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Did these kids really want to design signs?

These kids I’m referring to are freshmen and sophomores from Colchester High School (Colchester, VT) who participated today in Linking Learning to Life’s (LLL) Learn to Earn program.

LLL asked Bob and I to give two, one-hour presentations about our careers, and what we do now as small business owners. Bob was clever and made it interactive—we all met at the computer lab and Donuts from Jakartathe students were able to access ShopSignARama online, and use the design tool to make a banner for their make-believe Donut Shop.

If you think kids today are worst in some way than the kids you went to school with, think again. We met about 30 young men and women who were polite, and amazingly creative. Some jumped into the project and found the donuts clipart and images within minutes of starting.

Some liked to collaborate with buddies, coming up with interesting Donut Store names and terrific layouts. One clever student found an image of Homer Simpson holding a donut, and this allowed us to talk about the how-to’s of using copyrighted and trademarked images and how to license their use (even though they’re readily available online, it does not mean you can use them for FREE, tempting that it is).

Did the kids want to design signs? I think some of them enjoyed it, but most of them, maybe not. But we probably enjoyed ourselves more than the kids did helping them learn simple graphic arts. We hope we may have inspired a few, entertained them, and taught them that a career today is what you make of it. Look at us: a microbiologist and a molecular biologist who make and sell signs. Who knew?

Trade Show Signs for the Vermont Business & Industry Expo

Vermont Business & Industry Banner SignsIn just a few weeks, we all meet again for two days of networking and partnering to make our businesses the best they can be.

Before you unpack your trade show display, consider what messages you are trying to convey—

* New products and services

* New approaches to conducting business

* New staff members and more locations

How do you deliver your message, put your best foot forward and capture more salesShadow Productions Retractable Banner Stand?

Your Signs. And trade show signs are one of the best investments you can make for your business—

* Quality—You can use them year after year, and they continue to look good

* Ease of Use—Pop open your display; unravel your retractable banner and you’re ready to go

* Versatility--You can use your display for one audience, and switch out the signs for a new audience

And if you're not yet using QR Codes, you may want to. It's another way to attract attention to your website and let people know what you do. This one did for us:

QR Code for website



7th Annual Vermont Women’s Expo – A Life Changing Event!

Vermont Women's Expo

The Vermont Women’s Expo continues to get better and better. The Expo offers all types of businesses, large and small, an opportunity to promote their products and services to the area’s largest decision making consumer – Women.

“The fun-filled day offers something for every interest,” states event producer, Kate Alberghini. “Our goal is to peak an interest in a wide variety of women, get them to the event and then introduce them to 100+ local businesses they might not otherwise investigate. It is great for our local businesses and great for area women.”

At the Women’s Expo you can have a massage or psychic reading and a few booths later learn about continuing education, how to start your own business, invest your money or how to redecorate your home.

“In discussing the event with an exhibitor, I found out that she had attended the first women’s expo and from the information there, made the life altering decision to start her own business and has been thriving. There is no better compliment or explanation for this event than that,” Alberghini shares.

The event also offers a series of free seminars, a variety of silent auction items that benefit local charities, over $3,000 in door prizes to give away, and goody bags for the first 500 visitors.

The Vermont Women’s Expo will be held Saturday, March 12 from 10am to 4:30 pm at the Sheraton Inn Conference Center, Burlington, VT.

Admission is $5.00. Children 12 and under are free. Visit or call 229-2163 for information.

And while you're there, visit SignARama's booth and enter to win a banner. Ask about our March special: Wall Graphics & Wraps.

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