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Concrete Pool Embedded with LED Lights

swimming pool with LED lights in the copingThe pool, then, needed a finish worthy of the rest of the home. Luckily, her contractor-husband, Jeff Barger, handed their concrete contractor, William David Reynolds, a copy of Concrete Decor magazine that featured a patio embedded with fiber optics, providing the elegant touch the pool needed.

When and How to Expand Your Concrete Contracting Business

Looking at a bridge from the under side imagining how to grow your concrete contracting business.Concrete contracting companies, no matter the size or specialty, have to deal with many of the same challenges. It’s important to address some of these before trying to expand your business, so you're sure the foundation you're about to build on is solid.

How To Navigate the Craziness of Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting questionsInformation has become the currency of the 21st century. Just look at how fast and easy obtaining information has become. Most of us can access the world from a hand-held phone or PDA. In contrast, it seems like providing basic information when you're the one asking the question can be like pulling teeth.

Concrete Contractors' Show-Stopping Showrooms

Decorative Concrete Professionals Need ShowroomsIn today’s digital age, many contractors are increasingly using the Internet, social media and iPads to highlight their portfolios and suggest options to potential clients.

The Concrete Decor Show's Legacy of Giving Back at The Julian Center

concrete sidewalk that looks like racetrack at a daycare center in IndianaSince the first Concrete Decor Show in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2010, the goal has been to provide world-class training opportunities for decorative concrete professionals while also leaving behind something tangible for the hosting community.

Decorative Concrete Makes Its Television Debut

Concrete wall with a square like tv in it.Taking concrete to another level with the introduction of a new television show called "Concrete Nation" that will begin airing on Fox television stations in October. The goal of "Concrete Nation" is to document the building of a house made mostly of concrete. The intent is to show the world the beauty of concrete when put into the hands of artists.

Decorative Contractors and LEED Standards: Why You Should Take Notice

Green building website screenshotGreen building has been making a lot of headlines lately — it seems as if you can’t turn on the TV, read a magazine or attend a conference without hearing about it. You have probably heard the buzz about LEED and wondered how this building rating system applies to you. Green building is the next step for the decorative contractor industry, and LEED will help you and your business take that step

Q&A with Todd Scharich, ASCC's New Decorative Concrete Specialist

World questions and answers, paper, pencil and eraser. Todd Scharich was recently appointed decorative concrete specialist for the American Society of Concrete Contractors and its Decorative Concrete Council. The ASCC already had a concrete hotline, but with Scharich aboard since October 2012, it now has a dedicated Decorative Concrete Hotline available to members on a 24/7 basis.

Grow Your Business by Working Smarter, Not Harder

Do I keep a database of previously completed projects complete with pictures?Success can’t and shouldn’t be measured by comparing your business against your peers’. Comparison is a dirty word and an even worse habit which can lead you down a rabbit hole of self-doubt, worry and personal as well as professional destruction. After all, we all have different motives and goals as why we do what we do.

Super-Krete's President Honored by Forbes as Concrete Entrepreneur

Super-Krete Tracey LackovichOn Oct. 30, Forbes published an excellent profile of Tracey Lackovich, President of Super-Krete International Inc. When Lackovich was building her company, she was also an NFL cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers.

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Grows by Three

Concrete Decor Decorative Concrete Hall of FameThree more men joined the ranks of the prestigious Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame established in 2010 by Professional Trade Publications, parent company of Concrete Decormagazine. Chris Sullivan and Michael Murray will be inducted and presented plaques.

Growing Your Decorative Concrete Business by Offering Less

a concrete contractor sprays a driveway with concrete stain using a sprayerDecorative concrete has become the fastest growing segment of the concrete industry. But in part because of this, the decorative market rarely allows individual contractors to effectively master and install each type of decorative concrete.

Build Your Business on a Foundation of Innovation

Two people shaking hands at the Concrete Decor Show.For your decorative concrete business to grow, it must be built on a foundation of innovation. If you don’t do so, you will find it increasingly difficult to create lasting value for your business and your customers.

The CSDA's New Concrete Texture Standard and What it Means for Polished Concrete

ST115 is a new standard for the concrete polishing industry that was adopted in fall 2013 by the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA).ST115 is a new standard for the concrete polishing industry that was adopted in fall 2013 by the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA). The standard explains in detail how to measure the texture of a concrete surface by using a texture meter.

Managing Slack is a Business Fundamental

Slacking man on concrete stenciling jobThere is a big hairy monster lurking around your business. He’s not easy to detect and he has a real nasty habit of stealing from you. The monster I speak of is called “slack.”

Decorative Surface Solutions Group is First Buying Group for Flooring Industry

grey concrete floor in corridorSuppose your little decorative concrete flooring business suddenly could make deals as if it were a coast-to-coast firm?

How to Go Green in Decorative Concrete

Workers apply Prosoco's Consolideck surface hardener.Decorative concrete often appeals to designers and building owners who want to minimize their impact on the environment, because polished, stamped or textured surfaces eliminate the need for coverings that perpetually need replacement.

Diversify with Direction When Expanding Your Business

A nice patio set on a stamped concrete patio that has been stained a tan color.There are a lot of questions that don’t always have easy answers. Fortunately, plenty of people have headed out in different directions within the concrete industry and found the journey has taken them to a pretty good place.

Whiteboard Videos Draw Attention to Your Message

White Board Video infographic, marketing & business development for the concrete contractor.If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?

Cement Makers Test Cleaner Concrete for Carbon Capture

Clean cementCement production contributes an estimated 6 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and some scientists are trying to chip away at that pollution problem. Two start-ups, one in Canada and another in Arizona, are among the newer entries in the effort to produce cleaner cement and concrete.

You Owe It to Yourself to Make Time for Training

training course at the Solomon decorative concrete fairGrowth, increased profits, value and quality are a few words I hear thrown around in the decorative concrete industry these days. It seems, and rightly so, many want to grow their business and increase their value and sustainability in the marketplace by providing quality work.

Does Marketing Green Concrete Work?

Contractor planting trees to call attention to their green practices.All across the country leading decorative concrete contractors are going green — no matter what colors their clients request. Some contractors are emphasizing green marketing messages in their advertising, brochures, Web sites and sales presentations. This article examines two leading contractors to answer the question: Does green marketing give you a competitive advantage that wins business?

Solid Branding: Tips on Websites, Logos and Business Cards

Solid Branding: Tips on Websites, Logos and Business CardsDecorative concrete requires an artisan’s touch. You do beautiful work and the results speak for themselves. But like your work, your company image and brand identity should speak to that same level of quality. The modern consumer trusts brands that look professional and have a clean look.

How can we help the concrete industry thrive?

How can we help the concrete industry thrive?Years ago, there was a Kevin Costner movie, “Field of Dreams,” which has now become a classic. While this movie was full of overarching plots and subplots, the main takeaway was: “If you build it, they will come.”

Adjusting Your Business and Mindset to the New Normal

Adjusting to the new normal of businessAdjusting the way you do business from this day forward is as important as accepting the fact that the "new normal" is very real. It has nothing to do with giving up. I have been lucky enough to be a decorative contractor for many years, and the new normal as I see it is as follows.

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