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e-NewsLetter Volume 14 Issue 6
Friday March 15, 2013

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Wholesale ADA Signs in just 10 working days.
Whether you require Magnesium, Zinc, Photopolymer, or Raster Braille you can count on Advance Corporation for superior quality at an effective cost. 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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3M Introduces the First Graphic Films that Optimize LED Light
Achieve vibrant, richly colored graphics with fewer LEDs. 3M™ Envision™ Translucent & Diffuser Films provide bright, even sign illumination with no hot spots—a greener solution without sacrificing performance. The switch to LEDs is on. Learn how you can help your customers Make the Switch.
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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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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Does your business need more functionality than outdated, manual databases and spreadsheets?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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Hard Work Rules!

    "By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."
      --- Robert Frost

Whether it is people occupying Wall Street or occupying a café, there is always some in the crowd that just can't understand how someone running a business can be so "lucky." They don't understand why this business owner gets all the breaks while they have to still show up for work each day. They don't understand the rationale behind the concept of the connection between working and eating, and there lies the problem: the just don't understand.

As business leaders though, we get it. We know that in order to make payroll, to pay the vendors, to roll out the product and to produce the service, we actually have to work. We must put in the hours that it takes, not for the sake of putting in hours, but for the sake of completing the work that needs to be done. If we could get it done in two hours and call it a day we would do it. Unfortunately, long hours of work are often the sacrifice we have to make in order to stretch our business to new successes.

    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
      --- Thomas A. Edison

The work that we do not only makes a difference in the accomplishments we have to make, but in the message that we communicate to our team members. Those watching us see the sacrifice we are making and they tend to mimic our work habits. If we show up to work on time or before everyone else, people notice. People also notice when we work through the normal lunch time or past the normal quitting time. Our actions create reaction in others.

    "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
      --- Vince Lombardi

This trickle down effect of our work ethic will eventually create positive results for all to see. Others will come to the realization that there is no magic formula other than: Hard Work + Smart Work + Consistency = Success. It is actually that simple. What screws things up are when employees begin believing that their presence is enough. They believe that simply showing up is worth a reward.

    "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."
      --- Sam Ewing

Begin next Monday communicating to all team members that hard work is a good thing. That hard work is what builds bridges, skyscrapers, armies, and countries. Let them know that hard work is appreciated and will be seen from this point forward as a sign of maturity, honor, and integrity. It will be revered as a badge of courage; as a value that is respected in your business.

    "The harder I work, the luckier I get."
      --- Samuel Goldwyn

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Join us in Las Vegas for the one industry event that has it all, the ISA International Sign Expo.

With more than 550 exhibitors and 18,000 colleagues under one roof, you are certain to find the ideas and products that will make an immediate impact on your business.

ISA Sign Academy education sessions offer insight on the latest developments in the signage industry including dynamic digital signage.

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Education & Networking Events: April 3-6, 2013
Trade Show: April 4-6, 2013
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Feature Articles

Going Beyond the Printed Piece - Post-Print Fulfillment Services Offer More Opportunities for Output Providers
By Bill Schiffner

Print providers need to rethink their business models, and be able to supply their customers with the broader scope of services that go beyond providing output options.
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National WW I Museum: Signs That Narrate Its Remembrance
By Louis M. Brill

The National World War I Museum was created as a monument to both honor the history of that war and also as a monument to the Americans and Europeans who fought and died in WW I.
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ISA International Sign Expo
Education & Networking Events: April 3-6, 2013
Trade Show: April 4-6, 2013
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Funny Signs

On a window of a New Hampshire burger restaurant:

    "Yes, we are open. Sorry for the inconvenience"

As seen on the window of a barber shop in Columbia, SC:

    "During vacation of owner, a competent hair stylist will be here"

At a bookstore:

    "Rare, out-of-print, and nonexistent books."

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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