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Still Time for Member Companies to Participate in Texas A&M Research on Distributor Compensation — Must Apply By Jan. 9
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Beginning this month, NACD members will be participating in Texas A&M University's research project titled "Optimizing Channel Compensation." This initiative will conduct research and develop practical methodologies and tools that can be used by members to lead to fair and meaningful compensation for distributor services. More

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Registration Open: Responsible Distribution's April Workshop
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Brand-new sessions have just been announced for the April 2-3 workshop in Houston. Cyber Security, Product Stewardship, and Emergency Response, are already planned and speakers and more topics will be announced soon. Register today at April 2012 Workshop and find out why 2011 was a record-breaking attendance year with more than 180 code coordinators and senior managers!

Western region meeting, April 17-21, mark your calendars today
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The 2012 western regional meeting will be held at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Big Island of Hawaii from April 17-21. The agenda is taking shape and will be posted shortly. In the meantime, we hope you will reserve your hotel rooms and airfare now to get the best rates. More

Spring southern region meeting focuses on leadership, strategic vision
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Start making plans with your team to participate in the Southern Region Meeting in the Spring. The April 30-May 2 meeting will feature Dave Anderson, author of "Learn to Lead," on creating a high-performance culture in your organization and other lessons every leader needs to know. To find out more about Dave and his leadership books, click here. Following Dave on the second day will be Marcea Steele, an expert on strategic planning. More

  Chemical Education Foundation (CEF)

CEF has been selected for 2011 Best of Arlington Award
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CEF has been selected for the 2011 Best of Arlington Award in the Continuing Education category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Thanks USCA for recognizing CEF's continued efforts towards enhancing the education of our nation's youth!

  General Business Interest

10 tips for business success in 2012
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Leadership consultant Ritch Eich offers tips for climbing the corporate ladder during these challenging times. In a time of significant upheaval in corporate America, "climbing the corporate ladder" may be quite different than it was even a few years ago. Vast changes in the workplace have made corporations as we know them flatter and nimbler, Eich writes, with more employees located offsite than in office towers, many working part time. More

Small businesses are 'sort of' optimistic for 2012
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After years of sputtering, many of America's nearly 30 million small businesses could see at least modest improvements next year. Still, uncertainty over the U.S. election and the federal budget impasse, and broader economic worries in Europe, could undermine the positive outlook. More

5 old-school rules entrepreneurs should think twice about following
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When it comes to starting a business, we often rely heavily on common sayings we've heard all our lives — "All you need is an idea" and "you need to spend money to make money," writes business journalist Amanda DiSilvestro. It can be tough to know whether you're on the right path, so you put that old wisdom into practice with the hope that your idea will soon blossom into the next big thing. More

Advice: Managers shouldn't get buried in details
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Dennis Hodges, corporate information systems manager for Toyota Motor Sales USA, challenges managers to create a project vision and set of strategies, and not to get lost in minute details. He also says new hires these days lack patience and leadership, and encouraged teamwork. "I believe in and subscribe to the philosophy that we need collaboration in the workplace," Hodges says. More

5 ways to free yourself from a leadership rut
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Leaders who are bored, in a rut, or otherwise find themselves anesthetized by the routine have a huge problem — they are not leading. Why do so many leaders complain about being in a rut? They get comfortable playing things safely, they rest on their laurels, they stop investing in personal growth and development. Leadership advisor Mike Myatt shares five tips to jump-start your brain and get you off on the right foot for 2012. More

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