Jennifer Rose on Reno Gazette-Journal

Jennifer Rose of It's My Community Store at the Sparks Marina. / Marilyn Newton/RGJ

Jennifer Rose of It's My Community Store at the Sparks Marina. / Marilyn Newton/RGJ

Background

It was the true joy and sense of accomplishment I got from helping other small businesses and non- profit organizations that made me realize I needed to create something that made that a part of my everyday life. The Plush Life is all about local businesses and It’s My Community Store is all about local businesses supporting local nonprofits. I have worked for several large companies and owned several successful companies of my own. Of course the experience and knowledge I gained through these ventures have a lot to do with my current position as well. I started my career in Computer Supplies with Horizon USA , after over 5 years with them I decided to start my first company and Future Computer Technologies was born. It was an amazing successful experience but after 7 years I felt it was time for me to move on so I sold the company. I spent one year as the VP of sales for a national wholesale distributor and again experienced tremendous success in growing the sales but knew in my heart that I needed to be growing my own company. Due to a 5 year non-compete with my first company I had to change industries. Don’t ask me how I went from Computer Supplies to Dating but I decided to purchase a local franchise called It’s Just Lunch. I will say I learned more from my experiences at It’s Just Lunch than anything else I’ve ever done. We changed people lives every day and when I’m out people still stop me and thank me for the husband, wife, or children that they have now as a result of the experience with IJL. When my 5 year non-compete was up, I put It’s Just Lunch up for sale and decided to return to the products and the industry that I knew the best and have had a lot of success with. However, this time I would do it with a new twist and combine my product and industry knowledge with my love for charity. It’s My Community Store would be all about great products and service at great prices, but it would also be about local businesses and individuals supporting the community they love.

Last but not least, it was my fiancé, Don Johnson, who encouraged and encouraged me to make It’s My Community Store a reality because he knew how passionate I was about it. I am fortunate enough to have an investor who has complete faith in my ability and believes in what we are doing. Together we are building and incredible company that helps build stronger communities in Northern Nevada and across the country.
Why do I do what I do

I love our community and want to spend as much time as possible working on projects that I believe will make Northern Nevada stronger. Being the mother and sole supporter of three children, the only way I could spend a significant amount of time on this was to make a career out of it.
What brought me to Reno?

I came to Reno about 20 years ago because the company I was working for relocated to Reno. I fell in love with the area and decided to stay and raise my children here. I founded my first company here, my youngest son was born here, and all my amazing friends live here. Reno has been good to me and I plan to be here for a very long time.
What I do to leave work at the office

In all honesty, I struggle with this. I’ve been an entrepreneur for 14 years and I still haven’t figured out how to leave my work at the office. It was certainly easier before laptops and cell phones. All this mobile working makes the lines very blurry. The rare times I do accomplish this usually include champagne and a bubble bath.
How I give back to my community

It’s My Community Store and the Plush Life TV show were created to support our community. It’s My Community Store gives up to 10 percent of every order placed back to local nonprofits. The main purpose of this company was to create an easy way for businesses and individuals to support our local schools and nonprofit organizations. The Plush Life was created to encourage local people to support local businesses by educating them about what our local businesses have to offer in a fun and informative way. My latest project is a huge fundraiser in partnership with iFoster, called The Back to School Project. The project is across 4 geographical locations with a goal of $50,000 specifically for Northern Nevada. The money raised in Northern Nevada will be used for back to school supply kits for homeless, foster, and underprivileged children in our area. We believe that small sacrifices of $5 and $10 by a lot of people will make a huge impact. You can get more information about The Back to School Project on www.itsmycommunitystore.com as well as our facebook page.

Last but not least, it was my fiancé, Don Johnson, who encouraged and encouraged me to make It’s My Community Store a reality because he knew how passionate I was about it. I am fortunate enough to have an investor who has complete faith in my ability and believes in what we are doing. Together we are building and incredible company that helps build stronger communities in Northern Nevada and across the country.

Why do I do what I do

I love our community and want to spend as much time as possible working on projects that I believe will make Northern Nevada stronger. Being the mother and sole supporter of three children, the only way I could spend a significant amount of time on this was to make a career out of it.

What brought me to Reno?

I came to Reno about 20 years ago because the company I was working for relocated to Reno. I fell in love with the area and decided to stay and raise my children here. I founded my first company here, my youngest son was born here, and all my amazing friends live here. Reno has been good to me and I plan to be here for a very long time.

What I do to leave work at the office

In all honesty, I struggle with this. I’ve been an entrepreneur for 14 years and I still haven’t figured out how to leave my work at the office. It was certainly easier before laptops and cell phones. All this mobile working makes the lines very blurry. The rare times I do accomplish this usually include champagne and a bubble bath.

How I give back to my community

It’s My Community Store and the Plush Life TV show were created to support our community. It’s My Community Store gives up to 10 percent of every order placed back to local nonprofits. The main purpose of this company was to create an easy way for businesses and individuals to support our local schools and nonprofit organizations. The Plush Life was created to encourage local people to support local businesses by educating them about what our local businesses have to offer in a fun and informative way. My latest project is a huge fundraiser in partnership with iFoster, called The Back to School Project. The project is across 4 geographical locations with a goal of $50,000 specifically for Northern Nevada. The money raised in Northern Nevada will be used for back to school supply kits for homeless, foster, and underprivileged children in our area. We believe that small sacrifices of $5 and $10 by a lot of people will make a huge impact. You can get more information about The Back to School Project on www.itsmycommunitystore.com as well as our facebook page.

Original Article found on RGJ.com

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