The JP UP Date: JP Young Friends Convene

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Number 138                         October 1, 2021                                   St. Louis

Justine PETERSEN Hosts “JP Young Friends” Mixer

The JP Young Friends group recently held an information session/mixer at JP’s Greencubator on the STL waterfront.  JP staffers Ronika Moody and Colleen Doyle and JP Board Fellow Claire Davies facilitated the dynamic event, which featured an overview of how JP Friends can get involved with the work of JP, and also offered an opportunity for networking.

JP Young Friends is a group of passionate, community-minded, and mission-oriented young individuals between the ages of 18 – 40 who are actively engaged in their community and on their way to becoming powerful actors and advocates for equitable asset building in St. Louis. JP Young Friends will lend their skills to JP to help us advance our mission of building assets and changing lives by raising awareness of JP and our work in St. Louis, fundraising to help advance our mission, and supporting us in a number of projects to assist local small business owners build, grow, and maintain their business.

As a JP Young Friend, you will:
•    Attend one Young Friends meeting per quarter
•    Help JP achieve fundraising goals by participating in campaigns, such as STL Gives Day
•    Volunteer at our community events, including, but not limited to, our Holiday Party and Block Party
•    Have the opportunity to lend your skills to our Lunch N’ Learn courses and other community financial education and business courses
•    Meet and network with local business owners
•    And more!

Applications for our Young Friends are on a rolling basis. Future opportunities for deepened engagement with Justine PETERSEN and the Board will be made available to Young Friends who complete 1 year of active, engaged participation in JP Young Friends.

Interested in joining? Apply by clicking here.

For questions or more information, please contact Ronika Moody at

JP Welcomes Gerlinda Ralliegh

Justine PETERSEN welcomes Gerlinda Ralliegh to our Compliance Team, located at JP’s main office at 1023 N. Grand Blvd. in St. Louis.  As Compliance Associate, Gerlinda will be front and center in JP’s comprehensive loan compliance operation, which includes pre-loan compliance checks, loan document preparation, inputting of loans into our central accounting database and coordinating virtual loan closings via DocuSign.  As to why Gerlinda wanted to join the JP staff, she stated, “I wanted to work with JP because of the great things that JP is doing for the community, and why not want to be part of an organization that helps those who want to make something of themselves?”

As for outside of the office, Gerlinda is an aspiring author, currently in the midst of writing her first book.  She also likes to bake and shop – noting that she’s “not scared of mixing patterns and prints together” when it comes to fashion.  Her 15 year daughter is her “heartbeat,” and the two enjoy spending time together throughout the week and especially on the weekends.  Welcome aboard Gerlinda!

How to Apply for PPP Forgiveness

JP has begun using the SBA’s Direct Forgiveness Portal for JP customers that have outstanding PPP loans. This SBA designed platform allows customers to complete the forgiveness application directly on the SBA’s website. The platform has been simplified and made easier for customer use. It requires very little information and even less time for both customer and staff.

To start the forgiveness process, go directly to the SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal or reach out to Chonda at

E.T. (JP) Phone Home!

This week in the office was all “talk, talk, talk.”  That is, we upgraded staffers’ phones, so switching out old phones with new phones was quite the undertaking.  Troopers Laura Schroeder and Cole Politte from MGB Systems, our IT support service provider, imparted guidance, advice and confidence. So, our new phones are up and running, give JP a call at 314.533.2411!