The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 13 Issue 23
Monday December 3, 2012

In this issue:

Product Showcases

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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Manual Laminators
Low cost and fast. A must have tool for any shop that works with vinyl.
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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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KeyedInSign – Take Control of Your Business today
Developed specifically for the custom sign manufacturing industry, KeyedInSign is a fully web-based business management software application that can help you take control of your business– from estimating and production to scheduling and installation – with fully-integrated financial management and accounting tools. Don’t wait, take control today with KeyedInSign.
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Attend SIGN CHINA 2013, March 1-4, Guangzhou
Attend SIGN CHINA - the world’s definitive business-to-business professional trade event featuring over 1,700 exhibitors and brands worldwide across the 120,000 sqm of exhibition space. SIGN CHINA is co-located with LED CHINA - the world’s largest professional LED event and one badge grants you access to both fairs. Pre-register by 7 December to avoid the queues and obtain your badge in advance.
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Pro Vehicle Outlines Launches 2012 Vehicle Template Collection and New North American Website
Over 9,000 vehicles and specialty templates specifically for the North American vehicle graphics specialist, including the original vehicle template library. 20 years of expertise in precision and accuracy. +300 page, hard copy vehicle template guide book. North American sales and support.
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Sign Industry News

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Give It A Rest

    "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
      --- John Lubbock

Many of us in the sign industry are putting out so many fires in a day that there is barely enough energy left in us to drag our bottoms home. We kick and punch and claw and fight for every inch of progress in order to keep the businesses afloat and perhaps to even make a profit. It is enough to make our heads spin, yet we keep on trucking. It would be obscene to suggest taking any time off for the luxury of rest, but is indeed what we must force ourselves to do.

Rest is the one four-letter word that is naturally avoided for the sake of our businesses. We don't believe that rest can actually help us to become more productive so we don't consider it as necessary and it often times may cause us to feel guilty.

    "We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly - spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order."
      --- Susan Taylor

Taking time to rest though has been proven to increase production. Some experts consider rest to the body in the same light as a bodybuilder or weight lifters see rest. In between repetitions of exercising by lifting a weight, the particular muscle being worked is said to become stronger during the resting phase. The muscle or muscle groups are broken down only to be built back stronger than before during the resting period.

When we work for a period of time in complete focused attention or during our putting out the fires phase, our bodies and minds are actually getting stronger when we rest. The hardest part for a lot of business leaders is actually scheduling quality rest periods.

    "There are three kinds of men: The one that learns by reading; the few who learn by observation; and the rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."
      --- Will Rogers

We learn the hard way about rest when our systems shut down due to illness or nervous breakdowns. We might read about the importance of rest and recharging our batteries, but we don't really implement a smart rest program until it is too late.

    "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." --- Sydney J. Harris

Of course we don't have to time to rest or add another to-do item to our already full list. However, the smart leaders are taking time for rest. You know when you need rest. You might dig in and keep charging, maybe having another cup of coffee for extra energy, but you know that it is time to take the time to relax. For some people just taking one day every two weeks to get a good solid ten hours of sleep does the trick. Whatever form is used is better than continuing without rest.

    "Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors."
      -- Oscar de la Renta

Take some time this month to rest. Yes, Christmas is around the corner and family is coming and sales are down and... there will always be excuses. Get a year-at-a-glance calendar and carve out time for rest periods. You will see an increase in productivity and clarity and you will be glad you did it.

    "Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer."
      --- William S. Burroughs

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Feature Articles

Recycling Benefits the Bottom Line
By Brett Thompson

For today's businesses, the path of environmental stewardship is really a journey of awareness. Becoming aware of what is thrown away sheds new light into several aspects of every business. Look inside your dumpster, what do you spend per year disposing of that waste and how much of that waste is recyclable? This may get your wheels on.
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USSC LED EMC Lighting Level Study Announcement
By Richard Crawford

There will not be different levels for different signs or different manufacturers; just one maximum level that can be uniformly applied to all signs...
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Advertiser - EPSON® SureColor® S30670

Introducing the EPSON® SureColor® S30670. With the all-new SureColor S30670, Epson is ushering in a new era of performance, quality and reliability. Developed for high-performance printing and a low cost of ownership, the SureColor S30670 delivers the best image quality in its class at an unprecedented price. And, with print speeds of up to 620 square feet per hour, the SureColor S30670 is the smart choice for keeping your business at maximum productivity. Learn more about the way solvent printing should be at

Funny Signs

Seen on an electrical appliance store in Spokane, WA:

    "Go modern! Go gas! Go BOOM!"

Ski lift sign in Colorado:

    "Going beyond this point may result in death and/or loss of skiing privileges!"

In a French Hotel:

    "A sports jacket may be worn to dinner, but no trouser"

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
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The Advertisers That Make Possible

Visit our friends and advertisiers that support this publication:

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  SignPro Systems:
  Supply 55:
  United States Sign Council (USSC):

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  Sean Scott
  Managing Editor

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