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e-NewsLetter Volume 15 Issue 23
Monday December 1, 2014

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In this issue:


Product Showcases


Outdoor Sign Lighting $99.99 Sale– Click here
RLM 'gooseneck' sign light fixture. Lifetime warranty. Available in 8 powder coated finishes. In Stock. USA made. www.ecologicsavings.com
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target – all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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The Simple Way to Create a Digital Message - modular e Digital Signage Software
modular e is a web-administered digital sign application that is easy to implement and use. No servers, no IT support, and no graphic designers are needed to deliver professional results. Choose from industry specific templates and customize your signs with modular e ACTIVE MODULES. modular e is cost effective for one display or thousands.
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NEW Suite of 3M Envision Wrap Films -- High performance plus sustainability
The world’s first non-PVC, high-performing wrap film just got better. The new suite of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films offers 100% printer compatibility and includes the only non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Welcome to the Revolution. Click above for details & samples.
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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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NEW Flexible Substrate Optimized for use with LEDs
3M™ Envision Flexible Substrate FS-1 offers increased light transmission. That means more efficient use of LEDs and energy. And because LEDs require less maintenance, customers with hard-to-reach pylon signs can keep their feet on the ground.
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Meaningful Management

    "If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don't have to manage them."
      --- Jack Welch

One of the most challenging aspects of operating a business is the management of people. Keeping people happy and content is not always seen as a part of people management, but it is really the responsibility of the business leadership. Managing employees is not a do-it-once-and-it-is-done kind of task. It is an ongoing process that requires constant attention and relentless innovation in order to create and develop a true dream team.

Choosing the right people for the positions you have open is the beginning of the use of good management skills. Thereafter, the management process should prove to be a lot easier after this initial critical step is addressed. Some operations spend a lot of time and energy in winning a large project and need more employees right away. Unfortunately, the actions taken at this point can cause management nightmares. Just throwing warm bodies at a job will prove to be disastrous for both the outcome of the project as well as the business. Taking the time to find ideal candidates is better for all parties involved in the long run.

    "There are people who are really good managers, people who can manage a big organization, and then there are people who are very analytic or focused on strategy. Those two types don't usually tend to be in the same person. I would put myself much more in the latter camp."
      --- Mark Zuckerberg

If you have the luxury of hiring a manager, make sure that the skills, abilities, knowledge, and talent are in-line with what you desire and what you need for managing your team members. If you are a one-person doing-it-all, remember that you serve as a manager and a leader rolled into one.

    "No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings."
      --- Peter Drucker

Your managers should be skilled in organizing business activities and orchestrating your team members in such a way as to get the projects completed with the utmost quality and in a timely manner. This doesn't take PhDs and MBAs to make it happen. It just takes people with integrity who understand a little of the psychology behind motivating, inspiring, and rewarding employees. These attributes can be learned and it doesn't always take seasoned, experienced managers to get the job done. A well-coached ambitious manager can often work circles around a manager with a lengthy resume.

    "Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game's two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself."
      --- Jack Nicklaus

Managing employees well, is a difficult task and requires a lot of concentration and hard work. However, it is well-worth the effort in bottom line returns and provides a long-term benefit to the reputation of the business. Managing your team, which includes hiring a qualified manager, as well as managing yourself go hand in hand. Your team is always watching your actions more than listening to your words. Manage yourself in a way that shows restraint, exudes integrity and boundless energy, and reveals work habits that can be imitated. This act alone will set a foundation for meaningful management in your business.


Advertiser - ISA Sign Expo 2015
Registration for ISA Sign Expo 2015 is OPEN!

The International Sign Association is inviting you to get a jump start on planning for ISA International Sign Expo 2015 by registering right now. ISA Sign Expo 2015 is back at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas on April 8-11. Already, the 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall floor is more than 90 percent sold out. This year's ISA Sign Expo is looking to be the largest yet with more than 550 exhibitors and 21,000 attendees.

At every corner, sign and visual communications professionals can explore the leading products and innovations - ISA Sign Expo showcases the ENTIRE industry all in one event! Wide-format and 3-D printers, channel letters, neon, architectural signage and digital sign systems all will be on display. The Dynamic Digital Park will include educational seminars with exhibitors offering solutions for traditional sign companies that want to explore digital signage as a new business opportunity.

The current exhibitor list is already online and being updated continually. And most importantly, registration is open!


Feature Articles

Backup and Archival Approaches

How you choose to backup your computer has several different methods and you should be aware what your plan is, and that it's working, to ensure that you know that you won't lose your stuff.
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Making Big Decisions: Will Doing Nothing Destroy Your Business?
By Rock LaManna

When does doing nothing okay and when is it not? Endeavour to acquire enough quantitative and qualitative date to know your options and their consequences in order to make the best decisions.
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Advertiser - ISA Sign Expo 2015
Registration for ISA Sign Expo 2015 is OPEN!

The International Sign Association is inviting you to get a jump start on planning for ISA International Sign Expo 2015 by registering right now. ISA Sign Expo 2015 is back at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas on April 8-11. Already, the 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall floor is more than 90 percent sold out. This year's ISA Sign Expo is looking to be the largest yet with more than 550 exhibitors and 21,000 attendees.

At every corner, sign and visual communications professionals can explore the leading products and innovations - ISA Sign Expo showcases the ENTIRE industry all in one event! Wide-format and 3-D printers, channel letters, neon, architectural signage and digital sign systems all will be on display. The Dynamic Digital Park will include educational seminars with exhibitors offering solutions for traditional sign companies that want to explore digital signage as a new business opportunity.

The current exhibitor list is already online and being updated continually. And most importantly, registration is open!

Funny Signs

Sign at car dealership in Buffalo:

    "End Of The World Clear-out! If The World Ends, You Don't Pay… Ev-er!"

Custom Dental Sign in San Diego:

    "Best Cavity Search In Town!"

Sign on Jewelry Store:

    "Sometimes It's Okay To Throw Rocks At Girls."

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
Send them to us at: info@signindustry.com.


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