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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 50 September 2014 



CBA Graduates on the Rise  


RTC In the News 



Our October Calendar  


Upcoming Spanish CBA Information Sessions


October 20 @ 6:30PM- 39 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ   


2nd Annual Local Living Economy Summit 

October 8, 2014 @ 8AM- Saint Peter's University   


Meet the Lender: Learn How to Get Money for Your Business 

October 9, 2014 @ 6PM- Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 
Space is limited. To reserve your spot today please call Miles Roman at 201-432-4316 x 113.


 Essex County ARTfest!  

October 18, 2014 @ 3PM- Rutgers Newark: 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 


 Words That Sell 

October 25, 2014 @ 9AM

Seats are limited. For questions or to RSVP contact Miles Roman at 201-432-4316 x 113




NYCRTC's First-Ever Event in NYC!


Last week we ventured across the Hudson to celebrate our Start Something Challenge finalists at a networking reception held at the Morgan Stanley headquarters in Times Square! With a spectacular view of the NYC skyline, entrepreneurs connected with business and financial executives over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. It was truly an inspiring evening. Read more about it here!


Join us in recognizing these champions and many others at the Champions Gala on November 13, click here to RSVP. 
CBA178  Students Start The Community Business Academy


Join us in welcoming our newest wave of entrepreneurs! This month 178 students started the CBA. For some context, in all of 2012, there were 155 total graduates.

This Fall there are eight Community Business Academy classes throughout Essex and Hudson Counties. Over the next two months students will learn fundamental small-business management and planning skills, participate in business simulation games and gain the skills needed to start and grow a business.


Good luck to our future Rising Tide Entrepreneurs!


BALLE Alfa Selected to Represent Jersey City as BALLE Fellow! 
Alfa Demmellash  

We are so proud of our CEO Alfa Demmellash! She was selected to represent Jersey City as a BALLE Local Economy Fellow. She will participate in an 18-month leadership immersion program that will strengthen her skills needed to impact the local community. Learn More  

Along with several other convening organizations, Alfa is spearheading the second annual Local Living Economy Summit in Jersey City next Wednesday. Themed Igniting Local Opportunities: From Ideas to Action, this event will bring local stakeholders together to create innovative solutions for economic opportunity.  


You Can Join The Conversation Without Leaving Your Desk!


As a precursor for this event, share your ideas with Alfa at the upcoming "Local Living Economy Summit Tweet Chat" this Thursday from 1-2pm! You can join the discussion with Alfa and local leaders by clicking this link and following @RisingtideOrg on Twitter!


Do you know someone interested in Social Media Marketing? 

We are currently looking for college students interested in Social Media Marketing to participate at the Summit as Social Media Ambassadors. If you know someone who might be interested, please forward them this application!

MixerCBA Grads "Get in the Mix" at First-Ever Help Desk Mixer 


We kicked off the start of Fall and the "new and improved" Help Desk with the Get in the Mix with the Help Desk networking reception! More than 30 Rising Tide Entrepreneurs came out to connect with local small business professionals, learn more about the discounted services they can access through the Help Desk, and receive help growing their businesses. Help Desk Professionals specialize in logo and web design, accounting, marketing and legal advice.  


CBA Grad and owner of Positively Publishing, Dawn Mclaughlin even won a $100 Help Desk Gift Certificate to use toward a service of her choice.  


Read more here.

MyaniMyani Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Opening Her Own School 


When Myani Lawson was looking for a preschool for her daughter, she was unable to find an affordable program that met her specific needs. An entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in early childhood education, Myani decided to jump start her lifelong dream of opening her own school and open the Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School. Using the Montesorri Method of teaching, Myani's pre-school provides high-quality, early-childhood education to children two to six years old in both English and Spanish.     


Learn more about her new school here!  


CBARIseCBA Graduates on the Rise
Help CBA Grads "Chase" Their Dreams
Our entrepreneurs need your help and it only takes a few seconds and a single click! They entered the Chase Mission Main Street Grant Program for a chance to win a $150,000 grant for their businesses. They have until October 17 to collect 250 votes and advance to the next phase. Click the names below to cast your vote!

Style Haven 
Property Maintenance Guys
KGB Fitness
StaceyRenee Designs  

La Shonda featured in October Issue of Inside Jersey

Rising Tide Entrepreneur La Shonda Tyree of Nyah Beauty: Luxury Artisan Soaps was featured in the October 2014 issue of Inside Jersey. Check it out!  She will also celebrate the 1st Anniversary of moving into her NYAH studio this Sunday, October 5 from 2pm to 6pm at 468 Totowa Avenue, Suite 3K, Paterson, NJ. Feel free to join her for a studio tour and light refreshments.
RTC In the NewsNEWS


 Designer Bags Top Prize in Jersey City Org's Competition- The Jersey Journal highlighted Start Something Challenge champion, Ninothcka Johnson and her business Top Notch by Design.


 Alfa Demmellash Selected as 2014 BALLE Fellow-
Co-founder and CEO, Alfa Demmellash, was featured on the BALLE website among 16 other localist leaders.

Social Media for Small Business: What Really Works?- MP Star Financial featured RTC Communications Coordinator, Justyna Krygowska's top 4 social media tips for Small Business.
LaborEntrepreneurship in The New Labor Movement

In recognition of Labor Day, Alfa wrote a blog post about why entrepreneurship could be a solution to some of the issues raised by the impact of today's evolving workplace and the erosion of the Labor Movement. You can read a selection below, but visit our website for the full story.

"Working while you build a business is not necessarily the ideal solution--in some ways it's just more work in an attempt to keep up with the rising cost of living. But entrepreneurship does answer some of the questions left unanswered by the erosion of today's Labor Movement in our society.   


"For many entrepreneurs that come through Rising Tide Capital, it is a chance to build a lasting legacy for their families. Building a strong small business does not happen overnight, but when this goal is realized, the owner achieves flexibility and financial independence-concepts that are slowly slipping away from today's labor environment. Even more, when these business owners hire, they are more likely to ensure that their employees can achieve the same." 


What's New on MLK Drive? MLKDrive 
  • AmeriCorp VISTA Seedra Enver, who served as Fundraising and Development Assistant, was promoted to a full-time Grants Coordinator position after completing a one-year term at Rising Tide Capital.
  • This month we welcomed Programs Intern, Jean Pierre Santander to the team! He is currently in his senior year at NJCU and will be assisting with Hispanic community outreach.
Get To Know Business Services Coordinator Victoria Rodriguez 


 1. Who inspires you?  So many people in my life, but I have to say my mom. She is a strong woman and I learned  how to be one just by following her example.

2. What do you love to do on the weekends?
I really enjoy trying new things whether that's a new restaurant, a new exhibit or taking my niece or nephew someplace they would enjoy.

3. What's your hidden passion?  

I majored in history in college and I still have a passion for it. I love exploring history and observing how our past affects our present.

4. What's one song that belongs on the playlist to your life?
Empire State by Jay Z

5. What's an RTC product or service you can't live without?  
Cupcakes by Vance Lavington's Not Just Cookies! I fall in love with them after every bite!


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