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Chicagoland Helium

800-4-helium is our website dedicated to helium distribution in Chicago, Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin and Western Indiana.  800-4-helium can make weekly deliveries of helium right to your retail location!  Or you can pick up helium at our Chicago warehouse.  Check our website www.8004helium.com and view pricing and delivery schedules.

Bring Balloons!
          The International Balloon Association (IBA): comprised of manufacturers, distributors, decorators, retailers and entertainers, is launching the new “Bring Balloons” public relations campaign to remind people that balloons are a great choice in these tough economic times. IBA's "Bring Balloons" campaign was created to promote balloons for all occasions. The "Bring Balloons" slogan and logo is available to anyone in the industry with suggested usage on business cards, posters, print ads, banners, and as a tag line in every email signature! Please contact Marty@ibaonline.net for high-res art.

August Update*

The IBA has declared the month of September to be International Balloon Month!  The overall goal of course is increased awareness of balloons and increased sales. It will take every member of the industry to get involved to make this a successful initiative that we can build on each year. Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, Decorators and Entertainers will benefit!

As a distributor of balloons, we are asking you to get involved and support this effort by working with the manufacturers who will be offering specially priced balloons to you in the months of July, August and September. Not just any balloons but specifically Smiley Face metallic balloons in three options: 18” Smiley Happy Birthday, 18” Smiley Get Well, and 18” Smiley Face, as well as 11-12” latex Smiley Face printed balloons, if available.

We ask that you work to promote this concept in at least one of your chain accounts. Once the chain is identified, POP materials, signage and banners will need to be created and placed in the stores. As a distributor, you will pass on the specially priced Smiley Face balloons to your stores, to be promoted in the month of September. Retailers and decorators are excited about this campaign and are looking to their distributor to take advantage of the savings on Smiley balloons. Are you ready to help them? Speak to your suppliers today!


We will be discussing this campaign as well as other IBA initiatives at the IBA Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, September 21-23 with other like-minded individuals who have a stake in keeping the balloon industry viable and profitable. Marketing initiatives like International Balloon Month  benefit the whole industry. Is it time for you to get involved as a distributor and register to attend the best networking event of the year? See attached brochure to learn more about IBA Annual Conference 2010.


The dairy council might have “Got Milk”, but they sure don’t have a “month” devoted to it.  The Balloon and Party Industry will have the entire MONTH of SEPTEMBER, and the whole world can celebrate along with us!

Float 2009 Pictures

Join us at FLOAT 2010
Monday, November 1st through
Friday, November 5th, 2010
Great Wolf Lodge
Cincinnati, Ohio

Northern Illinois Balloon Network
Qualatex Balloon Network (QBN) chapters offer continuing education and a valuable support system for businesses that want to maximize their balloon sales. Chapter members meet for networking, educational activities, cooperative advertising and public relations projects. Contact the chapter representative below for more information. 
The Northern Illinois Balloon Network meets on the first Monday of the month. 
 Every level of experience is welcome!

For More Info on
the Northern Illinois Balloon Network contact:

Northern Illinois
Arlene Kronowitz, CBA

Smart Balloon Practices
  Brody's encourages our customers to use and promote the following smart balloon practices: 
  • Keep helium-filled balloons secured to a weight. Tie each helium-filled balloon securely to a balloon weight to keep it from releasing into the air.
  • Never release foil balloons into the air. When your party or celebration has concluded, pop the balloons and dispose of them properly. Although extremely rare, an escaped foil balloon could cause problems, if the balloon becomes entangled in power lines. Foil balloons can also become litter, if not disposed of properly.
  • Keep deflated or popped latex balloons away from small children to avoid risks of choking. Children under 8 years can choke or suffocate on un-inflated or broken balloons; adults should always supervise young children with balloons.
Please find additional information regarding Smart Balloon Practices and other important topics online at:
Twist & Shout 2011

Twist & Shout 2011 Boston!

February 16-20, 2011

Burlington Marriott

Burlington, MA


The Best Balloon Entertainer, Artist and Twister's Convention is coming to Boston! This is your chance to meet your "Balloon Heroes", legends in the industry, up-and-coming new talent, and of course see all your twisting friends from around the world. Twist & Shout is the only place to find all the best instructors in one place and focusing only on balloons. Here you'll also find the best convention attendees, friendly, helpful, always willing to jam and teach each other. We offer you access to Balloon manufacturers' Representatives who have samples you can play with and who are willing to answer questions as well as balloon supply vendors carrying all the latest products from aprons to videos, pumps to balloon clothing.

Whether you want to learn new twists and sculptures, find new ways of entertaining with balloons or you want to make the leap to full-time balloon twisting, Twist & Shout has all you'll need to make your balloon dreams come true.

Twist & Shout features educational classes on all aspects of Balloon Art including: Sculpture Designs, Entertaining with Balloons, Balloon Art, the Business of Ballooning and much more. Your registration price includes acces to all Vendors, Jams, Jam Room, a Thursday night welcome reception as well as a Saturday evening Banquet and Awards Ceremony and continental breakfast on Sunday morning. All featured classes are "pay as you go" $5 each, paid directly to the instructor.

For more Information and Registration go to Balloonconvention.com

World Balloon Convention 2012

                For more than 90 years, Pioneer has committed to providing the highest quality products and education to balloon artists around the world. That commitment has led them to create the World Balloon Convention—an experience unlike any other.


A Qualatex event, the World Balloon Convention will:

  • Reinvigorate your passion for balloons as a rewarding and profitable career, art form, and medium for social expression, decoration, and entertainment.
  • Advance the level of quality in business and design education.
  • Showcase balloon artists and balloon creations from all over the world.
  • Celebrate the camaraderie, glamor, and passion of an international gathering of balloon professionals, and
  • Inspire you—whether you’re a seasoned balloon professional or a newcomer to the industry—to rediscover the magic of balloons.
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