Every second Tuesday of the month, a local business in the Green Bay area hosts a Rising Tide Society Meeting. Rising Tide Society is a community for creative business owners with chapters all across the country. It began in 2015 in only 12 cities (Green Bay was one of the first!) as a way for creatives to support one another through education and face-to-face networking.
But this isn’t your daddy’s networking group; there are no neckties or elevator pitches here, just real people getting to know one other, sharing ideas, and supporting one another’s goals. This is because Rising Tide is founded on the quote “a rising tide lifts all boats”. We know there are plenty of opportunities out there for all of us because we each offer something different (even those of us who work in the same industry). Believing this frees us up to be open with one other no matter what stage we’re in, because nobody is guarding their plans or backstabbing their way to the bottom. It’s about community over competition every time.
“a rising tide lifts all boats”
The Green Bay chapter of Rising Tide is led by Sarah Schrader and Nicole Bergeson and supported by area members who offer up their spaces for hosting and volunteers who provide drinks and snacks. This month’s host was Angie Kusek-Schubert, the owner of Ginger Birch in Vickery Village. Her beautiful shop is filled with fun gifts, beautiful florals, and pieces for your home. I was disappointed to have to duck out so quickly after the meeting, but will certainly return for browsing (and suggest you do the same!)
Each Tuesdays Together meet-up has a theme and comes with an informative guide on the subject. April’s theme was SEO and Alex VandeHei of HeiPro Digital gave an informative presentation to help us understand how Google “reads” our sites and what changes we can make to improve our online visibility. Alex also answered questions on this tricky subject, and Nicole guided everyone through small group exercises on the user-friendlieness of our individual websites. I found both the presentation and exercise incredibly helpful.
For me, the best part of Rising Tide is getting out of the house and meeting real people facing the same challenges as you are. So much of being an entrepreneur is going on it on our own, stumbling through problems and inventing solutions, and sometimes we just need to be with people who “get it”. Rising Tide is completely free and welcoming to all, so we encourage you toÂ join us at our next meeting (May’s meeting will be the first Tuesday instead of the second due to an unusual conflict) and you can always find event details in theÂ Facebook Group.Â Special thanks to Nicole, Sarah, Alex, Angie, and everyone who offers up their time and talent to make events like this happen. See you at the next meeting!