SBI Update: October 2011

Vol. 6, No. 19 | October 5, 2011

This Month’s SBI Trivia Question Stumper:

At the end of September, how many exhibiting companies and how many pre-registered attendees were signed up to be at the 2011 SGIA Expo?

Industry News


Big Imaging in the Bayou! 

It’s that time of year again: the 2011 SGIA Expo is upon us! Follow along on this special preview of what to look for on the show floor. Then, be sure to check out SGIA’s Top Ten Things to Do in New Orleans to complete your trip to the Big Easy.

Find out how you can take this class to get tips on extending the working life of your Roland printer through proper cleaning and maintenance.

DSF announces its new Profiles in Digital Signage, which is an outreach program designed to showcase digital signage best practices. Find out how you can get involved.

FASTSIGNS® Receives Certificate of Appreciation from H&R Block

H&R Block recently awarded FASTSIGNS National Accounts with a certificate. Find out why the sign franchise is garnering appreciation.  

Watchfire Helps an Outdoor Advertising Company Get the Message Across

See how Watchfire helped KULA Media rake in profits when it provided the perfect advertising
medium for KULA’s clients.

Schréder Outshines the Competition

See what lighting product recently won Schréder a Platinum ADEX Award for Design Excellence.  

New Appointments
Check in here for the latest appointments, promotions, and acquisitions from Fisher Textiles, Scala, World Wide Sign Systems Inc., and more. 
Meetings and Events



October 12-13: The Illinois Sign Association’s Fall Conference will be taking place at the Marriott’s Hickory Ridge Conference Center in Lisle, Illinois. For further details, call 414/529-4235 or check out

October 13-15: The SSSC/ISA Sign Show will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Doubletree Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. With a theme of “Take Charge of the Future,” the show will provide networking events, education opportunities, and exhibitor discussions to help sign industry professionals move their businesses forward. A full slate of events, as well as registration, is available at


October 19-21: SGIA Expo 2011 will be taking place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Lousiana. For additional information, log on to      




November 3: SEGD’s Xlab 2011: Design of Location will explore location-based navigation technologies and bring together technology, design, and interaction experts in a format that will include games, presentations, and talks. The event will be held in New York City at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, 540 West 21st St. For more, visit   




December 1-3: USSC Sign World International returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For advance information, call 215/785-1920 or visit  

Digital Spotlight
Making Magnets “Attractive” to Customers

Get unstuck from the idea that magnets are just for the side of your vehicle or the front of your fridge. In this feature, we’ll show you how some are finding innovative uses for magnets that really stick with customers. 

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This Month’s Trivia Answer:

As of the end of September, 434 exhibiting companies and over 10,000 pre-registered attendees were already signed up for the 2011 SGIA Expo in New Orleans. To register or for more information on the show, visit

For in-depth coverage of these topics and other sign industry topics, check out



Coming up in the November 2011 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


ADA Design

Awnings Installation

Banners Fabrication

Channel Letters Installation

Fabrication with Panel Saws  

Vehicle Graphics Software   



Coming up in the December USSC Show 2011 issue of Sign Builder Illustrated, feature articles on:


Sign Making Innovation Award Winner Article 

CNC Router Projects 

Digital Printing for Backlit Displays 

LED Modules/Tubes Border Lighting 

Service Equipment Maintenance 

Vehicle Graphics Installation

Video Displays Marketing

Vinyl Lamination 



Contact your ad sales representative to reserve your space today.


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Come see us at the SGIA show Booth #2651 

10mm Alumalite™ without pre-drilling holes?

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For more information on how to get your product listed in
Builder Update, contact:   


Jeff Sutley
Regional Sales Director- East Coast
(212) 620-7233

[email protected]

Laura Connolly
Regional Sales Director- West & Midwest
(609) 613-4642 
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