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e-NewsLetter Volume 12 Issue 8
Friday April 15, 2011

In this issue:

Product Showcases

3M Brushed-metal-finish Films
3M’s Graphics Market Center introduces brushed-metal-finish films to its Scotchprint® 1080 wrap film series. Offerings include aluminum, titanium, steel, blue-steel and gold. The removable, cast films are designed for vehicle wraps and details that don’t require graphic protection. The pressure-activated adhesive enables the substrate to slide and be repositioned until firm pressure is applied, and the air-release channels provide fast, easy and nearly bubble-free installations, the company reports.
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Saw Trax Panel Saws for Your Sign Shop
Combo cutting machines are simply the only choice for Sign Shops. They cut all materials used in sign shops. It's Faster, Accurate, Cleaner, Easier, Safer. Five cutting options to choose from...Makita 15 amp saw, Scoring Razor Knife, ACM/DiBond rolling shear, Floating Router & Floating Freedom Saw. Check it out now.
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Need Service For Your Mimaki, Roland, Mutoh, HP DesignJet, Colorspan, or almost any other wide format printer or laminator? Contact GrafxNetwork!
We offer an unmatched array of services through our nationwide technical service network. Repairs, preventive maintenance, installations, software and hardware training, moving and logistics are only a few of the many services we offer. We can help you buy or sell equipment too! INDEPENDENT SERVICE TECHNICIANS - contact us for the many benefits of being a GrafxNetwork member.
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New SignLab Version 9 - More Than Just New Features for Signmakers.
True value to our existing upgrading customers and unmatched sign software features to new customers. SignLab 9 provides streamlined workflows that Signmakers specified, and new processing speeds that are faster than anything the market has seen to date. Extremely large bitmap files are not only processed faster during the design application but also during the entire RIP process for either print or print and cut output.
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Diamond Plate Graphic Film from Creative Film Corp.
Bring industrial appeal to packaging, signage, displays, and automotive surfaces by seamlessly simulating the high-shine and rugged texture of steel diamond plating. The seamless diamond plate graphic film gives you the power to capitalize on the look of steel diamond plating across wider expanses. Super bright, self-adhesive, and flexible, Diamond Plate can be cut to any shape and easily applied to a variety of surfaces.
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Winners Make a Choice

    "Recently somebody said, "Hey, you lost weight," and I said, "Yeah, thirty-five pounds and three and a half billion dollars." So I'm quite a bit lighter and more flexible than I was."
      --- John Malone

Losing is not what we set out to do each day. We don't jot down on our to-do list, "Lose money today." No, we try not to even think about losing, but just the opposite. If we are loyal to our business and to the company mission, we strive for winning at every turn. Losing is a four-letter word to us and doesn't even hold a place in our daily vocabulary. Our inner voice chant is "Win, win, win."

    "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the 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

But repeating, "I'm a winner," over and over and preserving a positive mental attitude are only a fraction of the winning equation. Thinking winning and visualizing it is just the start; there has to be a concrete plan of action in place to actually make progress toward goals of winning.

Without plans, positive mental attitude becomes wishful thinking and the visualization is simply daydreaming. Both tools are important, but can only work alongside big, hairy audacious goals and plans. Without them it is easy to get bogged down with "ifs" and "buts." Like a friend of mine once said, "Around here, if 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, everyday would be Christmas."

    "The only way of making money is for effort. The only time I've ever lost money is when I've purposely said, "I'm doing this to make money." And I've actually on three occasions lost significant sums. I have made wealth when I've actually made a contribution to something, when I've done something I thought I could do better than somebody else or have done something better than somebody else does it."
      --- Kerry Stokes

As we've discussed several times here, if your main focus is to make money, you may succeed in the short run. But if your business' goals and plans are to provide quality service or products, to the best of your ability, with integrity, then the money will follow and follow for a long time. Choosing winning over losing requires a mindset for benefitting others.

    "I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know."
      --- Colonel Sanders

Choosing to win is probably what we all think we are doing everyday, but there are times when our thought process, our attitude, and our actions say otherwise. When we don't make a vow to ourselves, our team members, and our customers that we want to be the best at what we do, we are choosing or settling for losing.

As we all know from school sports, childhood competitions, or simply taking school tests, losing is not fun. We don't have to lose though if we make a choice to win in all we do beginning today. Winning is not just beating the competition, but it is so much more. It is winning over a new customer, winning at providing great service, or winning at training a new employee. It is having a persistent, consistent winning attitude.

    "The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams."
      --- Og Mandino

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Trade Show: April 28-30, 2011
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Feature Articles

Professionalism in Graphics Installation
By Barbra Bannon

When installers organize themselves and adopt sound business practices, there is a tremendous opportunity to profit, grow and prosper while moving the industry forward. Here are eight business practices you need to adopt.
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Screenprinting 101, Part I
By John Benedetto

Basics for beginners or those considering entering into screen printing
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Advertiser - American Sign Museum

Sign Museum Auction Goes On-Line April 1st
By going on-line, the entire sign and imaging industry can now participate.

Bidding starts at 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time on April 1, 2011 and continues for 30 days and nights, ending on Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. Those attending the ISA SIGN EXPO show in Las Vegas, can get in their last-minute bids on-site at the museum’s booth (#3317). Don’t wait for the show, but make sure you mark your calendar. Visit:

Funny Signs

Sign on fence at a crocodile farm in Louisiana:

    "Those Who Throw Objects At The Crocodiles Will Be Asked to Retrieve Them"

Sign on private property somewhere in Nebraska:

    "No Trespassing! Violators Will Be Shot and Survivors Will Be Shot Again!"

From the Branxton Lion's Club billboard:

    "Drive Carefully. We have Two Cemeteries and No Hospital"

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:

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