Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn  View our videos on YouTube  Visit our blog
Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 55 February 2015


CBA Graduates on the Rise  


RTC In the News 



Our March Calendar 


Upcoming CBA Information Session


Hudson County:  

March 6 @ 6PM- Indiegrove


BAS Events

Get in the Mix With the Help Desk

Equal Space, 89 Market Street, 4th Floor, Newark, NJ

This event is free and available to CBA graduates only!   


Share Your Story: Social Media and Email Marketing

March 11, 2015 @ 6:30PM-Online Webinar  

Cost: CBA graduates $10, General Public $15  



This week marks the beginning of our Spring Community Business Academy. Amongst the Spring class is the 2014 Start Something Challenge first place winner, Ninotchka Johnson who won $10,000 for her business Top Notch By Design. We asked Ninotchka about her decision to take the CBA class this semester. See what she had to say!



"The amazing experience that I had while taking part in the Start Something Challenge inspired me to take the Community Business Academy. Many of the SSC participants completed the CBA prior to entering the Challenge and always told me about their experiences. Rising Tide Capital makes educating their entrepreneurs a priority. Every person I met was willing to help and every event I attended was a positive experience. I am assuming the CBA will be no different." -Ninotchka Johnson  

Read more about her experience! 




Join us in congratulating our Director of Communications Esther Fraser for being selected to participate in the 2015 Emerging Leaders in Microbusiness Squared Program (ELM2). Esther and 11 other emerging leaders will convene over a nine-month period for joint learning and discussion on critical issues within the microbusiness development and leadership realm.     

"I am so grateful to be selected to participate as an ELM2 fellow alongside so many inspiring leaders in microbusiness. We are all working within our organizations to create economic opportunities in underserved communities, and to be able to come together and talk about our work, and share best practices is invigorating," said Fraser. Learn more.


This month, we added even more professionals to the Rising Tide Help Desk to better serve our entrepreneurs and offer a larger variety of services. The Help Desk was created to provide CBA graduates with a source of trusted vetted small business service providers at an affordable cost to serve their needs.  


See how the Help Desk worked for one of our entrepreneurs! 

CBARIseCBA Graduates on the Rise

  Universe Konadu Partners with Saint Peter's University to Empower Young Women


CBA graduate Universe Konadu will partner with Saint Peter's University to host her Artistpreneur Academy of Emerging Leaders for at-risk teenage girls. The classes are offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer for 12-weeks and will focus on helping young women develop leadership skills, set goals for graduating high school and college as well as start their own businesses. Girls who successfully complete the 12-week program will receive an internship with a local organization.


If you know of anyone  who would be a perfect fit for this program the deadline is March 14. Here's the link to register!


Congratulations Dawn McLaughlin for Launching Your New Website!  


Rising Tide Entrepreneur Dawn McLaughlin recently launched her website! She received help from fellow CBA graduate and Help Desk service provider Rene Mayo, who designed and developed both her website and a company video. Dawn-- who produces books for kids, by kids--will also launch her first book titled, "Who Do You Think I Am?" next month. Be sure to check out her site and learn about how she is empowering children in her community.




Taneice Chavers Hosts the Grand Opening of Her Salon

Last week Taneice Chavers hosted the grand opening of  Shear Bliss Salon and Spa located on 457 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange. During the event women were able to get free services, sign up for salon membership and learn more about the business. Read more here.  
RTC In the NewsNEWS


Jersey City Business Takes Hassle Out of Laundry- Rising Tide Entrepreneur Michael Porada, owner of New Bridge Laundry, was highlighted for his efficient and convenient laundry services. 
Weehawken Entrepreneur Turns Love of Italy into a Business- Third place Start Something Challenge winner and CBA grad Joanna Chmarzewska was featured for her innovative water sea bags!


AAentreCelebrating African American Entrepreneurs


In honor of Black History Month Rising Tide Capital reached out to successful African American entrepreneurs to ask, "What does being an African American business owner mean to you during Black History Month?"
They all shared similar responses on honoring their rich history while giving back to their respective communities. See Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche's response below:   

"Becoming The Budgetnista (a financial educator), was a purposeful choice. My industry is one where there are very few women and fewer people of color. The lack of diversity meant that too many people that needed help, were not receiving it. I wanted to change that. Black History Month is a reminder that equality and fairness are more than just ideas, they are possibilities that start when one person makes a choice to make a difference."  Read more.
What's New on MLK Drive? MLKDrive  
  • We recently welcomed five new AmeriCorps VISTAs to serve in the Programs and Development departments. Learn more about the newest additions to our Rising Tide Capital family.

  • We recently hired a new Communications intern, Aaqilah Perez. A Greenville native, Aaquilah will help write entrepreneur profile stories, update the website with new content and help with social media. 
Get To Know Action Plan Coordinator Alfreda Rogers 


1. Who inspires you?

Benazir Bhutto & my mother because they are both women who amongst peril still chose to consistently find compassion and courage for others.


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

On the weekends I enjoy catching up with friends and family or starting a new book.


3. What's your hidden passion?  

Learning about different cultures.  


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

The Grateful Dead by Touch of Grey  


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

La Shonda Tyree's Nyah products, especially the Oatmeal & Honey Natural Soap. Her products never fail to leave my skin soft and glowing!