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Does Being a Certified Small Business Really Help You Grow?

Group presentation setting on the benefits of small business certification.Having operated my own business for one year already, I’ve learned that being a start-up has many, many challenges. However, one thing we have in our favor right now is that we qualified to be certified as a DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise), EBE (Emerging Business Enterprise), SBE (Small Business Enterprise) and M/WBE (Minority/Women Business Enterprise).

Karen Keyes
Oct 18, 2018
Former Preschool Teacher Now Masters the Trowel

Carved concrete by Cindee LundinYears ago, Cindee Lundin took a leave of absence from her job as a preschool teacher and enrolled at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to work on her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She already had two associate degrees — one in art and the other in child development. It was there that her passion to pursue art full time began.

Vanessa Salvia and Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
Discover the Power of Concrete at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

Keefe Duhon applies wood stamp to wall.Located in the Silver Lot, in front of the South Hall, the third annual Decorative Concrete LIVE! will showcase the power of concrete through innovative construction applications Jan. 22-25 at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas.

Oct 18, 2018
Cast-in-place Concrete Countertop that Looks Like Precast

White concrete countertop that looks like precast.With a specific look in mind, the client approached us to create a singular look out of concrete for his kitchen island and tops, powder room sink, master bath vanities, floor and shower base, as well as vanities in the second bath, laundry and lower level wine bar.

Oct 19, 2010
The Importance of Managing Expectations in Polished Concrete

An ipad and a piece of paper tracking business progress.Possibly one of the most-discussed topics in the concrete polishing industry today is managing the customer’s expectations. Many an instance has occurred in which the floor has been ground, honed and polished within a hair’s thickness of perfection in the contractor’s eyes, only for him to be informed at collection time that it isn’t what the customer had in mind.

Josh Vander Veen
Jul 19, 2010
Experience and Expertise Prove to be the Winning Combination for Puerto Rican Skatepark

Construction of skatepark in Puerto Rico using rebar and concreteThe working conditions weren’t those of a stateside project, but the objective was the same: Build a skate park that had the smooth curves and flawless finishes of any topnotch park in the U.S. Learn how this contractor skated to perfection.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2010
Decorative Concrete: Is it art? Or is it concrete work?

Concrete art circles in blues, browns and oranges gives life to an otherwise simple room.Concrete is being used as a final interior flooring surface in direct competition with wood, tile, marble, and slate. Concrete surfaces can be stained, scored, sandblasted, overlayed and stamped — or a combination of the above.

Jim Peterson
Oct 11, 2001
Brandon Gore Asked to Judge Furniture Competition Show on Spike TV

Concrete artisan Brandon Gore pouring concrete into formsConcrete artisan Brandon Gore of Gore Design Co., Hard Goods and Concrete Design School was tapped to be a judge on a new competition reality show on Spike TV. Framework is the first competition show based around the challenge of furniture design and construction.

Jan 6, 2015
Concrete Overlay with Hand Painted Flora at SAY Sí's Front Entrance

Concrete overlay in sea blue by Butterfield Color guides visitors to the entrance of an after school program in San Antonio, Texas.In order to complete the nearly 2,000 square feet of surface area in just one week, workers from Butterfield and Miracote teamed up with local contractors to take on the massive overhaul.

Emily Dixon
Feb 19, 2012
One of the Fastest Growing Segments in Overlays: Vertical Overlayments

Circular designed has been placed on a wall that has been overlayed with a faux painted treatment in redVertical overlay finishes are being installed everywhere. They are the fastest growing segment of the overlay market, and that segment is growing faster than any other type of decorative overlayment.

Brad Berg
Sep 5, 2007
ASCE Concrete Canoe Race

College students built and raced a concrete canoe as part of an annual event between different civil engineering students.Twenty-two student teams from colleges and universities across North America recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 17th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and largely sponsored by Degussa Admixtures Inc./Master Builders.

Aug 11, 2004
Hollywood Plasterer Uses Concrete Overlays to Make Movie Sets

Concrete uses are endless this ship is made from concrete overlays but looks like the real thing on the movie set in Hollywood.

Remember the ship from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"? Or the John Harvard statue that students gathered around during the hazing scene in "The Social Network"? What about the boat dock from the Hollywood version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"?

Natasha Chilingerian
Jul 9, 2012
Goodstuff Products Multi Surface Urethane

Multi Surface Urethane #275, from The Goodstuff Products, is a water-based, low-odor, low-VOC, clear urethane finish.Multi Surface Urethane #275, from The Goodstuff Products, is a water-based, low-odor, low-VOC, clear urethane finish. Easy to apply and fast-drying, this high-quality finish works well on concrete countertops, floors, ceramic tile, vertical surfaces and other interior and exterior surfaces, including wood and some natural stone.

Jun 29, 2004
Expoxy Floors in BoHouse Café Match the Artsy Vibe of the Restauarant

Located along "The Walk" of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence, the BoHouse Café gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line.The BoHouse Café in Dubai gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line. On the café's ground floor, swirling rainbow stripes, sparkling clouds and colorful disks and hearts pop against a radiant white background.

Natasha Chilingerian
May 9, 2011
ACI Decorative Concrete Award Goes to Ryerson Student Learning Centre

ACI Decorative Concrete Award Goes to Ryerson Student Learning CentreThe international architectural and design community recognizes the Ryerson Student Learning Centre as one of the leading educational structures constructed in the last five years. Located at the busy northeast corner of Yonge and Gould streets in a trendy part of downtown Toronto.

Rick Yelton
Feb 9, 2018
Forming and Stamping a Concrete Balcony

Formed Concrete Balconies A construction deadline: The owner wanted balconies to be ready to entertain VIP guests for the 2012 BMW Championship golf tournament at Crooked Stick.

Gail Elber
Aug 16, 2014
Using Fabric in Concrete Formwork

Green, clean, relatively inexpensive and incredibly practical, fabric formwork can be used with concrete to produce structurally efficient and architecturally compelling components in all shapes and sizes, ranging from footings, columns and beams to walls, sinks, furniture and an array of accessories.Pouring concrete into fabric instead of the usual rigid formwork represents, for some, the shape of things to come.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 7, 2010
Recipe: Rustic Chic Stamped Concrete

A bluestone-stamped field trimmed with richly stained faux beams, this technique is perfectly suited for any room with an upscale rustic theme.A bluestone-stamped field trimmed with richly stained faux beams, this technique is perfectly suited for any room with an upscale rustic theme.

Kelly O'Brien
Nov 9, 2011