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e-NewsLetter Volume 11 Issue 13
Thursday July 1, 2010

In this issue:


Be Independent

    "I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."
      --- John Adams

This Sunday is Independence Day or the Fourth of July here in the United States. It is a holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

If you do an in-depth reading of history you will find that the Declaration was actually signed on August 2nd, 1776 and that the first recorded use of the term "Independence Day," wasn't until 1791. However, the reason for the celebration doesn't change. It celebrates a persistent people seeking independence through courage, perseverance, strength, and wisdom.

    "We aren't engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God's children. And that we don't have to live like we are forced to live."
      --- Martin Luther King Jr.

We are past the halfway point in the year and we are celebrating independence. What a great time of year to engage or re-engage our efforts toward our business. Recalling the resolve and resilience of our founding fathers is great inspiration.

There are some spineless factions in our society that are bent on removing the backbones of others so that they don't feel lonely. They insist on diluting the strength that this nation was built on. They can bring you down as well, but don't let this happen. While we are not taking up arms to defend the independence of a nation, we can defend the rights of small businesses. To do this we must get educated on small business laws, including employment laws; we can vote out of office representatives unfriendly to the business person; and we can become determined, dogmatic, and apply true grit to work smarter and harder and with integrity.

    "For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer."
      --- Arnold Schwarzenegger

When you get to the point where you just won't take it anymore, that is when things begin to change. That is what happened back in the late 1700s. They got ticked! Most of us are at that point now. If you're not, remind yourself to never settle for what the government dictates in regards to running our business. Stick to your guns and learn how to gain more freedom.

    "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
      --- Vince Lombardi

Decide this month to learn about what is happening in your community in regards to laws and regulations that affect your business. You can make a difference and you do have a voice. Think weird and outside the box. Forget for a moment your political affiliation, get the facts, and fight for what is right. And…

Have a great Independence Day Celebration!

    "I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action."
      --- Napoleon Hill

Feature Articles

Maximize Print Accuracy with G7
By Mike Ruff

In the printing industry, the most prolific drain on profitability is process color print inaccuracy. In this article, I will share with you some important principles that have helped hundreds of printers maximize print accuracy and add thousands of dollars to their bottom lines.
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LED UV Curing in Wide-Format Digital Printing
By John Kuta, Ph.D.

UV LED technology is poised to take on UV arc lamps for the next generation of UV light applications.
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Funny Signs

On a church sign somewhere in Kansas:

    "Honk if You Love Jesus! Text While Driving if You Want to Meet Him!"

At a Budapest zoo:

    "Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty"

In a cafeteria:

    "Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want"

We know those funny signs are out there. Take a moment and send them in to us and we'll share them with the world. Send all hysterical observations to:

Product Showcases

The CoroClaw X™ from Sawtrax, Cut or Score 8 or 10mil Corrugated Plastic Along the Flutes
Now that everyone knows about the Coro-Claw™, the handy flute cutter from Saw Trax, now comes the CoroClaw X™ . You absolutely need this, if you work with any kind of 8 or 10mil corrugated plastic, such as Coroplast®. Now, a handheld tool you can use to cut or score 8 or 10mil corrugated plastic along the flutes. The cutting heads are replaceable and when you buy your CoroClaw X™ , it comes with an extra cutting head. Introductory price is $49.95.
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Big Squeegee Vinyl Aplication Tools
Apply all types of pressure sensitive vinyl up to 54" wide without bubbles or wrinkles.
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Custom sign letters / metal letters and logos fast from Woodland Manufacturing Inc.
Woodland Manufacturing Inc. now offers sign industry quoted prices on custom cut sign letters including metal letters, acrylic letters, wood letters, stencil letters and much more. Fast turn around time of 5-15 business days.
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Wide Format Laminators and Specialty Films from
Laminator.Com features a large selection of Wide Format Laminators, Cold and Liquid Laminators plus Specialty Laminating Films. users receive additional discounts up to 10% off of our already low prices. Order your Laminator and/or Specialty Laminating Films from today!
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