The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 19 Issue 14
Monday July 16, 2018

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Convert bitmaps into Vector Graphics in Minutes, with Graphic Tracer Professional!
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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Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy: EstiMate Sign Pricing Software
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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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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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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Coach a Winning Team!

    "Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people."
      --- Steve Jobs

The importance of teamwork and developing great teams in business cannot be overstated. Thousands of books on business have stressed the benefits of teams, (more so back in the 80s), and for good reason. Creating and nurturing teams and the concept of teamwork in your business increases production and loyalty and reduces turnover and mistakes. Teams can catapult a business toward greater profits due to increased sales and customer retention and can serve to create a lasting bond and work cohesiveness that insulates the company from negativity and slothfulness.

But building teams require a commitment to the effort. You can't just announce a team philosophy and says, "Go get em!" A team must be put in place, given the rules of the game, and then coached on a regular basis. Here are three steps you can use to develop your own winning team.

    "Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team."
      --- John Maxwell

The first step for building a winning team is to share your team concept. Gather your employees and let them know that you have a game plan and that you want them to be a part of it. Lay down the rules of the game such as what projects will be included, what parts each team members will play, what the end result should be, and so on.

    "The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison."
      --- James Cash Penney

Next, set aside one day per week to meet with your team. Mondays seem to work for many organizations, but you decide. Keep the meetings consistent and have an agenda ready before the meeting. Some discussion topics should include a look at the status of the project, what still needs to be done, and what are the pressing issues that need to be resolved.

Take this time to coach your team members and guide them through the project. Empower them to use their skills, knowledge, and abilities you hired them for and only offer direction where needed. A good coach looks at the larger picture and doesn't micro-manage.

    "Growing up in a group home, and with an undiagnosed learning disability to boot, the odds of success were not on my side. But when I joined the high school football team, I learned the value of discipline, focus, persistence, and teamwork - all skills that have proven vital to my career as a C.E.O. and social entrepreneur."
      --- Darrell Hammond

Finally, take the time to celebrate wins-even small wins. Team members work better together when they are encouraged as well as praised as a team. It's okay to point out some star players, but remember to reward the entire team, and do it often.

When these three basic steps are followed consistently the better your team will gel. Over time, the team will begin to understand one another's strengths and weaknesses and be able to either take up the slack or hand off the burden. The team concept works and the rewards pay increasing dividends over the long haul.

    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
      --- Michael Jordan

Feature Articles

Regulatory Reform Under the Trump Administration: What Businesses Need to Know
By Marci Kinter

Regulations can have an enormous impact on the American economy and the businesses that operate within it. There is a division in the United States between those who think these regulations are more helpful than harmful, and those who view them as unnecessary and outright burdensome.
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Funny Signs

A sign outside a furniture store in northern Virginia:

    "ANTIQUE Tables Made Here Daily"

At an optometrist's office:

    "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place"

On a Lutheran Church Sign in Lincoln, Nebraska:

    "Stop, Drop, and Roll Does Not Work in Hell"

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!

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Sean Scott

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