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Book your hotel rooms for the Southern Region Meeting
The finishing touches are being placed on the program agenda, but do not waste time in booking your hotel room for the 2014 Southern Region Meeting! The Southern Region will be returning May 19-21 to the Sandpearl Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Call 877- 726-3111 and mention NACD to receive the discounted rate of $229/night. Keep checking the Southern Region page for additional program updates!
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New blog post: Midterm elections — could the game change?
Eric has a new post on the NACD blog, Responsible Reflections. This week, Eric considers what the midterm Congressional elections could bring. Head to the blog and read on! Don't forget to sign up for email updates and follow Eric on Twitter @ebyerNACD.
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Welcome new members!
At this past February's board meeting, NACD welcomed five new candidate members, one Chemical Handler Affiliate and four Non-Chemical Handler Affiliates to its ranks.
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Steve McClatchy, New York Times best-selling author, to be featured guest speaker at regional meetings
This year, New York Times best-selling author Steve McClatchy of Alleer Training will join all four regional meetings to present his workshop, "Decide: Work smarter, reduce your stress and lead by example." He'll cover what shapes a leader's outcomes and how the criteria we all use for making decisions drive our performance and effectiveness as leaders. His latest book, "Decide!" debuted this week on The New York Times best-seller list — and attendees of every regional meeting will receive a free copy of his book! Follow Steve on Twitter @stevemcclatchy, or learn more about him on his website here.
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Get rid of the binders! Learn how at the Spring Workshop
Time to ditch those binders! John Logue, CEO with Royale Pigments and Chemicals Inc., will show you how to electronically set up all of your Responsible Distribution policies and procedures at the Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop on April 8-9 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Not only can this help your organization and efficiency, but also impress the verifier by complying with their requests at the touch of a button! Step into the digital age and more by registering now!
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Recruit a prospective member and earn $300 credit to select NACD events
Did you know that if you help NACD recruit a prospective member, you are entitled to a $300 credit toward select NACD meetings? Help us in our goal of engaging all members of our industry in NACD and our Responsible Distribution program. All you need to do is to email us the information you have on potential new members, provide an introduction and we can do the rest. Any questions, please call Roselle Foley at 571-482-3041 or email
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Last chance to sign up for the upcoming Responsible Distribution webinar
Is your company a candidate member unsure of where to get started with Responsible Distribution, or a veteran member needing a refresher for the 5th cycle? First, sign up for this March 6 webinar! Then create your "Responsible Distribution" team and delegate responsibilities. Now is the time to put all the pieces in place to improve operational efficiencies and pass verification. Listen to how a president and CEO overcame the trepidation of Responsible Distribution, embraced the program and implemented lessons learned. Join Marc Maseman of Florida Chemical Supply Inc. and Mike Lang, Vice President, Responsible Distribution, as they show you how the journey unfolds and continues today! Click here to register. Act now — the webinar is only one week away!
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Shell, Brenntag, Bossco, Raw Materials Corp. sponsor local chemistry competition
On Saturday, March 1, Houston-area students in grades 5-8 will show off their knowledge of chemistry, lab safety and important scientific discoveries in their local You Be The Chemist Challenge®. Conducted with the generous support of Shell Chemical LP; Brenntag North America Inc., Bossco Industries, Raw Materials Corporation and Houston Chemical Company, the event is an exciting opportunity for students, parents and teachers to get excited about chemistry. Top finishers will move on to the Texas State Challenge in April, and one representative from the state will head to Philadelphia in June for the National You Be The Chemist Challenge®.

To find out more about how to get involved in the Challenge in your community, you can contact or visit our website.

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Save the date! 10th annual National You Be The Chemist Challenge® and Celebration Dinner
Mark your calendars for June 23 — CEF will be celebrating 10 years of science education, and we want to you join us! You'll be in for a treat, as 30 bright, motivated students compete in a high-stakes question-and-answer competition for college scholarships and other coveted prizes. After the competition concludes, all attendees are invited to a celebration dinner, to applaud students' efforts, demonstrate industry support for youth science education and of course, enjoy the festivities. The Challenge will be held once again at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

To find out more about attending the National YBTC Challenge, visit our website or contact

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Photos from CEF professional development workshops now online!
Curious about what goes on at a You Be The Chemist® Essential Elements workshop for K-8 science teachers? You can view pictures from several recent Essential Element events in Indianapolis and Tempe, Ariz., at CEF's Facebook page.

To find out more about the Essential Elements program, visit CEF's website at

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7 ways your small business can better engage with your online community
Business 2 Community
When it comes to social media, engagement is the name of the game. Or so we're told. The purpose of social media for a business or organization is to be social. To connect with customers and constituents, build relationships in the context of community and turn those relationships into positive outcomes for both parties. From the perspective of the business, that usually means getting your customers to spend some money purchasing your products or services.
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How to keep your best employees from walking out the door
No matter how carefully you hire, inevitably your employees will differ in important ways. Some will be good-humored, intelligent, have a strong work ethic and always be eager for new challenges. Others will be less so, or worse. You want to do everything you can to keep the first group, because they are critically important to the company's success. Here are five things you should do to retain your top performers.
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Why you need to stop working all the time
Working nonstop is no way to run your life or your business. Wall Street employees consistently show declines in performance, creativity and judgment after just a few years of the 100-hour workweek. They suffer physical and mental health problems, such as weight gain, heart disease, depression and insomnia. And new research shows that the more hours worked over a lifetime, the greater the chance of premature death. A culture of overwork is literally driving us into the ground.
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16 things every leader should live by
Having spent the past 25 years both serving leaders and leading others myself, I've been fortunate enough to have amassed some practical perspectives on a number of different aspects of business, Lee Colan writes. Like most leaders, your time is valuable (and probably very limited), so I've tried to boil those insights down to their crux and present them in a very concise manner.
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