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Holiday Market launched

Initiative supports entrepreneurs, small businesses

Startup Alleghenies is launching its first online Holiday Market in support of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Alleghenies.

The directory, which will be available on the SUA website from Friday to Dec. 31, includes entrepreneurs and small businesses from six counties, including Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Huntingdon, Fulton and Somerset.

“We wanted to make it easy to find inspiration and unique gift ideas for friends and family while still supporting entrepreneurs who have chosen the Alleghenies as the place to start their businesses,” Debbi Prosser, director of business development at Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, said in a statement.

Santa’s Helpers can use the directory to find the perfect gifts for everyone on their shopping list and support local businesses by following the links to the businesses in the Holiday Market.

Offerings include items from skin care to clothing, leather boots, honey, candles, apparel, beauty products, craft beers and local wines, sporting goods and home goods. In addition, many small businesses participating in the Holiday Market are offering special promotions and coupons on their websites.

Since the movement started three years ago, Startup Alleghenies has reported the creation of 216 new businesses in the Alleghenies, that created 427 new jobs and leveraged $6.5 million in private investment from April 2017 to Sept. 30, 2020.

Prosser credits the flexibility and commitment of the Startup Alleghenies entrepreneur coaches and the ecosystem’s network of partners with the group’s ongoing success despite the pandemic.

To learn more about the Holiday Market go to http://startupalleghenies.com/holiday/.

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