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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 54 January 2015


CBA Graduates on the Rise  


RTC In the News 



 Our February Calendar   


Upcoming CBA Information Session


Hudson County:  

February 3 @ 6PM- Starting Points 

February 15 @ 2PM- Simply Feel Better Self-Health Space

Essex County:

February 4 @ 6:30PM- United Way of Essex and West Hudson

 February 10 @ 6:30PM- Greater Newark Conservancy


February 10 @ 6:30PM- Ironbound Community Corporation


Share Your Story: Words That Sell

February 12, 2015 @ 6:30PM-St. Paul's Lutheran Church Basement, Jersey City, NJ 07302     



CBA1000A Historic RTC Moment: We Graduated Our 1,000th Entrepreneur!

This January, we graduated 146 entrepreneurs from the Community Business Academy! This was a historic moment in our 10-year history, as we also graduated our 1,000th entrepreneur! Our largest CBA class to-date, the Fall 2014 class joined an alumni network of 968 CBA graduates across Northern New Jersey. We are extremely proud of our Rising Tide Entrepreneurs. Learn more about the ceremony here


See what some of our Fall 2014 graduates had to say about their CBA experience.  

RemarksRemarks From Our 1,000th CBA Graduate  


Lana Del Rose is a Fall 2014 graduate of the Community Business Academy. Last month she launched her business Positively Jersey, a site offering merchandise and positive news stories to New Jersey residents. She shared her thoughts of what being the 1,000th CBA graduate meant to her and her fellow classmates:  


"When I learned that our graduating class would tip RTC over the 1,000 graduate mark, making it a special #CBA1000 celebration, I was just excited to know our family network of entrepreneurs was so expansive.

But to be the actual 1,000th entrepreneur to graduate from the program - that is just plain cool. The experience, inspiration and tangible results I received from the Community Business Academy allowed me to begin 2015 with the courage to put my full heart and soul into a project that I love and believe in... and that is a blessing.Read more here  

SYSSSCWe Kicked-off the 2015 Start Something Challenge!


Last Thursday evening we kicked off the 2015 Start Something Challenge with the Share Your Story six-month series of marketing and branding seminars. If you missed Thursday night's business branding basics workshop, this month's workshop is all about "words that sell!"  


If you are a New Jersey entrepreneur interested in the 2015 Start Something Challenge, you can attend one business marketing workshop per month until June, to prepare for your chance to win the $10,000 prize! 


Click here to learn more!  

CBARIseCBA Graduates on the Rise

Catch CBA Graduate La Shonda Tyree's Nyah Soaps at the Newark Airport

Rising Tide Entrepreneur La Shonda Tyree recently had her artisan soaps placed in the new pop-up shop Jersey Bound, located in Newark Airport Terminal B. She expects this new retail location to bring her new clients, and has already seen an increase in sales. Congrats La Shonda!

"This opportunity will affect the trajectory of my business because it puts me into a different market of potential customers. After one week there I have already received a request to restock one of the soaps that has sold out."    Read more here.

Two Rising Tide Entrepreneurs Win $3,000 in the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge


Congratulations to Rising Tide Entrepreneurs D'TaRelle Tullis and Kenneth Pickett, who each won $3,000 in the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge. After presenting their businesses to a panel of judges at NJIT, they both received the highest scores in the competition! Read more here. 

"A big confidence booster was having completed 10 out of the 12 Community Business Academy classes. I felt confident that if the judges asked me about the cost of production and how I arrived at my pricing that I would be able to give them sound answers." -D'TaRelle Tullis 



Taneice Chavers Secures Her First Storefront Location
Rising Tide Entrepreneur Taneice Chavers will host the grand opening of her new salon next month! After months of fundraising and hard work she opened Shear Bliss Salon and Spa-located on 457 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange-to help women suffering from hair loss due to cancer, lupus and other life threatening diseases.  Learn more about her new accomplishment here. Read more here.
RTC In the NewsNEWS

Rising Tide Capital Graduates 146 NJ Entrepreneurs- American Entrepreneurship editor, Jeanne Gray highlighted our recent graduation on her website.   


D'TaRelle Tullis Among 146 Graduates of the Community Business Academy- Brick City Live featured featured a Newark graduate in a recent article. 



RTC Celebrates 1,000th Graduate of its Entrepreneurship Program-

The Jersey Journal highlighted our graduation ceremony and several entrepreneurs in a feature article. Pictures are included!

Kimberly Sumpter Turns Hobby into Personalized Candle Business- Last week Kimberly's business, Wax Kandy, was featured in the Jersey Journal, showcasing her recent accomplishments.  


PamelaPamela Roundtree Shares Her Business Journey


While many people were making resolutions for the New Year, Pamela was setting new goals for her business. In a blog post, she shared her journey as a personal trainer and owner of NewBody.NewMind.NewLiving and showed how taking the Community Business Academy helped her turn her dreams into reality: 


"After taking the CBA class, I learned first-hand how it teaches people to successfully run their businesses. This means showing us what being a CEO entails and how to push ourselves towards true leadership. It means leaving people with the realization that start-up money and a business name offer no guarantees for success, and insight into what does, in fact, guarantee success. Within the first few weeks of the class, people will know whether they have CEO potential."



What's New on MLK Drive? MLKDrive  
  • We partnered with New Jersey City University to host an open house at their Business Development Incubator for film and media entrepreneurs! Learn more here

  • Five new AmeriCorps VISTAs joined the team last month! Join us in welcoming:
    • Lucas Belury, Volunteer Coordinator; Jill Burgy, Entrepreneur Training Assistant; Robi Jaffrey, BAS Programs Assistant; Claire Corea, Fundraising and Research Assistant and Rachael Gambino, Development and Fundraising Assistant
Get To Know Programs and Community Outreach Assistant David Rosenthal 


1. Who inspires you?

My mom and dad are my biggest inspiration. They both recently retired from helping people overcome educational and health obstacles, they inspired me to help people too.


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

I enjoy spending time with friends, knitting cool winter accessories and relaxing.


3. What's your hidden passion?

Many people don't know that I really enjoy knitting. I knit a lot in my spare time and I sell my products online!  


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

Valerie by The Zutons


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

I think that food from Alysis Vasquez, owner of The ChillTown kitchen, is amazing!