Small Business


How we can help you

Credit Building

Justine PETERSEN believes that the strong credit of business owners is a vital tool on the path to achieving financial wellness. Justine PETERSEN provides to all business owners comprehensive credit score counseling and access to credit building loan products and secured credit cards as part of loan application process.

Small Business Loans

Justine PETERSEN serves existing and start-up businesses and offers safe and affordable capital with the goal of graduating businesses or individuals back to mainstream finance. Justine PETERSEN offers loans from $500-$150,000.

SBA Micro-Enterprise Loan (Non SBA guaranteed loans)
  • Up to $50,000 (JP average under $10,000)
  • Interest Rate : 7.25 – 11%
  • Up to 72 Month Term
  • 3% closing fee
  • 100% collateral requirement
  • up to $3,000 unsecured loans are available
CDFI Micro-Loan
Offered by Great Rivers Community Capital
  • Up to $50,000 (typically over $10,000)
  • Interest Rate 12%- 20%
  • Up to 72 Month Term
  • 6% closing fee
  • 100% collateral requirement
USDA Micro-Enterprise Loan
For businesses based in rural MO areas (will require address verification)
  • Up to $150,000
  • Interest Rate: 9.5%
  • Up to 72 Month Term
  • 6% closing fee
  • 100% collateral requirement

    Community Advantage Loan (SBA guaranteed Loan)

    • Up to $150,000
    • Quarterly adjustable interest rate based on PRIME rate (Prime+6%, currently at 11.5%)
    • 10 year term
    • 10% equity injection requirement for start-up businesses
    • collateral requirement
    • $2,500 loan packaging fee

    Able Biz 

    • Up to $50,000
    • Interest Rate: 6%
    • Up to 84 months term
    • Closing Fee: 3%
    • 100% collateral requirement
    • up to $3,000 unsecured loans are available

    Able Life 

    • Up to $2,500
    • Interest Rate: 9%
    • Up to 84 months term
    • Closing Fee: Per State Law
    • No collateral required

      Contractor Loans

      The goal of the JP Contractor loan is to build the capacity of St. Louis minority- and women-owned construction firms with access to affordable capital so they can grow and take on larger contracts to meet the construction needs of the St. Louis region. Justine PETERSEN Contractor Loans are typically originated as 90 day short-term balloon notes with no monthly payments and an option for a 90-day renewal . Contractor loans up to $150K are originated at 0% interest rate with a 6-8% flat closing fee.

      Who would benefit from a contractor loan?

      • Trade businesses in the construction industry
      • Businesses that secured construction contracts but don't have access to traditional lines of credit and/or don’t have internal cash flow to service secured contracts
      • Minority-owned and female-owned businesses with blemished personal credit scores that make them ineligible for traditional loans and lines of credit

      Counseling and Training

      Justine PETERSEN assists entrepreneurs to transition from informal to formal businesses through technical assistance, training, and loan origination. Justine PETERSEN also provides post-loan technical assistance for those businesses that struggle to meet their business plan benchmarks and for those that are expanding their businesses.


      Justine PETERSEN is committed to helping you and your business grow, and that’s why we have created a new partnership with MicroMentor.

      JP has made the investment in this partnership and is offering you FREE mentorship for your business.

      Did you know that entrepreneurs who connect on MicroMentor increase their revenue by 9% with the help of a business mentor?

      A business mentor can help you develop professional skills, increase access to financial resources, increase your revenue, and create jobs.

      If you are ready to jump in and connect with a mentor now, follow these steps:

      1. Click here to find a mentor
      2. Create a profile
      3. Search and read through the mentor profiles
      4. Connect and start a conversation
      5. Ask questions and get support

      If you would like more detailed information about MicroMentor, watch this video tutorial.

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