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.

Organize Your File Folders By Color

If you’ve ever  tried to track down a misfiled document, boy can those of us at It’s My Community Store relate. As Reno’s leading office supply store we know the task of finding that document that has disappeared into the abyss can be rather frustrating. How can this problem be solved? By indexing your files to a color code, of course. Below are a few tips for using colored file folders and labels to create a more efficient file storage system.

Desk Files

You recognize colors much faster than you read text. Replace labels such as To Do, Pending and Follow up with colored file folders. Or try assigning each project its own colored file. Before long, you’ll ID the contents of each folder by color instead of by name, and save time.

File Categories

Divide your info into major categories, then assign each group a file folder color. For example, use red files for customer data, green for financials, blue for vendor and yellow for forms. Filing and retrieving documents goes a lot faster when you can identify the contents of a folder with a glance.

Eliminate Misfiles

Mislaid files stick out in a color coded filing system. Our eyes are trained recognize color fast than text so filing and retrieving documents goes faster. Using colored file folder labels creates visual bands of color. It’s easy to spot misfiles and quickly find specific folders if they are color coded. Assign each component of your filing system a label color. So if you file alphabetically each letter gets its own color, numerically each number, and so on.

Make your life easier by organizing your life with office supplies and improve the lives of others by giving back to the community with your purchase at It’s My Community Store.

 

Some Local Reno Businesses Also Buy Local Reno

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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

Some School Supplies Contain Toxic Chemicals

As a leading Reno school supply distributor, we often hear about the excitement a child experiences when picking out their lunchbox and backpack before going off to school. But did you know that buying them that superhero lunch pail they just have to have may be putting them in danger? As it turns out, some children’s backpacks and lunchboxes may contain toxic chemicals necessarily want around your children.

A new report issued by the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) found toxic chemicals in school supplies made from vinyl or PVC plastic. The chemicals, called phthalates, are used to soften vinyl, which is then turned into backpacks, 3-ring binders, rain boots, lunchboxes and more. Phthalates have been linked to birth defects, infertility, early puberty, asthma, ADHD, obesity, diabetes and cancer and are dangerous at very low levels of exposure. The following show just how high the toxic levels in certain products are.

  • A Dora the Explorer Backpack contained phthalates over 69 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.
  • An Amazing Spider Man Backpack contained phthalates over 52 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.
  • A Disney Princess Lunchbox contained phthalates over 29 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.
  • An Amazing Spiderman Lunchbox contained phthalates over 27 times the limit set by the federal toy ban.

This is why It’s My Community Store suggests avoiding plastic products for your children. Instead purchase backpacks made of fabric materials such as our Deluxe Backpack. This way you can rest assured knowing your child is safely prepared for school while also giving back to the community.

Write off Black Friday Purchases Off Your Taxes?

We’re posting a bit ahead of time, but thinking ahead is wise business decision. And if you own your own small local business, telecommute, or you always buy supplies to use for work, then think about taking advantage of the Black Friday deals to get some Reno office supply deals! A drive around Reno for Office Supplies doesn’t seem like fun, but it could save you tons in the coming year. The best part is that you get to write it off on your taxes as a business expense! Now before you go off and by a whole bunch of office & technology supplies, Reno, think about giving back some too!

Give School Supplies for a Fun and Safe Reno Halloween

Parents these days are more conscious of what their kids are eating, so many frown on the idea of the time honored Halloween candy. Give them some peace of mind this year by handing out fun school supplies instead! You can give them festive themed pencils and erasers, but think about giving them some fun school supplies like coloring crayons and markers.

Think they’ll be disappointed with it? Well, maybe they will be at first, but when all the candy is gone and the stomach aches have subsided, they’ll have tons of fun with a thought for gift of school supplies when they’re drawing the monsters they saw at Halloween night!