The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 6 Issue 18
Thursday, September 15th, 2005

In this issue:



    "Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination."
      --- John Adams

In business today, success largely depends on the amount of capital you have available, the strength of your managers, the bargain you get on labor and material, and just being in the right place at the right time.

There is at least one other main ingredient that turns average companies into successful ones. That is determination --- a gritting of the teeth to fight against all odds and seeing your tasks through to completion, and driving the willingness to not quit regardless of the mounting obstacles or barriers.

    "Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees."
      --- J. Willard Marriott

Even businesses that seem to have it all going for them remain only average due to the unwillingness of leaders to stick to a plan. These are the leaders who dilly-dally when confronted with an obstacle or two. They change course instead of plowing through whatever the mountain is.

Sometimes a change of direction is the only option, but more often than not it is pure laziness that motivates this decision.

    "I am here to make decisions, and whether they prove right or wrong I am going to make them."
     --- Harry S. Truman

It takes strong leadership with determination to stand by a decision and to take responsibility for the outcome, good or bad. Rudy Giuliani once said "There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader."

Having what Walt Disney once called "stick-to-it-ivity" is a trait that you don't have to be born with, but can be developed over time. It requires that you continually monitor your business actions and be disciplined enough to catch yourself when you loosen your determination.

    "A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That's where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It's having backbone."
      --- Robert Kiyosaki

One good way to incorporate determination into your leadership style is to find the passion for your business again. Lee Iacocca, former Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Corporation loved cars and couldn't wait to get to work in the morning. Mary Kay Ash loved making women look and feel pretty; Bill Gates loved building computers; Mark Twain loved writing and Jerry Rice loved playing football.

All of these successful people developed a determination to succeed because they had passion for their job.

    "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."
      --Robert A. Heinlein

Winston Churchill once said, "If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail." You will find that once you begin exhibiting determination to succeed, others will follow. There is no need to separate the determined from the un-determined. Only keep the determined.

You only want the determined, "stick-to-it-ivity" people on your side. The only way to get them going in the same direction is to communicate to them where you plan on taking the company.

    "Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear."
      --- Dan Millman

The SGIA Digital Expo - Advertiser
The SGIA Digital Expo - Experience the Digital Community Marketplace
Phoenix, Arizona - December 8–10

Exciting technology, new products and imaging’s innovators come together for a cutting-edge exposition and first-rate conference. Join your digital community while you visit leading suppliers and compare flatbeds, ink, media, and more, side-by-side and face-to-face. Get the first-hand insight only SGIA can provide. Plan to attend today.

You'll find a highly-focused forum where you can immerse yourself in the digital imaging marketplace. Your technology and markets are moving fast, and to take advantage of all the opportunities you face, you need the type of insight only SGIA can provide.

Keep the Pace
Constantly-changing technology and ever-shifting markets is what digital imaging is all about, and it's what you'll experience at the SGIA Digital Expo. During three energetic days in Phoenix, you'll meet suppliers and users who are changing your business landscape.

Come Together
New technology, exciting applications & imaging's most successful innovators converge for a cutting-edge exposition hall and a first-rate conference program. See first-hand how technologies are changing your community and how your marketplace is making technology change.

Learn by Knowing
Your time at the SGIA Digital Expo is your time to make new contacts, shoot the breeze with old friends and generally plug into your network. Visit leading suppliers and evaluate your choices, side-by-side and face-to-face. Compare everything you need to win the digital imaging trifecta: speed, quality and profit margins.

New opportunities come to light when new markets and technologies come together. Join us at your digital community marketplace: SGIA Digital Expo.

--> Click Here For More Information about the SGIA Digital Expo

Feature Articles

Avoiding Airbrushed Vinyl Mistakes
By Jennifer LeClaire

Perfecting the art of airbrushing on vinyl takes time ­ but you can avoid beginner’s mistakes with a few insiders’ tips.
Read the article...

Making Halftone Positives for Screening
By Bill Stephens

In this third part of the Halftones series we take a look at the factors tht influence how we create halftone artwork for screenprinting. A dot is not just a dot you know.
Read the article...

New Riverboat Cruise Signage Builds Steam in St. Louis
By Fran Schilson

Sign renovation renews business for a once-popular Riverboat Cruise line.
Read the article...

Looking for an article or trying to find an old one? Check out the article archive:
      View the archive now

Digital Signage Business Summit - Advertiser
Maximize your Profit Opportunity with America's Fastest Growing New Media - Stakeholders Come Together in Chicago at Digital Signage Event
Building Your Successful Digital Signage Business Summit - November 15th and 16th, 2005

This event held in Chicago, IL, the first of its kind, will deliver the intelligence buyers need for the million-dollar they will be making. It brings together all stakeholders with a focus on making digital signage networks profitable while maintaining margins along the value chain.

Hear industry leaders and learn from these top networks: Simon Property Group, PRN, Clear Channel Outdoor, Harris Bank, f.y.e., TBM (South Africa), Transit Television Network, i-vu USA Inc., and PubliSystema (Chile) This summit will give you the opportunity to develop a profitable business model for digital signage in your organization, achieve maximum advertising impact and exceptional ROI on advertising dollars and elevate your business by using innovative technology and advertising strategies.

Network with individuals at the center of influence from system integrators and contractors, top network operators, location owners from various verticals including retail, transportation, hospitality, government, entertainment facilities, banks and advertising agencies.

--> Click Here to For More Information
--> Click Here to Register

PS - Register by September 16th and save with our early bird offer.

Funny Signs

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

    "I go where I'm towed."

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."

Have you seen any funny signs lately? Why not share them with the world? Send your comments, suggestions, and hysterical observations to:

Product Showcases

Watchfire by Time-O-Matic: Electronic Signs
Time-O-Matic manufactures and markets Watchfire by Time-O-Matic LED message centers and time/temp displays. Our Watchfire message centers are available in color and monochrome and are enhanced by the animation and 3-D-like capabilities of our Watchfire exclusive graphics software. We sell only through sign dealers and support their efforts with outstanding service and a wide range of sales and marketing support tools. In addition, every Watchfire sign comes with our industry-best 5-year limited warranty. Click above for more details.
Read on...

Mark I, The Revolutionary Metal Sign Paint
Now available in conventional or Low VOC versions. Mark I is a member Of the Series 95 Family Of Metal Signage Paints from Spraylat.
Read on...

Banner Material for Roland, Mimaki & Seiko Printers from JSI
Click above for these and other featured products from JSI Sign Systems
Read on...

Vector Art for imprinting professionals - FAST! Perfect for sign making, screen printing, embroidery, engraving, any imprinting field. Production ready for CorelDRAW, Illustrator, Flexi - any sign or design program. CD's & Downloads available. EPS, AI & WMF Formats. Lowest prices GUARANTEED! Download 10MB FREE!
Read on...

Profit Now from Digital Imaging, Two New Books from SGIA/DPI
Avoid costly mistakes, get the facts, and watch your profits soar! Make digital imaging profitable NOW with two new books from SGIA/DPI — The Digital Print Sales System by Terry Nagi and 2005 Guide to Digital Imaging: A Useful Guide to the Markets Served, Materials Used and Equipment Utilized in the Digital Imaging Industry by DPI staff.
Read on...

Advertise here for just $90 per month.
Call or email for more details: 888-350-3357 ext. 201 or

Sign Industry News

Sign Marketplace Press Releases
See what's new and what's happening in our industry all in one place.
Go Now --->

INDUSTRY ALERT- Street Graphics and the Law
By International Sign Association

Find the history and impact of Street Graphics and the Law and see its recent revised release in October will have an impact on your clients rights and your businesses future if we don't intervene.
Read the article...

Could your co-workers use this newsletter?
If you have a friend or colleague who you think would be interested in receiving this newsletter, we encourage you to forward this message along to them. Or have them visit: Join Here

Our Supporters
We want your feedback! Let us know what we can do to serve you better. Send us your comments to us at: or give us a call at 407-656-5892

Visit our friends and advertisiers that support this publication:

  Advance Corp, Braille-Tac™ Div.:
  Alcan Composites:
  Corel Corp.:
  Cyrious Software:
  Digital Art Solutions:
  Graphtec (Western Graphtec):
  Info-Lite LED:
  International Sign Association (ISA):
  Mutoh America:
  Océ Display Graphics Systems:
  Roland DGA:
  Seal Graphics Americas:
  Spraylat- Sign Coatings:

- Wishing you much success,

  Sean Scott
  Managing Editor

If your company wishes to sponsor this newsletter, please contact Sean Scott at:
or call 888-350-3357 to learn more about this and other great advertising opportunities within

(c)2005 |
Worldwide Rights Reserved.