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What Does Black History Month Mean to African American Business Owners?

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 shared their thoughts below:

Words From Our 1,000th CBA Graduate

lana del roseSeveral years ago, I served as a staff writer for a local newspaper chain, covering everything from politics to pop culture. I found myself constantly drawn to the stories that gave me the opportunity to highlight the good in the world.

In 2011, while I was on maternity leave, I began thinking more critically about the writing that I was putting out. I realized how bombarded we are with negative news on a daily basis and remembered hearing the story of how the comic section of the newspaper was created – to provide some levity amidst dismal reality.

I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a way to bring that idea into our world today? Wouldn’t it be even cooler to highlight this awesome state I know and love? Thus, Positively Jersey was conceived!

Pamela's Journey into 2015

Target audience? People who want to lose weight.
Marketing? Social media, business cards, and friends.
Competition? Everyone.

Are my books done correctly? Sure. I invest some money back into my company and spend some of what is left over. This is how most "entrepreneurs" who don't have formal business school degrees run their companies.

Most people have the passion for the field they are in, and they very well may be the best at what they do, but just because you love to cook, does not mean you should open up a restaurant.
Statistics show most start-up companies fail within three years of opening. The Community Business Academy at Rising Tide Capital may be what these drowning companies need to stay above water.

Numi Tea to be Recognized as 2014 Entrepreneurs of the Year

Rising Tide Capital honors Numi Tea for their commitment to producing a healthy, sustainable global community

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November 12, 2014 — Rising Tide Capital (RTC) is proud to present the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award to Numi Tea for their dedication to creating all natural products, a values-alligned business and for pursuing Fair Trade and Fair Labor practices. Co-Founders and siblings, Ahmed and Reem Rahim, will accept their award tomorrow evening during the Third Annual Start Something Champions Gala hosted by Rising Tide Capital.

New Jersey City University to be Named Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year

Rising Tide Capital honors NJCU for work providing knowledge capital to local entrepreneurs

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November 12, 2014 — Rising Tide Capital will honor New Jersey City University as the Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year for its commitment to building strong local economies and uplifting local entrepreneurs through incubator space, student internships, and public-private partnerships. President Sue Henderson will accept the award at the Third Annual Start Something Champions Gala hosted by Rising Tide Capital (RTC) tomorrow evening.

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