The JP UP Date: FCB Banks Invests $300K

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Number 57                             March 6, 2020                                   St. Louis

FCB Banks Invests $300k into JP’s Emerging Markets Loan Fund
Justine PETERSEN is proud to welcome FCB Banks as the most recent investor into JP’s Emerging Markets Loan Fund, joining a growing list of both and local and national investors that includes a range of financial institutions and philanthropic entities.  The $300K investment by FCB Banks will be split 50/50 across the Missouri and Illinois markets, taking the form of small business loans to those businesses not positioned to access mainstream finance.  The Emerging Markets Loan Fund is a uniquely designed equity-building instrument for Justine PETERSEN/Great Rivers Community Capital, birthed by CDFI peers Accion New Mexico (now DreamSpring).  JP is grateful for FCB Bank’s continued support of mission lending on both sides of the Mississippi.


JP Participates in “Leap Day Readiness Workshop” at Missouri Botanical Garden
Justine PETERSEN was invited to present as part of the “Leap Day Readiness Workshop” held at the Missouri Botanical Garden on February 29th.  MO Botanical Garden’s youth employment program, the Outdoor Youth Corps, received an overview on money management, the importance of starting early when building financial assets, and understanding the importance of a personal credit score once one turns the age of 18.

JP to offer Lunch & Learn on Creating Your Own Business Website with GoDaddy

Justine PETERSEN is offering a Lunch N Learn on how your business can create a website using the GoDaddy platform. Through the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), Justine PETERSEN received a $10,000 grant to provide technical assistance to 50 small business owners on how they can grow their ecommerce.  Join JP staffer Shawna Collier on March 16th, noon-4:00 pm, for an afternoon of intensive instruction. Bring your laptop!  RSVP required.  Please call 314-533-2411 or go to Eventbrite.





Yo!  Yo-Yo Time!

JP’s AmeriCorpsVISTA Dakotah Weese is a man of many talents.  In addition to his multi-faceted analytical skills, he is most adept at yo-yoing (or at least, getting there).  Yo! Check out the video! Click the image above to see the video!