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Reminder: Accepting Nominations for 2014 NACD Distributor of the Year
Every year at the Annual Meeting, NACD recognizes one NACD distributor member company employee as the NACD Distributor of the Year for his or her leadership and achievement in the industry. Nominations for the award are now being accepted until Monday, Oct. 6. Please submit your nomination, including a brief statement on why you believe your nominee should be considered, to Lucinda Schofer at lschofer@nacd.com.
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New Blog Post: Off the Rails — Senate Committee Tells Rail Shippers to Get Back on Track
Earlier this week, NACD issued a grassroots alert encouraging association members who have a U.S. senator serving on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to urge their lawmakers to vote "yes" on S. 2777, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2014. NACD strongly supports passage of this legislation because it provides simple improvements to the STB to more efficiently and equitably investigate complaints and adjudicate rail rate disputes.
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Upcoming Free Webinar: Partnering with Public Warehouses
If your organization uses or is considering using public warehouses, make plans to attend this free Responsible Distribution webinar at noon-1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 2. Join Bob Rose of Dominion Warehousing & Distribution and Mike Lang, NACD vice president, Responsible Distribution, as they conduct a short presentation on public warehouses and the role they play in helping your business succeed. Covered issues will include the structure of the third-party logistics provider industry and the specialization of recognized chemical providers, how to choose a public warehouse, things to look for during a review of the site, how a public warehouse can partner with an NACD member, and more. After the presentation, Mike will moderate a question-and-answer session. Register now!
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Updated Member Resource: Crisis Communication Plan
Now more than ever, maintaining an updated crisis communication plan for your company is a smart business decision. In an effort to assist members, NACD has updated and released the member resource How to Develop a Crisis Communication Plan. Be prepared and stay two steps ahead of a crisis by clicking here to download.
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Enhance Your Business Practices at the Annual Meeting, Nov. 17-20
Continuously improving your business is integral to success — whether it is by enhancing your operational efficiency, safety practices or strengthening your workforce. The 43rd Annual Meeting at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona, promises to deliver tangible solutions to improving your company, from workplace safety to talent recruitment. During our meeting, the Honorable Calvin Dooley of The American Chemistry Council will present a general session on how manufacturers and distributors can work together to enhance safety. Following his keynote, Melinda Kennedy of Caliper will lead a breakout session on workforce planning. Register today and read on to learn more about these sessions.
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Caliper Tip of the Week: Use the 'Gentle Nudge' Approach
Caliper, an NACD Strategic Partner, offers a number of resources to NACD members on talent recruitment and enhancing workplace performance. In its "10 Tips to Becoming a Better Manager," Caliper advises that when you notice a potential problem don't wait until it becomes an actual one. Nip it in the bud with a casual, but strong, comment about your concern. For example, if an employee is beginning to make a habit of coming in late, you may want to stop him or her in the hall and say, "I noticed you've been having some trouble making it in on time. If there's a problem, let me know and we can talk about it. Otherwise, I just wanted to remind you that we start at 8." This way you don't blow a minor concern out of proportion and you can still keep it from escalating into something major.

Learn more about this Strategic Partner and how to enhance workplace performance by clicking here.

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You Be The Chemist Challenge® registration opens tomorrow!
It's time for a new cycle of the You Be The Chemist Challenge®, and Local Challenge registration opens online tomorrow! Registration remains open during the fall and early winter as local schools sign up to participate, and then the first round of exciting quiz-bowl-style chemistry competitions will kick off in communities nationwide next spring.

The Challenge is a great way to get involved in your community, invest in future scientists and leaders, and show parents, teachers, and students how chemicals benefit their lives every day! To find out more, contact challenge@chemed.org or visit the CEF website.

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YBTC Challenge® Organizer Conference
As we prepare for the Challenge season, You Be The Chemist Challenge® Local and State Organizers will gather near CEF's Arlington, Virginia, headquarters on Sept. 22-23. This face-to-face meeting will allow organizers to interact with the CEF staff, share knowledge, ideas and expansion goals, and help to ensure continued standardization across all local and state Challenges nationwide. Last year, Organizers enjoyed the collaborative spirit of the event and the chance to hear about other states' Challenges, and this year's gathering will be the largest one yet!
To find out more about the You Be The Chemist Challenge®, visit our website or contact challenge@chemed.org.

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GENERAL BUSINESS INTEREST


It's Disaster Preparedness Month — Companies Urged to Plan for the Unthinkable
HR.BLR
September is National Preparedness Month and ready.gov asks workplaces to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around Sept. 30 to take the opportunity to prepare employees for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises for six specific hazards: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.
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How to Create a Fun, Positive Company Culture in 7 Easy Steps
Entrepreneur
From celebrating the big things to enjoying the little things, building a strong company culture that inspires both teamwork and friendly competition isn't rocket science and needn't deplete revenues. The golden rule of building a happy culture with an "at your service" attitude from day one is simple: If this wasn't your company, would you want to work here?
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Personal Relationships Influence Small-Business Owners Most
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Small-business owners can get pretty personal. At least, they're influenced by personal relationships more than anything else, according to a new report by the National Association of Women Business Owners and credit card company Ink from Chase. In fact, at 89 percent, a vast majority of small-business owners said that their personal relationships have an impact on the way they run their business, and 67 percent said their peers influence them. Fifty-three percent reported that other small-business owners influence them as well.
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Preparation for Effective Leadership Begins with 5 Simple Rules
Forbes
The Roman philosopher Seneca believed that we are able to create our own fortune. "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" he famously said. A leader's responsibility is to help their organization and the people they serve to grow and prosper — this is how you earn serendipity. Successful leadership is the ability to create and sustain enough momentum to assure that the marketplace and competitors don't pass you by. This requires leaders to prepare for the future, while equally staying on point with the present.
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