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e-NewsLetter Volume 13 Issue 13
Monday July 2, 2012

In this issue:

Product Showcases

2012 SGIA Expo Imaging Indulgence
Déjà Vegas! The SGIA Expo is back in Vegas (October 18–20, 2012) to offer the imaging community the best spot for the latest advancements in wide-format, graphics application, screen, digital and more. With sales-free Expert Advice Zones, eye-opening educational sessions and the broadest range of imaging technologies on the market — the 2012 SGIA Expo may be the most indulgent imaging event yet.
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Create Amazing Window Effects with New 3M Film
3M offers customers versatility with Scotchcal brand Clear View Graphic Film IJ8150. This durable cast vinyl material features optical clarity so unprinted areas have a completely transparent view. Create sandblasted and etched glass effects using white ink, and perforated window film effects without the holes. Compatible with digital and screen printing systems. More creative ideas at
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Wholesale ADA Signage for the trade only.
Whether you require Magnesium, Zinc, Photopolymer, or Raster Braille you can count on Advance Corporation for superior quality at an effective cost. Contact us for a free sample and feel the quality. Backed by more than 70 years of experience, the Braille-Tac™ Division of Advance Corporation is the acknowledged leader in the specialized field of ADA products on a wholesale basis. We offer competitive prices, quality, and a quick production time.
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Electrical Sign Manufacturing Company for sale in Las Vegas
The PVC coated, stainless steel clip can attach securely to most any objects with little effort. The elasticity of the cord will help extend the life of banners, signage, tarps, etc. by easing the stress on the grommets.
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tesa tape: The Clear Choice for Signs
tesa tape, a global leader in adhesive tape technology, introduces a new line of constructive bonding tapes - tesa® ACXplus - for the signage market. These new products are designed for high performance, permanent bonding applications that require weather and UV light resistance. The tesa product line also includes temporary masking and protection tapes. Inquire for your free sample at 1-877-309-0078 or 704-553-4740 or click above.
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Introducing the all new T2 Banner Bungee. The T2 is the perfect device to fasten your sign or banner to just about anything.
The PVC coated, stainless steel clip can attach securely to most any objects with little effort. The elasticity of the cord will help extend the life of banners, signage, tarps, etc. by easing the stress on the grommets.
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Passionate Planning

    "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die."
      --- Daniel Burnham

Running a sign shop, providing sign supplies, selling ice cream, giving dance lessons, or any other business requires planning. If the plans are small, that is the limit that will be reached and no more. If the plans are really big, they might not always be reached, but they will at least serve as a guidepost to aim for. It is those big plans that keep businesses productive.

But big plans might not be enough. There are plenty of enterprises that went out of business last year though they had big plans. The leaders of those businesses probably took a lot of time jotting down those big plans and some probably even communicated the plans to their team members. The issue may not have been in the effort that went into planning, but may have been due to the lack of passion behind the planning.

    "Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them."
      --- Napoleon Bonaparte

Good planning plus passion fuels success. Having great passion behind the plans drives people to reaching their goals. When a business leader sets company goals and communicates them to his or her team members, it must be done with conviction and passion.

    "Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion."
      --- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Think back to the great companies of yesteryear. Standard Oil, General Electric, IBM, Sears, and more built success on the foundation of passionate plans. The leaders of those companies as well as recent successes such as Facebook, Google, Chic-Fil-A, and Home Depot were all successful because the founders and leadership team exude with passion.

    "Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care."
      --- Blaise Pascal

Those businesses lacking plans as well as passion are easy to spot. You can actually smell them before you enter their establishment or begin to order on the phone from them. It is these businesses that can give particular industries a bad name. If you feel your business begin to slip into the pattern of planning and working without passion, stop. Quit the direction you are heading and reexamine your plans for the business. You may need to change course altogether and select one that is in line with your passion.

    "It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind."
      --- T.S. Eliot

It is difficult to explain or communicate verbally, passion to others. If your team members sense or see your passion, that is great! It should be recognized by others rather than spelled out for them. Passion is contagious and will take hold of others if it is seen in the planning stages.

Feature Articles

How the $100 Million Company Acquired the $1 Million Company
By Rock LaManna

It was a dream come true for a small business owner - selling the business to a bigger printing company and walking away with a mountain of cash. It's a scenario we've seen played out in the financial headlines time and time again.
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Corporate Lobbies: The New Landscape of Digital Signage
By Louis M. Brill

In recent times through digital signage, culture and corporate branding have gained equal value as a premium opportunity to connect anchor tenants with their building visitors.
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Funny Signs

On a sign at a Georgia State park

    "Soccer Not Allowed - Soccer May Only Be Played In Archery Range"

Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan

    "Stop: Drive Sideways"

As seen on a hair stylist window:

    "Free Mullet Removal!"

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
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  Sean Scott
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