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Market Hardware and the National Chimney Sweep Guild Announce Website Contest

"Ugliest Website" to receive Web marketing makeover

Plainfield, IN – December 10, 2007 – The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) has announced its "Ugliest Website Contest" to encourage its members to increase the professionalism and effectiveness of their websites. Individual members can nominate their website as the "Ugliest" and then all Guild members will vote on the least attractive or most outdated one. The winner will receive a new professional website from Market Hardware, the leader in web marketing for chimney sweeps. 

"This contest will remind our members that it is smart business to periodically review their website," said Melissa Heeke, Director of Communications & Marketing, NCSG. "More homeowners than ever are turning to the internet to find services like chimney cleaning and repair. We think it's important for our members to benefit from this trend by maintaining a great web presence." 

"We launched Market Hardware with service to one vertical with the stated goal of expanding that service to 49 other verticals by 2007. I am pleased to announce that we have met that goal established four years ago and now look forward to growing our reach in those industries in 2008," said Brian Kraff, CEO, Market Hardware. 

Voting will take the place in December 2007 and the winner will be announced in the January 2008 issue of Newslink, NCSG's newsletter. The winning "Ugliest" site and the story behind the website makeover will be featured in a future issue of Sweeping: The Journal of Chimney & Venting Technology. The contest is limited to NCSG voting members only. 

About the National Chimney Sweep Guild 

The National Chimney Sweep Guild is a non-profit trade association serving the chimney and venting industry. The mission of the NCSG is to promote the success of its members by providing progressive services, encouraging professionalism and ethical accountability, and advancing the chimney and venting industry through public awareness of the trade. For more information about the NCSG, visit www.ncsg.org. The NCSG office is located at 2155 Commercial Drive, Plainfield, IN 46168.

About Market Hardware, Inc. 

Market Hardware is a leading provider of small business web marketing products and services built for specific industries. The company offers business associations and other partners a way to offer web marketing services targeted for their unique needs. With expert content and professional writing and design services, its flagship service, the Complete Website Package, makes it easy for professional service providers, general contractors, and other small service businesses to create and maintain a successful web marketing presence.

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