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NACD presents 2011 Distributor of the Year Award to Donna and Jim Boldt
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Donna D. Boldt, President, Deeks & Company, Inc., Stone Mountain, Ga., and James (Jim) Boldt, Vice President Sales, Deeks & Company, Inc., were both named the 2011 Distributor of the Year by the National Association of Chemical Distributors during the General Session at NACD's 40th Annual Meeting in Bonita Springs, Fla. Their service to the NACD in many different leadership roles has been an outstanding example of their steadfast commitment to the chemical distribution industry. To view the full press release, click HERE.

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Security resources — Free CFATS webinar Nov. 16
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CFATS seems to have stalled as Congress works through the next phase of funding the program. But before it rises back up, there are smart steps you can take to ensure you are ready. This webinar will address how you can examine your program; get your paperwork in order; close gaps in security and operating procedure; and address tough questions about economies of scale. Whether you are tiered high or low, a big company or not, these lessons will help you fine tune your costs and procedures toward your Site Security Plan approval. Join Michael Saad, senior director of consulting services at Huffmaster Crisis Response, LLC, and Mike Lang, NACD's vice president, responsible distribution, for this timely webinar at (or copy link and paste in your browser).

'Optimizing Channel Compensation' — New Texas A&M Consortia Project seeking distributors to participate on NACD research team
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Beginning in January, NACD will be participating in Texas A&M University's Industrial Distribution Program research project titled "Optimizing Channel Compensation." NACD will hold a seat in the consortium on behalf of the membership. We will be looking for three companies that are willing to be more integral to the research in terms of attending meetings, meeting with the researchers and sharing your business operations information with the research team. More

  General Business Interest

Small business optimism is back
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The fledgling economy can knock us down, but small business isn't having it. Small business optimism leaped 20 percentage points in October, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard, which measures payroll data of 35,000 small businesses across the country. This, despite the fact that small business hiring has been flat or down for over a year. More

Management tip of the day: Push for decisive meetings
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Conversations at many meetings risks drifting around in circles unless certain steps are taken, says Harvard Business Review. Meetings without outcomes are a waste of time. Yet, many meetings fail to produce results because the conversation circles around the issues rather than focuses on them. To make sure decisions happen and people take action, you need to have a productive dialogue. More

How to conquer fear of public speaking
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Most speakers have at least a little bit of fear — a few manage to avoid it and some are crushed by it. What can you do about it? For starters, you can redefine the fear as adrenaline and use it to your advantage. More

How to make employee training a winning investment
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The American Society for Training & Development has found that companies with fewer than 500 employees devote fewer training hours per employee than do larger companies — and they spend more per employee. However, smaller businesses should make training a priority, says Pat Galagan, executive editor of the nonprofit membership association. More

Why you should stay in touch with former staffers
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Staying in touch with former employees can be rewarding for your business. Who better to fill a hole in your company than a former employee who knows exactly how things work? While small businesses don't have the resources of big corporations to create alumni networks, there are four easy steps that can make staying in touch with exes easy. More

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