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'Good deeds equal good business'

Photo by Jeylin White Brian Roth (right), manager of Own Smart USA’s Stockbridge location, helps a fellow employee assemble a sofa. Roth’s company has recently partnered with the Clayton County public school system. 

Photo by Jeylin White Brian Roth (right), manager of Own Smart USA’s Stockbridge location, helps a fellow employee assemble a sofa. Roth’s company has recently partnered with the Clayton County public school system. 

Giving back to the community is a major priority for local businessman, Torey McCormick, part owner of Own Smart USA, a furniture/appliance store in Riverdale and Stockbridge.

While being a fairly new business, and with minimal funds to market the company, McCormick said he began looking for savvy ways to introduce the business to the community.

Without hesitation, McCormick, along with his business colleagues, began contacting local schools in Clayton County, in an effort to see how they could contribute to the school system and get the company’s name out before the public.

“The schools are always looking for help and partners, “ said McCormick, “and it’s been a real good relationship to be involved with the schools.”

McCormick said since establishing a “good relationship” with the school system, his company has made several donations to schools in the district.

According to McCormick, those contributions include: Supplying hot dogs and deserts for Church Street Elementary School’s Science Fair, and giving away a $25 Kroger grocery store gift card at the event; donating money to support Riverdale Elementary School’s Fall Festival; and providing an 82-inch, flat screen television and Xbox Kinect to Babb Middle School for its recent Family Fun Night event.

“If they [schools] have an event [happening], we will be there to provide,” said McCormick. He added that, later this month, his company will provide an 82-inch flat screen television set, and buy pizza, for Forest Park High School’s “Family Movie Night.”

Brian Roth, Own Smart USA manager at the Stockbridge location, said he is a “proud” father of seven children –– who all attend Henry County public schools –– and is happy to know he works for a company that makes education a priority.

“For me, it has to be something bigger than the job for me to be able to do it,” said Roth. “We’re more than just a rent-to-own place. We are a part of the community.” He said, if the company’s owners were not trying to stand up for a good cause, he would not be working for them.

McCormick said, in addition to the company’s philanthropic efforts with the schools, it will also offer parents and community members promotional discounts on the stores’ items.

“When [the customers] come in, they’re are going to be treated like royalty,” said Roth. “We really want to give them a great service and roll out the red carpet for them, so they leave with a great experience.”