The Online Magazine For The Sign Trade
e-NewsLetter Volume 21 Issue 1
Thursday January 2, 2020

In this issue:

Product Showcases

Premium Clipart Library - 500,000 Artworks / $49 for a Year
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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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CNC Routers For Sign Makers
Industrial CNC is the global leading manufacturer of Industrial strength, Integrated CNC Router Systems. Designed, Engineered & Built For The Professional Sign Maker.
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Latest Vehicle Templates & wrap artwork - from $25
Introducing SignElements, an online library curated exclusively for the Sign Industry. Royalty-free vehicle templates, wrap artwork, vectors, images and vinyl-ready. Click above to see more.
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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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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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Teach Your Team Well

    "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
      --- Benjamin Franklin

Venturing into, not just a new year, but a new decade, is exciting. It's a chance for us all to set new goals and adjust our plans to reach new heights with our businesses and in our lives. It's not only an exciting time, but a challenging one as well. We have the future ahead of us with all that entails: great opportunities for expanding our business, growing our profits, and impacting our communities. It's a time to learn from the past without dwelling on it and for teaching what we've learned to all of our team members.

But teaching isn't always an easy task. We have to make sure that the student is ready to learn, and we have to be prepared to teach in a way that will make learning fun, as well as impactful. In business, teaching and training go hand in hand. Once we teach something to an employee, we should make sure they understand it and train them in any necessary tasks they should know.

    "We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves."
      --- Galileo Galilei

The first step in teaching others is having willing and capable students. If we've followed a good course of screening and interviewing our team members during the hiring phase of the employee lifecycle, we should already have students who are eager to learn how to perform well in their jobs. They want and even hunger for more responsibility and to learn more about how they can become more engaged in their positions within the company.

    "We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn."
      --- Peter Drucker

Next, give team members the tools they need to learn more. Provide opportunities for continual improvement by offering them access to classes at local universities, sending them to sign association seminars and lectures, assigning them a mentor within the company, and providing a library of sorts located somewhere in the office or shop. These small efforts will always allow those with the gumption to learn more to have materials available to them.

    "When I became proficient as a salesman I was invited to teach new hires."
      --- Zig Ziglar

Finally, although most of us are not professors or professional teachers, we have a lot to offer and to pass on to others simply based on our life experiences. We have to share what we know with those willing to learn. In fact, we are cheating others in our business if we don't teach them what is in our head and what we've learned over the years. Our team members are watching us and they know that they don't know what we know. Give them the opportunity to learn and to better themselves while boosting the productivity of our businesses.

    "I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk."
      --- Tony Robbins

Happy New Year!

Feature Articles

Sign Pricing Series - Pricing Approaches and Accuracy
By Scott St. Cyr

This series on pricing and estimating will address the most common pricing approaches for different segments of the sign and graphics industry.
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Funny Signs

Maternity Clothes Shop:

    "We are open on labor day"

Providence Presbyterian Church, Florence, NJ:

    "Church Parking! Only Violators Will Be Baptized"

As seen on a hotel balcony in Daytona Beach:

    "Caution: Please be aware that the balcony is not on ground level!"

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!

Clarke Systems:
Estimate Software:
International Sign Association (ISA):
Matrix Payment Systems:
American RENOLIT Corp:

How can we serve you better? Send your comments to us at: or give us a call at 407-656-5892

- Happy New Year, and make it a good one,

Sean Scott

If your company would like to sponsor this newsletter, please contact me at:
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