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e-NewsLetter Volume 18 Issue 13
Thursday June 15, 2017

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In this issue:

Product Showcases


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 SignLab v10
The Leading-edge design and production workflow features for all the latest digital printers, vinyl cutters and print/cut devices. Setting the standard for sign making, large format graphics print and cut software.
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Interior & Exterior Architectural Sign Systems from Clarke Systems
A sign system contains most, if not all, of the buliding blocks you'll need for everything from a single sign to a comprehensive identity or wayfinding program. Simple. Versatile. Comprehensive.
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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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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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Independent Thinking

Here in the US, we celebrate Independence Day every July 4th to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, signifying that the US would no longer be a part of the British Empire. This state of independence has been a cause of celebration for over 241 years.

We thrive on being independent in other aspects of our lives as well. The self-made man or woman is celebrated. The person who climbs Mt. Everest by themselves is celebrated. So is the rower who makes his way in his dingy around the world or the woman who swims the English channel - all are celebrated as independent heroes.

    "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
      --- Steve Jobs

And, so is the business leader who comes up with the sure winning strategy for their business. This independent thinking is another cause for celebration. Unfortunately, setting aside the time to think independently is more of a luxury today than it used to be. We may meet with others to brainstorm or do some reading or listen to a TED talk presentation online, but to sit quietly and think is becoming a bygone tool in business.

    "If I look confused it is because I am thinking."
      --- Samuel Goldwyn

Randy Pope is the pastor of Perimeter Church, a large Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. He tells the story that as a child, he walked into a room to find his Dad staring at the ceiling with his eyes closed. When he asked his Dad what he was doing, he replied, "I'm thinking," then put his head up again, closed his eyes and continued thinking.

The memory of that incident stayed with Pastor Pope to this day and to this day he takes time once a week to just think. Some people believe that to sit and think is akin to an Andy Griffith episode where he rocks in a chair on the porch pealing an apple, doing absolutely nothing. But thinking, truly thinking, requires more energy that many believe. It is not mindless thought, but actually contemplating an issue, problem, or idea and looking at it from various angles.

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
      --- Albert Einstein

In business, there are always problems. Some are small and some are large, and some are created by off-the-cuff thinking. When we make rash decisions we pay the penalty. Independent thinking generates solutions and ideas that become profitable. The key is getting alone, when not totally exhausted, in a quiet place and simply meditating on the business. The most difficult part of this exercise is quieting the mind and pushing out all existing problems or issues that may carry you to anger or worry if dwelled on for too long.

Even if you don't think you can carve out even one minute for thinking, just try it anyway. Force yourself to turn off the phone and all contact and think. Try it for 15 minutes the first time. Set your watch and stay quiet for 15 minutes. If you don't begin thinking on the business, that is okay because the next time you try it, you will. Make it a habit. For example, every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 10:15, you will spend time in quiet thinking.

    "Diversity: the art of thinking independently together."
      --- Malcolm Forbes

Another cool trick is to find a time when you can shut down your business and have all of your team members sit and think independently. It could be on the same problem or they think about anything related to the business. Do this on a regular basis and watch the ideas flow. Then, throw a party at the end of the month and celebrate your independence.


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Feature Articles

Understanding Industrial Printing
By Dan Marx

Much of the innovation in our industry, particularly as it relates to digital technologies, is occurring not in the sign and graphics segment, but the industrial segment, where developers are working on 'better, smarter, faster' imaging solutions.
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Advertiser - 2017 SGIA Expo
2017 SGIA Expo

If you're looking for solutions to printing challenges, plan now to attend the 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 10-12). The premier imaging event in North America is more than just 500-plus exhibitors, thousands of attendees and a complement of top-notch education led by the biggest names in graphics, garment, installation, printed electronics, signs, industrial, package and commercial printing. You'll find excellence and inspiration with the Golden Image and Product of the Year awards displays, and specialty networking events will help you connect with your peers. Put it all together, and it adds up to three days of possibilities.

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Funny Signs

Sign for GlassMasters Auto Glass:

    "Show Us Your Crack"

Recently seen garage sale sign:

    "Crap you may need - turn here!"

Recently seen estate sale:

    "Dead People's Things For Sale"

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.


Making SignIndustry.com Possible

These folks enable SignIndustry.com to serve you!

3M Commercial Graphics: www.3Mgraphics.com
CADlink Technology: www.CADlink.com
Clarke Systems: www.clarkesystems.com
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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- Have a great week,

Sean Scott

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