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New Blog Post: Engaging in the Regulatory Process
As a Washington, D.C.-based trade association, we often encourage members to get involved in the legislative process: set up a facility visit with your representative, send a letter to your senators or vote in upcoming elections. While grassroots political advocacy is critical to our mission of ensuring the chemical distribution industry is treated fairly by our nation's policymakers, another area where members can make an impact is through participation in the regulatory process. Read more at
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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 or 703-527-6223.

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Southern Region Meeting to Feature Cyber Security Session from AIG
Cyber security is a major issue facing businesses today. The 2014 Southern Region meeting will feature a presentation from our Corporate Diamond Sponsor, AIG, on CyberEdge®: Risk Management, and how you can prevent and safeguard against sensitive data breaches, computer hacking, employee error and more. Join your fellow NACD members and Affiliates May 19-21 at the Sandpearl Clearwater Beach Resort by registering here.
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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 the Responsible Distribution program. All you need to do is email us the information you have on potential new members, provide an introduction and we can do the rest. For questions, please call Roselle Foley at 571-482-3041 or email
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Book Your Hotel Rooms for ChemEdge 2014
Registration for ChemEdge 2014 is set to open on Monday, April 7, but the Omni Nashville is already accepting hotel reservations. Book your rooms for Aug. 19-22 at the NACD discounted rate of $170/night. Please click here to book your rooms online, or call 1-800-THE-OMNI to make your hotel reservations.

NOTE: Be wary of travel agency scams! If anyone claiming to be associated with a travel agency and/or "convention housing" contacts you with an offer for booking a hotel room, do NOT provide them with your contact or payment information. This is a scam. NACD does not contract with such firms.

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Regulatory Compliance Preferred Provider Spotlight
NACD's Regulatory Compliance Preferred Providers offer experts who can help you make sense of the myriad of regulations affecting the industry. Each week, we will highlight one of our Regulatory Compliance Preferred Providers so you may take advantage of their services and expertise.

Connell Foley
Connell Foley's attorneys have advised chemical manufacturers, chemical distributors and a wide range of companies on regulatory compliance matters as part of ongoing businesses, new businesses, contracts, agency inspections and investigations, enforcement actions, emergency and disaster response and litigation.

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GHS Compliant Labeling Solutions

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Tote, ISO, Offshore Tank Container Sales & Rental

Hoover rents and sells tote containers, transport frames, offshore containers, intermodal (ISO) tank containers and related equipment for the storage and transportation of chemicals, liquids and fluids. Hoover provides a full range of services including equipment rental, sales, reconditioning, tank cleaning, recertification and GPS asset tracking and tank level monitoring services.

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Save the Date — and Help CEF Celebrate!
You might have recently received a card reminding you to mark your calendars for June 23 — the date of the 10th annual National You Be The Chemist Challenge®! Challenge attendees are in for a treat, as 30 bright, motivated students will 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 dinner to applaud students' efforts. It's a huge celebration of science education, and we want you to join us!

You may also have received a limited-edition National Challenge 10th anniversary party hat! If so, we invite you to post photos of yourself and your colleagues wearing the hat to social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag #happybdaycef. If you haven't received a hat, and would like CEF staff to send you one, please give us a call at 703-527-6223.

To find out more about attending the National Challenge, or to register for the event, visit our website or contact

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CEF Exhibits at National Science Teachers Association National Conference
CEF is partnering with the Dow Chemical Company to take part in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference April 3-6 in Boston. CEF staff, including executive director John Rice, will exhibit CEF's programs at Dow's booth during the conference and will conduct an educator session in which teachers will have the opportunity to perform experiments from CEF's You Be The Chemist® Activity Guides.

To learn more about CEF's programs for educators, visit our website or contact

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Why Leaders Need to Shut Up and Listen
By C. Fredrick Crum
Typically, we choose our leaders for their skill at conveying messages clearly and powerfully. But it's their ability to listen that distinguishes great leaders from the rest. We often attribute courage and strength to the speaker, but what about the listener? The art of listening is a leadership strength that is often greatly underdeveloped. Some leaders "hear," others use communication techniques to make others believe they are listening, while few leaders actually have listening skills and abilities.
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How Leaders Can Win the Talent Battle for the 'Google Generation'
The most significant challenge for any organization, and the only source of sustainable competitive advantage, is recruiting, hiring, developing and deploying the right people. To win the battle to attract, develop and retain the best and brightest talent available requires a multifaceted and non-traditional approach. It's not enough to post a job on Monster or to scour LinkedIn, hire employees who look good on paper and then hope that everything will work out.
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When it Comes to Networking, Quality Beats Quantity
On my desk is a decorative box that's full to the top with business cards, Minda Zetlin writes. I have a business card scanner, mobile business card application and a human assistant, any of which could help me get those names into my contacts list. I haven't bothered because, deep down, I know most or all will come to nothing. So I was more than intrigued to discover that consultant and author Andrew Sobel recommends in his new book "Power Relationships" that the best place for all those cards might be the circular file. His thesis is simple: When it comes to networking, quality trumps quantity.
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5 Secrets to Better Employee Engagement
Fast Company
Employee engagement — chances are you've heard of it before. With today's war for talent and an entire new generation of digital natives moving into the workplace, employee engagement is a serious concern on the corporate agenda of every major company. So then why does a recent Gallup poll find that only 13 percent of employees are engaged at work?
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