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August 25, 2016

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ASA Releases Congressional Scorecards for 114th Congress
American Supply Association
If it’s back-to-school time, then soon enough, report cards will be arriving in the mail. Trade associations like the American Supply Association (ASA) keep score or grade how elected officials vote in Washington. This should come as little surprise to members of Congress. In fact, many groups will use this method of keeping score as leverage when encouraging them to take a position for or against a particular piece of legislation. Knowing that a major business group intends to “score this vote”, is one way to make them think twice before casting their vote.
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Find Out the Latest on the Race for the White House at NETWORK2016; REGISTER NOW to Save $100 Per Company Attendee
American Supply Association
As we all know, the race for the White House and control of Congress are constantly in the news. Who wins will have significant consequences on our nation and our industry. At the InSinkErator ASA Annual Meeting & Member Luncheon at NETWORK2016 at the Waldorf Astoria on Thursday, September 29, hear Stephen Hayes presentation entitled “America’s 2016 Political Landscape & Impact on Policy." Hayes is a senior writer for The Weekly Standard and is a Fox News contributor where he is a regular on Special Report with Brett Baier. His work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times and several others. Save $100 Per Company Attendee by Registering Prior to August 29.
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ASA to Launch Aggressive Campaign to Attract Students to PHCP-PVF Industry
American Supply Association
Highly motivated by last year’s national labor study that predicted the staggering loss of 50,000 current industry employees over the next ten years, the American Supply Association (ASA) is launching an aggressive national campaign to attract the nation’s secondary and post-secondary students to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Piping (PHCP) and industrial Pipe-Valve-Fitting (PVF) industry. On September 7, ASA will launch a multi-tiered campaign to nearly 40,000 high school, college and technical schools seeking opportunities to address students about the wide range of career opportunities that exist throughout the PHCP and PVF industry.
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Colorado WaterSense Law in Effect
American Supply Association
In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 14-103 (SB103), which requires that by September 1, 2016 manufacturers of certain types of indoor plumbing fixtures sell only WaterSense labeled products to distributors, wholesalers, retailers, developers and homebuilders in the State of Colorado. The law applies to direct purchases or purchase orders made on or after September 1, 2016. It does not apply to delivery or installation dates. The goal of this legislation is to reduce water use in Colorado where the population is growing rapidly and water supplies are spread increasingly thin.
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Business Etiquette
Business etiquette is defined as the conduct or procedures that are generally acceptable and polite in the workplace. It is typically a set of unspoken expectations that most people either meet—or find out about when they do not meet them. This course provides guidelines for common business etiquette, how to show respect for yourself and others, how to establish positive connections with anyone, and how to choose polite and positive responses to rude behavior. LEARN MORE


“ASA is the ONLY association that allows our company the opportunity to meet and network with member wholesalers from buying groups, national chains, and independents. As a PVF manufacturer, the IPD division continues to add even more value."Larry Dildine, The Phoenix Forge Group

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WEBINAR REPLAY: Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Veterans
Hiring Our Heroes
Please join experienced trainers for this webinar on employer best practices for effective recruitment and retention of veterans and military spouses sponsored by USAA. The trainers will provide insight on how to brand your company as military-friendly, how to find the right veteran talent, and how to keep them engaged in your workforce. Since this webinar has already been recorded, you can access it here and watch it at your convenience. ASA is a proud supporter of Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. WATCH WEBINAR NOW
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Stop Trying to Differentiate to Unleash Your Financial Performance
Dirk Beveridge, UnleashWD
Too often when distributors are looking for that edge or that competitive advantage, our first reaction is to focus on “differentiation.” In fact, my research shows that many distributors attach their definition of innovation to their company’s ability to differentiate itself in the marketplace. It’s important to rethink this. When differentiation is your focus, understand that you are focused on two entities: your own company and your competitors. What’s missing in this equation? Well, the customer is missing. Click here for discounted UnleashWD registration information for ASA members.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: Has Oil Become the Global Wealth Measure?

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to The Beschloss Perspective for a full archive of past articles.

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11 Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy (Without a Raise)
Business News Daily
Want to retain your best employees? Your first thought may be to offer them a raise, but as it turns out, the old adage is right: Money doesn't buy happiness. "Bonuses, company perks and paid days off aren't enough to keep employees happy," said Pete Pedone, president and founder of home audio/video system design firm Interactive Home.

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