Halloween: Powered by Small Business
As you dutifully dole out Halloween treats today and enjoy your neighborhood costumes, peruse some of these statistics culled from 2004 U.S. Census Bureau data.
* Ninety-four percent of the 135 businesses in the nation that made chocolate and confections from cacao beans had fewer than 500 employees. Seventy-six percent of the total, or 103 firms, had fewer than 20 workers.
* About 1,038 entities were in the business of making confections from purchased chocolate and 78 percent of them, or 807, had fewer than 20 employees.
* There were 479 makers of non-chocolate candies across the nation and 95 percent of them, or 457, boasted fewer than 500 employees while 351 had fewer than 20 staffers.
* There were 2,090 confectionery and nut stores, of which 2,074 or 99 percent had less than 500 employees. Eighty-five percent of the total had fewer than 20 workers.
* The United States has 1,155 costume and formal wear rental shops in 2004, of which 1,151, or almost 100 percent, had fewer than 500 employees. Eighty-nine percent of the total, or 1,025 small businesses, had fewer than 20 workers.
Data courtesy of Raymond Keating, chief economist at the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council.
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