Intensive copperplate etching workshop comes back to the Newark Print Shop

Returning at the Newark Print Shop next month due to popular demand is the second installment of their “Intensive Etching Workshop.”

The workshop will be held on Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with instructor Sharon Lindenfeld.

Students will learn the foundational skills of copperplate etching art in this workshop. Techniques that will be covered in this course include line etching, spray paint aquatint, sugarlift, softground, spit bite, white ground and a la poupee.

Participants should bring a sketch or idea for a 6 by 8 inch image, which they will transfer to a copperplate, etch with acid, and print with an etching press.

“This process creates fine, elegant lines, velvety tones, interesting textures, and often, happy accidents and unexpected results,” The Newark Print Shop said.

The cost of the course is $125, which includes a materials fee that covers a 6 by 8 inch copper plate, inks, grounds, acid, and paper.

Interested participants can sign up for the etching workshop at

The Newark Print Shop is located at 84 University Ave in Newark. Questions about the workshop should be directed to

Featured image courtesy of the Newark Print Shop

Rising Tide Capital raised 260K to support New Jersey entrepreneurs, including two business academies in Newark

Last week, Rising Tide Capital raised more than $260,000 to support entrepreneurship development in underserved communities throughout New Jersey. In just three years, the Start Something Champions Gala has raised more than $1 million, providing scholarships for aspiring entrepreneurs to receive business training through the nonprofit’s nationally recognized Community Business Academy (CBAs).

Two community business academies will be launching in Newark in 2015: one in Vailsburg, and one in the Ironbound. Because of Rising Tide Capital’s success in raising funds, the $3,000 tuition for the 12-week intensive course will be waived for applicants.

“This year’s Start Something Champions Gala recognized engines of our local economy from small business owners such as first place winner of the 2014 Start Something Challenge Ninotchka Johnson to a national leader in values-based business like Whole Foods’s Co-CEO Walter Robb who received the Market Maker of the Year award,” said RTC co-founder and CEO Alfa Demmellash.

Hosted at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson, Rising Tide Capital also honored The Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, New Jersey City University and Numi Organic Tea, for their dedication to entrepreneurship, job creation, and commitment to sustainability in underserved communities. The three winners of the 2014 Start Something Challenge were also awarded $22,500 in cash to help build and strengthen their businesses.

“The Start Something Challenge helped me evolve from an artist into an entrepreneur,” said Ninotchka Johnson, winner of the 2014 Start Something Challenge. ”The process helped me perfect my business pitch and create a solid business concept and direction for the future. I also gained a support system, the 9 other finalists. They give helpful advice and understand the work and sacrifice it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Newswire: Mayor Ras Baraka announces training for 200 new jobs

New Community Workforce Development Center is partnering with ShopRite and the City of Newark to train up to 200 job seekers for store associate positions as a new ShopRite supermarket is slated to open in early 2015 on Springfield Avenue.

ShopRite’s Partners in Training Program, which is funded by the City of Newark, will offer job seekers a six-week course where they will receive both classroom instruction and hands-on lessons at New Community’s “mini-ShopRite” training facility, which is outfitted to simulate an actual ShopRite store.  ShopRite will fully outfit the mini-store and provide the curriculum for store associate positions, which include cashier, food service and customer service. New Community Workforce Development Center staff will train the future store associates.

The supermarket chain expects that the 67,000-square-foot grocery store will create 200 to 300 full- and part-time jobs. Associates who successfully complete the Partners in Training Program will have the opportunity to work at an area ShopRite, including the Newark store.

“Being trained and ready to work is a crucial step in helping residents to secure jobs and become self-sufficient,” said Richard Rohrman, CEO of New Community Corporation. “New Community is pleased to again work side by side with ShopRite and forge a new partnership with the Baraka administration and the City of Newark as our indispensable partners in this initiative,” Rohrman said.

Rodney Brutton, Director of Workforce Development at New Community, described the partnership with ShopRite and the City of Newark as an exemplary model of collaboration.

“Bringing together the public workforce system (Newark Workforce Investment Board/One-Stop Career Center), a local training provider, like NCC, and a major employer is the ideal model in developing workforce partnerships,” Brutton said. “It does not get any better than this.”

“We are determined to bring jobs, career opportunities, and prosperity to our neighborhoods, and are proud that ShopRite is making this massive investment in our Bergen Street corridor and both the residents and future of Newark,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. “Hundreds of our residents will benefit from this intensive, hands-on training, which will empower them with the tools we need to make Newark a city we can all believe in.”

Neil Greenstein, owner of the future ShopRite of Newark, said the training program with New Community Workforce Development Center is a way to give back to the community.

“At ShopRite, we are committed to our customers and to making a positive impact on the communities where we do business,” Greenstein said. “Partners in Training is a great way to give back to our new neighbors and is a natural extension of our mission to be the city’s supermarket with a heart.”

New Community Workforce Development Center is slated to kick off the Partners in Training Program on November 10. Interested applicants must be at least 18 years old, pass a drug test, have a high school diploma or GED or be currently working towards obtaining a GED, and pass an entrance exam. Applicants are being recruited, screened and selected through Newark Works, the city’s one-stop operator.

New Community has partnered with ShopRite since 2000, when the Partners in Training Program launched with just two ShopRite stores—Hillside and Clark. The program has since grown to include a total 13 stores throughout northern New Jersey, including the ShopRite of Newark. More than 800 graduates have been placed in jobs like cashiers, food service and customer service after completing the Partners in Training Program.

Newark Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program participants’ handmade products now available for sale

Aspiring Newark creative entrepreneurs recently participated in craft entrepreneurship classes offered by Etsy, the largest online marketplace for handmade goods. Per their website:

Over the past few years, the Etsy community — a global online network of independent artists and designers — have been pioneering a new model for economic prosperity. In a recent survey we conducted with 5,500 US sellers, 74% consider their Etsy shops businesses. As middle-skill, middle-wage jobs continue to decline, Etsy sellers represent an encouraging shift towards using manufacturing skills to generate supplemental income and flexible employment.

Now the handmade items from some of those creative entrepreneurs are available on Etsy’s website. You can visit the Newark entrepreneur page on to like, share, or purchase their handmade wares.


Newswire: Free lender panel at Newark library to teach aspiring entrepreneurs how to get money for their businesses

Rising Tide Capital and local sustainable business alliance ForwardEver New Jersey will host a panel discussion about acquiring the funds to start and grow a businesses. The panel will take place this Thursday, October 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Newark Public Library. Although the panel is free, those interested in attending are asked to sign up with or call 201-432-4316 x 113, due to limited space.

The panelists will include representatives from actual lenders, including Infusion Funding, Accion, City National Bank, Greater Newark Enterprise Corporation, The Intersect Fund, UCEDC and Kiva Zip, and will cover credit scoring, business plan techniques, business loan types and interest rates, and pre-application requirements and preparation. ForwardEver’s monthly ReMIXX networking event will convene at Kilkenny Alehouse, located at 27 Central Avenue, immediately following the panel


Civic journalism boot camp in Asbury Park announced, and the rolling application period is underway

The Citizens Campaign will host their two-day “City Storytellers Boot Camp” citizen journalism training program on October 25 and 26 in Asbury Park.

The boot camp, which is supported in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, will train 20 city-based New Jerseyans who want to learn how to harness journalism and online media to tell the story of both their city and the citizen leaders who are winning results on their city's behalf. The Citizens Campaign is accepting applications on a rolling basis until Sunday, September 21. Those interested in learning more and participating can apply at

“We are seeking dedicated individuals who are passionate about their community and willing to make a one-year commitment to tell the story of civic innovation in their city,” said The Citizens Campaign’s communications director Heather Taylor.

Further, the Citizens Campaign’s organizers say their goal is help fix our democracy by empowering citizens to change the political climate of their locales.

The non-profit, non-partisan boot camp will include skills training provided by professional journalists and media experts from the state's leading newspapers and media outlets. Training will include newsgathering and news reporting, writing for community impact, blogging and social media, photojournalism, and video and audio production. founder Andaiye Taylor will speak on the bootcamp's "Meet the Press" panel.

Selected participants will have all meals, travel and accommodations in Asbury Park provided by The Citizens Campaign. Boot camp participants will also receive a certificate of completion and a City Storyteller Toolkit that includes a high-definition flip video camera, a City Storyteller tote bag, a personalized USB drive, a notebook, and a copy of Shining Light in Dark Spaces, a manual for citizen journalists on how to cover municipal government in New Jersey.

Boot camp participants that successfully complete one year as a City Storyteller will also receive a pre-paid membership for the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Connect with The Citizens Campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and at their website.

Coding classes to be offered downtown Newark for just $5 per session

Coding can seem like an intimidating foreign language to the uninitiated. Let’s face it: not everyone is Mark Zuckerberg.

Luckily for all those who want to learn the basics of coding, creating a website, or creating an app, there’s a class right here in Newark for you: Code=Crew is coming to Converge, the pop-up tech coworking space located at 210 Market Street in downtown Newark.

Starting August 14, an 8-week introduction to CSS, HTML, and JavaScript will take place at Converge every Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Those interested must first fill out this survey.

The courses will be a joint effort between Code=Crew, Newark’s Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC), and Code for Newark. Code=Crew is a New York-based company comprised of software engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs who say they are passionate about helping the broader community not only learn to code, but create beautiful designs, and build prototypes for their business ideas.

Jamal O'Garro, who runs Code Crew, has taught General Assembly's Web Development Immersive, and currently teaches The Startup Institute's web development track, will be the instructor for the course. Code for Newark is a local extension of the Code for America Brigade, and they will provide support for participants outside of class time.

Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC), which helped organize the event, said they're thrilled to bring this opportunity to the Newark community. “We are excited to support affordable introductory coding classes in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in Newark,” said Victor Emenuga, acting CEO and CFO of BCDC. “We believe that 21st century skills are important and critical in today’s tech industry, and know that offering this class at Converge is a step towards making these skills more accessible."

Emily Manz, Real Estate and Business Attraction associate at BCDC, thinks these courses are just what the city needs. “We want individuals to be equipped with the basic coding knowledge and background to start and continue self-learning, as well as the knowledge necessary to move into learning more advanced programming languages.” 

Participants must be 16 years or older, and a laptop is required to participate in the courses.

Coding course required survey:


  • Newark Residents: $40 ($5 per session)
  • Non-Newark Residents: $198 ($24.75 per session)