The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 19 Issue 11
Friday June 1, 2018

In this issue:

Product Showcases

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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Premium Clipart Library - 500,000 Artworks / $49 for a Year
Introducing VectorState, an online library of exceptional quality royalty-free vector art, created by top artists around the world. A one-year membership for just $49 - click above to take advantage.
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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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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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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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Are you leaving your money on the table?
Is your business one of the many B2B companies that could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table each year when accepting commercial credit cards from your business or government clients? You can find out with no obligation. Isn't that worth checking?
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Sign Industry News

Sign Industry Press Releases
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Mentoring Is Rewarding

    "I've had a life that has taken many interesting paths. I've learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me, and I want to share what I've learned."
      --- Herbie Hancock

Being a manager, supervisor, owner, or boss provides an opportunity to help others grow in their jobs as well as in their lives. In a leadership capacity, you have numerous chances to impart wisdom, offer guidance, provide shortcuts, and show others the way to success. By itself, your status in the company places you in a good place for supporting those coming up and behind you in the business.

But being a mentor is a serious responsibility and should be embraced with the knowledge that you carry the experience, knowledge and skills that others need. If your hiring process has been properly executed, then you have golden players who need your help in winning. What you have to offer took years to hone and can provide others a chance to excel without the many bumps and bruises that you received along the way.

    "The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people."
     -- John Maxwell

If you really want your shop or business to be a huge success, begin now supercharging your people by serving as a mentor to them. One way you can begin is to expose your team members to the successful people that you know. For example, instead of having lunch with another successful business person, invite someone from the field or a sales rep to join you both.

Give your friend a heads-up about the introduction and then introduce your friend to your team member and get a conversation rolling. Then, leave them alone for a while to make a phone call or pay for the lunch. Let them get to know one another and allow your friend to offer advice where needed. This may be the beginning of a lasting relationship or at least be the jump start that one of your team members needed.

    "A mentor enables a person to achieve. A hero shows what achievement looks like."
      --- John C. Maxwell

There are people in your company or within your circle of acquaintances that know what success looks like. They've seen you or others achieve success and they know that it is possible. What they may not know is how to get to the point of that kind of success. This is where a mentor can be helpful. The mentor encourages and guides the mentee toward success, providing not only direction, but pointing out where the potholes might be and how to avoid them.

    "Find someone within the company who is on another team but is at a similar level or role as you to be a friend, a sounding board, and a place to go for candid feedback. Find a mentor within the company who resembles the leader you'd like to grow to be."
      --- Katrina Lake

If you are not in a leadership role or feel that you would like to be mentored too, don't be afraid to ask those around you who you admire. Most people will feel honored that you asked and pleased to help where they can. A mentor can be anyone who can lend an ear and then lend a hand to lead you toward your goals.

    "The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves."
      --- Steven Spielberg

Feature Articles

Who's Getting Into Packaging? The opportunity may be bigger than you might think!
By Eileen Fritsch

Have you considered getting into the package printing business? If so, you're not alone. Today, many digitally savvy, color- proficient printing businesses are seeking to profit from the growing demand for shorter runs of customized labels, folding cartons, corrugated boxes and flexible packaging.
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Funny Signs

A sign on the elevator door:

    "This elevator is out of whack." Later someone had penciled in, "More whack is on order."

In a restaurant window somewhere in Boise, ID:

    "Don't stand there and be hungry, come in and get fed up"

Sign spotted on the back window of a small car being pulled by a motor home:

    "I go where I'm towed."

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!

CADlink Technology:
Clarke Systems:
Estimate Software:
International Sign Association (ISA):
Matrix Payment Systems:
American RENOLIT Corp:
Supply 55:

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- Have a great weekend,

Sean Scott

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