NEW ENTERPRISE, Pennsylvania — At 19, Allie Snider of New Enterprise says owning a business and farming is both rewarding and hard work.
“I grew up helping my aunt Bernita on the Snider Guernsey farm,” said the energetic young woman. “When I was younger, I used to help milking all the time.”
Snider has 10 Guernseys to her name which she shows at the Bedford County Fair. One of his cows won the title of Grand Champion Guernsey Cow at the All-American Dairy Show in September.
The award-winning Snider Farm is well known around Guernsey tours. Snider believes that “no one knows more about agriculture” than his aunt Bernita and his cousin, Aaron Gable. “I learned so much from them,” she said. “But above all, I learned to work and, if you want to be successful, you have to work for it.”
Snider graduated from Northern Bedford County High School in 2020.
“It was a terrible year for most kids to be a senior,” she said, as it was only months before graduation that the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown kicked in. is produced. “But for me, it was a bit of luck. As soon as I was old enough, I (got) a job at the Subway in Martinsburg. When 2020 came, I couldn’t go to school and the subway from Walmart to East Freedom needed help. I soon realized I could do both. I could study at home and work pretty much full time.
When a Bedford Subway manager suddenly had to leave, Snider was called in to take over the national fast food sandwich shop. She soon learned that the Subway business was for sale.
In addition to her duties on the farm and her work in the subway, she had taken university courses.
“Credits are expensive,” she said. “I was two years old, but the money from the job was tempting. What was even more tempting was learning that the business was for sale.
Located in a small complex next to a rural electricity company, a computer store and a construction company, the Subway location had an integrated customer commerce.
“I knew it was going to mean long hours, but I was used to it,” Snider said.
His biggest obstacle was finding the money. “I’m not old enough to have credit,” she said. “I had the business documents to show that there was good cash flow. The business was viable, but none of the banks would even talk to me.
A former Subway owner heard about his efforts and offered to provide the financing. “I pay her back,” Snider said, “and she knows I won’t let her down.”
Snider feels she was very lucky to find good help. She has two young women she can always count on to take over Subway when she’s not around. Bedford Metro has a total of 11 employees.
“The hours are long,” Snider said, “but so are the farm hours. I was used to that.”
The Bedford Subway is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sometimes Snider is there all the time.
When she takes time off, it’s to show her cattle at Snider’s farm.
“I love doing this and winning the Open Guernsey Show at the All American was a big thrill,” Snider said.
Like many young women, Snider has a boyfriend, a farmer from Williamsburg. She admits their dating is a bit unusual.
“Sometimes we see each other when he stops by the store to fix a door or do some other repair for me. Or recently he had to plant a field and I had time, so I drove up and took my laptop. While it crashed, I did some paperwork on my laptop.
She said he understands that running a business takes a lot of hours because running a farm is also running a business.
So far, Subway business has been buoyant. But Snider has experienced some of today’s supply chain issues.
“For a while I couldn’t get salad bowls, but that straightened out and then it was certain types of crisps or biscuits. I was warned that protein might also slow down.
Like farming, things don’t always go well. Mondays are his busiest days as most other restaurants around Bedford are closed, so Subway is overwhelmed. Snider also pays tribute to local media, which found his human interest business venture.
Snider’s parents are Brandon and Colleen Snider. Brandon grew up milking cows and helping on the Snider farm and is now an employee of New Enterprise Stone & Lime. His mother works for Acquired Documents in Bedford.
Snider has three younger brothers, who milk and show the cows.
Snider’s only wish as a new business owner is to find a few more hours each day.