The JP UP Date: Justine PETERSEN Microloan Lender of the Year!

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Number 272                      May 3, 2024                            St. Louis


Justine PETERSEN is SBA’s Microlender of the YEAR!

Pictured from left to right: Andrew Barnes, Michelle Markham, Ainura Barron, Samantha O’Rourke, Yolanda Nelson, Franchot Cunningham, Marcus Bolden

Small Business Excellence: Celebrating the Microlender of the Year 2024

Attending an event hosted by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) means an opportunity for networking, insightful discussions, and perhaps a pleasant meal. However, receiving the prestigious Microlender of the Year Award for 2024 makes this experience even more significant.

Pictured: Yolanda Nelson

The United States Small Business Administration is a beacon for entrepreneurs, providing vital support and resources to fuel their dreams. Within this landscape, microlenders play a pivotal role by offering crucial financial assistance to individuals and businesses that traditional lending institutions often overlook.

Winning the Microlender of the Year Award is a testament to excellence in service, dedication to community empowerment, and a commitment to fostering economic growth from the grassroots level up. It signifies more than just recognition; it symbolizes the embodiment of the SBA’s core mission — to empower small businesses and drive prosperity nationwide
Receiving this prestigious award will help the organization’s message reach a wider audience, elevate its influence, and expand its reach. It opens doors to new partnerships, attracts greater investment, and instills confidence in stakeholders — from borrowers to investors to policymakers.

Pictured: Samantha O’Rourke  



Give STL Day is 6 Days Away!

Justine PETERSEN is a community-focused organization that takes pride in making a difference. They understand that community isn’t just a word, it’s a heartbeat that drives their initiatives and inspires smiles along the way. Justine PETERSEN’s education empowerment is awe-inspiring, with its ability to ignite all minds and shape bright futures through workshops and resource provision.

Join us on this wonderful day of giving and be part of the team spreading love and building a better tomorrow, one action at a time. Make sure you seize this opportunity to donate to your preferred nonprofit a few days ahead of time! Every $100 goes to enhancing our credit-building program, which enriches our community.

Click here to start donating today!



Exciting News! Get Ready for the Revival of the My Credit Compass Cue- Coming Soon!

Are you tired of juggling multiple resources to build and manage your credit? Look no further! This is the one-stop shop that will help you understand and elevate your credit game to the next level. Let’s work together to pave the way towards your financial success!




Microloan Microphone with Tristan Brown!
Where empowerment echoes through every conversation.

Join host Tristan Brown as he delves into the transformative power of microloans, amplifying the voices of individuals who have utilized these funds to kickstart or propel their small businesses forward.

New episodes will be uploaded every other week. This week, see Tristan Brown interviewing Harry & Monique Settles of Siddity Pig LLC. Check out other episodes at @JustinePetersen on YouTube!




Our WeatherUp Loan is Here for You!

Join us in transforming your home into an eco-friendly haven, contributing to a brighter future for everyone in your community. Discover more details below for a sustainable and impactful initiative.

Click here to begin the application!