OUR MISSION

Rising Tide Capital is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist struggling individuals and communities to build strong businesses which transform lives, strengthen families, and build sustainable communities.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to build a replicable model for high-quality entrepreneurial development services that can be locally adopted in other low-income communities and used as a catalyst for economic and social empowerment.
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OUR APPROACH

Rising Tide Capital provides business development services designed to transform lives by helping individuals start and grow successful businesses; build communities through collaborations with other non-profits, higher education institutions, corporations, and public agencies; and create a scalable program model with measurable impact which can be replicated in communities of need across the U.S.

THE PROBLEM

Working Poverty

Underemployment and unemployment in underserved, urban neighborhoods

THE OPPORTUNITY

Entrepreneurship

Increased income and job creation

OUR INPUT

Knowledge Capital

Business management
education

Social Capital

Networking, mentorship and
sales opportunities

Financial Capital

Access to lenders and loan
preparation

OUR IMPACT

Individual

Increased income from
business

Family

Self-sufficiency, economic
mobility, and assets building

Community

Job creation and local economy
stimulation

Legacy

Generational wealth

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Our History

On May 26, 2004 the incorporation papers were signed and the Rising Tide Capital journey began! Almost 10 years later, as a CNN hero that has been recognized by President Obama for social innovation, we’ve celebrated the 1,000th graduate of our Community Business Academy, and launched new and innovative programs to better serve the needs of our entrepreneurs. With a regional expansion into four cities and counting, and the first of many national replication initiatives of the RTC model in Chicago, we’ve remained dedicated to our vision and will continue to innovate in service to our mission.

FIRST STEPS
  • Incorporation papers signed on May 26, 2004. The RTC journey begins!
  • RTC opens its first office on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City.
  • Earliest client meetings are held at cafes and kitchen tables; word begins to spread.
  • To meet the increasing demand, RTC launches The Community Business Academy in September 2006 and graduates its first 15 entrepreneurs.

Our Values


PEOPLE VALUES

How we guide our relationships with our clients, team members, funders, board members, and partners.

  • Honest Communication
  • Joyful Productivity
  • Mindful Teamwork
  • Entrepreneurial Innovation
  • Personal Growth & Development
  • Commitment to Social Change
  • Respect
PERFORMANCE VALUES

What we demand of ourselves, individually and as a social enterprise.

  • Professional Excellence
  • Grassroots Methodology
  • Quantitative Outcomes
  • Programs which are:
    • Efficient
    • Effective
    • Sustainable
    • Scalable
    • Replicable