The Power of Sweet is what drove an entrepreneurial family to build a classic American enterprise - a Candy Store. But this isn't just any old candy store, but the #1 online candy warehouse in the country.
For anyone who wonders what possible future there might be for an entire family to invest their time, money and energy into a candy store - you really need to take a look at the stats. Candy is a $34 Billion industry in the US - and only 1/4 of it is seasonal like Easter, Christmas and Valentine's Day.
Chocolate is still the driver in candy sales but chewy candies - like gummy bears - are gaining ground on its arch rival. Overall, candy sales were up over 3% last year and premium chocolate sales are soaring leaving their traditional chocolate bar friends in the dust.
It takes an innovator to see the future and Ken Shenkman has certainly proven his cred in that regard. This tech-savvy guy used his bubbling enthusiasm to convince everyone in the family that the future was online. The company website describes Ken as "committed and flamboyant - and the BulkCandyStore business wouldn't be what it is today without him.
FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE
Oldest of the Shenkman brothers, Ken Shenkman is the co-owner and creator of BulkCandyStore’s website. Ken embodies the BulkCandyStore persona with his enthusiastic and corky view on life! Tech-savy and innovative, Ken brought his experience and talents to his brother’s business in 1997 making it a family affair. In 2001 BulkCandyStore.com was born and today Ken is the “go-to guy” for all things technical
Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.