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e-NewsLetter Volume 7 Issue 21
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

In this issue:


The Wait Is Over

    "Procrastination is the thief of time."
      --- Edward Young

Napoleon Hill once said, "Don't wait. The time will never be just right." That is so true when it comes to running our businesses. When we wait for the "perfect moment" or "just the right time," we find that it never comes. In the meantime, profitable opportunities pass us by.

While we wait on a better economy, better weather, to hire or fire someone, etc, we skip over precious moments of time when the fruit is ripe for picking. There is never a perfect time, never an occasion when the stars all line up and point the way to your ship that just came in. Start from where you are, with what you have and make things happen.

    "A man without passion is only a latent force, only a possibility, like a stone waiting for the blow from the iron to give forth sparks."
      --- Henri Frédéric Amiel

One of the best ways to stop procrastinating and to strike fast is to reinstate your passion for the business. Recall your days of when you first began your enterprise. Do you remember the excitement? Can you remember the jolt of energy you used to take chances and grow your business? Get that passion back and let it drive you once again!

    "Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't paid the price to decide what is really important to them."
      --- Stephen Covey

In his book, Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy addresses the problems most people have with their to-do lists and accomplishing the important tasks first. Tracy says that successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done.

In his book, Tracy says that, "There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day." In other words, dig in and do the things that you don't want to do first. Similar to what you had to do when you first started the business. You were probably the president, secretary and janitor rolled into one, but you did what it took to get rolling.

    "Either he's dead or my watch has stopped."
      --- Groucho Marx

Begin CPR on your mission statement and keep alive the dreams and goals you once had for your business. Set new goals beginning today that will set a fire under your tush and that will cause you to take some risks in order to achieve.

    "If you wait until all the lights are "green" before you leave home, you'll never get started on your trip to the top."
      --- Zig Ziglar

As your business grows, the risks seem to become harder because of the added responsibilities. Don't let the drive die. Dust off that ole entrepreneurial spirit you once held high and visible. It may help to check out some motivational books or CDs from the library or attend seminars that will inspire and encourage you to get the gumption and zip back into your giddy-up.

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November 30 - December 2, 2006 - Atlantic City

Exhibits, seminars, and workshops at the world-class Atlantic City Convention Center. See virtually every product made for use in the manufacture of signs - from banners to the latest computer graphic design systems to crane and ladder trucks... all on display! Don't miss out: November 30 thru December 2, 2006.

Feature Articles

About White Ink In Black and White
By Jennifer LeClaire

Could white ink allow you to expand into new markets? Imagine the possibilities of expanding your services to include printing on leather, cardboard, wood, stone or some other non-traditional material.
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SGIA '06: Show Recap 'Exhibiting the Future Now'
By Sean Scott

When visits friends at the SGIA Expo, we are never surprised at the level of professionalism, expertise, and creativity that is displayed down the isles, in the booths, and at the seminars. SGIA '06 was no exception producing a special excitement in the air with abundant energy and a sense of exhilaration.
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Funny Signs

In a grocery store in Dennsiport, MA:

    "Snickers, 5 for $1.00(limit 4)"

On a dock in Juneau, Alaska:

    "Safety ladder, climb at own risk"

Sign in front of bankrupt store:

    "We Undersold Everybody"

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

Product Showcases

Measuring Made Easy! - The Amazing Sticky Yard Digital Measuring System
Just apply the Sticky Yard™ to the surface of the object to be measured, take a digital photo and return to your workstation. With the Sticky Yard™ as your reference you can easily use the Sticky Yard™ Measuring Software and take measurements directly from the photo with a few clicks of your mouse. This simple new tool will save countless hours formerly spent with a clumsy measuring tape, ladders and sketching a project!
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Mvix Multimedia Players: An Inexpensive Digital Signage and POS Advertising Option
Mvix Multimedia Players are an inexpensive and portable solution for running Digital Signage advertising.
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Wholesale Only Awnings from AI Innovations
AI Innovations is dedicated to helping you reduce overhead and increase your profits while growing your business. AI delivers on their trucks and has four manufacturing facilities nationwide.
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A Chemical Etching System for Every Sign & Nameplate Need from CHEMCUT
Systems are available for etching aluminum, brass, copper, inconel, manganese, nickel, silver, steel, zinc and even titanium with conveyor widths from 20 to 60 inches. Click above for details.
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After 40 Years In Business…Signtronix Chooses Sheffield Plastics As Their Primary Supplier Of Polycarbonate Sheet For Customer Signs
For nearly 40 years, Signtronix has prided itself on designing and manufacturing high-quality signs for small businesses nationwide. Based in Torrance, CA, Signtronix has produced over 600,000 sign units including outdoor electric, electronic message centers (EMCs), indoor signs, letter marquee and headliners.
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Brightboard™ ­ High Impact, Low Cost and Easy to Use Digital Signage System
In the space of a single static printed sign, you can now show a perpetual slideshow of high resolution images (including full motion video with audio) to get the message across. Adding or changing messages is fast and simple. Ideal for way-finding or promotion.
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Sign Industry News

Sign Marketplace Press Releases
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INDUSTRY ALERT- EPA Reconsiders On-premise Rulemaking
By International Sign Association

Find the latest legislative moves that effect our industry.
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  Sean Scott
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