The JP UPdate: Greencubator Grand Opening Next Week!

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

JP Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for Greencubator on June 27th

Justine PETERSEN cordially invites you to join us for the grand opening of the Greencubator on Thursday, June 27th. The event will celebrate the National Community Fund New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) deployment of over $8MM to local small businesses. Representatives from United Fund Advisors, People’s National Bank, US Bank CDC and Twain Financial will be recognized, along with Greencubator financing partners from the Department of Health and Human Services Community Economic Development, Missouri Foundation for Health, PNC Bank and the William A. Kerr Foundation. The event will include food, drink, art and music. Caterers will include NMTC loan recipients Red’s the One and Only, The Whitebarn Burger, Original Version Bar and Grill, 3P’s Delicatessen, Sister Cities and Mack & Mo’s on the Park.
The event will run from 4-7:00 pm, with the ribbon-cutting at 4:30 pm. The Greencubator is located at 1124 Lumiere Place Blvd. Check out this article about the Greencubator that recently appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:


JP Rolls Out “Empower” by GoDaddy in Partnership with AEO

Justine PETERSEN is calling all entrepreneurs and business owners to participate in a digital marketing curriculum designed to boost the skills and knowledge to fuel independent ventures. EMPOWER by GoDaddy, in partnership with AEO (the Association for Enterprise Opportunity), highlights the power of digital engagement in launching and growing small businesses in underserved communities. The program includes user friendly online modules as well as one in person session located at the JP main office. Clients will receive website building, coaching and 24/7 support as well as free web hosting for two years; pricing will be discounted after two years. This is open to any business owner or entrepreneur.
Contact Nikki Martinez at (314) 533 -2411 ext. 106 or if interested!



Vote for JP’s Proposed Session at the Upcoming SOCAP Conference in San Francisco

Recently, the Justine PETERSEN R & D Committee submitted a proposal to convene a panel session to discuss the merits of the Aspire program for returning citizens at the upcoming SOCAP Open Conference to be held in San Francisco in October. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase to a large audience the hard work that JP and its partners have put into the Aspire program. Thirty percent (30%) of the selection criteria for sessions is voting from the public, SO WE NEED EVERYONE TO VOTE FOR THIS SESSION TO HELP GET JP STAFFERS TO SAN FRANCISCO THIS FALL!
Voting ends Sunday, June 30th. The voting button is at the end of the session proposal link: Please share the link with your networks!


Julie Bohnenkemper: Mission Accomplished

JP Intern Julie Bohnenkemper recently completed her tenure at Justine PETERSEN. We are grateful to Julie’s contribution to our mission. Below is a reflection penned by Julie.
My time at JP has been a very positive experience. I’m lucky to have spent the last six months with such a dedicated and passionate group of people. I’ve learned so much about asset building and have strengthened my own skills in the field.
Working with Shawna on the Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative was especially rewarding. Watching participants work hard toward their goals and build confidence in themselves was so inspiring. I can’t wait to hear about all of their success in the future. Thank you for showing me what a great workplace feels like (and all the free food)!