Keynote Speaker - Alfa Demmellash
Co-founder and CEO Rising Tide Capital
CEO of Jersey City-based nonprofit Rising Tide Capital (RTC), was named one of the five Most Powerful Women Changing the World With Philanthropy by Forbes magazine.
A native of Ethiopia and graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Demmellash has been the CEO of Rising Tide Capital since 2004, and has previously been honored and recognized for her philanthropic work as a CNN Hero in 2009, and currently serves on the board of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Headquartered on Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City, the organization runs the Community Business Academy – an intensive business training session coupled with year-round coaching and mentorship that equips marginalized entrepreneurs to better operate their small businesses. To date, RTC has assisted over 800 high-potential entrepreneurs, helping them pursue their own paths for business success.
Our goal for the summit is to provide an opportunity for businesses to gain information and action steps on implementing sustainable practices while learning how best to advocate on behalf of their businesses at the state and local level. We seek to redefine and revitalize the role of business leadership by engaging small business owners and policymakers in support of solutions that promote small business growth and drive a sustainable economy.
The summit will target small business owners and community stakeholders from the Greater Newark area. There are many issues involving economic and environmental sustainability and policy advocacy that are of paramount importance to the health and success of our local small business owners and their workers. We are excited to bring this opportunity to Newark and the surrounding region.
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April 16, 2014 at 8:30am - 12pm
Essex County Courthouse Complex Veterans Courthouse
50 W Market St
Sheila Oliver Room
Newark, NJ 07102
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