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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured JP’s “Wisdom Fund” partnership with CNote recently on their Business Bulletin Board:


Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, associate director of the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise and the Robert W. Plaster Professor of Economic Education at Lindenwood University, received the 2020 Patricia Elder International Award from the National Association of Economic Educators.


St. Louis Closet Co.’s Closets for a Cause raised $3,467 for Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Speckles, a happy hour and food specials geo-relevant aggregating app, opened its app to food service businesses in the St. Louis area during the city and county stay-at-home mandate. The app helps users find food and drink specials near them. Speckles had been conducting closed beta testing in select neighborhoods.

Electro Savings Credit Union launched a Comm(unity) Relief Program to assist credit union members and the community at large with financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offerings include a relief loan giving qualified borrowers relief from making their first payment for 12 months and a 0% APR on consolidated credit card debt for six months.

Venture Cafe introduced an online speaker series called C19 to highlight organizations and individuals working to stop the spread of COVID-19 and support those affected by the virus. The first talk was by Face Shield Initiative STL, which recently raised more than $12,000 to provide high quality medical supplies to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Schnuck Markets Inc. donated $500,000 to the St. Louis COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and an additional $105,000 to support relief and response in other areas where the grocer serves customers. Those funds will be split among several United Way agencies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Great Southern Bank committed $300,000 to Feeding America food banks, United Way agencies and other nonprofit organizations to address food insecurity and support critical health and human services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new Gateway Resilience Fund hosted by the St. Louis Community Foundation awarded grants totaling nearly $440,000 to 525 individuals and 16 downtown businesses. The fund provides short-term financial assistance to employees and owners of small business affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

MetLife Foundation donated $50,000 to St. Louis Area Foodbank to help meet increased demand because of the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, MetLife allowed Mercy South Hospital to use its parking lot for drive-thru coronavirus testing.

St. Louis Makes and Spoke Marketing created an online forum called Needs and Leads for St. Louis Manufacturers to help align and identify manufacturing resources to fight COVID-19. Sponsor funding was provided by Schmersahl Treloar & Co. and Enterprise Bank & Trust. Manufacturers can post requests for assistance with talent, manufactured or raw materials, or general business advice at

Justine Petersen launched the Wisdom Fund in partnership with CNote. The $1 million fund will exclusively serve businesses owned by women of color and women-owned businesses located in low-income communities.


Walker’s Wash & Go at 5246 Delmar Boulevard is now offering U-Haul products and services.

Salama Supermarket at 1525 Chouteau Avenue is now offering U-Haul products and services.