How To: Setting up an Expandable Trade Show Display Backdrop

March 7, 2013

Trade show displays come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The skill level required to set up trade show displays varies widely as well. Today, we’ll look at one of the easiest types of displays to set up: the expandable trade show backdrop. Things that we (and our clients) like about this particular [...]


QR Codes – How to vectorize for large scale uses

July 19, 2011

As a graphics guy at heart, I’m always interested in making signs look as good as they can. One of the things that has irked me about the recent increased use of QR Codes is the lack of a vectorized QR Code generator. creates a measly 72dpi 249×249 pixel .png file. Other programs create [...]


How To Improve Your Golf Swing

April 12, 2011

Dr. Ross Hartings from Active Chiropractic in Evansville, Indiana, shares a few tips to help us improve the driving distance of our golf game. Here’s what he has to say: All golfers know a booming drive requires a long, flowing backswing. That movement requires an unrestricted ability of the spine to bend laterally, rotate and [...]

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Re-Ink Instructions for Ideal and Trodat self-inking stamps

April 4, 2011

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Resolution – It’s not just for New Year’s!

March 28, 2011

Proper resolution of a file is critical in the sign business. A low resolution file will make a sad looking banner. Conversely, a super-high resolution file is overkill for a business card design. So, how do you know what resolution to use? As always, we are here to answer any questions you might have. If [...]

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Tradeshows: Four Generations In the Marketplace

February 1, 2011

Guest article by Susan A. Friedmann, CSP, The Tradeshow Coach, Lake Placid, NY, internationally recognized expert working with companies to increase their profitability at tradeshows. Author: “Meeting & Event Planning for Dummies,” and “Riches in Niches: How to Make it BIG in a small Market” (May 2007). & Every company on the tradeshow [...]

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The Small Business Startup Encore Challenge

January 20, 2011

Guest post by Rick Franz. Rick Franz is the owner of Optimal Business Solutions, a business consulting firm based in Evansville, Indiana, serving customers all over North America. In the first installment of this series, we reviewed the high incidence (67% in the first three years) of new entrepreneurial startups that fail, why they fail, [...]

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How To: RTA Vinyl Install

December 17, 2010

RTA vinyl = Ready To Apply vinyl. Just because the vinyl is ready to apply, doesn’t mean that it will just jump on the surface. Here’s how to install your vinyl: Clean surface thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol to remove dirt, oils, wax, etc. Vinyl letters will not stick to some

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14 Ways to use Twitter for Business (if you’re my competitor)

November 29, 2010

Twitter can be a clever addition to your suite of marketing tools. Short, concise statements, helpful conversations, shared inspirations and links to more info are some of the best ways that twitter can be used for business. However, if you are my competitor, here is how you should use twitter: Autorespond to everyone who follows [...]


3 Common Reasons Your Business Might Fail

November 18, 2010

Small Business Administration, the top three reasons for new business failures are: Lack of Experience/Knowledge Insufficient Capital Poor Location All three reasons could have been addressed before launch if more time was spent up front planning the new venture. It is truly a mystery why we spend more time planning a vacation than we do [...]