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Upcoming Webinars


NACD Membership Resources and Benefits

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm  ET
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Hear from NACD's Membership Manager, Jenni Jenkins, as she reviews the various membership resources and benefits available to NACD's Members and Affiliates.

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3 Actions to Take in a Low Rate Environment

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. ET

Low interest rates are causing booms in some areas and squeezing others. As we consider how this pertains to our personal financial planning, we need to identify the opportunities to take advantage of them. We also need to pinpoint the risks they create and find efficient ways to manage them. Specific topics we will discuss are mortgages, investments, and retirement income. Join Phil Roberts with MassMutual for this critical session in today's market.

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Safety Committees and Meetings 101

Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. ET

NACD members and affiliates understand that safety is paramount in the workplace. That includes regularly scheduled safety meetings and a committee organizing those sessions. Learn how often those meetings should take place, who needs to attend, what are the issues that need to be addressed and more. Join Jim Benning, the Responsible Distribution Mentor, who will share his decades of experience with you in a special free webinar.

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ITR Economics: Managing in an Uncertain Economy

December 2020-March 2021

  • December 16, 2020       
    • Question Submission Deadline: December 9
  • January 20, 2021            
    • Question Submission Deadline: January 13
  • February 17, 2021
    • Question Submission Deadline:  February 10
  • March 17, 2021
    • Question Submission Deadline: March 10

There is no crystal ball, but forecasting is the next best thing you can do to predict your business’s economic future.

NACD is offering a monthly interview-style presentation series to help your company plan during these unpredictable times. Join economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky, Senior Business Advisor, ITR Economics, who will provide data and analysis on what to expect for the remainder of the year and Q1 2021. During this six-month series, Alex will cover industry trends, business to business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates and more. Using leading indicators, attendees will learn how to identify where they are in the business cycle and which inputs should guide their strategy to make the right decisions at the right time.


Alex Chausovsky, Senior Business Advisor, IRT Economics

Alex is an accomplished Speaker and the Director of Speaking Services at ITR Economics. He is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise in subjects that include macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, automation, and advanced technology trends.

He has consulted and advised companies throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, China, and Japan for the last fifteen years and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in the Wall Street Journal.

Ian Heller, President & COO of Modern Distribution Management

Ian has been the President and COO of Modern Distribution Management since 2017. For more than 50 years, MDM has been a source of thought leadership, news and data for the wholesale distribution industry.

Previously, Ian served in executive roles in e-commerce and marketing at HD Supply - Construction and Industrial, Corporate Express, Newark Electronics, GE Capital Rail and Grainger. Ian was also the founder and Senior Partner at Real Results Marketing. Ian holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Member-price: $299/series
Associate-price: $349/series
Non-Member price: $399/series

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Past Webinar Recordings

Respiratory Protection Webinar Series

Presented by Peter Downing, Environment & Safety Solutions

Thank you to our webinar series sponsor, Hawkins, Inc.

  • Respiratory Protection Webinar Part 1: Regulatory Requirements - Regulations, Limitations, Liabilities

    • Thursday, November 5, 2020 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET
    • Part I Regulatory Requirements will focus on identifying the regulatory requirements of a respiratory protection program, review a company's obligations, and present the requirements to comply with the regulations.
  • Respiratory Protection Webinar Part 2: Implementation

    • Thursday, November 19, 2020 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET
    • Part II Implementation will focus on the steps needed to implement a respiratory protection program, including medical clearance, donning and doffing, fit testing, maintenance and inspection, and training requirements.

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Small Business Administration - Office of the National Ombudsman

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | Noon - 12:30 p.m. ET

Join NACD for a webinar on the Small Business Administration’s Office of National Ombudsman, November 18 at Noon (ET). SBA’s Office of the National Ombudsman was created in 1996 to assist small business owners involved in disputes with the federal government. John Kelly, External Relations Manager at the Office of the National Ombudsman, will present on some of the ways they assist small businesses including resolving regulatory disputes with federal agencies, reducing unfair or excessive penalties or fines, and recovering payment for services performed by government contractors. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this important free resource available to small businesses.

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Diversity & Inclusion: It Matters (Sensitivity and Unconscious Bias Training), Part II

Presented by Tiffany M. Releford, Partner at Whiteford, Taylor, Preston

Thank you to our webinar sponsors, ChemGroup, Inc., Lintech International, Norman, Fox & Co., PVS Chemicals, Inc. - Distribution Group, Sea-Land Chemical Co., Webb Chemical Service Corp., and Whitaker Oil Company.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | Noon - 1:00 p.m. ET

Diversity and inclusion are important components of business operations. Continuing with this theme from the October webinar, Tiffany will discuss microaggression, everyday words with different meanings, different standards based on gender, and much more. Attendees will gain: A better understanding of microaggressions and how to identify them, words with racist roots, tips to positively influence your company culture, and more.

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Alex Goldfayn's 5-Minute Selling Webinar Series

Thank you to our web series sponsors, AIG/AxonEchoSystemDatacor, Inc.Chemformation; and Octochem!

Alex Goldfayn, author of the Wall Street Journal bestsellers 5-Minute Selling (published August 2020) and Selling Boldly (2018). He is the CEO of the Revenue Growth Consultancy, which grows distributors and manufacturers by an average of 10 to 20% annually, year after year. Over the years, within these organizations, more than 10,000 salespeople have successfully applied the concepts that will be covered today. Some of these individuals have doubled and even tripled their personal sales. Want to do the same? You’ll learn exactly what to do today!

The Revenue Growth Mindset

  • This webinar examines how success in selling follows success in our mindset. We cannot outsell our mindset. Optimism, gratitude, and perseverance are so incredibly important in selling success. We look at how to develop each one and how to maintain your optimal sales growth mindset over time, even in times of panic, like during a pandemic.

How To Grow Your Sales Now

  • This is the techniques webinar. Alex discusses a dozen no-cost communications techniques that will grow your sales significantly and very quickly. Approaches include making proactive outbound phone calls to customers and prospects (when nothing is wrong!), the power of following up on quotes, and consistently asking the reverse did you know question.

In Sales, SYSTEM is Everything

  • This webinar will build upon the first two sessions, and build your firm’s selling system. Consistent implementation of lightening- fast communications over time is the key to selling success. This, of course, is your system. One call is not enough, but one daily proactive call made consistently adds up to more than 200 per year. Two calls a day is 400 per year. The system is the key. In this webinar, we build yours.

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Diversity & Inclusion: It Matters (Sensitivity and Unconscious Bias Training) - Part 1

Presented by Tiffany M. Releford, Partner at Whiteford, Taylor, Preston

Thank you to our webinar sponsors, ChemGroup, Inc., Lintech International, Norman, Fox & Co., PVS Chemicals, Inc. - Distribution Group, Sea-Land Chemical Co., Webb Chemical Service Corp., and Whitaker Oil Company.

Diversity and inclusion are important components of business operations. A basic discussion of current events will provide the foundation of the session without getting into the political arena. This webinar will examine the value of diversity and inclusion, as well as how to recognize and address unconscious biases.

Attendees will gain:

  • A better understanding how diversity, equity, and inclusion are more important now than ever before.
  • Knowledge that will provide a safer and inclusive workplace
  • Education that appreciates a deeper sense of community outside the workplace

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Introduction to FIFRA

Thank you to our webinar sponsor, Akrochem!

Sol Bobst from ToxSci Advisors will present an overview of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration and testing requirements that cover pesticide distribution, use and sale. The webinar will also highlight how to understand FIFRA labeling and provide a refresher on annual establishment registration and reporting requirements.

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Contracts for Chemical Distributors

Thank you to our webinar sponsor, Brainerd Chemical Company, Inc.!

Patrick Hughes and Steve Barnett of Connell Foley LLP will present on the types of contracts a typical chemical distributor might encounter including supply, purchase, toll manufacturing, licensing, R&D, and asset sales. They covered boilerplate provisions, remedies and breach of contract, as well as force majeure or excused non-performance, impracticability, allocation and other provisions that may be applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Recovery Road Map Webinar Series

Join Dr. Senthil Gunasekaran and Pradip Krishnadevarajan, Ph.D. the co-founders and managing directors from ActVantage for these timely webinars in our current COVID-19 environment.

  • Revenue Recovery Roadmap
    Thank you to our webinar sponsor, Chemisphere Corp!
    • As distributors respond to COVID-19, they are noticing the limitations of traditional recessionary responses such as cost reduction and working capital preservation. This recessionary response may not be optimal due to the foundational constraint of this recession: social distancing. This factor affects face-to-face sales directly. Transitioning sales teams to work successfully in this new environment is key to revenue recovery.
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  • Margin (Pricing) Recovery Roadmap
    Thank you to our webinar sponsor, Superior!
    • Crises present an opportunity for a forced reset. As we have accepted and learned to adapt to COVID-19, now is the time to make decisions and move forward in these critical areas: revenue recovery, pricing decisions, capability building, significant investments, and talent development. The foremost thing is revenue recovery; however, in your race to revenue recovery, don’t lose sight of profitability. To help with your margin recovery and deliver a much-needed pricing reset, we have identified five rules for your success.
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Coronavirus Lessons Learned – Hand Sanitizer

Thank you to our webinar sponsor, Datacor, Inc.!

Join NACD for a webinar on “Coronavirus Lessons Learned – Hand Sanitizer” on September 17, 2020 at Noon (ET). The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented demand for hand sanitizer ingredients and unforeseen challenges for chemical distributors. This webinar will present the perspectives of three different chemical distributors involved in hand sanitizer on how they reacted to the decisions and challenges presented by the coronavirus, including liability concerns, adjusting to staffing uncertainties, reacting to changing supply chains, getting involved in their local communities, and responding to frequently changing regulations. Following the presentations, there will be 10 minutes of Q&A.

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Grassroots Advocacy: Chemical ReACTions and Responsible Distribution Code VIII

Thank you to our webinar sponsor, Azelis!

In this webinar, NACD's Coordinator of Government Affairs, Erin Getz, will dive into how NACD members can comply with Responsible Distribution Code VIII, covering community outreach, through its various grassroots advocacy efforts, including our new app and grassroots advocacy website, Chemical ReACTions! Attendees learned how to navigate Chemical ReACTions with its developer, Chris Brown, Chief Technological Officer at Constituent Voice.


Important Update! Responsible Distribution 7th Cycle Verification Models

Important verification update: NACD has created four Responsible Distribution verification models for the remainder of the 7th Cycle.

NACD understands that preparing for Responsible Distribution verifications may have been delayed due to COVID-19 and its related issues. Watch here to review these new verification models in an important webinar and learn how your company can proceed with satisfying the 7th Cycle verification requirements during these challenging times.


NFPA Code 30 - Flammable and Combustible Liquids

NFPA Code 30 is incorporated by reference into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) hazardous materials regulations and outlines how to safely store flammable and combustible liquids. Presenter Mike Marando, Senior Engineer, NFPA, shares how to navigate NFPA 30 for containers and tanks, how to establish Maximum Allowable Quantities (MAQs) and sprinkler requirements, and how to approach emergency tank venting calculations and tank siting requirements. The webinar also covers the most recent revisions to the 2021 edition of NFPA 30 and how to participate in the NFPA Standards Development process.


Introducing the Food Chemical Codex (FCC) Standards for Food Ingredients

Listen in on the recording of our webinar on “Introducing the Food Chemicals Codex” presented by Steven Gendel, Senior Director for Food Science at USP. Practical and clear ingredient standards play an essential role in protecting the integrity and safety of the food supply. Therefore, it is important to understand what makes a standard useful and how to use food standards. This webinar introduces the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), the leading independent international source of standards for all types of food-grade substances. It provides insights on how FCC standards are developed and how they can be used to protect products, companies, and consumers.


United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Webinar

Listen in for a webinar hosted by NACD and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the “The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)”. CBP presenters included Adam Sulewski, Project Lead for the USMCA Center, Maya Kumar, Director of the Textiles and Trade Agreements Division, and Tamica Solomon, Acting Director for the USMCA Center. The webinar shares the latest information on the transition from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to USMCA and how your company will need to adjust operations to qualify your products.


NACD Webinar Broadcast: What to Expect from an EPA Inspection

Under Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) Section 11, an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) TSCA inspection can occur at any time. While no one looks forward to receiving such a notice from EPA, knowing what to expect and how to prepare will make the entire process easier. This webinar provides an overview of how an EPA audit occurs, what records EPA may ask for, and what EPA is looking for in those records. It also provides some recommendations on what companies can do now – before receiving the dreaded notice – to ensure the inspection goes well. 


COVID-19 and Trucking: Freight Pricing Trends and What the Future Holds for Distribution Costs

While COVID-19 has required many industries to adopt telework practices, truckers have remained on the road to ensure that our economy keeps running. However, with the increased risk of infection for drivers, rapidly changing demands from the marketplace, reductions in gas prices, and relaxed FMCSA guidelines, it has become increasingly hard to predict what the future of freight costs may be. During this webinar Dan Murray, Senior Vice President at the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), guided NACD members through ATRI’s recent research on marketplace trends and gave his predictions for what the future holds.


    Responsible Distribution Brown Bag Webinar Series 

    Part 1: The Mentor

    Meet the mentor! NACD has a new mentor, Jim Benning, who's on board for the 7th Cycle of Responsible Distribution. Listen for an overview of the mentor program, learn who can access the program, and how/when to use it.

    Part 2: The Advisers

    Meet the Advisers! NACD Responsible Distribution® Advisers program is here to supplement our mentoring resources and provide in depth support for members and Affiliates during their Responsible Distribution implementation and continuous program improvement with qualified and NACD trained experts. View our archived recording and slides for an overview of the Adviser program, to learn who the different Adviser companies are, and what their areas of expertise are to best help your company.

    Part 3: The Verifiers

    Meet the Verifiers! NACD has partnered with three verifying organizations for the 7th Cycle: Compliance Solutions Group, LLC, NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd. and SafetyPro Resources, LLC. This webinar goes through the process and expectations for working with your assigned verifier as you prepare for and conduct your next verification. We discuss all of the pre-verification, on-site/day of verification, and post verification timeline steps.

    Part 4: NACD

    NACD has a variety of online resources available to assist candidates, members, and Affiliates as they develop and maintain their Responsible Distribution programs. This webinar walks through the NACD website and show users how to locate these different online resources tools. In addition, this webinar also covers a number of resources that have either been newly created or greatly enhanced for the 7th Cycle.


    Cybersecurity Concerns in the Time of COVID-19

    During this webinar, James Murphy from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) informed attendees of the current cybersecurity threats facing their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Murphy will also review the resources CISA has available to identify and combat cyberattacks and discuss risk mitigation techniques to prevent these disruptive incidents. 

    Thank you to our regulatory webinar sponsor, Harcros Chemicals.


    Independent Contractors and COVID-19: The Pandemic’s Damage to the Contractor Relationship

    As COVID-19 threatens our nations economy, independent contractors have been thrust into the spotlight of debate regarding benefits and classification. Russell Hollrah, lead partner at the contingent worker focused Hollrah LLC, explains how the pandemic has resurfaced potentially dangerous proposals on independent contractor classifications and which states are using the pandemic to reevaluate employer-worker relationships. This webinar will help prepare your business to face these threats and maintain your current labor structure.


    U.S. Petrochemical Dynamics Shift Amid Coronavirus and Crude Oil Crash

    The ICIS webinar covered the effects of coronavirus pandemic on the macroeconomic picture; the state of the US petrochemical industry amid lower prices for crude oil; and the volatility surrounding isopropanol and industrial ethanol markets, both of which have seen unprecedented demand and price increases.


    COVID-19: A Comprehensive and Safe Approach to Planning the Reopening of Workplaces

    This webinar provided a high-level overview of considerations and best practices as businesses prepare their offices for reopening. It covered a wide range of elements including facilities, travel, organizational culture, and human resources policies that businesses should consider as they prepare to return to the “new normal" at their workplace.


    FDA & TTB Regulations During COVID-19

    Sara Beth Watson and Deborah Attwood from Steptoe & Johnson LLP presented on how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) have established policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased demand for hand sanitizer. Chemical distributors learned how the new FDA & TTB guidance may impact their operations.

    Thank you to our regulatory webinar sponsor, Harcros Chemicals.


    CARES Act - Business and Personal Implications

    The Cares Act provides access to money in a variety of ways to help businesses and individuals. On this webinar we reviewed the implications for how a business owners and non-business owners can understand and utilize this act to their benefit.


    Regulatory Enforcement in the Time of COVID-19

    Speaker: Pete Downing, Environment & Safety Solutions

    On this webinar, Pete discussed recent temporary regulatory relief actions taken by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies. Pete reviewed what these measures mean for your company, and how to prepare for an eventual return to normal regulatory requirements and inspections. 


    Virtual Town Hall Meeting


    Responsible Distribution

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    Part One: Responsible Distribution Verification Dashboard for Dummies

    Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Jump Start your 7th Cycle Verification! This webinar will provide attendees a refresher on how to navigate the Verification Dashboard, including a system walk through, and highlight some of the new enhancements this cycle. By the end of this webinar, attendees will be confident and able to enter their company overviews to begin the verification process.

    Part Two: Top Tips for a Successful Verification

    Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Jump Start your 7th Cycle Verification! How do you define a successful verification? Explore the top tips and suggestions provided by the Responsible Distribution Committee to help your company prepare for a successful 7th Cycle verification.

    Part Three: Completing your Specifications, Triumph or Tragedy?

    Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Speaker: Kelly McCabe, Vice-President, Operations; Ideal Chemical & Supply Company

    Jump start your 7th Cycle Verification! Building off Part Two of our webinar series, Part Three takes a closer look at the “dos” and “don’ts” to complete specifications. What are the verifiers looking for? How can you create a professional final report?

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    Regulatory Affairs

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