World Balloon Convention - WBC 2018

What happens when you combine balloon professionals from all around the world?
You get the World Balloon Convention aka WBC!
This Mega event is hosted every two 2 years and rotates all over the United States.

On my way to San Diego

On my way to San Diego

It’s not all fun - Spent hours inflating and heat sealing tons of balloons for the gala!

It’s not all fun - Spent hours inflating and heat sealing tons of balloons for the gala!

The best and the brightest in the balloon industry will head to San Diego for 5th WBC.

Co-teaching with the super talented Dante Longhi

Co-teaching with the super talented Dante Longhi

Showing how to have fun with social media class!

Showing how to have fun with social media class!

 

Top balloon artist from all around globe will be there.

We will share ideas, learn business and new techniques as well as compete in a variety of categories, from delivery bouquets and centerpieces to giant sculptures. I can say competing was one of the most scary and personal challenges I have ever done.

There will be thirty-six (36) instructors in attendance from all over, these are the who's who of balloon world, and I am honored to part of that elite group of individuals.

Past Conventions have been: Dallas, TX 2010 and 2012, Denver, CO 2014, New Orleans, LA 2016, San Diego, CA 2018.

Who knows maybe the next convention will be in your area?

What's been going on at Charleston Balloon . . .

Wow - can't believe it has been over 6 months since I wrote a blog post. This is one of my New Year's Resolutions to write 2-4 post per month.  So what has been happening here...where do I begin? 

I think one of the most exciting business happenings is we opened our New Retail Balloon Shop! This was two years in the making and we are so thrilled the way it turned out. If you haven't stopped by yet come see us at 1646 Ashley Hall Road (West Ashley). 

 

 

1646 Ashley Hall Road
Charleston, SC 29407

843.856.9121

Hours
Weekdays
9am to 6pm
Saturday
9am to 3pm

 
Joe and Dawn from Pioneer Balloon helping us setup shop. You Guys ROCK!

Joe and Dawn from Pioneer Balloon helping us setup shop. You Guys ROCK!

If you love balloons on Pinterest then you will fall in love with our shop! We carry everything and anything to do with balloons. Confetti, Glitter, Tassels and even those Jumbo Number and Letter balloons. 
Need something special we don't carry? No problem we will special order for you at no additional charge. But we do not think that will be a problem as we are the LARGEST QBB (Qualatex Balloon Boutique) Shop in North America and one the largest in the WORLD...Pretty Cool, huh?
 

Mayor Tecklenburg, Councilman Moody and Members of The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce joined us for our Ribbon Cutting Celebration.

Mayor Tecklenburg, Councilman Moody and Members of The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce joined us for our Ribbon Cutting Celebration.

You can see some really cool balloon designs being made in our workshop area. We have a special viewing window installed so you and the kiddos can see some of the larger designs being constructed in the back - you can see anything from balloon arches and balloon columns to massive quantities of helium balloons or larger balloon sculptures. 

Peek into our Retail Balloon Shop - Can you find the Elf looking thru the workshop window?

Peek into our Retail Balloon Shop - Can you find the Elf looking thru the workshop window?

Presenting to other balloon professionals

Presenting to other balloon professionals

So what else has been going on? Besides working with amazing event planners and private clients this year. I have been traveling a lot working and teaching other event and balloon professionals about the wonderful world of balloons along with Marketing and Business related presentations. So where have I been . . . Los Angeles (twice), New Orleans, Atlanta, Kansas, Ohio, Wichita, St Louis (twice), Washington, Charlotte...Wow, I am tired just typing that... LOL! 

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Want to thank everyone for a fabulous year and looking forward to what 2018 will bring!!
I have some exciting things planned so stay tuned!
Come see us or visit our website www.CharlestonBalloonCompany.com

Imagine a World with NO Balloons :(

The Balloon Council - Please Save Our Balloons

The Balloon Council - Please Save Our Balloons

Imagine it's your child's birthday and  all they want is a princess or superhero balloon, but it is illegal to purchase. That is exactly the action, if passed, will happen in California.
California is trying to ban the sale of foil (mylar) balloons, which means no one will be able to buy these type of balloons in the state of California. No more impulse buy at the grocery stores or birthday balloons from Party City. Just imagine the financial impact it will have on small businesses like decorators and florist, no more surprise or get well deliveries. How sad is that!

Unfortunately the Public Safety Committee in Sacramento, voted 2 to 5 and passed it, next on to The Assembly Appropriations Committee to be heard and voted next week (May 4, 2016) to ban the sale of all foil (mylar) balloons in California. Well you might be thinking no big deal that is California, but it could have serious ramifications on the sale of foil balloons all across the United States. On top of the ban a fine of $250 could result for a first offense and a second offense is punishable as a misdemeanor. Wow, a crime to purchase a balloon and make someone happy.  Charleston Balloon Company, always has and always will adhere to the California Balloon Laws and Smart Balloon Practices and are a Responsible Retailer, but unfortunately not everyone does. We have signed the petition and will hope for the best. In the meantime if you need a smile, buy a balloon!

California AB 2709 is set to destroy thousands of small businesses by banning foil balloons in California.

Let's keep our kids smiling, welcome new babies home and be able to say I love you or get well with balloons . . . . Save The Balloon!

Want to learn more or sign the petition?  Go to The Balloon Council

#savetheballoon