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Rising Tide Capital's News, Events, and Community Voices
VOL 57 April 2015


CBA Graduates on the Rise  


RTC In the News 



Our May Calendar 


BAS Events:   

Share Your Story: Video & Animoto 

May 7 @ 6:30PM- NJCU, Michael Gilligan Student Union 

Cost: CBA graduates $10, General Public $15   

The Start Something Challenge Video Pitch Tutorial

May 18, 2015 @ 6:30PM- Rutgers Business School 

Cost: FREE! To RSVP call 201-432-4316 ext 110


2015 Business Pitch Tutorial- Essex County
May 28 @6pm- Rutgers Business School
Cost: $25 participation fee (includes participation in the Plan & Pitch Competition)

 Upcoming CBA Information Session


Hudson County:

May 13 @ 6PM- St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Spanish: May 20 @ 6:30PM- Chrome Institute 

Essex County:  

May 21 @ 6:30PM- United Way of Essex and West Hudson 



TenthAnniversaryWe Are Celebrating  Our 10th Year Anniversary! 

After 10 years of transforming lives and communities through entrepreneurship we are ending the year by bringing together the people who mean the most to us--our supporters and entrepreneurs! We are celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary in our birthplace of Jersey City with a Thank You Cocktail Party on May 20 and a Community Entrepreneurship Day picnic in Lincoln Park on May 30 for our 1,114 Community Business Academy graduates. Contact us at [email protected] for more information!

Join in on the celebration by tweeting your favorite RTC memories at RisingTideOrg or by using #10YearsRising on social media.  


You may be thinking, "Did RTC pack up and move to Chicago?" The answer is No. We're still here in Northern New Jersey! For the past two years, however, we have partnered with nonprofit Sunshine Enterprises to replicate our CBA curriculum to deliver business training and coaching to the entrepreneurs they serve in the South Side of Chicago. Tuesday, Alfa visited their headquarters to welcome their most recent graduates to the Rising Tide family.


Learn more here







Earlier this month, representatives from Wells Fargo visited our office to present us with a $25,000 grant to sustain our work. They have been a dedicated supporter for several years and have also donated space for program events at local bank branches, and nearly 100 volunteer hours from bank employees in 2014 alone.


Learn more here! 



On April 7, Mayor Steven Fulop recognized our nine AmeriCorps VISTAs for their service during the 3rd Annual Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service event hosted at City Hall. Fulop joined nearly 3,000 mayors across the country in delivering proclamations to their city's volunteers. During the event, VISTAs from our programs department--Jill Burgy and David Rosenthal--each delivered a testimonial about their experiences. Join us in congratulating our awesome volunteer team members! Learn more about the event here


Each of our VISTAs also shared why they dedicate a year of their life to public service. See what they had to say here.

CBARIseCBA Graduates on the Rise

Help Coretta raise $5,000 for her mobile travel resource business


Coretta Owusu, founder of aSuiteStay and 2013 Start Something Challenge Champion is crowdfunding a loan on Kiva Zip in order to complete a cloud software to connect travel agents in Africa to clients. She has already managed to raise more than half of her $5,000 goal. Click here to learn more about Coretta's story and lend as little as $5 to help in her business endeavors.   



Ten Rising Tide Entrepreneurs that are "Going Green"  

In the 10 years since Rising Tide Capital was founded, many entrepreneurs have gone through the Community Business Academy with the goal of creating businesses that not only give back to their communities, but also to our planet. In honor of Earth Day, we highlighted 10 local "Green" businesses started by Rising Tide Entrepreneurs, so you can support both local communities---and the earth! 


CBA Grad Received His Small Business Association (SBA) Certificate 


 Congratulations to Rising Tide Entrepreneur Simon Peters who recently obtained certifications that allow him to do business with the federal government. He is now a subcontractor for the Department of Veteran Affairs, providing high-tech mobility equipment and repairs to U.S. veterans. Learn more about his story here.   


"Of all the services I've ever provided, working with the men and women who served our great country is the greatest job in the world to have. To see these war veterans come back home after serving, needing someone to help them, and being able to give that help and be a part of their lives, that's something really great for me," Simon said.   

RTC In the NewsNEWS


Fulop Unveils Jersey City's AmeriCorps VISTA Project- At a ceremony recognizing RTC's VISTAs, the mayor announced the City of Jersey City will partner with AmeriCorps as well.

Jersey City, Newark Worst Cities in America to Start a Business:report- In this article, Alfa highlighted Jersey Cities affordability as an incentive for entrepreneurs to start here.

UChicago partners with Sunshine Enterprises to support neighborhood-based entrepreneurs- RTC was featured in this UChicago News article due to its partnership with Sunshine Enterprises to offer the Community Business Academy to Chicago entrepreneurs.
VolunteerRecognizing Our Volunteers Who Make it Happen!


As part of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we recognized all of our 2014 volunteers for their dedication to our mission. They provided over 1,200 hours of coaching, consulting, and classroom support at 27 RTC events, worth more than $30,000. Check out our thank you video featuring RTC staff!    




Get to know Marcela Zuchovicki, a longtime volunteer, Plan & Pitch coach and member of our Help Desk, by clicking here.    

What's New on MLK Drive? MLKDrive  
  • We recently hired Jonathan Roa, a senior accounting major at New Jersey City University, to help the Finance Department.

  • CBA instructor Winston Trumpet recently wrote a blog post about five "not-so-small" mistakes to avoid to ensure success for small businesses. Read here!
  • This week, Replication and Public Policy Assistant Maxwell McGowen shared why Jersey City may be New Jersey's Leading Champion of Localism.  Check it out!
Get To Know Volunteer Coordinator Lucas Belury 


1. Who inspires you?

My Abuelita, she came to this country when she was very young and has built a life for herself that includes seven kids and a dozen grandchildren. She's faced some very difficult times and yet she's still the strongest and loving person I know.



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

I am an avid backpacker! I love long hikes and I am planning to hike the Appalachian Trail next year.


3. What's your hidden passion?

I love hearing new languages and learning new cultures.


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

Shostakovitch's String Quartet #8


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

Patricia Andrade's Studio A salon because I can practice Spanish while getting an affordable, great haircut!