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7 Ways to Show your Small Business some Love on Valentine’s Day!

There are some of you who really don’t care about Valentine’s Day. Why? Because you are entrepreneurs! Your business is your boyfriend, girlfriend, your husband or wife. If this is the case, as with any relationship, you must take some time to appreciate the thing you love the most.

So how can you show your business you really care? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these 7 ways to show your business some love:

  • Work actively on your relationship by scheduling a One-on-One Coaching Session with a Rising Tide Business Coach. Don’t wait until something goes wrong to seek help. A good coach can steer you around pitfalls and towards growth opportunities. You’ll be able to share your success and overcome the obstacles that are slowing you down. Your coach can help you prioritize your thoughts, ideas and empower you to continue growing.
  •  “Take your business on a date” by Attending A Networking Event Or Seminar. This gives you the opportunity to show off your business in public—talk about it, fine-tune your elevator pitch and get feedback on your products or services. You’ll gain new clients, or opportunities to partner with others.
  •  Educate Yourself About Your Industry. In any relationship you should learn as much as you can about your significant other. Your relationship with your business is no exception! Learn about your particular sector and find new, innovative ways to make your business more efficient.
  • If you are happy with your loved one, you want to tell the world! So why not Create A Social Media Marketing Plan, and share your story. Having a social media presence will help you reach a larger audience and stay current in the marketplace. You’ll also be able to tell your customers why your business is worth loving!
  • Any relationship, especially the one you have with your business, is only as strong as the community that supports it. Tell the people who keep your business strong that you appreciate them by mailing out some Thank You Notes. Let your customer base and partners know how much you value them.
  •  Honesty is an important part of any relationship, so make sure you Do Your Taxes Properly. It can be very costly if you fail to comply with tax laws or tax filing requirements. The IRS can punish small businesses with a staggering number of penalties. Making common mistakes like filing your taxes late or underestimating your income, can negatively affect your bottom line, so put in the work to grow your business properly.
  •  Spread the love by Paying it Forward with a Valentine’s discount or free service. Share your product or service with someone that might not be able to afford it, like senior citizens or members of the armed forces. The upside? You’ll feel good about sharing your love. The downside? There is no downside! You’ll build community support and goodwill for your business by sharing the thing you love best.

As with any other relationship, if you show your significant other you really care, you can often reap the tangible benefits of their appreciation. Build a positive relationship with your passion by putting in the work, time, and resources to grow your business. You’ll enjoy the benefits.

If you live in the North Jersey area and want to take your relationship with your business to the next level, why not register for a free information session for Rising Tide Capital’s Community Business Academy? Spaces are filling up fast for our Spring semester starting this February.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

KeithWhen Keith Dent isn’t the Assistant Director of Outreach for Rising Tide Capital, he is a Rising Tide Entrepreneur, a graduate of the Community Business Academy and owner of Strive 2 Succeed, a relationship coaching company. He has over a decade of experience in counseling and coaching individuals, couples, teens and their parents, to help them improve their relationships and their ability to achieve their personal goals.

RTC Spreads the Love with Newark Pop-Up Shop

This Friday February 12, Rising Tide Capital will be spreading the love in Newark with a Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop, hosted at the Newark Office, 8 E. Kinney Street. Looking for a gift to give to your significant other? Or maybe looking to splurge on yourself? Be sure to stop by from 1:00pm-2:30pm and shop local with Rising Tide Entrepreneurs! Here’s a sneak-peak at the vendors:

 

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Nyah Beauty

La Shonda Tyree hand makes delightfully scented artisan soaps and body products that are all-natural and good for the body and soul. After learning to make soap as a hobby, she found that she had a real knack for it and now she has her own soap-making business with her products available online and in various retail locations in New Jersey.

 

 

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Myrtle&Flossie

When Nia Reid Allen gave birth to her daughter, she realized how little was available to postpartum women. Her experience inspired her to fill that need, creating a line of products to help keep moms happier and healthier. From clothing to bath bombs to body butter, her products cater to all women who want to look and feel good.

 

 

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Stacey Renee Designs

After being laid off from her corporate job, Stacey Hyatt Dixon decided to turn a loss into opportunity. She decided to follow her passion for design by creating Stacey Renee Designs. She creates beautiful decorative pillows that brighten up any room.

 

 

 

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Positively Publishing Kids

Dawn McLaughlin is a strong believer in diversity, especially when it comes to children’s literature. However, this is something that is often lacking in books, so she decided to fill the need herself, starting Positively Publishing Kids, a company that publishes diverse children’s books with illustrations                                                                created by kids themselves.

 

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Quest Complete Jewelry

Remembering the craft shows that her mother would take her to as a child, Diana Kantor decided to follow her creative roots and learned to make chainmail jewelry. Her pieces are off-beat and unique, adding a splash of shine and color to any outfit.

 

 

 

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The Bent Knitter

Nine years ago, David Rosenthal learned to knit at the insistence of a friend. Now he runs his own business selling scarves, blankets, and other knitted winter gear. His products are all high-quality and made by hand

Rising Tide Capital Awarded $200,000 from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation

Blackstone Charitable Foundation to support The Start Something Challenge

New Jersey, February 9, 2016 – Yesterday, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced it has awarded Rising Tide Capital (RTC) a $200,000 Blackstone Innovation Grant to fund the programming and expansion of the Start Something Challenge – a statewide initiative across New Jersey for business owners that provides experiential education in technology, social media and marketing.

“Rising Tide Capital is excited to partner with The Blackstone Charitable Foundation on this initiative,” said Rising Tide Co-Founder and COO Alex Forrester. “As technology innovation continues to expand entrepreneurs’ abilities to reach customers and grow their businesses, RTC wants to make sure that these resources are accessible in areas where job creation and economic opportunity can have make a definite impact.”

“Through The Start Something Challenge, participants learn how to communicate about their business idea and leverage digital platforms to reach a wider audience. The support of The Blackstone Charitable Foundation will enable RTC to expand this initiative and bring it within reach of more underserved communities in NJ. We are incredibly grateful for their support,” he added.

For the 2016 Blackstone Innovation Grants, more than four hundred and fifty organizations submitted proposals through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process established by the Foundation for both program and event-focused grants. RTC is one of 13 organizations awarded for innovation in entrepreneurship.

“Over the past four years, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation is proud to support a diverse set of dynamic organizations that complement the work of our Entrepreneurship Initiative and build momentum around entrepreneurship in their regions,” said Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “This year’s cohort of Blackstone Innovation Grant recipients have already helped hundreds of companies and entrepreneurs to create over 9,000 jobs – we couldn’t be more excited to support them as they continue that work in the year ahead.”

About Rising Tide Capital
Headquartered in Jersey City with offices in Orange and Newark, Rising Tide Capital, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded with the mission to empower entrepreneurs to create and grow small businesses which transform lives and communities. The organization’s vision is to build a replicable model for high-quality entrepreneurial development services that can be adopted locally in other low-income communities. Learn more at www.RisingTideCapital.org

About the Start Something Challenge
The Start Something Challenge (SSC) is a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity for New Jersey entrepreneurs. The Challenge is funded by visionary supporters and organized by Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses. To ensure that every participant has a chance to win the $10,000 top prize, Rising Tide Capital provides each entrant with hands-on coaching and mentorship. Free to enter, the competition is open to any New Jersey resident 18 years or older, who operates a microbusiness or has a strong business idea. To learn more, visit www.StartSomethingChallenge.org.


About the Blackstone Charitable Foundation
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was founded at the time of Blackstone’s IPO in 2007 with substantial commitments from the Firm’s employees. Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing its resources and applying the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship in areas nationwide and globally. Through its investment expertise across several asset classes and geographies, Blackstone has a unique perspective on the global economy and a heightened understanding of how entrepreneurial activity is often the crucial catalyst in the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities. For more information, see http://www.blackstone.com/foundation.

 

Two Jersey City-based organizations win NJ Yelp Grant

New City Kids and Rising Tide Capital win grants in a community grant contest

Two Jersey City-based nonprofits were awarded grants from the Yelp Foundation Gives Local community grant contest. New City Kids, which provides teen leadership development and performing arts opportunities to at-risk, low-income children and teenagers in Jersey City, won the first place $5,000 grant.  Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit that empowers underserved entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses throughout northern New Jersey won the second place $3,000 grant.  

New City Kids, located on Fairmount Avenue in Jersey City, offers a variety of programs: After School Centers, which serve 280 children every school day, the Teen Life Internship, which employs 134 high school students, and exciting summer programs. For the past 7 years, 100% of New City Kids’ high school seniors have graduated high school and matriculated into college.

“We’re grateful to the Yelp Foundation for their support of the local community. This grant will allow New City Kids to serve additional youth in Jersey City. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who voted to support these incredible causes,” said Gabriel Stiritz, Development Director at New City Kids.

Rising Tide Capital, which is headquartered on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City, provides business education and access to local business resources to local entrepreneurs through its 12-week Community Business Academy (CBA), which is supplemented by year-round workshops, coaching and networking events. These programs are currently offered in Spanish and in English in across Hudson, Essex and Union Counties. As of December 2015, 1,387 entrepreneurs have graduated from the CBA and together, they operate more than 550 businesses in New Jersey and the surrounding areas.

“The Yelp Foundation’s mission to support local communities is directly aligned with our mission at RTC,” Rising Tide Capital CEO and co-founder, Alfa Demmellash said. “Entrepreneurs are at the heart of community and the engine of local economic development. We’re so grateful to the Yelp Foundation for their support of our work, and to everyone who supported us in the contest.”

The Yelp Gives Local community grant contest which was held in December 2015, encouraged community members in 75 U.S. cities to support local organizations by voting on the Yelp website. More than 160,000 votes in communities across the United States were cast in the contest. In each market $10,000 in grants were up for grabs for a total of $750,000 donated to local nonprofits.

Each nonprofit in the contest aligned with an area of the Yelp Foundation’s mission to address the needs of local communities, including access to information, education, local economic development, and freedom of expression. Of the many nonprofits considered for participation in the local contest, only three were nominated to be in the running for a share of $10,000, New City Kids, Rising Tide Capital, and UCEDC which is headquartered in Crandford, NJ.

More info:

–          See the full list of grant winners on the Yelp Blog: http://officialblog.yelp.com/2016/01/750000-in-grants-go-to-nonprofits-through-yelp-foundation-gives-local-contest.html

–          Learn more about the Yelp Foundation at YelpFoundation.org

–          Learn more about New City Kids at http://newcitykids.org/

–          Learn more about Rising Tide Capital at https://www.risingtidecapital.org/

–          Interviews are available with Rising Tide Capital Founder and CEO, Alfa Demmellash  as well as said Gabriel Stiritz at New City Kids about the impact of this grant on our organization.

–          Questions about the Yelp Foundation and media requests can be directed to info@yelpfoundation.org.

–          For questions or to schedule interviews with New City Kids contact gabriel@newcitykids.org and for Rising Tide Capital contact tatyerra@risingtidecapital.org

About Yelp

Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP) connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across 32 countries. By the end of Q3 2015, Yelpers had written approximately 90 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Approximately 89 million unique visitors visited Yelp via their mobile device on a monthly average basis during Q3 2015**. Approximately 79 million unique visitors visited Yelp via their desktop on a monthly average basis during Q3 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.yelp.com or send an email to press@yelp.com.

Rising Tide Capital’s Annual “Share Your Story” Seminar Series Kicks Off the 5th Annual Start Something Challenge

New Jersey – Jan. 28, 2016 – Rising Tide Capital(RTC) is kicking-off the 2016 Start Something Challenge (SSC) with the annual “Share Your Story” seminar series—a six-month series of marketing and branding workshops held in both Hudson and Essex Counties. Starting today, Thursday, Jan. 28 in Jersey City, NJ, entrepreneurs can attend one business marketing workshop per month until June to prepare for the chance to win cash prizes through RTC’s statewide business pitch competition. RTC offers year-round seminars as part of the continued services available to Community Business Academy graduates; however, the Share Your Story workshops are open to the public. Attendees will learn how to craft messaging for their target audience, create effective marketing materials for print and the web and put together marketing plans. Each workshop will feature experts in branding, social media, public relations, graphic design and video marketing.

“The Start Something Challenge is a unique opportunity for any New Jersey entrepreneur to strengthen their marketing skills and get the chance to win a business grant,” said Communications Manager and SSC Coordinator Justyna Krygowska. “Last year’s SSC participants, who took advantage of our Share Your Story marketing series, saw a huge improvement in their business. That’s why we hope that in 2016, even more, entrepreneurs attend our preparatory events and put their best foot forward to win the $10,000 grand prize.”

The 5th Annual Start Something Challenge, hosted by Rising Tide Capital, is free to enter and open to any New Jersey resident 18 years or older who either operates a microbusiness making less than $250,000 annually or has a strong business idea. With more than $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, including a $10,000 first prize, the competition launches in June 2016. Participants must create a 30-second video commercial for their business or business idea, using the Animoto platform. To ensure that every participant has a chance to win the top prize, Rising Tide Capital provides each entrant with hands-on coaching and tutorials through the following workshops:

Share Your Story: Business Branding Basics 
Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Share Your Story: Words That Sell 
Thursday, February 11th at 6:30pm, Equal Space, 89 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Share Your Story: Social Media

Monday, March 10th at 6:30pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Share Your Story: How to Launch a Simple Website 
Thursday, April 7th at 6:30pm Location:Online

Share Your Story: Video and Animoto 
Thursday, May 5th at 6:30pm Location:TBA

Share Your Story: Creating a PR and Marketing Plan 
Thursday, June 23th at 6:30pm Location: Online

For more information about the Start Something Challenge or the Share Your Story marketing and branding seminars, contact Justyna Krygowska at 201-432-4326 x 110 or Justyna@risingtidecapital.org. RSVP for each seminar is mandatory as spaces are limited. Visit the RTC events page to RSVP.

 

 

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