Business cards are a lot more than just a way of exchanging phone numbers and address information, they also present the recipient with an immediate, hopefully positive and lasting visual impression of your company.  The typical business card is a 7 sq./in. billboard telling the world who you are, where you do business, and what you do.  It’s a major challenge fitting all that into such a confined space and still having it look good, but that is what a great business card does! Take a crit...
Ever wonder about all the things that happen on the Internet in ONE MINUTE?  Actually, I hadn’t, but fortunately, Intel did, and they were kind enough to produce a graphic to better illustrate some of the more staggering tidbits of information.  The graphic is relatively small, so I took it upon myself to list their findings to make it all a little easier to comprehend.   What Happens in an Internet Minute?   Here are some statistics..... *  639,800 GB of global IP ...
Almost all of us use Google these days…Google is unquestionably one of the World's most popular search engines, and it achieved that status by the quality of its search results. But the Web has evolved since Google was launched and so has Google, providing you with many more ways to search than ever before. Try a couple of these ten tips to search Google in more advanced ways than you may have thought possible.   Get definitions: Find definitions for words, abbreviations, and more u...
SEEING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY – This is definitely a case of WHAT YOU SEE IS NOT WHAT YOU GET.  Chances are pretty good that what you are seeing on your monitor, when it comes to photos and graphics, is NOT what you will get when you print them out.  Your monitor needs to be calibrated. If you are using a photo editing program on your computer to “enhance” your personal photos, you may have noticed that what you get when that photo is printed doesn’t look anything like what you saw on...
For weeks now we have been admonishing all of you to “Buy American Made Products”, “Buy local”, “Buy from small businesses”, and “Keep the money local”…not only for the Holiday Season, but from now on.  Oddly, the feedback that we’ve received from these posts has pointed out what appears to be a common misconception about our Alphagraphics Business Center that we never realized before. Many of our readers mistakenly think we are just a branch store…owned and operated by a...
Black Friday has just passed and if you are one of the millions of shoppers who took advantage of the huge discounts, chances are you bought that bargain based solely on the discounted price, and never gave a single thought to WHERE it was produced.  The multinational corporations located in China, Korea, Indonesia, Honduras, India, Japan, Mexico, and so many more places outside the U.S., appreciate the $11.4 Billion that you just contributed to their corporate coffers last weekend and are look...
Good Morning…. It is with a heavy heart but fond remembrance that we share with you the passing of our AlphaGraphics teammate, loving wife and mother and a great friend. Diane Dougherty has gone home to be with the Lord after a very tough battle with cancer.  We say battle because she fought with all her might.  Diane and her husband Bob never once uttered a breath of surrender but instead focused on the fight which for them involved consoling friends and family.  Can you imagine, turning...
Today is Veterans Day, a day we set aside every year to remember and to thank all those Veterans who have served this nation in times of war and of peace.  We thank those who served on the front lines and all those who supported them from the rear. Your service to this country is what has kept us safe and ensured our lasting freedom.  For all that, somehow a simple “Thank you” seems a bit inadequate, but THANK YOU, nonetheless....
Today, Nov. 10, is the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps, that makes them one year older than the United States itself. Happy Birthday Marines!! It was during the American Revolution that a committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, to write a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. Approved on November 10, 1775, this resolution officially formed the Continental Marines. My dad was a Marine, a member of...
If you are like most of us, you have your computer equipment plugged into a surge suppressor.  You know you need one in case your house gets hit by a lightning strike, or there’s major electrical power surge, or something like that. Perhaps a friend had a bad experience with his computer, or you read about it somewhere…so you know how important they are. Probably the salesperson at the computer store told you it was an essential extra when you bought your system, and then tried to se...