The JP UP date: JP Awarded $200k SBA Prime Grant

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Justine PETERSEN Awarded $200k Prime Grant from the US Small Business Admin.

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) recently awarded Justine PETERSEN a Prime grant of $200k to provide technical assistance to small businesses in both urban and rural markets in the state of Missouri.  The Prime program awards grant funding nationally to SBA resource partners to enhance the level and reach of technical assistance to small businesses.  A past recipient of Prime, Justine PETERSEN is proud to once again receive funding that will impact the financial health and infrastructure of small businesses.  The award will apply $150k to the St. Louis region and $50k to rural markets.

Panel Event on Payday Lending Discusses Problem and Offers Local Solutions

A recent panel discussion detailed the pitfalls of payday lending and explored local alternatives to an industry that is forever growing and preying upon those most in need.  Sponsored by Jews United for Justice, the Jewish Relations Council of St. Louis and the National Council of Jewish Women, the panel featured Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, Cara Spencer, 20th Ward Alderwoman of the City of St. Louis and Executive Director of the Consumers Council of St. Louis, Jill Schupp, Missouri State Senator, 24th District, and Paul Woodruff, Executive Director of Prosperity Connection.  Susan Roth and David Lander of the Opportunity to Thrive Task Force of Jews United for Justice facilitated the discussion.  Justine PETERSEN is a participating lender in the Healing Hearts small dollar loan program which is administered by the National Council of Jewish Women and Offers Local Solutions.

Annual Justine PETERSEN Holiday Party Moves to the Greencubator on December 5th

JP’s bumpin’ holiday party has outgrown 1023 N. Grand Blvd.  As we are all well aware, our annual holiday party is typically elbow to elbow, be it in the food line, at the bar or on the dance floor.  This year, we will celebrate the spirit of the season at the newly renovated Greencubator, located on the riverfront at 1124 Lumiere Place.  There will be ample space to party – and ample space to park!  Please feel free to extend the invite to family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.  RSVP to



An Autumnal Harvest

Just look at the bounty!  The JP office garden came to its glorious end this week with the final harvest of colorful and yummy veggies.  JP staffer Nikki Wilson led the harvest, and JP staffer Shawna Collier led the subsequent fried green tomato feast.  We can’t wait until spring to start the process all over again!