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Rising Tide Capital
June 21st, 2019

CATCHING UP WITH THE CHAMPIONS: JAVA BRADLEY

With the 2019 RISE: The Challenge (formerly known as The Start Something Challenge) now open, we caught up with last year’s champions, including java and Michelle Bradley, the co-owners of Java’s Compost. Last year, Java took home the $5,000 Sustainability sector prize, and since then the Bradley family hasn’t stopped. Why did you start your

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Rising Tide Capital
June 19th, 2019

CATCHING UP WITH THE CHAMPIONS: LISI VASQUEZ

With the 2019 RISE: The Challenge (formerly known as The Start Something Challenge) now open, we caught up with last year’s champions, including Lisi Vasquez, owner of Midnight Market. Last year, Lisi took home the $5,000 Community sector prize, and since then she and her team haven’t stopped. Why did you start your business? What

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Rising Tide Capital
June 17th, 2019

CATCHING UP WITH THE CHAMPIONS: ERICA CANNEDY

With the opening of our annual pitch competition RISE: The Challenge (formerly known as The Start Something Challenge) now open, we caught up with one of last year’s champions, Erica Cannedy, owner of Embracing Change Counseling Services, LLC. Last year, Erica took home the $5,000 Health sector prize and the Community Choice Award and since

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Rachael Gambino
February 15th, 2019

Pamela Roundtree on the Benefits of the Plan & Pitch Competition

From one entrepreneur to the other, if you’re thinking about or planning to participate in the Plan and Pitch, DO IT! You will learn so much about your business – from marketing and advertising to narrowing down and appealing to your target market. The eight hours of coaching are enough to push your business forward, and this makes winning an amazing bonus, but not the only way to walk away with a prize.

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Tatyerra Spurlock
September 24th, 2018

Local Entrepreneurs are Champions of the Community

Jersey City Entrepreneur, Alex Sartoga, wins the 2018 Start Something Challenge At some point, you may have heard politicians, economists, and community advocates talk about the importance of small business and entrepreneurship to local communities and their economies. We hear words like “job creation” and “increasing tax base” thrown around, but what does local entrepreneurship

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