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mlk-streetscapeRising Tide Capital (RTC) is a Jersey City-based nonprofit organization which empowers struggling entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses. RTC was founded in 2004 by Harvard graduates Alex Forrester and Alfa Demmellash who believe that the best way to revitalize local economies is by supporting the entrepreneurial energy and talent that exist in every neighborhood.

We offer a 12-week Community Business Academy—supplemented by year-around workshops, coaching and networking events. These programs are currently offered in Spanish and English in four cities across Northern New Jersey: Jersey City, Newark, Union City, and the city of Orange Township. 728 entrepreneurs have graduated from the Community Business Academy to date, and together, they operate over 335 businesses in New Jersey.

Our programs have been recognized by President Obama and featured in national media including CNN Heroes, Inc and Forbes.

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Our Founders, Alfa Demmellash and Alex Forrester

Our Programs, the Community Business Academy and Business Acceleration Services, and

Our Outcomes for our Entrepreneurs and Community   

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