SBA Administrator Recognizes JP as Microloan Lender and CA Lender of the Year
Number 221 May 5, 2023 St. Louis
This Tuesday, May 2nd, Justine PETERSEN had the honor of being awarded Microloan Lender and Community Advantage (CA) Lender of the Year by Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Guzman (pictured, center seated). Taking place during the SBA’s National Small Business Week, the luncheon presentation was hosted at Norwood Hills Country Club and attended by JP’s senior leadership team Rob Boyle (CEO), Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez (COO), Shawna Collier (Chief Partnerships Officer), and Aida Richardson (Chief Lending Officer), as well as team members Tatiana Gillum (Asset Building Manager), Marcus Bolden (Business Assistance Manager), and LaTrisha Gandy (Asset Building Counselor). Additionally, two of JP’s small business clients attended: Deborah James of Freddie Lee’s Gourmet Sauces and Shanta Donaldson of Lumpy Mash Potato. Also recognized were Michael McMillan from the Urban League of St. Louis, Bishop Jones of Friendly Temple, and Ramon Gallardo of Casa Gallardo restaurant.
The luncheon was also a special moment for SBA St. Louis District Director Maureen Brinkley (pictured, right-most seated), who has given 55 years of service so far to the SBA. Starting at a young age with the SBA, Maureen talked about how she has loved every moment of serving with them since, stating “I’m able to minister the community through my role.” JP is most proud to call Maureen a friend of our organization, and excited to continue our partnership with her while she continues to lead the SBA’s efforts in St. Louis. JP CEO Rob Boyle said of the afternoon “this was a particularly special moment for Justine PETERSEN, as our partnership with the the SBA has made countless dreams come to realization for our clients across the St. Louis community. Being able to share in this alongside Maureen, who has been with us every step of the way, makes this all the more indelible. We’re incredibly grateful to Administrator Guzman for making the time to be here in St. Louis so we could showcase the amazing things small business owners are doing in our community.”
Support JP This Give STL Day
This week, Tuesday, May 10th will be Give STL Day! Each year, Give STL Day looks to optimize charitable giving for St. Louis Area nonprofits. Justine PETERSEN is looking forward to taking part in the event, and would be most humbled for your support. Donations to JP from the day will go toward supporting a variety of services we offer our clients, including credit building counseling, technical assistance for small business owners, and housing counseling, among others. To learn more about where your contribution goes, contact JP’s Resource Development Associate Andrew Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.