Reinvest North County Fund Announces First Round of Awards

September 15, 2014

The purpose of the Reinvest North County Fund is to support small businesses and schools which were impacted by the tragedy in Ferguson and in surrounding communities. The RBC and North County Inc. understand these challenges and are pleased to report that more than $150,000 has been pledged to date to invest in small business enterprise and in strong schools. The Fund has become a vehicle for many caring and generous businesses, organizations and individuals to let the community know we care about them.

The following school districts will each receive a $10,000 gift to be used for training and support to teachers, students and parents as the community moves forward.

  • Ferguson-Florissant School District
  • Normandy Schools Collaborative
  • Riverview Gardens School District
  • Jennings School District

Today $55,000 in grants has been awarded to Ferguson businesses. Businesses receiving a grant include: Ferguson Burger Bar & More; Ferguson Laundry; Ferguson Market; Infiniti Styles Barbering & Beauty Salon; King David Fashions, LLC; Missouri Home Therapy, LLC; New York Grill, Inc.; Northland Chop Suey; Prime Time Beauty & Barber; Pro Long Nails; St. Louis BBQ/Red the BBQ Man; Sam’s Meat Market; and Swiish Bar and Grill.

In addition to the RBC and numerous individuals, donors include: Ascension; Asian American Chamber of Commerce; Barnes Jewish Hospital; Boeing; Centric Group; Civic Pride Foundation of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission; Civic Progress; Clark-Fox Family Foundation; Dot Foods, Inc.; First National Bank; Greater North County Chamber; Greensfelder Hemker & Gale; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater St. Louis; I Love Ferguson Committee; J.W. Terrill; Jefferson Bank & Trust; Kwame Foundation; Lewis Rice & Fingersh; Negwer Materials, LLC; Paric Corporation; PNC Bank; RubinBrown; South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Spencer Fane Britt and Browne; SSM Healthcare; St. Louis Regional Chamber; Standing Partnership; UMB Bank; University City Chamber of Commerce; and University of Missouri St. Louis.

Further donations are encouraged. Checks can be made payable to the Reinvest North County Fund at the 501(c)3 non-profit North County Regional Development Association.



Community Empowerment Summit to Promote Reconciliation and Offer Steps Forward

ST. LOUIS – Six community organizations are hosting a Community Empowerment Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. THIS Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Glen Owen Drive, 63136. Co-sponsors include the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Mound City Bar Association, TEACH, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Urban League Young Professionals of Metropolitan St. Louis.

“None of us should ever be made to feel as if we are the enemy in our own community,” said Jacque Land, executive director of 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis. “We all bear the responsibility of learning from the lessons Ferguson is teaching us. This summit is an opportunity for the entire community, including activists and law enforcement, to come together and do just that.”

Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar, St. Louis Police Department Chief Sam Dotson, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and Florissant Police Chief Tim Lowery are slated to participate in the summit’s opening session. Officers from their respective districts, as well as the FBI will recruit for law enforcement jobs. Other sessions at the summit will promote voter registration and offer know-your-rights training.

The Community Empowerment Summit, geared toward high school students and adults, is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by email at or call (314) 367-7778.



At the Corner Coffee House (100 N. Florissant (across from Shop N Save))
M-F from 9am-5pm
Sat. & Sun. from 9am-2pm

Just Arrived: 500 forest green and 500 red KOOZIES on Friday afternoon
$3 ea. or 2 for $5

****New Item- forest green polo style shirt with embroidered logo with white lettering and red heart.****

I Love Ferguson short sleeve t-shirts. Available colors: Blue, Orange, Pink, Safety Green, Gray, Black, Purple. Sizes up to XL are $10. Sizes XXL and larger are $15. Just in! Coffee mugs – gloss black with white letters and red heart are available for $8 each or 2 for $15.

We have a LIMITED number of – Infant, toddlers, youth – hoodies and t-shirts. We now have gray and BLACK long-sleeve t-shirts for $15 for sizes up to XL and $18 for sizes up to XXXL. Gray HOODIES are now in stock (no pre-ordering needed). Sizes up to XL are $25 and sizes XXL and XXXL are $30 each. COME quick, everything will run out FAST.

And don’t forget about our “I Love Ferguson” yard signs: donations accepted

All proceeds will be donated to a fund for the independent/ mom and pop businesses that were damaged.

Brian P. Fletcher, Chairman,
I Love Ferguson Committee
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(314) 852-4754