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Entrepreneur Launches “St. Louis Small Business Task Force” to Help Reenergize St. Louis Economy 

Entrepreneur Launches “St. Louis Small Business Task Force” to Help Reenergize St. Louis Economy 

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Erin Joy of Black Dress Circle and St. Louis leaders unite to help business owners find their way through pandemic-caused economic crisis 

St. Louis, MO—Erin Joy, Founder and CEO of Black Dress Circle®, a business consulting and coaching organization, announced a new initiative to bring together leaders from varied industries to clearly define and address the short and mid-term challenges presented by the economic downturn triggered by COVID-19. The St. Louis Small Business Task Force, a think-tank for community leaders, will meet weekly to share knowledge, resources, and tools to remain resilient amid the crisis and create a catalyst for other industry stakeholders to take strategic action. 

Closed sessions will be held every Monday at 1:00 p.m. starting May 11, 2020 and will be chaired by Erin Joy and Andrea Arco, CEO and Founder of Arco + Associates. The St. Louis Small Business Task Force is an opportunity to dive into multi-disciplinary constructive conversations and centralize and disseminate information. Members of the task force include leaders in construction, business, food service, supply chain, logistics, operations, economics, banking, marketing, accounting, and more. To learn more about each member and their area of expertise, please visit

“Our goal is to support and empower St. Louis’s small and mid-sized business owners with the vital information and insight they need to guide their companies forward,” said Joy. “We need to do our part in making sure cross-industry relevant and accurate information is shared continually and consistently. Establishing a multi-disciplinary cohort is a step in the right direction.”

Every Wednesday by close of business, insights from each session will be shared on the Task Force’s website at and be made available to the general public. Insights will be informed by the Task Force’s multi-disciplinary approach, which serves to give members and the community the advantage of getting quickly up-to-speed on a variety of salient topics necessary for business recovery, sustainability, and growth. Armed with the information shared in these sessions, business owners will be informed to make strategic decisions and solve problems. 

To receive more information about the St. Louis Small Business Task Force, visit If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to participate as an expert, please email and a member of the Black Dress Circle team will be in touch. 

About Black Dress Circle

Black Dress Circles® are monthly, facilitated, results-driven roundtables for female entrepreneurs. There are three variants—BDC Emerge, BDC Evolve, and BDC Virtual. All provide a forum to discuss issues, frame decisions, and share experiences with other women who understand the unique challenges of managing emerging and evolving companies. Erin Joy created this peer-directed, proven model to address the common challenges faced by women leading dynamic and developing organizations. For more information, visit  

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