The JP UP Date: JP And Harris-Stowe State University Partner

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 137                         September 24, 2021                                   St. Louis

Justine PETERSEN and Harris-Stowe State University Partner to Offer Financial Workshop at Community Impact Network Education Center

Justine PETERSEN is partnering with Harris-Stowe State University on September 29th to offer a dynamic financial workshop that is part of the “Holiday Survival Series.” Comprehensive budgeting practices will be discussed along with advice on how to safeguard your credit score during the hyper-consumptive holiday shopping season.  Make it a family night, as a light dinner will also be served. RSVP here.

For more information, contact Serrita Sydnor at 314.340.3645 or email

Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez Celebrates 23 Years of Service at Justine PETERSN

Time flies when you’re having fun – and in this case, the fun was building Justine PETERSEN to become one of the leading small business lending CDFIs in the nation.  Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez’s humble beginning as a Washington University Brown School of Social Work intern has morphed into the role of Chief Operating Officer, having shaped and shepherded the explosive growth of Justine PETERSEN over the last 23 years ushering in new programs, spearheading capitalization efforts and fostering geographic service expansion. And guess what? Sheri is only getting started!!! Here’s to the first microloan on the moon!  CONGRATS SHERI!

Justine PETERSEN Participates in Multiple SBDC@SIUE/ESTL Small Business Webinar

Justine PETERSEN and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and East St. Louis have long enjoyed a partnership that has yielded over 100 small business owners receiving financing, totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. To that end, JP continues to participate in the SBDC’s many training opportunities for small businesses. Most recently, JP presented as part of the “How to Start a Small Business in Illinois” webinar and the “Boots to Business Reboot” webinar which specifically targeted veterans seeking to explore entrepreneurship.  JP is grateful to SBDC stalwarts Jo Ann May and Marti Wieland who forever remain committed to advancing the interests of small business owners in the STL Metro East.

Birdnotes:  Stork Delivers Again!

We reported last week in our ongoing series which showcases wing-related journalism the Stork delivery of Ashor.  Our follow-up story puts Amazon Prime to shame with the Stork’s impressive on-time delivery of Carter William Dingledine – grandson of JP’s Founder and CEO Robert Boyle. Congrats to parents Margaret and Travis – and too Grandpa Rob!