About Us

The Shop Local Network was founded as Support LaPorte in 2014. Our goal was to raise awareness of locally owned and operated businesses in LaPorte, IN.​ Since then, the company has expanded to multiple cities representing well over 100 Shop Local Mission Partners.

Our Mission

We believe that together, we can make a difference in our community. Our mission is to raise awareness of locally owned and operated businesses. As more people make an effort to shop local, together we are able to create more jobs, better communities, and have a significant financial impact on our local economy.

Our Team

Nick Bello
Founder and CEO

Nick founded the company in 2014 with over 20 years of marketing and promotions experience. He decided to use his talents to support and grow local businesses.

Michael Hand
Chief Operations Officer

Michael comes to The Shop Local Network with decades of operational experience. He has a long history of growing businesses which has made a huge impact in growing local business.

Eric Oscarson
Chief Technology Officer

Eric’s vast knowledge of computers and technology allows The Shop Local Network to stay on the cutting edge. He is always looking for what is next to help grow small businesses.

Chip LaRock
Local Support Specialist

Chip comes to The Shop Local Network with an extensive background in sales and service. He is here to help your business succeed and will personally tailor a plan for you.

Andrew Plank
Web Developer

Andy works hard to make sure that your business is being presented in a professional manner. On our site, or developing your own website, he will get the job done.

Riley Bello
Social Media Associate

Riley makes your business come to life through our social media channels. She is always striving to put your business in front of people and get them talking about it.

Autumn Easley
Social Media Associate

While still studying for her degree in architecture, Autumn spends her time designing social media posts to make your company stand out.