The JP UP Date: Open Mic, Open For Business Event In Peoria, IL

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 180                      July 22, 2022                                   St. Louis

JP’s “Open Mic, Open for Business” Event in Peoria, IL on August 5th Will Showcase Young Black and Brown Entrepreneurs
JP’s “Open Mic, Open for Business” event in Peoria, IL on Friday, August 5th will celebrate “Young Black and Brown Entrepreneurship” in the Peoria marketplace. Orchestrated by JP’s summer intern wunderkind Jared Evans, the event will offer an opportunity for local artists to not only showcase their talents via an open mic platform, but also the opportunity for local entrepreneurs to network and learn about local small business resources. The event will be held at “Que For You” in Peoria, so attendees can also enjoy yummy BBQ while supporting a local Black owned business. For artists who want to RSVP for stage time at the Open Mic, please call or text (309) 361-6720.

2-Week Countdown to JP’s 25th Anniversary Block Party! BRING IT!

25 years in the making, this JP Block Party will be like no other! Headlining the extravaganza with a FREE CONCERT is MURPHY LEE & KYUAN of the ST. LUNATICS! Also on the bill, spinning nonstop for three hours, is DJ BOOGIE CORLEONE and an explosive solo performance by EL-TRA!N.  We are shutting down the side street next to our N. Grand office, and it will be jam-packed with FAMILY FUN FOR ALL!  Bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and a dunk tank, an obstacle course and a video gaming truck will all be available between 4-7:00 pm on Thursday, August 4 at our main office at 1023 N. Grand Blvd. in St. Louis. And: food trucks and small business pop-ups from over 20 local vendors will be on site to take this block party to the next level  – celebrating the power, will and endurance of entrepreneurship writ large!  Come on out, and bring the entire family, all of your friends and every neighbor! See you on August 4th!

How did Justine PETERSEN exist for 24 years without Gerlinda “GiGi” Ralleigh? In addition to her irreplaceable role in our compliance department, GiGi provides, in constant interval, the most comical and creative memes, inspiring and motivating fellow staffers to accomplish various goals within a specified timeline. This week marked GiGi’s one year work anniversary with JP – and we are at a loss for the appropriate meme!!! CONGRATS GIGI!!


JP staffer Tyler Janssen is celebrating a “twofer” today: HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND HAPPY FRIDAY! Enjoy both to their fullest Tyler!!