Working With A Sign Company

Just as there are many kinds of signs, there are many kinds of sign companies. There are also many services – and levels of service – offered by sign companies. Full service companies offer complete assistance with your business signage. They will come to your location and survey your needs. They’ll perform traffic or readership surveys to assist […]

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Obtaining Your Signage

Obtaining a sign for your business is not difficult, however getting an effective sign – a sign that will have a positive impact on your business’ income and success – means that you not only are aware of the many types of signs and basic sign design, but also understanding the various types of sign […]

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Resources

Many excellent books and publications about signage are available for your reading and research. Title Descriptive Information Sign Design Gallery 2 Hardcover, 160 pp Contains more than 300 full-color photos from Signs of the Times contest winners. Sign Gallery International Hardcover, 192 pp. Includes more than 400 full-color photos, selected from Signs of the Times […]

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Signs and Business Development

The vast majority of the following information comes from what was formerly posted on the Small Business Administration website, beginning in 2000 in the “Starting Your Own Business” section. You can read how it occurred at http://chta.org/2000/09/15/isa-signage-foundation-signs-web-agreement-with-sba/Unfortunately, some egos in sign-industry leadership irked the SBA, and it was taken down. Ideally, sometime in the near future, […]

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Is my sign a business asset that I can capitalize or expense?

In the late 1960s, the Internal Revenue Service determined that on-premise signs represent an accessory, real-property interest, and therefore, if you own your sign, you may depreciate it over a period of years. If you lease your sign, the lease payments may be expensed. Any costs associated with maintaining or repairing the sign also may […]

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What do I need to know about Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks?

The basic concept behind copyrights and patents is providing legal protection to the inventors, authors, and creators of artistic works that insures their right to economic benefit from the investment of their time, skill, energy and vision of their inventions and creations. This nation’s founders viewed legal protection for economic benefit resulting from one’s creative […]

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How do the First and Fourteenth Amendments affect regulation of my business sign?

First Amendment protections guarantee some of our most basic freedoms, including freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of the press, and freedom of religious expression. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution makes the First Amendment’s federal constitutional guarantees enforceable against actions of state and local government. Thus, a local […]

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How will my business sign be regulated?

Signage is regulated through the following two categories: Building and electrical codes The construction, installation, and operation of any permanent business sign will need to conform to all applicable building and electrical codes. Because compliance with these codes requires specialized technical expertise, a business owner should specify that conformity to these codes is the responsibility […]

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Four Legal Issues To Know About My Business Sign

The following are the four different sets of legal issues you will want to know about regarding your business signage. Almost all local governments control the construction, materials, electrical or other operating components, size, number and location of business signs. Typically, standards for construction, materials and operation are found in local building and electrical codes; […]

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Lighting and Illumination

The primary purpose of signage is to communicate to your targeted audience in a legible, readable and conspicuous manner while remaining pleasing to the eye. To accomplish this task during all hours, your signs must be illuminated. For the follow reasons, give careful thought to your choice of signage lighting and source of illumination: A […]

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