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ChemEdge 2014 Heading to Music City — Register Now
We're in the first weeks of spring, and ChemEdge 2014 is already shaping up to be the premier chemical distribution industry educational and trade show event of the year. Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to head to Nashville on Aug. 19-22 to network with industry leaders and peers and gain access to education, experts and resources that will help you stay compliant on critical operational, regulatory and safety issues. Registration is now open; click here to secure your spot!
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New Blog Post: NLRB — Up to No Good
Earlier this week, NACD signed onto comments submitted by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) criticizing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for its proposed rule on the filing and processing of petitions for union representation elections. Read Eric R. Byer's take on the proposed rule at www.nacd.com/blog.
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Membership Directory Correction: Supplier Advisory Panel
It has come to our attention there was a misprint in the 2014 NACD Membership Directory's Supplier Advisory Panel listing. The error has since been corrected in the digital version — please click here to print the updated page for your records. We apologize for the error.
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Central Region Meeting Hotel Now Accepting Reservations
Registration for the Central Region meeting is scheduled to open next week, but the hotel is already accepting reservations. This year's meeting will be on June 11-13 at the Ritz-Carlton in Cleveland, Ohio. We have secured a discounted rate for attendees, so please be sure to mention you are with NACD to receive the special rate. You can book your rooms online here or by calling 1-800-241-3333.
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Registration Open for ICIS World Surfactants Conference
Gain essential market insights from key players in the world surfactant industry at the 4th Annual ICIS World Surfactants Conference on May 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, N.J. ICIS has confirmed a number of expert industry speakers for the conference and is offering NACD members discounted rates for multiple registrations from the same company. Click here to learn more and register.

NACD is a media partner for the 4th Annual ICIS World Surfactants Conference.

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Last Chance to Register for the Western Region Meeting
Time is running out; the Western Region Meeting is only two weeks away. This is your final chance to add your name to the attendee list for the 2014 meeting on April 22-26 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. Click here to view the full agenda and register now!
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Celebrate with CEF on Social Media
Join fellow industry members and educators in wishing the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) a happy 25th birthday and 10th anniversary of the You Be The Chemist Challenge® ! Users of Facebook and Twitter have already posted photos of themselves in the limited-edition 2014 National Challenge party hats (with the hashtag #happybdaycef) to show their support. Check out our Facebook page to see some of the early photos!

Don't have a party hat? No worries. Contact challenge@chemed.org to request one. And if you don't use social media platforms, feel free to email a photo to CEF staff and we'll post it for you.

You can find out more about attending the National Challenge and register for the event by visiting the CEF website.

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CEF Programs Wow Teachers at the NSTA 2014 Conference
Last week, CEF partnered with the Dow Chemical Company to take part in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2014 National Conference in Boston. CEF staff interacted with teachers from all over the country on the exhibit hall floor to promote the You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) science programs and resources and also conducted an educator session in which teachers were able to experiment with hands-on activities from the YBTC Activity Guides. One participant commented, "Thanks for a great morning! Can't wait to get back to my school and share all this knowledge."

To learn more about CEF's programs for educators, visit our website or contact comments@chemed.org.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


4 Steps to Effective Performance Management
By D. Albert Brannen
Getting the most out of employees has always challenged employers. It is particularly difficult in today's highly-regulated business environment with increased global competition and changing employee attitudes. Performance management is not just about dealing with the poor performers. Instead, as explained in the following paragraphs, it is a more holistic process that begins with getting the right people, setting employee expectations, coaching employees and ultimately dismissing the poor performers or employees who do not fit the organization.
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Simple Ways to Use Your Voice for Better Presentations
By Joe Cavalcante
Keeping audiences engaged is the key to an effective presentation. One of the easiest and most powerful things you can do is capture them with your voice, and that just requires speaking conversationally. The guiding principles in these techniques are variety and ease of listening. People are lulled by a monotonous voice because it's predictable. Vocal variety keeps people interested and engaged. It also makes it easier and more pleasant to listen to you and your ideas. Here are seven ways to keep your voice novel and hold an audience's attention.
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Bringing On New Hires: Steer Clear of Disaster with These Steps
Entrepreneur
Onboarding new employees is an oil slick where many companies crash and burn. Companies lose 25 percent of all new hires within a year, according to the 2012 Allied Workforce Mobility Survey. The No. 1 reason: Poor onboarding of recent hires. The average cost to the company to recruit each new employee was $11,000, the study reported, and just under a third of the companies surveyed said it takes a year for new employees to reach full productivity.
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5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation in Their Teams
Forbes
Leaders are accountable to assemble teams and lead them to optimal performance outcomes. An effective leader recognizes the importance of embracing differences in people and knows how to connect the dots amongst those differences to get the best outcomes from the team. This is what cultivates a workplace environment of continuous improvements, innovation and initiative.
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