• Social media and its influence on the balloon trend

    Nov 7, 2018

    “Doin’ it for the ‘gram.” This sentiment is echoed in so many Instagram users, and the notion of posting things on social media includes Facebook and Twitter as well.  Balloons are so much more than a last-minute get-well-soon gift or the marker attached to a… Full Story »
  • IMC announces new leadership team for combined markets

    Nov 6, 2018

    Following its recently concluded merger with AmericasMart, International Market Centers has announced a new executive leadership team with over 150 years of collective experience in the gift, home furnishings, and apparel industries: Greg Avitabile, EVP, Operations; Dorothy Belshaw, EVP, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer; Scott… Full Story »
  • Balloons on the (campaign) trail

    Nov 6, 2018

    As Republicans, Democrats, Green Party and other Independents face off during the final days of the election campaign, there is one thing most parties will have in common when the results come in: balloons. For over fifty years, balloons — particularly those in red, white and blue… Full Story »
  • Halloween & Costume Association starts Halloween petition

    Nov 5, 2018

    In an effort to move the spooky and fetive holiday to Saturdays, the Halloween & Costume Association is sending around Saturday Halloween Movement petition for citizens to sign. With more than 56,000 signatures to date, the goal is to reach 70,000. It's time for a… Full Story »
  • Emerald Expositions Events announces change in leadership along with third-quarter earnings

    Nov 2, 2018

    Emerald Expositions Events, producer of NY NOW and ASD, announced that David Loechner has resigned his position as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective on November 8, 2018. On the same day as the announcement of Loechner’s resignation, Emerald released… Full Story »
  • SBA to honor veteran business owners in November

    Oct 30, 2018

    The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 5-9. “National Veterans Small Business Week is another opportunity for us not only to highlight the success of… Full Story »
  • Big business of Halloween featured by Washington Post

    Oct 30, 2018

    The big business of Halloween does not go unnoticed by mainstream news outlets, such as the Washington Post. The Post’s Taylor Telford notes how seemingly every vacant storefront turns into a Halloween pop-up store come fall — Spirit Halloween has roughly 1,300 locations alone this year.… Full Story »
  • Average American will spend more than $1,000 on holiday shopping

    Oct 29, 2018

    Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,007.24 during the holiday season this year, up 4.1 percent from the $967.13 they said they would spend last year, according to the annual survey released in late October by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights… Full Story »
  • Petition to move Halloween to final Saturday of October gaining steam

    Oct 29, 2018

    An online petition to permanently move Halloween from Oct. 31 to the final Saturday of October is gaining steam. The petition, on the platform, currently has more than 27,000 signatures, most of which have been made within the past few days. The initiative was… Full Story »
  • New survey finds average American will spend $185 on Halloween, led by candy

    Oct 25, 2018

    LendEDU conducted a survey on how much Americans will spend on Halloween this year, and it’s not chump change. According to the recent survey, LendEDU’s findings concluded the average American is going to spend $185.50 on Halloween, up about 9 percent from a similar survey… Full Story »

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