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e-NewsLetter Volume 18 Issue 7
Monday April 3, 2017

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In this issue:

Product Showcases


3M Wrap Film Series 1080 Welcomes Bold New Color Additions
Ignite creativity and kindle inspiration behind exceptional wrap designs. Ten new colors, including Gloss Flip Deep Space, Satin Vampire Red, Gloss Flip Psychedelic and more, bring the 3M collection to 98 colors and finishes. This high-performance film needs no printing or overlaminate, so it's ready to use right out of the box. See colors and get samples online.
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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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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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CADlink Technology Corp releases SignLab v10
The latest version of the world's most widely used sign making, large format display software product now available. The much anticipated release of SignLab version 10 was first previewed in early March at FESPA 2016 in Amsterdam and was officially launched at both the ISA Sign Expo in Orlando as well as Sign and Digital UK in Birmingham, UK in mid-April.
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Create a Digital Message The Simple Way- modular e Digital Signage Software from Clarke Systems
A web-administered digital sign application that is easy to implement and use. No servers, no IT support, and no graphic designers are needed to deliver professional results. Choose from industry specific templates and customize your signs with modular e ACTIVE MODULES. modular e is cost effective for one display or thousands.
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Building Team Spirit

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

So much has been written about the value of teams and how developing a great team translates to increased creativity, increased productivity, and increased profits. All of this is true. The problem is that there isn't a lot of information about how to create a great team and how to keep a team working together as a finely tuned and well-oiled machine.

Simply putting together a few employees and telling them to work on a project doesn't always produce the desired results. A team in business, like a team in sports, has to have three key ingredients: energy, direction, and focus. If all three are in place, the team will find a way to be ultra productive. Team members will feed off one another, inspire one another, and work together to achieve the end results. But they must have those three pieces in order to produce.

    "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."
      --- Darell Hammond

Once you've screened, interviewed and brought the right team member on board, the next step is to give that person direction. When he or she is put together with other, well-qualified employees, team dynamics begin to form. You don't have to designate a group as a team, you simply give them the direction put them on the project and give them the direction that they need.

    "Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another."
      --- Vince Lombardi

Fostering the team spirit will come naturally when employees learn from you what tasks need to be completed and how you, or the organization expects them to be handled. Imparting your wisdom and the mission of the company to the individual team members is usually all that is needed. It's true that many organizations embark on team exercises and retreats to build cohesiveness, and that is all fine, but once the "qualified" employee grasps the company concept and its values, they should be ready to hit the ground running. Any other team building rah-rah stuff is simply icing.

    "I spend a lot of time building teams at both businesses - both The Trump Organization and my own - and thinking about who to hire to supplement the team and allow us to best achieve our goals."
      --- Ivanka Trump

Your qualified employees will have the energy. You will provide the direction. The mission, vision, and values of your company will provide the focus. Keep those statements in the forefront and your team will have no doubts of what is expected.

    "A key to achieving success is to assemble a strong and stable management team."
      --- Vivek Wadhwa

The team spirit begins by establishing a team system from the top down. If you are a one person show, illustrate the team dynamics by example using you and your employees as the foundation of a team. If a leadership force is in place, use those members to form a team and to lead by example. Show your employees how a good team should look and act.

    "One of the most important things we do is we've organized our stores and our workforce into teams."
      --- John Mackey

Whether yours is a small or large shop, illustrate the importance of teamwork. Share stories of how vital it is that we all lean on one another as we work in unison toward a common goal. Tell your team members that there is strength in numbers and that when we all strive together, we are stronger and more successful than if we act alone.


Advertiser - International Sign Expo 2017
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ISA Sign Expo is coming to Las Vegas, April 19-22, 2017! This event is suitable only for sign, graphics and visual communications professionals who want to grow their business and get ahead of the competition.

At ISA Sign Expo, you'll discover new accessories and equipment for your expanding product lines, inspiring technology and creative applications and substrates, and the best deals, new trends and eye-popping solutions.

With 20,000 sign and graphics professionals under one roof, you'll make the most important connections of the year to help you expand your business and increase revenue streams.

Professional Warning-attending ISA Sign Expo will put you in the middle of serious business negotiations, cutting-edge trends, and expanded business connections.

Let's get started. Register now at signexpo.org/SI.COM

Feature Articles

Stressless Distressed: Creating Your Own Distressed Graphic Files
By Marshall Atkinson

This article is all about creating easy-to-use distressed pattern files to add some pizzazz to your graphics. Nothing fancy, just solid technique. If you have ever bought a distressed pattern, you are going to wonder why you wasted your money after you read this. Creating your own gives you the control, but also puts your creative spin on the design aesthetic.
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Advertiser - International Sign Expo 2017
Let's Get Graphic!

ISA Sign Expo is coming to Las Vegas, April 19-22, 2017! This event is suitable only for sign, graphics and visual communications professionals who want to grow their business and get ahead of the competition.

At ISA Sign Expo, you'll discover new accessories and equipment for your expanding product lines, inspiring technology and creative applications and substrates, and the best deals, new trends and eye-popping solutions.

With 20,000 sign and graphics professionals under one roof, you'll make the most important connections of the year to help you expand your business and increase revenue streams.

Professional Warning-attending ISA Sign Expo will put you in the middle of serious business negotiations, cutting-edge trends, and expanded business connections.

Let's get started. Register now at signexpo.org/SI.COM

Funny Signs

Outside of a Mexico City disco:

    "Members and Non-Members Only"

As seen on a billboard:

    "Speedo: Making us wish we were all blind"

Sign at an Arby's in North Bend, Washington:

    "Now Hiring / Two French Dips / For Two Dollars"

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


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Estimate Software: www.estimatesoftware.com
International Sign Association (ISA): www.signs.org
JetUSA: www.JetUSA.com
Matrix Payment Systems: www.matrixpaymentsystems.com
American RENOLIT Corp: www.renolit.com
SGIA: www.SGIA.org
Supply 55: www.Supply55.com

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Sean Scott

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