The JP UP Date: KC CDFI Coalition Moves Forward

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 142                        October 29, 2021                                   St. Louis

Kansas City CDFI Coalition Reconvenes to Advance Collective Effort

CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions) serving the metro Kansas City region have come together to reengage and reignite the KC CDFI Coalition.  Consisting of six CDFIs, the coalition seeks to advance the collect efforts of Justine PETERSEN, AltCap, Impacto Fund Inc., Central Bank of Kansas City, Holy Rosary Credit Union, IFF and LISC Greater Kansas City by both broadening the awareness of CDFIs and sharing the tangible impact of their work.  Most recently, members of the Coalition participated in a webinar facilitated by the FDIC of KC to educate local banks on how they may partner with a CDFI to reach optimal impact and penetration in markets deemed historically underserved. Check out the Coalition’s website here.

Women’s Small Business Month Spotlight:  Chan Davis of Lefty’s Fried Rice

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and Justine PETERSEN is proud to spotlight women entrepreneurs who have realized their dreams with the assistance of Justine PETERSEN. This week we showcase Chan Davis of Lefty’s Fried Rice. Located on South Jefferson Ave. at the intersection of Cherokee Street in the City of St. Louis, Chan’s restaurant offers a diverse menu that includes both Chinese and American fare. Recently interviewed JP staffer Yolanda Robinson, the lynch pin of our BAT (Business Assistance Team), Chan discussed overcoming the obstacles of being a woman entrepreneur of color. Check out the full interview here:

Join Justine PETERSEN and MicroMentor for “Harvesting Your Business:  Entrepreneur Training for Small Businesses” Webinar November 4th

Justine PETERSEN’s Business Assistance Team (BAT) is proud to partner with MicroMentor to offer small business clients access to a nationwide mentorship program. MicroMentor matches existing small businesses with seasoned entrepreneurs who have specific and nuanced knowledge in industries wide and large. MicroMentor provides a free and easy-to-use business mentoring platform that is both dynamic and flexible to the needs of small business owners. RSVP here.

“Spirt Week” at JP Included Hats, Socks, Pajamas, Yesteryear and Halloween!

JP staffer Nikki Wilson knows how to manage – be it the many moving parts of a high paced office or the many costume changes required to pull off a successful and elation-filled “Sprit Week!”  JP staffers dug deep into their closets and wardrobes for fanciful socks, hats, pajamas and other. Good times had – and worn – by all! Thanks Nikki!!!!!