Outdoor Entertaining Tip of the Month: Enter the My Belgard Backyard Sweepstakes!

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We’ve teamed up with the folks at Time Inc., publishers of Southern Living, Coastal Living, Sunset and This Old House to bring you the My Belgard Backyard Sweepstakes.

From now until November 17, 2013, you can enter for a chance to win a Brighton fireplace from the Belgard Elements Collection valued at $10,000!

For full contest rules and regulations and to enter, visit Belgard.com/fireplace.

Good luck!

Introducing the NEW Belgard Website

We’ve been hard at work improving our website to make it easier to get inspired and find the products you’re looking for.

Among the changes, the first to note is our URL. Previously Belgard.biz, we have officially moved to Belgard.com .

Upon arriving at Belgard.com, visitors will notice that we’ve updated the design to reflect a clean, easy-to-navigate interface and menu bar.8.5.13 - 1

When clicking on the Inspiration tab, visitors are taken to a highly visual page featuring stunning photos of outdoor living spaces. Notice that each photo has a plus sign in the upper, right corner. This is so you can add it to your personal Style File – but more on that later.8.5.13 - 2

The Style Studio tab helps visitors explore design principles and expert advice that will help you create the perfect space that matches your taste. You’ll learn about the basics of good outdoor living design, color, patterns and style.

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The Products tab will help take you from dreaming to reality where you can select the perfect Belgard products for the job. Here, visitors can view pavers, retaining wall blocks, the Elements Collection and finishing touches.

Remember, our site is geo-targeted so make sure you entered the correct zip code to find products available in your area. If you need to change your zip code, you can do this in the upper left corner of any page.8.5.13 - 4

The Contact tab allows you to quickly and easily order a free Idea Book – 100 pages of ideas, photographs and Belgard products. Plus, you can also select the option to be contacted or set up a free estimate or design consultation with just a click.8.5.13 - 5

One of our favorite features of the new website is the Style File. Visitors can collect and organize ideas with a personal Belgard Style File. You can browse our image gallery, save photos for inspiration, explore styles and textures, and collaborate on projects with friends and professionals – all in one place!8.5.13 - 6

Finding a Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer has never been easier. Simply select the Belgard Locator in the upper left corner and a map will populate with resources near you. We even provide a handy key to identify qualifications, products, and other information.8.5.13 - 7

We hope that you find the new Belgard website easy to use and full of inspiration. For our professional partners, make sure you switch from Homeowner View to Professional View in the upper left hand corner for an experience customized for you.

Contractor’s Corner: How to Become a Belgard Authorized Contractor

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.

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We love our contractors and that’s why we want to help them and their business succeed. Our Belgard Authorized Contractor program offers a number of benefits including listing on our online search tool, the Belgard Rewards program, the Belgard Tool Kit including the Preferred Payment Program and other sales tools. We also back any product installed by an Authorized Contractor with our lifetime warranty.

The next question is, how do you become a Belgard Authorized Contractor? We take our BAC qualification very seriously because we only want the best for our homeowners. All contractors looking to become a BAC must complete the following requirements:

– Be recommended by a Belgard Authorized Dealer or Sales Rep based on an acceptable credit standing
– Provide documentation for at least one ICPI certified staff member
– Satisfy three of the following:
           – 15,000 sq. ft. of Belgard pavers installed
           – Installation of two vehicular applications
           – Successfully use polymeric sand on five projects
           – Installation of ten paver projects
– Provide proof of insurance
– Provide proof of home improvement or state license if state required
– Workmanship guaranteed for at least two years
– Belgard inspected project (Minimum installed for 1 year)
– Belgard inspected project under construction (Verify ICPI installation guidelines)
– Understand status will be reviewed every 12 months

In addition to the initial requirements, all BACs must submit to these yearly requirements:

– Install 15,000 SF of Belgard Pavers
– Attend a minimum of 1 continuing education program offered by Belgard
– Place BAC logo on business cards, letterhead, or website
– Submit to a yearly review by a Belgard Representative

Once you’re part of the Belgard family, we’ll help you with the tools for success in making your business grow.

For more information on becoming a Belgard Authorized Contractor, visit http://belgard.biz/docs/bac_requirements.pdf. To find a Belgard Authorized Contractor, visit http://belgard.biz/contractors_search.php.

Contractor’s Corner: Belgard Ultimate Contractor Contest

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.
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Calling all contractors! We’re looking for the best of the best during the Belgard Ultimate Contractor Contest. Enter for a chance to win a $15,000 business improvement package.

How It Works
Visit Belgard.biz/ultimate and share a new sales or marketing approach that will grow your business in 2013. Submit your idea by May 15, 2013.

For complete rules and regulations, visit Belgard.biz/ultimate.

Outdoor Entertaining Tip of the Month: Enter to Win a $9,000 Outdoor Living Makeover!

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– PLEASE NOTE: This contest has closed as of May 27, 2013 –

This month we’re bringing you an extra special outdoor entertaining tip of the month where you can enter to win a $9,000 outdoor living makeover that will make you the host with the most when friends and family visit.

In conjunction with Meredith Corporation, publisher of Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home and Midwest Living, we’re launching an outdoor living style quiz and backyard makeover sweepstakes running March 8, 2013 through May 27, 2013.

The questions at Belgard.biz/StyleQuiz will help you explore your tastes and preferences in outdoor living and entertaining, generating a profile that identifies your outdoor living style. Offering inspiration and education, the quiz matches you with the Belgard pavers that capture looks that are classic, transitional and natural. Upon receiving your outdoor living style type, you will be entered to win a $9,000 backyard makeover.

The randomly selected grand prize winner will receive a personalized landscape plan specifically tailored to the winner‘s outdoor lifestyle, up to $4,000 worth of Belgard pavers and wall product and up to $5,000 towards the cost of installation.

For full contest rules and regulations and to enter, visit Belgard.biz/StyleQuiz.

Contractor’s Corner: Belgard University

Contractors play a pivotal role in helping homeowners bring their outdoor living visions to life. Each month, we’ll offer a Contractor’s Corner post to share tips to help our contractor partners offer even more to homeowners and their landscapes.

Staying ahead of the learning curve is essential to growing your business and Belgard University offers contractors an opportunity to expand their hardscape knowledge with both classroom and hands-on industry training.

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Benefits include:
• Learn about innovative new products
• Earn industry certification
• Network with other industry professionals
• Participate in hands-on demonstrations
• Get insider tips on installation and industry trends
• Learn about business and marketing programs to help you succeed

New this year, a number of Belgard University events will feature Design Workshops hosted by industry leading expert and television personality Haig Seferian. Presentation topics include Design Principles and Elements, Form Composition, “Do’s and Don’ts,” and the “Golden Rules of Landscape Design.” Gain a thorough understanding of the design process and put those skills to work by creating individual designs while working directly with Haig and Belgard reps.

Registration is open for Belgard University events across the country:

Belgard University – Phoenix, AZ
Date: February 19, 2013
Venue: The Waterfront
5350 South Lakeshore Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

Belgard University – Las Vegas, NV
Date: February 21, 2013
Venue: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
8050 Paradise Road, Suite 105
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Belgard University – Southern California
Date: February 26, 2013
Venue: Sierra an Oldcastle Company
10714 Poplar Avenue
Fontana, CA 92337

Belgard University – Northern California
Date: February 28, 2013
Venue: Sierra an Oldcastle Company
4202 Gibraltar CT
Stockton, CA 95206

Belgard University – Overland Park, KS
Date: March 5, 2013
Venue: The Ritz Charles
9000 West 137th Street
Overland Park, KS 66221

Belgard University – Cleveland, OH
Date: March 14, 2013
Venue: Cuyahoga Community College
TBD
Cleveland, OH 44115

Belgard University – Addison, IL
Date: March 21, 2013
Venue: Medinah Banquets
550 N. Shriners Drive
Addison, IL 60101

Belgard University – Chaska, MN
Date: March 26, 2013
Venue: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318

Belgard University – Menomonee Falls, WI
Date: March 28, 2013
Venue: Wacker Nueson
N92 W15000 Anthony Avenue
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Visit BelgardUniversity.com for more information.