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Chemical Distributor available online now!
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Hard copies of the May/June 2012 edition of Chemical Distributor should have arrived in your mailbox last week. Interested in reading the Chemical Distributor online? Click here to check out the full version online on our website. Tip: Extend the reach of the Chemical Distributor by downloading the electronic version to distribute to all of your employees, keeping them informed on the latest industry news. More

Space still available at the 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

Know the future of freight — Register now for OPSEM2012
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Make sure you join us Aug. 21-24, at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis for what promises to be the best OPSEM yet! In our General Session on Friday, we'll hear from John Conley, President of National Tank Truck Carriers on the future of freight and the many logistical challenges chemical distributors will face in the years ahead. Michele Sullivan will also join us during Friday's General Session, where she will discuss OSHA's implementation of GHS and what it means to the chemical distribution industry. Please be sure to review the program schedule on our website — click each session link to view a detailed session description. You may register on our website by clicking here. More

5 fundamentals for the wholesale distribution branch manager, 2nd edition available now
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NAW has released the second edition of their popular step-by-step guide to helping branch managers improve their business and leadership skills. Certain to be a perennial best seller, this second edition is completely revised with vital new information that today's branch manager needs to read to succeed in today's challenging economy. Order copies for each branch manager. NACD members may purchase the book at the discounted "Member of NAW Member Association" rate. Click here to order your copy today. More

  Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF)

CEF wraps 2011-2012 Challenge cycle — A banner year for the program!
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CEF would like to thank all the industry, educator and community volunteers and sponsors who have so generously dedicated their time and resources at the local, state and national levels during the 2011-2012 You Be The Chemist Challenge®. Each of you has played an integral role in the program's successes, and for that, CEF is truly grateful! During the 2011-2012 Challenge cycle, CEF achieved its greatest number of participating students, states, schools and Challenge sites! CEF expects this exciting growth to continue during the next Challenge cycle!

If you were unable to attend the 2012 National Challenge on June 25, in Philadelphia, you missed quite an exciting event! Bhagirath Mehta, of Des Plaines, Ill., emerged the victor after battling through eight exhilarating rounds of competition with a bright field of competitors representing: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Photographs of the Challenge, held at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the celebration dinner that followed at the National Constitution Center, as well as other accompanying events can be viewed on the CEF website and Facebook page. Be sure to check back next week as CEF continues to upload photos as they come in!

Thanks again for all the support!

  General Business Interest

The best consultant you can hire: Your customers
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Companies can go a lot further than just using a consumer for a one-time trick. The real opportunity is to structurally collaborate with your consumers. The consumer is an excellent consultant. Just like when you hire a typical company adviser, the art here also lies in involving the right people as consultants. More

Healthcare law is here to stay — What do business leaders do now?
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Long before the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, the political battle lines appeared pretty clear. But business reaction has been more mixed, even at the small business level. After all, the legislation addresses much more than the question of whether individuals should be forced to have health insurance. More

Change: 3 essentials for every leader
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The sustainability of any organization hinges on leadership's ability to understand, embrace, and implement change. Whenever leaders are surveyed about what keeps them awake at night, "change" is usually at or near the top of the list. When change initiatives fail, so do leaders. When brands fall into decline, and organizations implode, it's often due to a company's inability to change. More

3 reasons why leaders fail
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It is unrealistic to expect that all forms of leadership are successful — because they are not. The nature of leadership is such that leaders are going to take risks and fail. An effective leader learns from failure and moves forward. However, there are failures in leadership not associated with risk taking that can undermine and paralyze an organization. More


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