How can you say thank you to those who are gone?

On Memorial Day we are challenged to pause, remember and say thanks to those fallen military who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today in this great country. Amid ceremonies, gatherings, picnics and sales we might get lost in the “holiday” rather than it’s meaning.

As a veteran, author and staff writer for Precision Sign & Graphics; I would like to present an article answering the thought: How can you say thank you to those who are gone?

All Gave Some, but Some Gave All

In this popular song we are reminded that while all veterans gave to their country on some level, some gave all with the ultimate gift for our freedom; their very life. As a veteran of Desert Storm and 3rd generation of wartime military service, I have often shared with my grandfather and father about friends that didn’t come home.

I once asked my granddad: “What can we do about it?” He answered, “never forget.” Then my Dad spoke up “make sure their sacrifice wasn’t in vein.” That statement helped me realize that the best way to say thanks to those who were gone, is to preserve the values that they died for.

America is More than a Slogan

America was founded on principles and values that resisted the will of a tyrannical government. As part of setting up a free society, they imbedded these values into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These rights were to preserve our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, but it didn’t stop there.

When we learned that freedom meant the freedom of expression and the freedom of religion without an oppressive regime governing or limiting these freedoms; we soon experienced the power that freedom had as we built a new nation, under God. This freedom created opportunities, prosperity, motivated people to seek their fortunes, empowered the Gospel of Jesus Christ to go forth without religious bonds; becoming the foundational values that soon would be the envy of the world.

We believed that these freedoms we’re given by God himself to do His will without bounds, we believed it to the extent of defending it.

At times we have been called upon to fight to preserve these freedoms and help release others from those tyrannical bonds. If it had not been for the sacrifices of these brave men and women, millions today would still be oppressed by tyrants, begging for food and killed for expressing liberty. We, and the world are indebted to their sacrifice.

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I Didn’t Fight for a Country

I had the privilege as a sponsor of the Veteran Defense Program in my town to sit down with Veterans and share wartime stories, accounts of heroism and days of fear.

In the meeting was a young lady from the local high school, when she thanked the WW2 Veteran for fighting for his country, he replied: “I didn’t fight for my country, I fought for my brother.” He continued “To place the welfare of the whole country on the shoulders of one Marine is a war too big to win. I fought for my fellow Marines, if we all did that; we win.”

Behind the Scenes

The sacrifices of those spouses and dependents of our fallen heroes MUST be recognized and support given to truly honor their sacrifice. I believe a government and its people will be judged by how it treats the dependents of a fallen soldier. I can only imagine the nights of concern my spouse experienced while I was deployed and how much she, and my children have sacrificed taking care of me since I came home in a wheelchair.

While my sacrifice will always be remembered each time I look at my family’s face, at least I came home. We should go beyond the “thank you” to ensure that the dependents of our fallen heroes are taken care of emotionally and financially through support assistance and vocational retraining.  

How can you say thank you to those who are gone?

Preserve here, at home the values that have made this country the envy of the world. Every day our own government looks for ways to legislate away freedoms, restrict free speech and attempts to legislate immorality through liberal censorship. Perhaps if we truly want to honor their sacrifice we would remember those fundamental values that made America great: hard work, perseverance, family, faith and freedom.

Honoring their Sacrifice Daily

Precision Sign and Graphics is a locally owned and operated sign company that honors our veterans and their sacrifices. We understand it is their unwavering strength in adversity that preserves the freedom we have to have a sign and graphics business in the Riverside, CA. area (or anywhere else for that matter). We look forward to building long-term relationships with our customers by treating every customer with respect, understanding the diversity of opinions and a partnering mindset desiring to see your business succeed.

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ALERT: Vehicle Wrap Advertising Scams

With vehicle wraps being such a popular, affordable and eye catching method for advertising in the Riverside CA area; many large companies have paid to have people wrap their vehicles for targeted advertising. You’ve seen them and wondered; would Red Bull, Coke-Cola and Nike really pay to wrap a 2005 Honda? Yes, they sure did!

But this is where the problem lies. Because of the popularity of these programs, dozens of Riverside CA residents (and hundreds all over the country) have been taken for thousands in an ongoing vehicle wrap scam!

Because Precision Sign and Graphics is the leading vehicle wrap specialist in the Riverside CA area, we want to give you some tips on how this scam works and how to avoid it.

Wanna Make Extra Money?

The phone rings and the operator will say “Our world-class partners such us Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, iPhone 6 and XS Energy will generously pay prospective clients just like you in the Riverside CA area to place their vehicle wrap on your car.” This is where the scam comes into play, it makes sense because you’ve these vehicle wrapped cars driving around so… why not me?

The vehicle wrap offer sounds legit, they’ve said everything right. They even said you can peel the vehicle wrap off after a set term plus give you incentives for getting your friends in Riverside CA to have their vehicle wrapped too!

But beware, these people also post the same vehicle wrap offer on the Riverside CA Craigslist and social media to cast a wide net knowing not everyone will fall for it; but if they can get 1 out of 10… they’ve made money!

How Did I Get Targeted?

It wasn’t a random call. They usually target those who place online applications for job searches, submit resumes’ to online job postings, fill out forms for extra income ideas or fill out surveys where you were coupon shopping.

These People are Pro’s

If you feel you can out smart them… don’t bother; these people are pro’s. This is just one of dozens of schemes they have perfected over the years in the Riverside CA area; and they know how to fool you. They people have websites, professional graphics, social media… they even have fake reviews from Riverside CA praising their services. So how do you protect yourself against pro’s like this? Ask Momma!

Momma always said: “If it seems too good to be true…”

Know that major companies like Red Bull, Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, etc. don’t just use anyone off the Riverside CA street to get a vehicle wrap to brand their image. The have an interview process and vehicle wrap standards that you must keep to maintain the contract. If you get targeted by one of these vehicle wrap scams; don’t bother entertaining them or trying to play Columbo hoping to catch them… hang up!

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How Does the Vehicle Wrap Scam Work?

If you listen carefully you will hear the Red Flag words that so many scams like this use.

Red Flag words because these are usually people from overseas who are “attempting” to sound American. The Red Flag words are: Specialist, via money gram, wire transfer and the big one… kindly.

Everything they text or say will have an acknowledgement statement behind it. This is a designed strategy. They are looking for signs that you are not buying the vehicle wrap scam. So every statement will end with: Ok? Do you understand? When should I call you again?

Here are a couple of examples of the Scam

Example 1: “Kindly provide bank info. We deposit enough funds for your term, the amount needed to get the vehicle wrap and pay licensing fees. You then need to send money via money gram for licensing fees to the address provided. You keep the rest. OK?”

Example 2: “We send you a certified check from our marketing agency, enough to cover you term payment, vehicle wrap charge and licensing fees. Kindly wire transfer licensing fees to the address provided. You keep the rest. When can you do this?”

After you have wired the funds to pay for the licensing fees and/or the vehicle wrap to “their” vehicle wrap provider the funds are reversed from your bank account leaving you overdrawn!

(Note: everything will be “time sensitive”, they will be bossy, demanding and even threatening! If you receive the check and don’t deposit it they will hound you day and night, hack your computers, threaten your family… it can get really scary, really FAST!)

Who Falls for This Vehicle Wrap Scam?

You might read this and ask, who falls for this vehicle wrap scam? A lot of people in Riverside CA. and abroad do everyday. If this vehicle wrap scam didn’t pay, they wouldn’t do it. Like I said, these people are Pro’s. They know just what to say to convince you, and before you know it, you’ve been scammed.

When Local Experience Counts

Precision Sign and Graphics is a locally owned and operated sign company that utilizes the latest technology, top industry graphic design talent and state-of-the-art equipment and materials to produce our the very best product available in the Riverside, CA. area (or anywhere else for that matter). We seek to build long-term relationships with our customers by treating every customer with respect, understanding the diversity of opinions and a partnering mindset desiring to see your business succeed. Call to let us quote your custom printed wallpaper today!

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Customer Spotlight: Industry Security Services

Referrals are not only one of the best ways to get a new customer opportunity, it also lets us know that we are doing a good job. This was the case when we received an opportunity to provide a partial vehicle fleet wrap for Industry Security Services, serving the City of Industry & surrounding areas.

Vehicle vinyl fleet wraps can be crafted for fleet vehicles of all shapes, sizes and types. Whether you are wrapping a a fleet of trailers, cars or vans; vinyl vehicle fleet wraps are a fantastic choice for businesses in Riverside, CA.. Creativity combined with versatility are two of the main components that help make vehicle fleet wraps an affordable option, depending on the color of the vehicle; partial vehicle fleet wraps can provide the same high invisibility that you’re looking for; at fraction of the price.

Recently the Industry Security Services, serving the City of Industry & surrounding areas chose Precision Signs & Graphics for their partial vehicle wrap for their fleet of vehicles; let’s look at some of the steps that brought about this affordable partial wrap project.

Being Creative, Saves Money

When Industry Security Services, serving the City of Industry & surrounding areas, was considering branding their fleet vehicles they looked for options that would give them the best “bang for their buck”. With their particular branded color set and website already incorporating the same color as their fleet vehicles, a partial vehicle fleet wrap could provide them the same visual effect; and save money too! When looking for a company to design, create and install their partial wrap for their fleet vehicles they chose Precision Signs & Graphics. They considered carefully the craftsmanship, quality of vinyl wrap materials that Precision has come to be known for in the Riverside, CA.  area. As this partial wrap project was to be a branding point for their company, it was important that the quality of the partial wrap reflected the quality reputation that they have earned within the community as well.

The Partial Wrap Process

Step One: Partial Vehicle Wrap Design

With Industry Security Services constantly being on the road traveling to businesses and construction job sites; their fleet can easily be seen by hundreds or thousands of people in the City of Industry area every day. With a partial vehicle fleet wrap being one of the first impressions that customers will see (whether it be in Riverside, the City of Industry or elsewhere) close attention must be paid during the initial consultation and design. By providing examples, we were able to identify the fonts, colors, graphics and sizing needed to create the partial vehicle fleet wrap to Industry Security Services.

Utilizing some additional resources such as their print media and website we crafted a design that accentuated the branded look that followed along with their creative marketing.

It goes without saying that the final partial vehicle fleet wrap design was approved by Industry Security Services prior to material selection and installation. They were also able to see a full color rendering of what the finished product was to look like before the installation began.

Step Two: Partial Vehicle Wrap Materials Selection

Based upon the overall partial vehicle fleet wrap specifications identified in the design we look for the proper 3M or Avery materials that will best suit the application. Materials were carefully hand selected based on the long term mindset we seek to fulfill with our quality partial vehicle fleet wraps.

Some vinyl films allow digital and screen printed graphics to be applied where deep contours and corrugations are found (typical on van models with recessed areas and performance cars that have a lot of flair). Other types of films are selected because the application needs, for example whether the application will be for a short or long-term needs.

These removable films are great for fleet and vehicle graphics; its versatility also works well with interior and exterior signs.

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Step 3: Partial Vehicle Wrap Installation

As part of the process for a partial vehicle fleet wrap installation, the installation crew will receive a design template (printout) that identifies the location points for the most important elements in the design, namely the largest photograph or design element and any logos, phone numbers, websites or slogans.

Materials are preprinted, cut, labeled (numbered) in the sequence of installation. These pieces are positioned in place while making sure to align these elements first, allowing any additional graphic elements to freely flow around the vehicle shape and complex curves. Because on many partial vehicle fleet wrap installations the design attempts to avoid curved areas, the installation can be pretty straightforward.

Next the material is stretched as needed for the shape (much like you would see when you’re stretching plastic wrap over the top of a glass bowl in your kitchen). Only this material is made to be long-lasting in the sun, super durable in the rain and able to be washed over and over again for years to come.

Even for a partial vehicle wrap this process can be a little tricky. For large logo sections you still have to deal with rivets, curvatures in the body of the vehicle, door handles, glass with moldings, etc. this is where experience really pays off.

When experience counts

Precision Sign and Graphics is a locally owned and operated sign company that utilizes the latest technology, top industry graphic design talent and state-of-the-art equipment and materials to produce our the very best product available in the Riverside, CA. area (or anywhere else for that matter). We seek to build long-term relationships with our customers by treating every customer with respect, understanding the diversity of opinions and a partnering mindset desiring to see your business succeed. Call to let us quote your partial vehicle wrap today!

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Sometime a Life Coach needs a Financial Coach (lessons on small business start-ups)

Life coaches play a big part in today’s society. As public speakers and private counsel they have the “gift to lift” when it comes to attitude and motivation for Riverside CA area residents.

With Life Coaching becoming the 2nd fastest growing business in the US, there is a flood of new businesses owners who want to get started making the promise of fortune, fame and glory; often promoted in this field.

However, after they have their crisp, new certificate showing they are certified and ready to serve; they soon start calling around for a quote on advertising materials in Riverside CA. Their upbeat attitude suddenly becomes dead silence when they realize; big dreams come with a price tag.

In this article we will look at the small business start-up with some “gentle advice” for getting started and succeeding in their new venture.

“I love it when a plan comes together!”

There are so many small businesses in Riverside CA getting started out of the home these days and why not? Low overhead, set your own hours, work at your own pace… great right? Reality is that small businesses still need to be competitive with the big businesses (and other small businesses).

You still need to use the same media, the same marketing and the same philosophy for getting your message out. The customer couldn’t care less about the fact that you are a small business in Riverside CA; they want the best price, they want it good and they want it now! So that means that if you are going to be successful as a small business, you need a plan.

Any start-up business in Riverside CA will have start-up costs: electric, water, business cards, website; the list is often determined by the market. Too often new businesses in Riverside CA, with great ideas, don’t factor in these costs; dooming them to fail before they actually get started. You should start out getting REAL world advice as to what your field and market need to get the message out. Then: Set-up a budget.

Set-up a Budget

Determine your start-up expense, then raise the funds to get started. Small business counselor, Rick Brewer, recommends to never dip into your savings to get a business started. You might see it as an interest free loan, but with the uncertainty of start-ups in a competitive market, you could lose everything. Look for a third party funding that you can use to get things moving. Then set-up a budget that is heavy on marketing, materials and methods to help perfect your craft and get your message out in Riverside CA.

Take a look at the Article: “5 Things every business owner should have” for more insight on this topic.

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Know Your Market

As mentioned before, the position of “Life Coach” is one of the fastest growing businesses in Riverside CA and in the country. What they don’t publicize very often, is that it also has one of the highest failure rates as well.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not great, but it might mean that they just didn’t understand the market they were up against.

The flood of any businesses into a confined market will always create a saturation point where you are competing for the same small pool of clients.

This makes marketing and public education very important to help increase the need, in proportion to the amount of new life coaches. Here an example:

A google search reveals, in a keyterm setting, all mentions of that term, synonyms and similarities. The amount of results for a given area help you determine the popularity or saturation of the term, business or mentions of that term. If you google “life coach in Lexington, Ky” you’ll see over 4 million results!

A wider search will show nearly 600 million mentions of that term or combinations of, or synonyms of… you get the picture.

(NOTE: where you are at the time of the search effects the results based on the new geo locator guidelines)

Now this does not mean that there are 4 million life coaches in Lexington, Ky; but what it does mean that that topic is so popular that your message can easily get lost in the saturation. Often it isn’t the amount of service providers or business in a given area, but the saturation of the nature of the business itself.

The Life Lesson for Life Coaches in Riverside CA

Take time to look at the service you want to provide in the proper light, if you are good at what you do and there is a need… go for it! However, if you are going to start a dry cleaner in Riverside CA, next door to another dry cleaner, you are going to have to work 5 times as hard and spend 5 times as much to achieve the same results. Look for real world advise for a proper plan, identify short and long term goals, make a realistic budget that doesn’t hurt you or your family’s future, know your market and most importantly…

Do it for the Right Reasons

The get rich fast mentality rarely produces the results one hopes, and if it does; without the proper foundation it will be gone as fast as it started. We’ve all heard the adage: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ~Benjamin Franklin. Perhaps ‘ol Ben Franklin would have been a good life coach.

Precision Sign and Graphics Can Help!

Precision Sign and Graphics is a locally owned and operated sign company that utilizes the latest technology, top industry graphic design talent and state-of-the-art equipment and materials to produce our the very best product available in the Riverside, CA. area (or anywhere else for that matter). We seek to build long-term relationships with our customers by treating every customer with respect, understanding the diversity of opinions and a partnering mindset desiring to see your business succeed. Call to let us quote your custom printed wallpaper today!

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For more information or to contact us for a Free Quote: CLICK HERE

To find the answers to some of our frequently asked questions: CLICK HERE

 

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