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e-NewsLetter Volume 14 Issue 5
Friday March 1, 2013

In this issue:

Product Showcases

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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KeyedIn ™ Manufacturing - Sign Edition - Estimating Software for the Custom Sign Manufacturer – Free Data Conversion!
Does your business need more functionality than outdated, manual databases and spreadsheets? Take charge of your estimating with KeyedIn Manufacturing - Sign Edition, 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. And if you purchase the software by April 30, we will convert your data for free. Don’t miss out on this exclusive offer for subscribers! Email: or call 888-960-5473 today.
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Get A Free Trade Show Pass to the ISA International Sign Expo 2013 in Las Vegas
The International Sign Association’s International Sign Expo returns to Las Vegas, Nevada, April 4 - 6, 2013, with the latest sign trends and technologies driving the growth of the visual communications industry. Click above for a free trade show expo pass.
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3M expands color selection of popular Series 1080 Films
3M introduces six additional colors to its highly demanded line of 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080: two satin colors and four matte. The new Satin Pearl White film was a true attention-getter at the SEMA show. View the expanding line of colors and finishes online. Backed by 3M™ MCS™ Warranty.
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Pro Vehicle Outlines Launches 2013 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. 21 years of expertise in precision and accuracy. +400 page, hard copy vehicle template guide book. North American sales and support.
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Prime Your AEM

    "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
      --- Winston Churchill

Some days it is just plain hard to go to work. Yes, I love what I do. I care about providing the best online magazine to the industry that I love. I love mingling and chatting with our sponsors, our readers, our vendors, etc. But, some days the enthusiasm takes a vacation without notice. You know the saying, "Some days a diamond, some days a stone." Most days I am on fire and working like a shiny diamond. But then other days…

I have a theory that our bodies and minds simply go into automatic slumps and it is up to us to gather the strength and rally our enthusiasm back to normal levels. While some days it can be difficult to do, I believe that once we get the momentum going, our automatic enthusiasm mechanisms (AEM) take over. There are even moments when I think we can fake-it-till-we-make-it and our AEM gets going on its own.

    "Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
      --- Samuel Ullman

Some of the most successful workplaces are those that have enthusiastic owners, leaders, managers, supervisors, and employees. Once one group of company participants pick up the enthusiasm bug, others tend to follow suit. It only takes one person to get on fire and enthusiastic about a project, about work, about life, to get other team members rallied as well.

    "Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success."
      --- Dale Carnegie

Getting the AEM primed is not up to others in the workplace though. There are those that can bring us down just as they can bring us up. You know the types. They are the bad attitude people that complain about everything and see not a glass half full or half empty, but a dropped glass with broken pieces all over the floor that someone is going to step on and cut open their foot and either catch a deadly disease or bleed to death. Those are the ones that can wreak havoc affecting both moral and production.

    "I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win."
      --- Michael Jordan

Businesses known for creating new and innovative products employ enthusiastic people. Think Google, Facebook, and Whole Foods. Businesses that provide great service employ enthusiastic people and create an enthusiastic atmosphere. Think Chick fil A,, and Trader Joes. There must be something to this working with enthusiasm thing.

Why not start this week working more enthusiastically? Then, spread the word and get everyone on board. Help them to get their AEM going.

    "Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas."
      --- Henry Ford

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Feature Articles

New Opportunities for Graphics Installers
By Dan Marx

Through SGIA's ongoing affiliation with the Professional Decal Application Alliance (PDAA), we have had a unique view into what is an increasingly competitive industry, particularly as new pressure-sensitive materials have made installation easier.
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Discover the Rewards of Owning A CNC Router
By Jennifer LeClaire

See the options available and avenues where sign makers can use CNC routers to get into the commercial signage business and channel letter fabrication. CNC routers provide a broad capability to enter into multiple markets.
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Education & Networking Events: April 3-6, 2013
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Funny Signs

On an apron for sale at a CA farmer's market:

    "I LOVE COOKING WITH WINE. Sometimes I even put it in the food!"

As seen on a PR's Mexican Restaurant wall:

    "I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other"

On a T-shirt:

    "Dyslexics Have More Nuf."

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