The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 15 Issue 19
Wednesday October 1, 2014

In this issue:

Product Showcases

See the Best of the Industry’s Best at the 2014 SGIA Expo
You heard right. The 2014 SGIA Expo (October 22–24) is heading back to Las Vegas, where everything goes and anything is possible. The industry's most diverse group of educated attendees comes together each year for the annual Expo, and industry leading exhibitors pack the trade show floor with equipment, innovation and solutions. It's the only place to see the latest imaging techniques, newest garment decoration technologies and cutting-edge applications.
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American Classic Gooseneck Outdoor Sign Light - Click here -
You have seen them or installed them. You will find them anywhere there is a sign that needs lighting! Invented, designed & built in the USA in 1929. On Sale $99.99.
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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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York Wallcoverings Launches Substrate Program
Introducing PRINT MEDIA SOLUTIONS, a full line of proven wall décor substrates. York Wallcoverings has a unique understanding of the printing business and the complexities of wall installations. Stop by booth 4658 at the SGIA Show to learn more or click above.
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Looking For A Free SGIA Expo Pass, click here.
Walk the Expo floor Free. Stop by and say hi at our booth 4219. We hope to see you in Las Vegas 10/22 - 24. Safe travels.
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ShopSabre CNC – American Made CNC Solutions!
If you want to be a leader in your industry, choose a tool that is a leader in their industry.
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CADlink Releases Online Stock Image/Artwork Subscription Service That Includes Over 2.5 Million Files
In response to ongoing requests from signmakers, engravers, wide format digital print producers and garment decorators, CADlink Technology Corporation has launched an online image subscription service, CADlink Design Elements.
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Giving Back

    "Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need."
      --- Gillian Anderson

The last thing we all need today is something extra added to our plates. It is enough just to get up in the morning and tackle all the tasks at hand without adding more. If you are like me, you are probably trying to find ways to unload things, not take on more. But it is important to take a step back and look at our community and see if there isn't something we can add, something we can do to help, even if it is just a little.

Volunteering is one way to give back to the community that helps to support our businesses. There are so many organizations looking for people to volunteer that at least the task of finding where to volunteer is made easier. Usually, the best place to begin is with an organization or cause you are passionate about.

    "Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer."
      --- Allen Klein

Volunteering doesn't really require a whole lot of time and effort. It can be any amount you wish to contribute. I know business leaders who volunteer to feed the homeless every Saturday morning at a local park through a nearby church. The church brings all the equipment and food and all these business leaders do is dish out the goodies to the homeless. Although not the main reason for volunteering, these leaders are home by 10:00am. The point is that it doesn't take a lot of time to give back.

    "My dad was president of the volunteer fire department, which was within walking distance to our house. I spent several days of each week there with him - any time the whistle blew, he went. It was truly inspiring to watch him lead that way."
      --- Brad Paisley

Our volunteering actions speaks volumes to those around us, especially our employees. There are many businesses that offer incentives to employees who volunteer and some companies turn these opportunities into a competition with employees getting more and more involved in order to outdo their peers.

    "I absolutely believe in the power of tithing and giving back. My own experience about all the blessings I've had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works."
      --- Ken Blanchard

In order to find a good place to volunteer, remember to seek out things you are passionate about. Currently in the news is the issue with domestic violence and how misunderstood it really is. Most communities have shelters for victims of domestic violence and are always seeking volunteers to help with picking up supplies, getting the word out to communities, and training business leaders to recognize this plight that is devastating to families, businesses, and neighborhoods.

Other organizations in desperate need of volunteers include animal shelters, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, hospitals, day camps, senior centers, and the YMCA, just to name a few. Find one that suits your personality and passion and you may just be surprised how much the time you spend will be so much more valuable to others than you could ever imagine.

    "To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do."
      --- John Adams

Advertiser - 2014 SGIA Expo
2014 SGIA Expo

October will be here before we know it! Don't miss a single detail as we plan for the industry's hottest event, where everything goes and anything is possible.

What: The 2014 SGIA Expo

When: October 22–24, 2014

Where: The Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Who: Experts and your peers from every sector of the imaging industry. The Expo has literally every part of the industry represented and ready to talk to you in our Expo-exclusive Zones, on the show floor, in educational sessions and beyond!

Register by September 30 for your free SGIA Expo pass.

Feature Articles

Determining ROI and Profit Opportunities in Wide-Format Printing
By G. Scott Wood

With sustained year-over-year growth in the sign and display graphics business, wide-format digital inkjet printing remains a strong and attractive profit opportunity for printing companies.
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Internal vs. External Sign Illumination Revisited: Best Methods for Traffic Safety
By Richard B. Crawford

Which lighting method is best for drivers who are seeing and reading the signs at night?
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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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Manufacturers & Vendors that support us:

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  Sean Scott

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