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Some Local Businesses Also Buy Local

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Between the recent Buy Local Marketplace and the efforts coming out of Midtown, we are definitely noticing a strong push to buy local.

While the concept itself is not new, an increasing number of local businesses are now also buying their office supplies from a northern Nevada business.

Businesses like Plato's Closet. Newly-elected Reno City Councilwoman, Hillary Schieve owns the Midtown shop, along with the Clothes Mentor. "We pay customers to recycle," she explains. Then she sells the recently acquired clothing at lower prices back to the community. In doing so, she says, she is not just recycling clothing; she is also recycling the economy. However, that is not the only way she gives back. When Hillary heard about It's My Community Store, "I fell in love with the concept the minute I saw it; it's such a no-brainer."

The online store is stocked with thousands of items; everything from office to business to school supplies. The prices are competitive, but what is even more appealing to local businesses is that 10% of every purchase goes straight to a non-profit or charity of their choice. It's My Community Store CEO, Jenifer Rose says, "We just want to write the biggest checks possible. That was our goal from the beginning. As a business, we don't have to give 10% of our business back, but we want to."

Jenifer wanted to create a way for businesses to buy the products they need anyway and support charities - without spending any extra money out of pocket. There is a list of non-profits located on www.itsmycommunitystore.com from which you can choose during checkout.

For Hillary, the receipt paper and the price tags she buys online helps the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project. Meantime, on the south side of Reno, the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation is being supported by Joey Gilbert & Associates. Most everything you see inside the law office was purchased at It's My Community Store.

"Binders, our folders, our little notepads, obviously legal pads; everything you'd expect in a law office," explains Joey. In this economy, his staff researched prices and realized they could spend the same amount of money – if not less – than they would at some big box stores. Plus, Joey says, giving back to the community by buying the basic things they need is a win-win. "If we can shop here locally and support an organization we believe in, come on. You got to do it."

The Builders Association of Northern Nevada has just teamed up with It's My Community Store as well. If you are part of the 500 member organization, keep an eye out for some special programs and pricing offers just for you. If you are a business owner or run a non-profit, you can reach Jenifer Rose at www.itsmycommunitystore.com.

Written by Kristen Remington

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