Blair Candy in Altoona, Pennsylvania: A 75-year Family Business

Date: October 24, 2014

Blair Candy in Altoona, Pennsylvania has been busy this Halloween! Find out how this family company succeeded for 75 years despite the ups and downs of the marketplace. 

Below is a news release sent by NFIB about small businesses keeping busy around Halloween!

Haunting Halloween Costumes and Sweet Sugary Treats Brought to You by Local Pennsylvania Small Businesses

(HARRISBURG) Oct. 28, 2014 – The National Federation of Small Business (NFIB), which represents 15,000 small businesses in Pennsylvania, explains its small companies that are often behind the sweet and scary purchases you make this Halloween.

“At Make-Believin’ in York, owner Debbi Reck has hired 15 workers to help man her busy costume shop during Halloween,” said Kevin Shivers, executive state director of NFIB. “Debbie, who learned to sew as a child, owns one of the few costume shops that carries individually designed and constructed costumes.

“At Blair Candy in Altoona, the warehouse outlet store has been crazed all week selling Cyclops eyeball candy and gummy bugs. The 75 year family business supplies groceries and convenience stores and employs about 45 workers.”

“And don’t forget there are dozens of pick-your-own farms supplying pumpkins, haunted farms and other small businesses making Halloween a fun and scary holiday!” Shivers continued.

He noted that small businesses account for 98% of all Pennsylvania businesses and they employ almost half of the private sector workforce, adding “Small businesses make a community vibrant, they usually hire local people and they contribute to the state’s economy year-round.” Click here for SBA facts.

When Halloween has come and gone, Debbie at Make Believin’ said she will be making and selling theatre costumes and donating her make-up skills to local churches that put on plays. Blair Candy said it will be delivering sweets and donating shirts for sports teams and band members at the local high school.

Small businesses will be adding a personal touch to Halloween this year and they will also be behind the more unusual holiday decorations and gifts you will see in the next few months.

Editor’s Note: To reach out to local small businesses in Pennsylvania on Halloween, or to report on Small Business Saturday on November 29, call the National Federation of Independent Business in Harrisburg at 717-232-8582 x 1

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