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Mat Brainerd testifies on behalf of NACD before the US House of Representative's Small Business Committee
This morning, Mat Brainerd, Chairman and CEO of Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc. and NACD's Vice Chairman of the Board testified at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade of the House Committee on Small Business on the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Brainerd emphasized the beneficial affects construction of the pipeline would have on not only the oil and refining industries, but also on small businesses in the chemical distribution industry. "Small businesses like mine and my colleagues in the chemical distribution industry would be directly and beneficially affected by its construction, leading to reduced costs for both ourselves and, ultimately, our customers," stated Brainerd.

Click here to view NACD's full testimony and/or an archive of the hearing.
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Last chance to book your room for the Central Region Meeting, June 12-14
The deadline to reserve your room at the Union League of Chicago for the Central Region Meeting is TOMORROW, May 17. There is no flexibility on this deadline, and rooms are limited, so act now ‐ call 312-435-4573 and mention NACD to receive the discounted rate. This year's meeting is set to deliver valuable educational sessions, ranging in topics from sales to GHS, to DOT Enforcement issues and concerns. Register now!
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New employees, responsibilities or is your company new to NACD? Sign up now for our Mentoring Program open conference call, May 22
Learn more about the Responsible Distribution Mentoring Program as well as upcoming Responsible Distribution events on a free conference call at 11 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 22. Doug Kutz, the Responsible Distribution Mentor, and Mike Lang, VP, Responsible Distribution, will discuss how you can take advantage of this valuable program, whether your company is a member, affiliate, candidate for membership, or even just interested in learning more about NACD. To register, email Mike at
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  Continuous GHS Labels On Demand

NeuraLabel Printer can be your solution for GHS and DOT compliant drum labels. You can properly label barrels and increase operational flexibility by printing both small and large jobs on continuous media. Labels range from 5” to 48”. You’ll have one-pass 4-color digital printing, full automation and solid reliability.

Welcome new members!
NACD welcomes one Distributor member, one Chemical Supplier, one Chemical Handler and two Non-Chemical Handler Affiliates to its ranks.
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Northeast Region Meeting hotel now accepting reservations
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Northeast Region Meeting! This year's event will be held from September 23-25 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore. We are still solidifying the program agenda, but the hotel is already accepting reservations. To book your rooms, please call 800-SONESTA or 410-234-0550 and make sure you mention NACD to receive the discounted hotel rate of $179/night. Keep checking the Northeast Region webpage for additional program information.
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Thank you for supporting science education!
The Chemical Educational Foundation would like to thank all of the NACD members who came out in support of science education at the 2013 Vanguard Dinner & Award Ceremony. The evening honored Mr. Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman & CEO of The Dow Chemical Company for his outstanding efforts on behalf of improving STEM education through engaging in nationwide partnerships, contributing funds and encouraging employee volunteerism.

The evening featured speakers William A. Fidler, CEO of Brenntag North America and Howard Ungerleider, Executive Vice President, Advanced Materials of The Dow Chemical Company who accepted the award on Liveris' behalf.

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CEF video wins Communicator Award of Distinction
The Chemical Educational Foundation has been honored by The Communicator Awards for its work in creating the "Introduction to You Be The Chemist" video. The video received a 2013 Communicator Award of Distinction in the category of Online Video, Non-Profit. Visit CEF's YouTube channel to watch the winning video, among others, and learn about how the You Be The Chemist programs can benefit your community and educational outreach.
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Register to attend the National You Be The Chemist Challenge
The Chemical Educational Foundation would love for you to join us in cheering on the 27 grade 5-8 participants who have qualified to compete for the title of National You Be The Chemist Challenge Champion on June 24 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia!

Following the competition, CEF would also like to invite you to join us in honoring the hard work of all the participants at our National Challenge Celebration Dinner. The Celebration Dinner, presented by the National Challenge Platinum sponsors, will feature live entertainment, an awards presentation, and the National Constitution Center’s picturesque views of the Independence Mall! Registration information is now available for both events online.

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Leadership lessons from coaching football
Fast Company
Business can learn a lot from football, says Billy Bosworth, the DataStax CEO who once stared down Brett Favre.
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How equipment financing supports entrepreneurs
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A wide variety of leasing and other financing methods are available through companies that offer special programs for startups. This is a particularly good time to finance equipment because there is so much liquidity in the marketplace. Leasing companies and banks are looking to lend because they have the cash available to deploy.
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3 leadership weaknesses you can't fix on your own
Even the best leaders sometimes need a helping hand. Here are three cases where a little boost can make a big difference.
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Hazmat, Van & Bulk

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Chemistry for sustainable performance
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Listening to your inner voice makes you a better manager
Harvard Business Review
Some of the best advice we have all got — be it while making big personal decisions or making critical business decisions — is the same: Follow your inner voice. Most of us have heeded that counsel, yet if we were asked to list the elements that enable better decision-making, we would cite experience, research, data, even polls — but never our inner voices.
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6 surprising secrets of truly great bosses
At best, following conventional wisdom results in mediocrity. Truly great bosses don't just march to the beat of a different drummer, they convince everyone else to march along with them. Here's how.
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