Small Business Partner - Mister Paper

Shane Roach of Mister Paper

1.       Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

My industry is somewhat transactional, but I try to make it relational.  I interact with my customers frequently so I want to create mutually beneficial bond.  Being reasonable and fair is important, but exceeding that whenever possible is my true goal.

2.       Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way’s Community Investment Fund?

I have been committed to giving/sharing my entire business career, to countless efforts around Gainesville.  What I like about the Community Investment Fund is firstly my contributions are going to great causes, and secondly my donations are maximized and multiplied to have the largest impact possible on those in need.

3.       What is something interesting or surprising that most people don’t know about you?

For a number of years I have mentored small businesses around North Florida, sometimes up to four a year.  It is a great way to give back and let young or small businesses know that there is a track and attitude for success.

4.       What would your older self tell your younger self?

This could be a long list, but the first thing I would advise it to find a mentor, or a couple of trusted advisors, to provide info and guidance as grow and move forward.  Listening to and learning from those that have already been there is invaluable and a great investment of time.

5.       Favorite quote?

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden

Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. They are no less important to the success of United Way, as we endeavor to improve lives through our work in health, education and financial stability. Our Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors, who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community.
To learn more about how you and your business can support United Way, contact Dana Clayton at or (352) 333-0846.