Company Experiences 26 Years of Growth with 70 Percent of Top Employees Coming From Half Way Houses and 12 Step Programs

Coast to Coast founder continues success by partnering with new company dedicated to helping people.

Simi Valley, California (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

Coast to Coast Computer Products has generated its financial success and consistent growth through giving people second chances. At Coast to Coast many of the employees are former convicts and recovering addicts. Giving people second chances and changing lives has paid off through the years. Currently Coast to Coast distributes over 50 million dollars a year of ink and toner products to corporate accounts nationwide, employs 200 people, and has shown growth 26 of the 27 years they have been in business.

Rick Roussin, CEO and founder of Coast to Coast Computer Products, is no stranger to addiction himself. Roussin created Coast to Coast when he was 24 years old and only 60 days clean from drugs and alcohol. In 1985 when Roussin created Coast to Coast he decided to give people with pasts similar to his own an opportunity. He provides his employees with the best compensation plan in the industry while creating a culture dedicated to the personal growth of each person. New hires are often found through half way houses and are put through rigorous training and coaching, with many of them coming out on top.

Stacie Henrich started working at Coast to Coast in 2009 and like many of her coworkers is a modern day rags to riches story. When Henrich started she was 37 years old, on food stamps and living in her parents’ house with her 10 year old daughter. Henrich now makes nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year, purchased her first home, has a 401k and drives a Mercedes.

“I myself was strung out on drugs and alcohol at a young age. My own road to recovery taught me that many talented, good people might end up down the wrong path and deserve a second and sometimes a third or fourth chance,” said Roussin. “People who may be caught up now need to know there is a solution and hope for them too. Of course there is a risk associated with hiring people with a tainted past, however overall the good far outweighs the bad.”

Coast to Coast isn’t Roussin’s only venture committed to making a difference. In 2011 Roussin partnered with Jenifer Rose to create It’s My Community Store, an office supply company that donates up to 10% of every order back to the charity of the customers choosing. It’s My Community Store is located in Northern Nevada but supplies customers and partners with charities across the nation.

“Rick has a highly motivational, positive attitude, with a don’t-quit-until-you-win expectation and amazing energy level. I’ve actually never seen anyone like him,” said Rose, CEO of It’s My Community Store. “Rick has been successful in helping people stay clean and sober and now we plan to be successful at raising money for charities through a product category businesses are already buying every day. We are excited to provide continued support to our elderly, our sick children, our veterans and thru the many wonderful causes that need support.”

During the development of It’s My Community Store Rose knew that Roussin would be the perfect partner. When she was ready to launch, Rose made the phone call and Roussin did not hesitate to help build another company that would change people’s lives.

With the help of Roussin, It’s My Community Store has been very successful in its first year. Now the company offers more than eight thousand products and gives back to more than 67 non-profits in five states. Rose says the company is continuing to grow and reach across the country helping more and more people every day and continues to win bids from large companies like the Non Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), a national buying group containing over 800 members.

“It is no longer about a Post-it note or a toner cartridge, it’s about that same Post-it note, helping a child with cancer or a veteran get the help they need,” said Rose.

“We’ve helped a lot of people stay clean and sober at Coast to Coast, we are experiencing great success and plan to continue for years to come. I’m excited at the opportunity to grow a second company committed to giving back,” said Roussin.

Roussin is committed to giving people second chances and helping them stay clean and sober, while Rose is committed to creating a steady revenue stream for charities across the country. Two people partnered together to build companies that are based on the simple principle of supporting people and communities.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Rick Roussin or Jenifer Rose please contact Aaron at aaron(at)itsmycommunitystore(dot)com or by phone at (775)741-5041.

Coast to Coast was founded 25 years ago with a few basic principles:

  •     To provide our customers with excellent customer service by highly trained experts with products that save time and money and the environment at cost effective prices.
  •     To provide our employees with best compensation plan in our industry while creating a culture dedicated to the personal growth of each person. Happy employees equals happy customers.

Message from Rick Roussin, CEO: http://www.coastcoast.com/about_message-from-ceo.asp

Non-Profit Purchasing Group Announces Partnership with It’s My Community Store


Group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), teams up with It’s My Community Store, to provide members with premier office supplies while simultaneously giving back to the non-profit community.

We felt that it was important for our members to not only save money,but to be given the opportunity continue passing a blessing forward.

(San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 07, 2013; image above: Jennifer Rose, CEO of My Community Store)

Leading group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), announced today its partnership with philanthropy driven office supply company, It’s My Community Store.

It’s My Community Store provides NPPG members with the chance to save money and support non-profits at the same time. NPPG members will have the ability to order office, printer, and fax supplies from It’s My Community Store at an extremely favorable price point available only to members. It’s My Community Store will donate as much as ten percent of the revenue from every order to a non-profit or charity of the customer’s choice. NPPG members who are also registered non-profits can be added to the It’s My Community Store website and will receive a quarterly donation of up to ten percent of their supporters’ orders and others who select their non-profit at check out.

This mutually beneficial relationship guarantees NPPG members receive the best quality items while contributing to causes dear to their hearts. Both NPPG and It’s My Community Store are ecstatic about the positive impact the partnership will have for NPPG members and charitable initiatives worldwide.

“We felt that it was important for our members to not only save money,” commented Alex Golin, President & CEO of NPPG Inc.”But to be given the opportunity continue passing a blessing forward. Whether they want to assign the proceeds to their own charity or someone else’s nonprofit organizations and charities can both benefit from purchasing their office supplies through the Non Profit Purchasing Group’s vendor partnership with It’s My Community Store.”

“I could not be more excited about partnering with NPPG. We have always been a charity based business that makes a donation with every order placed. Now we are partnering with a charity based buying group. The fit could not be any better,” beamed Jenifer Rose, CEO of It’s My Community Store.

The Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG) is the first Group Purchasing Organization (“GPO”) dedicated exclusively to the non-profit and small business communities in both Canada and the United States. NPPG is committed to lowering the recurring costs of organizations by providing members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. NPPG is a membership based group that provides members with an online access portal to over a hundred different vendor partners, including Dell computers, Enterprise, and Recall. NPPG members have access to a variety of products and services where the discounted rates have already been pre-negotiated on their behalf. The company operates by its slogan: “Helping Those Who Help Others” and company mission to provide non-profits with effective resources that help organizations fulfill their missions.

About It’s My Community Store:
It’s My Community store is an office supply company dedicated to giving back to the community. Up to 10 percent of every order is donated to a local charity or non-profit of the customers choosing. This income allows non-profits and charities to help underprivileged children, build homes in their community and provide funding for cancer research. Established in 2011, It’s My Community Store continuously adds non-profits and charities as well as businesses dedicated to helping the community. Visit our website at http://www.itsmycommunitystore.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

New Years Resolution: Get Organized!

Are you one of those office mates who struggles with a disorganized desk? Make your New Years Resolution to get and stay organized at work this year. It is as easy as adding certain Reno office supplies to your work place.

These desk organizers will make your life so much easier and improve the lives of others by giving back to the community with your purchase at It’s My Community Store.

 

Creative Ways to Use Office Supplies: Post-it Note Drilling Aids

We love the idea of taking Reno office supplies and using them in a smart and unique way.  Below is a neat trick for keeping things nice and clean with the common post-it note.

When drilling in drywall, stick a post-it underneath the drill, folded to catch all the dust. Then just throw away. The post-it works to catch the dust from drywall drilling and make cleanup a piece of cake!

Stay tuned to our blog for more creative ways to use office supplies in the future. Make your life easier and more fun with office supplies while improving the lives of others by giving back to the community with your purchase at It’s My Community Store.

 

 

Creative Ways to Use Office Supplies: Mouse Pads as Kitchen Aids

If there’s one thing more fun than using Reno office supplies in the office, it’s using Reno office supplies in the kitchen. Below are several fun ways to recycle old mouse pads and increase your efficiency in the kitchen at the same time.

Trivets
A mouse pad with a non-plastic coating can be put to use in the kitchen as a heat pad. Place it on your counter, table or any other surface you wish to protect from hot pots and pans.

Cabinet liners
Line up your old mouse pads in your kitchen cabinets. This is an excellent way to secure your plates and glasses from slipping.

Jar Openers
Most mouse pads have a rubber grip texture on their underside that’s perfect for loosening the lids from stubborn jars or bottles. Simply place the pad on the jar in question and twist with ease.

Stay tuned to our blog for more creative ways to use office supplies in the future. Make your life easier and more fun with office supplies while improving the lives of others by giving back to the community with your purchase at It’s My Community Store.

Creative Ways to Use Office Supplies: Rubber Bands Make Painting a Breeze

As promised, here is another trick to show your Reno office mates. With this one you are bound to impress. Below is a great way to recycle office supplies and an excellent solution if you find yourself redecorating.

If you’ve ever painted a room in your house you know just how messy your paint can get. The edges always end up covered in paint making for a nice big mess when you attempt to close the can and far too much paint is wasted when it drips down the sides. Check out this cool office supply trick that will solve your paint problem!

Simply place a rubber band around your open paint can. Use the rubber band to to wipe your paint brush on to keep the paint from dripping down the sides. This saves the paint and you from dealing with the mess. Pretty cool, right?

Stay tuned to our blog for more creative ways to use office supplies. Make your life easier and more fun with office supplies while improving the lives of others by giving back to the community with your purchase at It’s My Community Store.

Creative Ways to Use Office Supplies: Stamp Pads Make Mailing Easier

If you use this trick, everyone in your Reno office will think you are the bee’s knees. Below is a great way to recycle old office supplies and an excellent solution if you find yourself sealing multiple envelopes at a time.

Simply take an old, dried out ink pad and remove the ink. Replace the ink pad with a wet sponge. Now you have yourself an efficient envelope sealer and stamp applicator all in one!

Stay tuned to our blog for more creative ways to use office supplies in the future. Make your life easier and more fun with office supplies while improving the lives of others by giving back to the community with your purchase at It’s My Community Store.

Reno Office Supply Store in News for Charitable Buiness Plan

Did you know It’s My Community Store is more than just a Reno office supply store? The store is founded on the idea of giving back to the community and it gives up to 10 percent of every order placed to a charity or non-profit organization of the buyer’s choice.

‘10 percent less’
by Garrett Valenzuela
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Jenifer Rose, founder and CEO of It s My Community Store in Sparks, is using her business to give back to local non-profit groups and charities.

Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela — Jenifer Rose, founder and CEO of It’s My Community Store in Sparks, is using her business to give back to local non-profit groups and charities.

SPARKS — Jenifer Rose has been in the office supply business for 20 years and each day she comes to work she is reminded “Post-It notes are not very exciting.”

This year Rose used her experience and expertise in the trade to incorporate the It’s My Community Store, an office supply store with a unique foundation. The store is founded on the idea of giving back to the community and it gives up to 10 percent of every order placed to a charity or non-profit organization of the buyer’s choice.

“To me it was a question of how can I take my knowledge of this industry and my contacts within it and make a difference in people’s lives,” Rose, CEO of It’s My Community Store, said, “So that when I come to work everyday, it is not about selling a Post-It note, it is about a sick child getting something that they need or for an animal to get rescued.”

It’s My Community Store recently linked with the Builders Association of Northern Nevada (BANN), The Washoe County Medical Society Alliance (AWCMS) and the Nevada Association of Legal Services (NALS) as associations buyers can donate to. Rose said the businesses and people within each organization can now choose to donate to a familiar non-profit and know where the money is going.

“Now they can choose, for example, the Builders foundation and they can know that their association is going to put that money back into the community and they can feel like they took part in doing something good for the community,” Rose said. “We have the ability to make a huge impact by making a simple change in something that we are going to buy anyway.”

Rose said she has dealt with the hesitation that comes from potential customers who think the 10 percent used to buy any of her 8,000 items comes from a price increase on her items. In fact, she said her prices are lower than most competing markets and that none of those suppliers are giving up 10 percent of their revenue.

“We are not charging 10 percent more and then giving 10 percent back. A lot of people are assuming they are going to pay 10 percent more, and I can almost guarantee they won’t,” she said. “We are very committed to the giving portion, but not at the expense of the business. That is not what this is about.”

In a press release regarding the additional charities being added to the It’s My Community Store give-back program, the organizations said they are excited about the opportunity to partner with the business.

“Since the construction industry downturn in 2007, those in the building business are scrutinizing company expense line items for savings—this partnership will help all of them in a myriad of ways,” said Tina Laramie, director of membership for BANN. “Additionally, our organization’s philanthropic arm, the Builders Association Charity (BAC), will benefit in its quest to assist those in need.”

Rose said the charities and associations she has partnered with have been “supportive and excited” about being an option for her customers. It was not until Rose actually began reaching out to the non-profit organizations that she realized how much help each charity could really use.

“I had the idea in my head and I knew what I wanted to do. But when I really started to find out about all the charities and all the programs, I really didn’t even have any conception. I didn’t even realize the scale that we have now learned it is,” Rose said. “If we didn’t have these charities, I don’t know what we would do. There are so many more of them than you can even imagine. It has been a great learning experience and it keeps things in perspective.”

Rose said the ultimate goal for her company is to “turn it into something great for northern Nevada” before making it possible in every city across the nation. She said she is looking forward to offering her customers the chance to help local charities, even if it means she is bringing in a little less profit.

“As long as there are people willing to support something, then I am glad to give them an avenue to do so,” Rose said. “I don’t foresee (having to stop giving 10 percent to charities) happening. It would break my heart if it did. I have been doing this a lot of years and I could have lived with 10 percent less. I might not have lived as well, but I could have lived with 10 percent less.”

It’s My Community Store in the News for Charity

It’s My Community Store, your friendly local Reno Sparks office supply store, was mentioned in the Reno Gazette Journal for partnering with three agencies to generate revenue for local charities. Read the story below.

It’s My Community Store in Sparks partners for charity

A Sparks-based online office supply store has teamed with three area agencies to generate a portion of its revenues for charities.

It’s My Community Store, which launched last year, is partnering with the Builders Association of Northern Nevada, the Washoe County Medical Society Alliance and the Nevada Association of Legal Services, said spokesman Aaron Walton.

When the collective 2,500 members of those agencies make purchases on itsmycommunitystore.com, he said, the online business will donate up to 10 percent of the sales to any charity or nonprofit on its list of the customer’s choosing.

So far, It’s My Community Store’s list includes more than 30 charities and this week added the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, Walton said.

“We’re growing. We’re signing new nonprofits every week,” he said. “The idea is we’re a new avenue of support.”

Jenifer Rose, CEO of It’s My Community Store, said the business, with five employees, does not mark up prices to offset the donations from sales of its office, business and school supplies which it ships from a warehouse in Sacramento.

“We want this to be a win-win for everyone,” Rose said in a statement. “It’s amazing the power people can have when they pull together.”

Tina Laramie, director of membership for the 500-member BANN, said the organization’s philanthropic arm, the Builders Association Charity, will be a benefactor of BANN’s partnership with It’s My Community Store.

“Since the construction industry downturn in 2007, those in the building business are scrutinizing company expense line items for savings. This partnership will help all of them in a myriad of ways,” Laramie said in a statement announcing the partnerships.

Added Victoria Francis, president of the Nevada Association of Legal Services, “Raising money for our association will help contribute to the advancement of our members through education and certification.”

Be Green: Recycle Toner

Reno, are you looking for an easy way to go green in your office? Look no further than your printer supplies. Recycle toner cartridges, don’t just throw them away. Here’s why:

  • It takes one gallon of oil to produce one toner cartridge
  • More than 350 million empty toner cartridges end up in landfills ever year
  • It takes 450 years for laser toner cartridges to decompose and some of the industrial plastic components up to one thousand years.

Most toner manufacturers make it super easy to take this environmentally-friendly step. So why not recycle them? Just drop your empty cartridges in the mail.

At It’s My Community Store we have a huge assortment of inks, toners and papers for all your laser, copier, fax and inkjet machines. Purchase your printer supplies from us and give back to the community simultaneously. You can give back up to 10 percent of your purchase to the organization of your choice. To benefit the community in more than one way, recycle your IMCS printing supplies when you are done with them.