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Time is running out — register for the Spring Workshop now!
The spring workshop, on April 8-9 in Ann Arbor, Mich., is a must-attend event for both new and veteran NACD members. The workshop is a great opportunity for companies new to NACD to be introduced to the membership and Responsible Distribution. For experienced code coordinators and senior management attendees, the workshop is the best time to bolster your Responsible Distribution and regulatory knowledge. Meet representatives of both verifying companies; Doug Kutz, the Responsible Distribution Mentor; Responsible Distribution Committee members; Mike Lang, VP, Responsible Distribution; and more. Register now before it is too late!
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New Blog Post: Regulatory Scale Back: More With Less
Last week NACD's vice president of regulatory affairs, Jennifer Gibson, submitted an excellent set of comments on OSHA's Proposed Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. Read Eric Byer's take on increasing regulatory burden at www.nacd.com/blog.
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Distributors: Don't forget to complete Membership & Safety Questionnaire
In case you missed it: 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 completion of the survey 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. 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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2014 Southern Region Meeting registration set to open next week — book hotel reservations now
Registration for this year's Southern Region meeting is set to launch next week. In the meantime, make sure you secure your hotel rooms for May 19-21 at the Sandpearl Clearwater Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. To make your room reservations, please call 877-726-3111 or 727-674-4111 and be sure to mention NACD to receive the discounted rate.
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Send your sales team to training camp
Does your sales team need boot camp? Then sign your team up for AEA's Sales Professional Training Camp, featuring "The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession." On April 1-3 in Dayton, Ohio, this 2 ½ day workshop will cover the practical skills, tools and fundamental disciplines that are essential for sales professionals and a productive sales team. Don Buttrey, president of Sales Professional Training Inc., will lead the workshop through the Four Pillars, sharpening your team's skills and preparing them for success. To learn more about the program and to register, please click here.
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NACD sponsors local You Be The Chemist Challenge®
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of NACD, grade 5-8 students in Loudon County, Va., are set to face off at their local You Be The Chemist Challenge® tonight! The students with the strongest knowledge of chemistry, lab safety and general science will advance from this competition to the Virginia State Challenge, held in Suffolk on April 26. The State Champion will be given the opportunity to compete at the National Challenge in Philadelphia, Pa., this June for college scholarships and other exciting prizes.

Representing NACD, Mike Lang, vice president of Responsible Distribution, will be on hand at the Loudon County Challenge to congratulate students and hand out prizes.

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

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Encourage your local educators to enter the CEF Earth Day Challenge!
Know a K-8 educator who's interested in exploring the science of water with their students for the chance to win $1,000? Tell them to check out the CEF Earth Day Challenge, a video contest for elementary and middle school classes! To enter, educators should submit a short video about their experience conducting one of CEF's award-winning science activities with their students. In recognition of the American Chemical Society's 2014 Earth Day theme, "Wonders of Water," participating educators are asked to choose from several water-related lessons in the You Be The Chemist® Activity Guides — which are free to download from the Earth Day Challenge webpage.

The school of the educator who submits the winning entry will receive $1,000 for the school's science education programs, as well as a commemorative plaque! Additionally, the winning educator will receive a $200 gift card to the Discovery Channel Store.

To learn more about contest guidelines or how to submit an entry, visit CEF's website or contact comments@chemed.org.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Leadership: How to get from good to great
Inc.
Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they are coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. Take heart: You can become a truly great leader. Here's what it takes.
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Why companies fail to engage today's workforce: Overwhelmed employees
Forbes
After completing a major study of human capital trends around the world (Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, 2,500 organizations in 90 countries), the message is clear: companies are struggling to engage our modern, 21st century workforce. This is a worldwide issue. Gallup research shows that only 13 percent of employees around the world are actively engaged at work, and more than twice that number are so disengaged they are likely to spread negativity to others.
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How to talk to employees so they listen
Entrepreneur
No one likes to be lectured in the workplace. As a leader, you need to communicate with your employees to deliver strategic direction, reinforce corporate culture and rally the troops to achieve company goals and objectives. To be effective, you need to deliver these messages in a way that creates energy and enthusiasm, rather than deflating your team.
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