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e-NewsLetter Volume 14 Issue 9
Wednesday May 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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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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For Sale: Las Vegas Nevada Electric Sign Manufacturing and Install Company Available
Company has been in business for many years, with several maintenance accounts, minimal competition anymore, could easily be ramped up, offered for $775k, call the Pacific Group for additional info at 702-800-1545.
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Pro Vehicle Outlines Launches 2013 Vehicle Template Collection
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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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Does your business need more functionality than outdated, manual databases and spreadsheets?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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tesa tape – The Clear Choice for Signs
tesa tape, a global leader in adhesive tape technology, is pleased to offer a robust line of constructive bonding tapes - tesa® ACXplus – for the signage market. These high-performance products are designed for permanent bonding applications that require weather and UV light resistance. The tesa product line also includes double-sided foam tapes, double-sided banner tapes, precision masking tapes, and surface protection films. For more information, call 1-888-979-7133 or 704-553-4740 or click above.
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Think On It

    "Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
      --- Albert Einstein

Have you ever actually felt exhausted after working on a project that required a lot of thought? I'm not talking about physical exhaustion, but being brain tired as opposed to bone tired. Most of us can probably recall working on an exhausting school project or algebraic equation for a period of time and then needed a decent rest period to recover. This is one of the byproducts of thinking. It is not one of the positive ones, but there are plenty of those to be found.

For example, true, hard-nosed thinking produces new ways of closing a sale, creative installation practices, new hiring procedures, new business logo, better investment choices, key marketing materials, and so many more. The list is truly endless.

    "Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."
      --- Zig Ziglar

Many business leaders set aside time to do nothing but think. It may be in the morning that is a better time for some folks, while late in the evening works for others. It is usually during a quiet period so that the issue, challenge, or problem can be focused on and solutions can be found. The one common theme for these intentional thinkers is that they remain positive. They force the negative emotions out in order to think only on positive outcomes.

    "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
      --- George S. Patton

Getting those in your organization and team to think can be quite a challenge. Some may think they weren't hired for their brains, but their brawn. Encouraging team members to spend more time thinking about problems and issues before acting has been shown to actually pay well in future dividends. This encouragement to think actually does two things for you and your company. First, it combines the knowledge and experience of many brains to come up with the necessary solutions. Second, it allows employees to feel the freedom of empowerment and trust, which further increases loyalty and reciprocal trust.

    "If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done."
      --- Bruce Lee

Caution is advised in giving yourself and others too much thinking time. The goal is to exercise the brain (which has been proven to get stronger the more it is worked), and to take the time to think things through before reacting. There has to be a balance though. Too much time can spent on thinking without action, can put holes in the productivity of your business. Companies such as 3M, Google, Facebook, Zappos, and more give their employees allotted thinking time. After that, it is back to work.

    "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."
      --- Henry Ford

This month map out a thinking plan for your business. Begin with you setting aside just 15 minutes a day to think. It will be difficult at first. Distractions will get in the way and your mind will drift, but over time you will get better at it and find that solutions to problems will get easier for you to find. After a month or so, extend thinking time to your team members and let them give it a try.

Feature Articles

Taking Care of Your Digital Graphics
By Dennis Lasik

Installing graphics is only part of the job of selling wraps and flat surface installs. You need to make sure your end user is aware of how to properly care for their graphics once they are installed.
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Making Color Management a Top Priority
By SGIA & Hoddy Peck

Color management is no longer a value-add for businesses; it is necessary to stay competitive in today's market. Follow a real-world example of successful color management solutions to consider for your sign shop.
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Funny Signs

Sign on motorway garage:

    "Please do not smoke near our petrol pumps. Your life may not be worth much but our petrol is"

Outside of a Mexico City disco:

    "Members and Non-Members Only!"

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:

    "Take one of our horse-driven city tours -- we guarantee no miscarriages"

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