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  • burton + BURTON’s Ballooniversity coming in August

    Jul 26, 2017

    Hop aboard for an adventure you’ll never forget! burton + BURTON® presents Sunset Safari Ballooniversity 2017! Join friends old and new at one of the country’s longest-running balloon conventions/seminars. Located amongst the rolling hills of Athens, Georgia, where Southern Hospitality meets an energizing music and arts… Full Story »
  • Helium Extraction Act introduced to U.S. House of Representatives

    Jul 26, 2017

    The proposed Helium Extraction Act of 2017 took a step last week as it was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives, reported the Allentown Morning Call. The act, which was introduced by California Rep. Paul Cook (R), would add two dozen words to the nearly… Full Story »
  • Readers react to proposed balloon ban efforts in California, Massachusetts

    Jul 25, 2017

    Last year, a bill was introduced in the California state assembly that would have banned the sale or distribution of helium-filled balloons due to the reported high number of power outages caused by foil balloons. The bill never reached the assembly floor for a full… Full Story »
  • Halloween & Party Expo managing company acquired by Blackstone

    Jul 24, 2017

    Clarion Events, the UK-based parent company of Urban Expositions, has been acquired by private equity firm Blackstone.  The sale is reportedly for 600 million UK pounds, which is equivalent to approximately $780 million dollars. The news comes just weeks after Blackstone brought International Market Centers, which has show… Full Story »
  • At long last, Wally’s Party Factory opens store in Killeen

    Jul 24, 2017

    A Wally’s Party Factory in Killeen, Texas, has been in the making for a long time, but it’s finally come to fruition. Wally’s — the largest privately owned party supply chain in the country — opened a location in the fast-growing city on May 12, reported the… Full Story »
  • Sales tax holiday season coming up; is your state offering?

    Jul 24, 2017

    Sixteen of the 45 U.S. states that collect sales tax will offer a tax holidays this year, with many of them coming up the first weekend of August. The sales tax holidays are designed to help consumers with back-to-school purchases, with many limited to things… Full Story »
  • Federal Helium Reserve auctions off $60 million worth of helium

    Jul 24, 2017

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted its fourth annual auction of Federal crude helium at the Amarillo Field Office, under the terms of the Helium Stewardship Act (Act) of 2013. The BLM offered a total of 500 million cubic feet (MMcf) from the Federal Helium… Full Story »
  • Party City stakes claim in online invitation and greeting card business

    Jul 20, 2017

    Party City has claimed a stake in the online invitation and greeting card business. The party supply giant has invested $4 million as part of a partnership with Punchbowl, an online invitation, greeting card and party planning company. Here is the press release: Punchbowl®, the… Full Story »
  • Fun World acquires InCharacter Costumes

    Jul 19, 2017

    Fun World, a division of Easter Unlimited, Inc. has announced the acquisition, of certain assets, of InCharacter Costumes based in San Diego, California. Fun World has been a dominant force in Halloween for over 50 years, and has been a worldwide leader in generic costumes since… Full Story »
  • Pence: ‘Congress needs to step up’ to help retailers

    Jul 19, 2017

    Vice President Mike Pence praised the retail industry’s contributions to the economy as he spoke before merchants from across the nation at NRF’s annual Retail Advocates Summit, and pledged to help pass pro-growth initiatives on issues from Obamacare repeal to tax reform. “I want to assure… Full Story »

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