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Deadline MONDAY — 2012 NACD Company Productivity Report
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Make sure you gain important insights for the year ahead by participating in the annual Company Productivity Report. The deadline for submitting your CPR questionnaire is June 25. This important study will once again provide you with invaluable benchmarks for gauging your firm's operating strengths and weaknesses and improvement opportunities. For the fifth consecutive year, you now have the option of filling out the entire survey online by simply going to Industry Insights' secure website: (case sensitive). More

Registration now open for Northeast Regional Luncheon — July 12, Boston
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Join your fellow members and affiliates at the Northeast Regional Luncheon on July 12, in Boston, for an educational networking luncheon. Held at Legal Harborside from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., you will hear from Brian Jacot, Chairman, and Jim Testo, President of Greystone Risk Management, from Greystone Consolidated Business Companies, Inc. on "Environmental, Health and Safety Regulations — No Longer Just 'The Cost of Doing Business.'" The focus will be a discussion of current economic conditions and the EHS regulatory trends regarding complexity and enforcement that are pressuring your businesses.

To RSVP, please email Donna Thomas at

OPSEM2012 set to deliver high-powered program, Aug. 21-24, Indianapolis
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From regulatory requirements to management systems, from purchasing best practices to the latest technologies being employed in chemical warehouses, OPSEM2012 will be an eventful conference that presents impactful education sessions, and facilitates the exchange of ideas between members, sponsors, and exhibitors. With OPSEM2012 less than three months away, what are you waiting for? Register today! You won't want to miss this high-powered event. More

August Responsible Distribution workshop: New cycle information revealed
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Two months away and we already have 50 registered to learn more about the new Responsible Distribution cycle, which begins in January 2013! Don't miss the Aug. 21-22, Responsible Distribution workshop in Indianapolis (prior to OPSEM) and get a head start on the new changes to Responsible Distribution, how to transition your documents to the new cycle and more! More

  Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF)

2012 national You Be the Chemist Challenge to take place Monday!
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Twenty-two participants are set to compete for the title of National You Be The Chemist Challenge Champion on June 25 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The event will bring together industry leaders, educators, participants and their families from across the country.

In addition to the exciting competition, the students, their chaperones and respective educators (thanks to our Platinum Sponsors!) will be treated to three fun-filled days of science exploration in the great city of Philadelphia! The weekend's events will include sightseeing, exploring exhibits at The Franklin Institute, and mingling with members of the chemical industry at the Challenge Celebration Dinner held at the National Constitution Center.

This year's participants represent the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

CEF would like to thank its 2012 national You Be the Chemist challenge sponsors!
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Platinum Sponsors: BASF Corporation, Florham Park, NJ; Brenntag North America, Inc., Reading, PA; The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, Midland, MI (Diamond Sponsor of all You Be The Chemist programs); ICL Performance Products LP, St. Louis, MO; PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., Detroit, MI; Shell Chemical Company, Houston, TX.

Gold Sponsors: Informex, Hamilton, NJ; Lonza, Inc., Norwalk, CT; Univar, Redmond, WA

Silver Sponsors: National Association of Chemical Distributors, Arlington, VA; Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates, Washington, D.C.; and Thames & Kosmos, Portsmouth, RI

Bronze Sponsors: Coast Southwest, Inc., Placentia, CA; Expo Chemical Company, Inc., Houston; MeadWestvaco, Richmond, VA; PQ Corporation, Malvern, PA; Turning Technologies LLC, Youngstown, OH

  General Business Interest

5 ways to keep your best employees
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Eric V. Holtzclaw, CEO and founder of consulting firm User Insight, offers up ways to retaining your company's best employees. Enticing good employees to stay requires being honest about the employee's worth to the company and understanding and recognizing an employee's strengths. More

5 traits of radically successful people
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We hear about hard work all the time — it's what Olympic champions talk about when they get to the top of the podium and it's what the media credits as the sole force behind of multimillion-dollar Internet entrepreneurs. But there has to be something else in the equation of obtaining unimaginable success. What other traits tipped the odds in favor of the world's most successful people? More

4 secrets of successful introverts
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Although the ways in which introvert leadership differs from extrovert leadership are complex, there are a number of clear distinctions that any business leader can emulate. More

Mid-sized businesses suffer a social-media gap
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Lots of companies talk about social networking and strategy, but, like the weather, relatively few do anything about it, and this is nowhere more true than at midsized companies, according to a couple of recent studies. The irony is that their CEOs increasingly are interested in integrating social into their strategies. More

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