The JP UP Date: JP Leads SBA Microlending In Illinois

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Number 163                        April 1, 2021                                   St. Louis

Justine PETERSEN Continues to be Top SBA Microlender in Illinois

For as long as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized the top microlender per state, Justine PETERSEN has assumed that position, both in Illinois and Missouri.  The Illinois District Office of the SBA recently released lending figures for fiscal year 2022 as of the end of February; Justine PETERSEN was the top microlender with 62 microloans closed, equaling nearly $700,000 deployed.

JP also originates microloans out of our CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) throughout the state of Illinois.  In the Springfield market alone, JP has closed over 50 loans, deploying over $600,000 since July of 2021, the inception of a Springfield-specific Covid Small Business Recovery Loan Program.

Join Justine PETERSEN and SCORE for “How SCORE Impacts the Small Community” Lunch N Learn April 7

Justine PETERSEN and SCORE are ramping up our partnership by collaborating on workshops tailored to small businesses and engaging in a joint referral process.  JP is excited to have Gary Masterson, a seasoned SCORE Mentor and past SCORE Chapter Head, present “How SOCRE Impacts the Small Business Community” as part of our Lunch N Learn series.  Gary will cover small business mentorship, education and business planning.  The Zoom event is free of charge, Thursday, April 7, Noon – 1:00 pm.  Register by clicking here.

JP will Join Partners for April 9th Housing Resource Fair

Justine PETERSEN staffers Shawna Collier and Randen Click will join partners for Housing Resource on April 9th at the Dellwood Recreation Center.  Sponsored by Realtist of Metro St. Louis, Money Smart Month STL and Enterprise Bank & Trust, the event will feature over 25 vendors, including local banking institutions and non-profit housing counseling organizations.  Meet with credit counselors, home lenders, realtors and inspectors – all stages and facets of the home buying process will be covered.  The Dellwood Recreation Center is located at 10266 W. Florissant Ave, STL, MO 63136.  The event runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Please RSVP to Monica Campbell at or call 314.845.5150.

Party Like it’s 1999!

Justine PETERSEN SUPERHERO Ankica Vukomanovic celebrated her 23rd Work Anniversary with JP this week!  Ankica joined a nascent Justine PETERSEN in 1999, rising to Finance Manager over her tenure and winning the hearts of every JP staffer with her omnipresent smile – and penchant for wildly delicious desserts (and let’s not forget her dinner rolls!). CONGRATULATIONS ANKICA!  AND THANK YOU!