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e-NewsLetter Volume 15 Issue 2
Wednesday January 15, 2014

In this issue:

Product Showcases

ArtCAM is so easy to learn that even middle school children can produce real life parts
Colina Middle School in California offers a CNC CADCAM class using Delcam’s ArtCAM CNC software. In less than half a day students have created signs that were manufactured for the café and little league snack shack. If they can do it so can you! Find out how, click above.
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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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Special ASI Membership Offer From
As a member, you have a great opportunity to increase revenue by selling imprinted products like logoed pens, mugs, and apparel. Thousands of companies like yours have increased business through the sales of products like these. It's a service you could easily add that will increase your sales and improve customer loyalty. Please click here to learn more about this opportunity today.
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5 Reasons to Treat your CNC to ArtCAM Express
The ArtCAM team have compiled a video of their top-five features of ArtCAM Express. See how easy it is to create automatic vectors, generate 3D reliefs from images, use clipart from the included 3D relief library and machine your designs using the standard $149 software.
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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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Discovering Talents

    Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
      --- Benjamin Franklin

If you get a chance this week, take a look around your neighborhood and count the number of folks walking, running or biking with their new fitness outfits. It happens every year: New Year's resolutions in action. Some are looking to lose weight, quit smoking and get rid of old habits.

Hopefully, you've had a chance to review the past year and come up with some of your own resolutions or goals for your business. It is a healthy way to add new life to the way things are done in your company.

    Training was a time where resolutions made in the enthusiasm of an inspired moment were put to personal test.
      --- Herb Elliott

Looking back, it is easy to see where some of last year's resolutions were not met and where some actually helped to improve the bottom line. We hope that you enjoyed a prosperous 2004 and that much was gleaned to inspire you to take action in 2005.

One area of concern with many business leaders is motivating employees to live up to their potential. Recognizing that each person has their own unique gifts to contribute, is the first important step.

    Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
    If I cannot carry forests on my back,
    Neither can you crack a nut.
      --- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of us want our employees to be content in their jobs knowing that contentment means productivity. Of course, finding the balance between training an individual to perform well in their job and utilizing their talents is a challenge. We often discover the frustrating truth that the person being trained is actually better suited for a different position. Their talent is in another area and the sooner that is discovered, the better off your company will be.

    If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.
      --- Sir Joshua Reynolds

Many tests are available to help you discover the talents and gifts of your employees. It may be wise beginning the New Year with a discovery of who is best suited for what. The Myers-Briggs exam and other good resources are available online and in the local library to help you with this. One good organization that may be able to assist you is The Society for Human Resource Management (online at

    Like a kick in the butt, the force of events wakes slumberous talents.
      --- Edward Hoagland

Some of your team members probably don't know what talents they possess or they don't know how to use them. Motivating these employees may require some innovative methods, but once their gifts are determined, inspiring and motivating them should become a priority.

    The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind ahead even more than teamwork.
      --- Igor Sikorsky

While much research has been conducted in business on the effects of teambuilding, team projects and team thinking, the core of success still depends on the individual. A good team is made up of many talented team members.

Finding the talents of each team member and using them in the design of your business plan is the key ingredient to a profitable business in 2005!

    The good teacher … discovers the natural gifts of his pupils and liberates them by the stimulating influence of the inspiration that he can impart. The true leader makes his followers twice the men they were before.
      --- Stephen Neill

Advertiser - ISA International Sign Expo 2014
Join the International Sign Association for ISA International Sign Expo 2014!

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Here’s a great idea: come to ISA International Sign Expo 2014 and find all the information and insight you need to take your business to the next level — as more than 17,000 sign industry professionals from every aspect of the industry come together in Orlando. More than 500 exhibitors will connect you to the products, people and knowledge that will make a positive impact on your business.

ISA Sign Academy Education Sessions offer insight on the latest developments in the signage industry, including dynamic digital signage.

This can’t-miss event has everything you need to make a positive impact on your business in 2014. Register now.

ISA International Sign Expo
Education and Networking Events: April 23-26
Trade Show: April 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center, South Building
Orlando, Florida

Feature Articles

How to Select Your Next Wide-Format Printer
By Bob Flipse

This is an interesting topic, to be sure, and one that could invite plenty of argument from interested parties (e.g. - sellers shouting, 'Buy mine, buy mine!'). Follow the steps in this article to help you to make an informed decision.
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School-to-Work Programs: An Overlooked Option for Staffing Needs
By K. Schipper

Sociologists are already predicting that tomorrow’s workforce will look considerably different than today’s, thanks mainly to an aging population.
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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

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"

On a window of a New Hampshire burger restaurant:

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

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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  Advance Corp, Braille-Tac™ Div.:
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  Estimate Software:
  International Sign Association (ISA):
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  Sign China 2014:
  Supply 55:
  United States Sign Council (USSC):

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