ShopLocal541.com was born out of a need to fill a gap between the generosity of local businesses, and the social service agencies they support.
We are driven by three primary goals.
Support Local Businesses to Help Fuel the Local Economy
Offer Great Deals and Discounts on Items and Services Donated By Local 541 Businesses
Give 100% of Proceeds To The Social Service Agencies Supported By Local Rotary Clubs
Each Year, there are more than 100 "Dinner/Auction Events" in Lane County Alone. Many of these events have been cancelled or altered drastically by the outbreak of the Coronavirus and subsequent Stay at Home policies by State and Federal Governments. But, the need to assist Social Service Agencies who provide food, shelter, and other emergency services, has never been greater. ShopLocal541.com, is just one way to help raise much needed funding, while offering up incentives to shoppers, through discounts, and deals.
Shop, Eat, Play, While Changing Lives Locally! Your purchases and donations are never needed more. CLICK HERE for MORE INFO and Ways to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Short Bio on ShopLocal541.com Founder
Contact Patric Miller
Patric Miller is an award-winning multimedia producer, marketing and advertising specialist and internet creator, with more than 40 years of experience. Since trying "semi-retirement", 20 years of ad agency and multimedia production, and another twenty years as owner of Internet Broadcaster Services Company, AccessNTR and Ask4Direct.com, Patric expanded his desire for social and international service by becoming a member of Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club.
This was proceeded by the formation of a small Non-Profit in 2014, with his daughter (one of five daughters...) and his 4-J teacher wife, Debbie, to support a small rural school in Buyijja, Uganda.
See more about Friends of Buyijja Here.
In his time as a Southtowne Rotarian, Patric has been involved with several grants and fundraising efforts for his work in Buyijja, as well as heading up the club's annual fundraising Dinner/ Auction. The cancellation of the auction this year (It was originally scheduled for April 18th), was the initial driving reason to find alternative ways to fund the more than 28 local and international projects done by Southtowne Rotary each year.
It is his hope, that this site, and the concept of Donating, Buying, and Supporting for local projects with targeted opportunities to "Get a Great Deal While Supporting Local Business and Service Agencies," will expand beyond the work done by Southtowne Rotary.
As they say in the outdoor advertising business, "Watch This Space."
FAQs About ShopLocal541.com
How Does shoplocal541.com fund operations?
Because the the server space and legacy programming (ask4direct.com) retained by Patric after his retirement, start-up and initial operation are negligible. Social Media Marketing is cost-effective, and any income produced by ancillary services (see Donate Page- Ancillary Services) will fund all marketing efforts. 100% of all proceeds for purchases through the Buy It Now options on the Southtowne SpeakEasy site, as well as any direct donations to STR (Southtowne Rotary) or GoFundMe targeted donations, goes directly to work in the local community, after any transaction costs from service providers (PayPal, GoFundMe, Square etc.) are deducted.
How Can My Business Get Listed on ShopLocal541.com?
Due to the amazing need for support by the current State mandated shut-downs, ShopLocal 541.com, is offering Free Initial Listings to all locally owned retailers, and service providers in the 541 Area Code. The Basic Listing will offer a short business description with hours of operation. Any Business Donating $200 or more in services, items, or gift certificates, will get a FULL YEAR of a Premium Listing, inluding up to 250 words, links to your web site, pictures, logo, and a listing in the "Featured Advertisers" Section of the "Shop/Play/Eat&Drink sections of the site.
How Can My Social Service Agency Get Listed on ShopLocal541.com?
ShopLocal541.com will give a free listing to social service agencies in the 541 area code, providing service for the following categories:
Food and Hunger Relief
Mental Health Services
With more than 3,500 non-profits in the 541 area code, we appologize in advance to those who do not meet these descriptions .
For other questions, or press contacts, please reach out to Patric at the contact info above.