The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 14 Issue 23
Monday December 2, 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.
Read on...

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.
Read on...

SignWorld INT'L 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ Dec. 5-7, 2013
See virtually every product made for use in the manufacture of signs - from banners to the latest printers, LEDs, sign software to crane and ladder trucks... all on display!
Read on...

Attend SIGN CHINA 2014, February 23-26, Guangzhou
The world’s definitive business-to-business professional trade event featuring over 1,800 exhibitors and brands worldwide across the 130,000 sqm of exhibition space. Pre-register to avoid the queues and obtain your badge in advance.
Read on...

3M introduces matte metallic films in rich fall colors
3M added five colors to its line of popular dual cast films—3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080. The new matte metallic colors comprise copper, pine green, red, charcoal and brown. Use right out of the box—no printing, no overlaminate. Create head-turning looks by mixing and matching the 50 finish, texture and color variations.
Read on...

Pro Vehicle Outlines Releases New Companion Product, Pro Vehicle Preview
Pro Vehicle Preview is a collection of 300+ Adobe PhotoShop™ files that includes side-view, pre-clipped photographic images of most popularly used vehicles by vehicle graphics professionals. Graphics created using a PVO template can be easily brought into, and instantly placed on a PVP photo-image. The end result is a highly professional and life-like image that can now be presented to a potential customer. All for just $99.00
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Goal Tending

    "If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals."
      --- Lou Holtz

Over the years, you can typically find a message about goal-setting in the last newsletter of the year from us. This makes sense because most people set goals or their New Year's Resolutions at the beginning of the year which coincides with our last newsletter of the year. But that is really a disservice we are providing for you because goal setting and putting down on paper specific steps to achieving success in a chosen area in life or business should be an ongoing endeavor. It shouldn't be just a once-a-year exercise, but a daily, weekly, and monthly process.

    "Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."
      --- Denis Waitley

As with anything that brings a measure of success, goal setting can become an obsession without becoming a destination. There are people who work continuously on setting goals, but never attaining any. The act of goal setting becomes the goal without any real fruit to show for it.

Instead, as most goal setting authors and "experts" tell us, we should set realistic goals and then work everyday toward reaching those goals. Every day our goals should be reviewed and benchmarks set as to how we will obtain our goals.

    "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
      --- Henry David Thoreau

But setting goals and checking off successful benchmarks toward reaching those goals is actually part of a growing process developing our talents, skills, and abilities as we stretch to achieve our goals and reach new heights. If we can learn the habit of goal setting, it is not so much the actual achievement of reaching those goals that is important, as it is what we learn and how we grow during the journey toward fulfillment of our goals.

The first step in successful goal setting is to make it a habit and then don't sweat the reaching of the end result, but still constantly strive for it.

    "When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."
      --- Confucius

We may find that the goals we are setting might not be obtainable by the date we've assigned to the goal. If that is the case, resist the urge to amend the goal. There may come a point when you have to do that, but first look at reassessing the steps you are taking toward that goal. It may just be a little alteration is needed in order to achieve success. Take little steps first in the plan before changing your goal.

    "Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible."
      --- Tony Robbins

Every business and every person should set goals. A lot of people will say that they don't need goals or they don't set goals, but that is not true. If we intend on crossing the street, it is our goal to get to the other side before the bus hits us --- a very good goal. On a larger scale, setting goals that take us to a higher plane in business or goals that make us better people are all worthy goals. These should be put in writing and looked at on a daily basis, so that we may gauge how far we've come and how much further we need to go to reach a level of success.

    "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success."
      --- Pablo Picasso

Advertiser - Sign World INT'L by the USSC

Sign World INT'L 2013
in Atlantic City, NJ
December 5-7, 2013 - by the United States Sign Council

See virtually every product made for use in the manufacture of signs - from banners to the latest computer graphic design systems to crane and ladder trucks... all on display!

On-site registration, exhibits, seminars, and workshops, all at the Atlantic City Convention Center, One Ocean Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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Feature Articles

Digital Textile Printing Has Come of Age
By Mark Sawchak

One only needs to look at what is happening in other parts of the world to see that now is the time for companies in North America to invest resources to participate in the projected growth of digital textile printing.
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What Is An Independent Contractor? Part I
By Johnny Duncan

Probably the most basic question in the employment context is whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.
Read the article...

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Advertiser - SIGN CHINA 2014

China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Area B, Guangzhou, P.R. China
February 23-26, 2014

For over 11 years SIGN CHINA has served as one of the most influential sign events in the world. It pioneered the combination of signage, lightbox, indoor and outdoor format printers, engravers, exhibition and display equipment, as well as LED displays, components and lighting, into a one-stop sourcing platform for the sign industry.

In 2013, this influential exhibition attracted 77,182 professionals within the sign industry and 1,530 exhibitors across the spectrum of sign planning, manufacturing, and sourcing. Each year, international sign stakeholders convene from around the world to showcase new technologies and advancements as well as meet new partners and create business.

SIGN CHINA 2014 will take place from 23 to 26 February 2014 at the same venue - China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Area B - in Guangzhou, P.R. China. It will comprise 5 specialized sections in 13 halls, with a projected 1,800 exhibitors occupying 130,000 square metres in exhibition space.

Whether you are interested in sourcing new products in China, or exploring new opportunities in Asia, or experiencing the dynamic markets in the region, SIGN CHINA will be the event you must attend!

Visit to find out more details.

Funny Signs

Sign on a tree on a ski mountain in Colorado:

    "Warning: Do not ski into tree."

Outside a hotel in Kansas:

    "Help! We need inn-experienced people!"

Found on a street corner in New York City::

    "RED ZONE: No Parking, No Standing, No Stopping, No Kidding!"

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

Manufacturers & Vendors that support us:

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  Sign China 2014:
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  United States Sign Council (USSC):

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