The JP UP Date: Decatur, IL Office Presence Launch

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 145                        November 19, 2021                                   St. Louis

Justine PETERSEN Establishes Office Presence in Decatur, Illinois

Justine PETERSEN is proud to partner with the Decatur, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerc, the Black Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and THE INC SPOT in establishing an office presence in the Decatur market to service the needs of local Black owned businesses.  THE INC SPOT is a dynamic small business incubator that offers an array of services to local small businesses.  JP will staff our INC SPOT office on a monthly basis, meeting with local businesses who are in need of accessing capital to either start, grow or expand their business. For example, Justine PETERSEN will close on a transaction for a local Decatur Black owned business in the coming weeks which will allow that business to fully own their two-address commercial building. The momentum in Decatur is building, and JP is excited to be part of it!

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, November 30th!

#GivingTuesday is fastly approaching, and we at Justine PETERSEN are asking YOU to help us build assets and change lives for first time homeowners, small business owners and individuals who want to build their personal score.  #GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that provides opportunities worldwide to donate and make a difference.  Join us in our mission by donating to support our vital work and the financial wellness of our communities. Support small businesses, homeowners, and neighbors who make STL your home.

Those who are interested in joining Justine PETERSEN’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, go to


Join Inclusive Growth in St. Louis for Final Interactive Session:  “Activating Inclusive Growth in St. Louis”

After a year of events investigating why economic growth in St. Louis benefits some groups of people more than others and how we can change systems to support more inclusion, it’s time to activate change—together.

Join the Social Policy Institute at Washington University, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, and local advisory committee members virtually for an engaging final event in the Inclusive Growth series. From 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2021, collaborate with like-minded individuals and take part in building a more inclusive St. Louis.

Confirmed Speakers:
• Jenny Connelly Bowen, executive director, Community Builder Network
• Maureen Brinkley, district director of the St. Louis office, U.S. Small Business Administration
• Ron Daugherty, president and CEO, Daugherty Business Solutions, Access Point
• Clayton Evans, senior vice president and community affairs officer, Simmons Bank
• Stacey Fowler, adult services manager, SLATE
• Jacqueline Hutchinson, executive director, Consumers Council of Missouri
• Adam Layne, treasurer, City of St. Louis
• Crystal Avery-Morris, vice president of community development, Commerce Bank
• Marnee Morgan, CEO and principle consultant, Morgan Graves Consultant LLC
• Maranda Witherspoon Richardson, CEO and principal, MWR Coaching and Consulting
• Bill Rodgers, vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
• Atia Thurman, assistant teaching professor, director of Student Engagement and Support, Washington University

JP(olo) Shirt Day Recognized, Celebrated and Modelled

JP staffers Franchot and Ben took office fashion to new heights as they sported our new Justine PETERSEN polo shirts as part of “JP(olo) Shirt Day.  Though yet to have its own Hallmark card, JP(olo) Shirt Day is gaining momentum, so be on the watch for future fashionista installments!