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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

new year. new name. new venture.

The new year has brought a new name and new venture to Royal Steele.

new name: Online since December of 2004, the online shopping website was christened with a new name after five years. As 2010 began, royalsteals.com was born. The site is still intended as a shoppers' tool to make shopping online even faster and easier, while helping consumers save money. The concept is simple enough, summed up in the new banners — royalsteals.com: compare. click. save. The site still links consumers to sales from the .coms that they know and trust, including Amazon, Babies R Us, Buy.com, Dick's Sporting Goods, Modell's Sporting Goods, Overstock, the NBA Store, Radio Shack, Staples, Sports Authority, The Baby Outlet, Toys R Us, Walmart, and more.

new venture: While building a great tool for consumers remains the top priority, I have always wanted Royal Steele Ventures to be about more than a shopping website. When the website was launched, part of the "About Us" was the "ultimate goal" of helping to build a rec center geared toward people with disabilities. This was removed when the site was connected to a charity. After dealing with non-profits both as an employee and in relation to the website, I have decided to look for better ways to positively impact people with disabilities. The original goal has now been "reinstated." While funding a rec center is a long-term goal, I will be looking for concrete things to do to support the disability community. In November of 2009, I launched PhillyACCESS, a user-driven source of information and opinions from the disability community of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. If you are involved in the "disability community" in any way, I hope you'll check out PhillyACCESS. I hope it will be a place for the people truly affected by disabilities to share information, thoughts, etc., so please jump in if you're inclined to do so!

Please note: The 2009 donation will still go directly to PowerPlay, and I am happy to be continuing a positive relationship with PowerPlay through PhillyACCESS.

Thank you, and don't forget royalsteals.com: compare. click. save.

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