpter, Wax Kandy- Jersey City

Ronald Mirante, Bone In- Jersey City
Alysis Vasquez, The Chilltown Kitchen -Jersey City

Public, Social & Health
Lenore Holz, Liberty Kite Flying Tours -Jersey City
Caley Vickerman, Guerilla Haiku Movement -Jersey City

Other Professional Services
Chrishan Wright, WE Biz -Maplewood
Jason Hall, JH Pestaway- Belleville

fivetipsFive Tips For Sharing Your Story
Our new Communications VISTA shares best practices

There is more to a business than just a product or service. When explaining your business to others, you may feel inclined to only say what the company is, when at the heart of that business is a person. And that person has a story to tell.  So here are 5 great tips for telling the best story of all...yours!
  • A good story has a chronological flow. So, a great way to start sharing your story is to explain where you come from. 
  • Think about your hobbies, your work, and everything you have done in the past. All these things help to paint a picture of who you are, and letting people know who you are is the biggest part of telling your story.
  • If you are still in the planning phase, you can still tell people where your idea came from. What happened in the past that brought you to where you are now?
  • Before you start, make note of the main points you would like to cover. 
  • Try to be clear without being too wordy.  The best thing to do is have a friend look at it and get their opinion and make it concise.

Read more tips here 

What's New on MLK Drive?mlk

Get To Know Program Assistant Milaury Herrera

1) Who inspires you?

I wouldn't be the woman I am today if it wasn't for my father. He is not only my inspiration, but also my Superman!


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

I love to stay productive through exercise. Not only is it important for my physical and mental health, it teaches me how to stay driven, make goals and reach them.


3) What's your hidden passion?

I have a passion for taking artsy photographs. They allow me to think outside-of-the-box by putting my own story into pictures.


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

"I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly


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

I fell in love with Vance Lavington's carrot cupcakes ever since my first bite at the SSC kick-off last month! Not Just Cookies' desserts are delicious!

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