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Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) FAQs


Qualatex Balloon Network FAQs
Qualatex Balloon NETWORKLearn how to :
• Work faster and smarter
• Add value to your balloon offering
• And price your work for profits

Then tap into the amazing QBN Marketing Resources to help you sell what you learn in the comprehensive Qualatex Balloon Network program.

Check out these frequently asked questions:
What is the QBN about? How do I know if the QBN is right for my business?
How do I become a member of the QBN? How many QBN Kits are there and what will I learn in each of them? What are the benefits of QBN Membership? What are the requirements for joining the QBN? What marketing benefits are available to QBN Members? How do I access the marketing benefits? What is a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA)? Why is there an additional fee for paper tests? What if I have an original QBN Kit? How are the new, updated kits different from the original kits?

What is the QBN about?
The Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) unites and supports businesses that offer value-added balloon designs featuring Qualatex products.

QBN Business Members are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in balloon decor and bouquets.

They’re committed to sound and honorable business practices, continuing education, and the belief that balloons create atmosphere and communicate emotion in a uniquely effective way.

They believe that the high quality of the products they sell and the professionalism in the services they offer, provide superior value to their customers and form the foundation for the future success of businesses featuring value-added balloon designs.

How do I know if the QBN is right for my business?
If you’re selling inflated balloons or interested in selling inflated balloons, the QBN can help you sell more and make more money. Start by purchasing the QBN Balloon Basics Kit.

How do I become a member of the QBN?
Purchase the QBN Balloon Basics Kit, register your Kit online, review the materials, then take your online test to demonstrate your knowledge of the material. Once you pass the test with a score of 80% or higher, your business becomes a QBN Business Member, unlocking powerful QBN Marketing Resources to help you sell what you just learned.

How many QBN Kits are there and what will I learn in each of them?
The QBN program features three new and improved educational Kits: “QBN Balloon Basics,” “QBN Balloon Deliveries & Bouquets,” and “QBN Balloon Decor.” View QBN Kit Contents for specifics on what's covered in each Kit.

What are the benefits of QBN Membership?
In addition to the comprehensive training, QBN Members:

• Have access to professionally produced QBN Marketing Resources (many of which are FREE);

• Gain access to exclusive instructions for the designs featured in Balloon Ideas using a simple log-in;

• Are listed in the searchable Find-A-Pro directory, receiving referrals from consumers as well as through other members;

• Can access the QBN Newsline, a quarterly online newsletter keeping QBN Members connected and informed with helpful marketing tips, success stories, and information on upcoming educational events;

• Are eligible to join QBN Chapters;

Learn more about QBN Benefits.

What are the requirements for joining QBN?
Businesses become members of the QBN. To become a QBN Business Member:

• In the USA, QBN Business Members are required to have a registered tax ID number.

• QBN Business Members must employ one or more people (owner, manager, or employee) who has/have taken and passed the “QBN Balloon Basics” or Vol. 1 test in the original series.

• QBN Business Members must agree to feature Qualatex balloons in their work whenever possible.

• QBN Business Members must have someone on staff who has agreed to follow the QBN Code of Ethics:

QBN Code of Ethics
I _________ represent ________ and agree that as a member of the Qualatex Balloon Network our business will:

• Feature only Qualatex latex and, where possible, Qualatex Microfoil balloons.

• Make ongoing training and education a priority and encourage our employees to participate in the QBN program.

• Uphold honorable business practices, promote professionalism in our business, and demonstrate good faith in all of our business relationships.

What marketing benefits are available to QBN Members?
QBN members have access to professional brochures for purchase and FREE downloadable photos, clip art, and more. The further you go in the program, you'll have access to even more QBN Marketing Resources to help you sell what you just learned.

How do I access the marketing benefits?
Purchase the Kits, review the materials, and take your online test to demonstrate your knowledge of the material. Once someone in the business passes the test with a score of 80% or higher, your business gains access to the next level of QBN Marketing Resources.  

Benefits Level
Tests Passed
Basic
“QBN Balloon Basics” or Vol. 1
Bouquet
“QBN Balloon Deliveries & Bouquets” or Vol. 4
Decor
“QBN Balloon Decor” or Vols. 2 & 3
CBA
CBA

What is a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA)?
Technically, a CBA is a balloon professional who has:

Professionals who earn the CBA designation have chosen to grow their businesses through networking with other balloon professionals, continuing their education, giving and receiving referrals, and taking advantage of the marketing support available to CBAs.

There are currently more than 2,000 Certified Balloon Artist professionals worldwide.

Why is there an additional fee for paper tests?  
Because the QBN testing system is Web-based, we’re able to provide unique tests, quickly grade them, and get you your results in a matter of days. For those businesses that do not have Internet access, they’ll want to consider using a home computer or going to their local library. You can easily set up an e-mail account at no charge.

If accessing the Internet is not an option, you’ll need to purchase the paper version of the Kit’s reference materials and test. The QBN staff will register your Kit, access your materials, print them out and mail them to you. Once you send in your test, we’ll enter your answers into your online test and submit it for grading. Once it’s graded, we’ll print it out and mail it to you.

What if I have an original QBN Kit?
The original Kits (containing videotapes rather than DVDs) deliver valuable information, some of which is the same as in the new and improved DVD Kits. Take the paper test that came with the Kit and send it in. Once you pass the test, you’ll gain access to the different marketing resource levels available to members.

Volume 1
Basic
Volumes 2 & 3
Decor
Volume 4
Bouquet

CBA Certified Balloon ARTISTIn order to take the Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) exam, you will need to have passed all the tests from either the new Kits (QBN Balloon Basics, QBN Balloon Deliveries & Bouquets, and QBN Balloon Decor) or Vols. 1-5 from the original Kits.

 

How are the new, updated QBN Kits, featuring DVDs, different from the original kits, featuring videotapes?
The new QBN Kits contain a lot of the same information from the original, videotape-based Kits, plus updated and expanded information in three DVD-based Kits rather than five videotape-based Kits. DVDs make great training tools and allow for quick, easy reference. They can even be watched on computers as well as televisions. The updated Kits also offer online reference materials and tests. With the reference materials, you’ll enjoy access to downloadable forms you can print out or even customize, and updates will be available to you automatically. You’ll also have access to a product list to ensure you’ll have the appropriate products on hand while you’re working your way through each DVD. And, you can start making money right away with what you've learned.


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