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Belmont Alumnus Finds Success in Internet-Based Candy Store

Belmont entrepreneurship alumnus Jonathan Murrell and his brother, James Murrell, have found  success with their company CandyGalaxy.com, an Internet-based candy store. Nearly doubling in sales since 2012, the online candy wholesaler grossed $1.7 million in revenue last year. The brothers’ goal is to make over $2 million in 2014.

The company started while Jonathan was at Belmont through MyDormFood.com, which sells care packages to college students. Jonathan said they wanted to use college as a time to get a business started.

“Dr. Cornwall and the Belmont entrepreneurship department were crucial to the launch of CandyGalaxy.  The money from the annual entrepreneurship contest provided the first funding for CandyGalaxy, and Dr. Cornwall provided invaluable guidance that helped us navigate through some very tricky situations in our first year of operations,” Murrell said.

The candy company has exploded onto the party planning scene and fills orders for weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, luncheon giveaways and more. The duo is even providing a candy buffet for a televised baby shower event for military moms hosted by Heidi Klum. The brothers attribute their success to maintaining a small manufacturing and distribution team and keeping their employee count low.

 

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