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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 56 March 2015


CBA Graduates on the Rise  


RTC In the News 



Our April Calendar 


BAS Events:to attend RSVP to [email protected]  

How to Get Your Business Street Fair Ready 

April 1 @ 6:30PM- St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Cost: CBA graduates $10, General Public $15   

Share Your Story: How to Launch a Simple Website 

April 8, 2015 @ 6:30PM- NJCU, Michael Gilligan Student Union 

Cost: CBA graduates $10, General Public $15    


2015 Business Pitch Tutorial
April 22 @6pm- HCCC Culinary Conference Center
Cost: $25 participation fee (includes participation in the Plan & Pitch Competition)

 Upcoming CBA Information Session


Essex County:  

April 28 @ 6:30PM- Calvary-Roseville United Methodist Church



AlfaAlfa was Selected as an 2015 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum

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We received word earlier this month that Alfa was selected as a 2015 Young Global Leader under 40 by the World Economic Forum! She is among 187 leaders from 66 countries who were selected based on their commitment to shape the future of industry and society. Read more


"I am tremendously honored to be named amongst this prestigious class of Global Leaders, and I look forward to convening with the inspiring group of Young Global Leaders to discuss and exchange ideas on resolving global issues that ultimately impact us all," Alfa said.




We understand that legal advice can be expensive for a start up, so we partnered with Rutgers School of Law to provide pro bono law services for our Community Business Academy grads. Rising Tide Entrepreneurs can work with a law student under the supervision of a professor to receive free legal business advice on contracts, trademarking and choosing the best business model for them.



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Last spring, Ishea Neal began taking classes toward her Associate degree in Public Policy using the six free credits offered by the partnership between Saint Peter's University and Rising Tide Capital. After she graduates next September, she plans to return to SPU to receive her Bachelor's degree.


"The six credits was the best thing that could ever happen to me! Two of my mentors told me that in order to truly grow as an entrepreneur and help my community I would need to go back to school. Saint Peter's University was recommended and once they realized I was a CBA graduate, they contacted Rising Tide Capital and the credits were immediately added," Ishea said.


Learn more here! 



 In case you missed our 2014 Gala, we have the entire experience on video! Each year we bring the Rising Tide community together for an evening celebration of entrepreneurship. Check out our video, created by Rising Tide Entrepreneur and CEO of thislearning Kris Van Nest, highlighting our Start Something Champions and Honorees!

CBARIseCBA Graduates on the Rise


Kris Van Nest Opens Television School to Serve Youth   


A passionate and skilled videographer, Rising Tide Entrepreneur Kris Van Nest has created a school to teach youth ages 7 to 18 on-camera and behind the scene television skills. He is partnering with Art House Productions and Stevens Cooperative School to hosts classes this Spring and Summer. Know someone who may be interested? Click here to learn more. 



Chrishan Wright Hosts Two Successful Events for Women's History Month

For Women's History Month, CBA grad and owner of Propel Media

Media Group Chrishan Wright partnered with three NJ women-preneurs to form Women Techmakers North Jersey. The group hosted a series of events centered on women's empowerment and education. The first event brought together powerful women to celebrate International Women's Day. The second focused on educating women in technology. Congratulations on two successful events!



  Corin Wright

Corin Wright Takes her Vintage Boutique Mobile


Originally located in Montclair, New Jersey, Style Haven owned by Rising Tide Entrepreneur Corin Wright, has been offering customers a curated selection of vintage styles for three years. In order to bring Style Haven to locations throughout the East Coast Corin made the decision to transform her business model and offer her vintage clothing and accessories online and on the road. In order to fund her mobile vision, Corin started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to transform a box truck into a full-service, mobile boutique. Click here to support!


 Jason Hall Joins our Family of Service Providers


We recently contracted Jason Hall of JH Pestaway to service our Jersey City office and keep it pest-free. Jason believes that this is a great step forward for his business, which he hopes to grow to create a future for his children. Congrats Jason! Learn more. 


"I feel like another window of opportunity has opened. It's another seed that's been planted, and I'm hoping that new business will be generated by servicing the facility."

RTC In the NewsNEWS
womenentrepreneursCelebrating The Women Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Us


Approximately 70% of the entrepreneurs we serve are women, who are the heads of their household and local community. This month, in celebration of Women's History Month, we decided to honor the women who inspire us daily. Check out which female Rising Tide Entrepreneurs inspired the RTC staff!   

What's New on MLK Drive? MLKDrive  
  • We are in the midst of planning our 10th anniversary celebration! Stay tuned for more details about our big celebration coming up this May.
  • In celebration of Women's History Month, Communications Manager Justyna Krygowska highlighted her mother in a blog titled, The Bravest Woman I Know .
  • This week, Replication and Public Policy Assistant Maxwell McGowen shared Four Ways to Be a Localist in Your Community. Check it out!
Get To Know Grant Coordinator Seedra Enver 


1. Who inspires you? 

My Mom. I never cease to be amazed by her capacity to love, give and bring out the best in others. She is an incredibly selfless and kind person who continues to teach me, through the way she lives her life, what true strength and perseverance is.   


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

I love heading outdoors - biking, hiking, reading outside, and catching up with friends.


3. What's your hidden passion?

I enjoy telling stories and on occasion I write them down, in hopes that one day it will reach a larger audience than just my little sisters.   


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

Of Monsters and Men - Dirty Paws


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

Julie-Ann Russo's Tropical Kitchen granola! It is delicious and available in flavors you just can't find anywhere else!