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e-NewsLetter Volume 18 Issue 23
Friday December 1, 2017

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Graphic Tracer Professional - Convert bitmaps into Vector Graphics in Minutes!
With Sensedge(tm) auto-tracing, quickly fix most common shapes, arcs, curves and lines using 'smart' clean-up tools. Automatically identify and replace text in graphics with the correct font. Able to identify over 100,000 fonts.
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Fearlessly Forward with 8 New Color Options - 3M(tm) Wrap Film Series 1080
Anything but ordinary. 3M(tm) Wrap Film Series 1080 is a distinctive way to make you -- and your car -- stand out in the crowd. Give your clients the individuality they demand with the hottest vehicle wrap colors. 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 gives your customers a distinctive look for their car, truck, or even boat.
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Why Commit To A Modular Sign System?
By choosing a preferred sign system and using it regularly, you become even more expert at designing and manufacturing signs. You and/or your shop will work more efficiently, lower your labor costs, make effective use of inventory, and begin to recognize potential applications for a variety of different jobs. You'll even save time and increase your chances for additional sales.
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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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SIGNLAB V10 - Exceptional design and production software. Exceptional prices. CADlink Technology Corp.
Industry-leading sign making, large format display software. Dozens of new, time-saving, easy to use features from V9.1 and even more from older versions. Call now for your upgrade price: 1-800-545-9581
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New Premium Clipart Library - 500,000 Artworks / $49 for a Year
Introducing VectorState, a new online library of exceptional quality royalty-free vector art, created by top artists around the world. Their limited availability 'Early-Bird' pricing gives you a year membership for just $49 - click above to take advantage.
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Getting Involved

    "A sure sign of a soul-based workplace is excitement, enthusiasm, real passion; not manufactured passion, but real involvement. And there's very little fear."
      --- David Whyte

In the classic Christmas feature, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown is advised by Lucy that the only way he can eliminate all of his many fears is to get involved in something. Charlie Brown decided then to be the director of the Christmas play and organize all of the roles using all of the characters in this traditional cartoon. Lucy's solution for Charlie Brown is exactly what he needed and is also a good lesson for all of us.

Getting involved in something bigger than ourselves cures many ailments. It does three things at once: it allows us to focus our energies on a worthy endeavor and not on ourselves, it provides an outlet for our creative juices, and it produces something of value for a worthy cause. All of these are great reasons for our involvement in something other than our business or ourselves, but another side benefit is that it offers health benefits as well.

    "When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world."
      --- Elon Musk

Involvement in outside activities adds spark to one's life. It is an opportunity to play a part in something larger than what most of us ever dreamed of. For example, jumping in on weekends to help Habitat for Humanity build houses for the poor can really stretch you as you do some physical labor, building blisters and creating sore muscles. But in the end, the outcome has a tendency to stretch your heart as well, as you witness the unveiling of a home to someone in need.

    "So we had life, death, illness, everything - every emotional involvement we had, we experienced. And I think that made what we had to do on stage, stronger. We got very much involved in what we were doing."
      --- Tom Bosley

Involvement doesn't have to just be a specific charity. It can be simply getting involved in a project you gave to some of your team members. If it's a large project you trusted some team members with, you can offer to be given an assignment and then immerse yourself in that assignment providing the best that you can. Avoid the temptation of running the project and only do what is assigned to you. This will spark renewed energy and let you see your business from a different angle.

    "The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed."
      --- Martina Navratilova

One of the good things about getting involved in something outside of your work is that although you are giving your all, you are not giving up on your first love. You may be committed to your business, but you get involved in outside projects to give back to the community and to protect your sanity. Involvement is giving, but it is giving with a heart for the recipient without fully leaving your first love.

Involvement doesn't have to just be during the Christmas holidays. It can be year-round and a good way to begin is to identify a year-long project you would like to be involved in. Consider your various options and dabble in a few until you find the one you will like. Once you decide where to get involved, go ahead and make a New Year's resolution to stay with it through 2018.

    "Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven't been done before."
      --- Eli Broad

Feature Articles

The Changing Retail Landscape
By Eileen Fritsch

The demand for printed point-of-purchase (POP) graphics may erode now that Amazon and changes in consumer behavior are forcing retailers to rethink the role of their brick-and-mortar stores.
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Funny Signs

On a delicatessen wall:

    "Our best is none too good"

As seen in front of bait shop in Georgia:

    "Ice cold watermelons. We have worms"

A sign on top of a San Francisco drug store located across the street from the Transbay bus terminal:

    "Terminal Drugs"

We need those funny signs you have seen in your travels, come on, we know they are out there. Send them to us at:

Making Possible

These great companies below enable to serve you!

3M Commercial Graphics:
CADlink Technology:
Clarke Systems:
Estimate Software:
International Sign Association (ISA):
Matrix Payment Systems:
American RENOLIT Corp:
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- Have a great weekend,

Sean Scott

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