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2014 Membership & Safety Questionnaire for Distributor Members now open for submission
It's that time of the year again! The 2014 Membership & Safety Questionnaire is now open and ready for your submissions. The data we collect from this survey helps us inform federal and state policymakers on the membership's excellent safety record year over year, and is a condition of association membership as stipulated in the bylaws. As always, the information collected will only be used in aggregate form and your individual company information will be kept confidential. The survey is available to fill out on-line, and a hard copy should arrive on your desk early next week. To complete the survey online, please click here. The deadline to submit your responses is Wednesday, April 23.

If you have questions about the NACD Membership & Safety Questionnaire, please contact Lucinda Schofer at lschofer@nacd.com or 703-527-6223.
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New blog post: Mr. Harris goes to Washington
Yesterday, NACD chairman Roger Harris testified on behalf of the association before the House Energy & Commerce Committee on draft legislation of the Chemicals in Commerce Act of 2014. Read what NACD's President Eric R. Byer has to say about how the hearing went at nacd.com/blog. Don't forget to follow Eric on Twitter @ebyerNACD for real-time updates on NACD!
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Western Region hotel deadline only a few weeks away! Reserve now
The March 30 hotel reservation deadline for the 2014 Western Region Meeting is quickly approaching — have you secured your rooms yet? Join your fellow NACD members and Affiliates on April 22-26 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are a number of room options available to attendees, but make sure you act quickly to reserve your desired location. Call 1-800-367-2323 to book your rooms.

We have a robust program lined up for attendees ranging in topics from a workshop, "Decide" presented by New York Times bestselling author Steve McClatchy, to a session on CyberEdge®, Corporate Diamond Sponsor AIG's cyber-security program and more. Register now!

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Promote your brand with NACD — sponsorship opportunities available
Looking to promote your company brand? Look no further...we can help you stand out in the crowd! You can either join the list of corporate sponsors and gain year-round exposure to the membership, or you may choose to sponsor any NACD event during the year such as the Annual Meeting, ChemEdge, Responsible Distribution, Regional meetings and more. We can work with you on your goals and tailor the sponsorship to your needs. Interested? Call Roselle Foley at 571-482-3041 or email rfoley@nacd.com.
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SOCMA sponsors District of Columbia You Be The Chemist Challenge®
On Wednesday, March 12, grade 5-8 students in the District of Columbia showed off their knowledge of chemistry, lab safety and important scientific discoveries in their local You Be The Chemist Challenge®! The event was made possible by the generous support of The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and their Affiliates (SOCMA), as well as the University of the District of Columbia. The Washington/Northwest D.C. Local Challenge winner will represent the District at the National You Be The Chemist Challenge® this June in Philadelphia.

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

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BASF sponsors Virginia local You Be The Chemist Challenge®
BASF Corporation is sponsoring a local You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge® competition which takes place Saturday, March 15, in Suffolk, Va. Thanks to BASF's support and event planning, local students will gather to answer dozens of questions about chemistry, lab safety and general science as they compete for the title of Hampton Roads County YBTC Challenge Champion. Top finishers will advance to the Virginia State Challenge in April, and the winner of the state competition will travel to Philadelphia to compete for the National title in June.

To find out more about the challenge program and how to attend the National Challenge in Philadelphia on June 23, you can contact challenge@chemed.org or visit our website.

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a little 'green' chemistry for students and educators
Know a local teacher who wants a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the science classroom? Here's a list of neon-green demonstrations, "golden" experiments and leprechaun laboratory tricks that might add a little luck to your holiday.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


How company culture could make or break your business
Fast Company
Culture is a relentless driver of employee behavior. Left to its own devices, it can potentially limit an organization. But if leaders work to define it, assess it and understand it, culture can be used as a tangible business lever to directly achieve goals and improve performance. Four key components need to be in place in order to translate culture into something people can relate to and, more importantly, invest in.
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5 strategies to beat a small-business tax audit
CNBC
The tax man may be a little more intimidating this year, for many small-business owners. Faris Fink, head of the Internal Revenue Service's small business/self-employed division, told attendees at the American Institute of CPAs National Tax Conference last fall that the government would be shifting its top audit priority away from corporations. Now, they will be keen to examine returns from partnerships as well as S corporations, sole proprietorships and other pass-through entities.
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Big Data is everywhere. Whether it comes from the Web, business applications or deep inside machine logs, Big Data is helping all types of businesses grow as they become more strategic and profitable. As a small business owner, you're probably thinking, "What does Big Data have to do with me?" After all, Big Data sounds like another complicated — and expensive — buzzword created for companies with significantly more time and resources. But if you use certain types of business applications, you, too, can reap the benefits of Big Data, even on a small business budget.
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6 solid reasons the best leaders are also the best managers
Forbes
Beyond the more obvious leadership attributes, beyond the strategic thinking, the vision, the ability to spellbind an audience and inspire, the most effective leaders tend to share some more prosaic qualities. They have an unspectacular but solid foundation that informs all aspects of their working lives and makes others want to follow them. Let's consider six qualities they share that make them not only outstanding executives but also individuals who are well liked and highly respected.
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