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Amazon Bestseller Marks to be Featured at NetworkASA 2011
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The featured speaker for Sept. 14's Educational Session at NetworkASA 2011 will be No. 1 Amazon Small Business Best Seller Gene Marks. In addition to being a bestselling author, Marks writes a weekly online column for Forbes and The New York Times. His books include The Streetwise Small Business Book of Lists (2006) and his latest book, In God We Trust: Everyone Else Pays Cash - Simple Lessons from Smart Business People (2010). Gene will be discussing this latest offering in detail as part of his presentation at NetworkASA 2011. Click here for more information on Gene and for links to sample presentations. For a full lineup of NetworkASA 2011 speakers, a schedule of events and online registration info, click here.

Appointment Scheduler Now Open for NetworkASA 2011
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Distributors attending NetworkASA 2011 please take note: ASA Supplier Partners participating in our Wholesaler & Vendor Conference Appointments on Thursday, Sept. 15, have started their requests to set up meetings with you via ASA appointment scheduling software. The software is designed to facilitate meeting requests and provide distributors with email notifications when appointments have been requested. Upon receipt of a notification, we ask that you please take a few minutes to accept or decline the request. All manufacturers participating in the appointments will start making their appointments this Friday.

Appointment scheduler login information has been distributed via email by Ruth Mitchell, ASA Director of Meetings. Please contact Ruth directly with any questions at 312-464-0090, ext. 210, or at

Debt Ceiling Compromise: Navigating the Impact
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Under the debt ceiling agreement, a so-called super committee of Congress will be tasked with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in cuts to the deficit by Thanksgiving. In theory, this joint select committee will have the authority to do something big to slash the deficit. Language in the legislation requires leaders in the House and Senate to bring the package to the floor of each chamber — without an opportunity for amendments. In an effort to be an assertive and effective voice for the PHCP and PVF industry, it is important to know what matters to YOU. More

Aug. 30 Safety Webinar: Hearing Conservation
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Each year, approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Noise-related hearing loss has been listed as one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the United States for more than 25 years. An effective hearing conservation program can prevent hearing loss, improve employee morale and a general feeling of well-being, increase quality of production and reduce the incidence of stress-related disease. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, please join us for a review of the key components of effective hearing conservation programs and the regulatory requirements behind them. This will be a FREE one-hour interactive webinar with Dr. Timothy Rink, CEO of HTI Inc., a comprehensive provider of mobile, on-site audiometric testing, reporting, and record keeping services to businesses and governmental agencies throughout the U.S. Click here for more information and to register online now.

Better Sales People Sell More!
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Of course. That's blatantly obvious. So why not help every sales person become better? The first step is to learn how to become better. In one day, you can learn a specific body of disciplines, strategies, processes and practices, which will take your performance to levels you have never imagined before. Enroll in Dave Kahle's Top Gun Selling System and join the growing community of sales people and companies who decide to excel. Learn the system. Rise to the top. Become better. Sell more. Attend one of the four live one-day locations, or via a series of webinars. Or, if you are pressed for time and money, consider the Top Gun Lite option. More

Supply Pinch Could Prop Up Price of Copper
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A flurry of weak economic news lately is weighing heavily on copper's price. Recently, the red metal dipped to its lowest since July 25 after a release of weak global manufacturing numbers and concern over global growth. But demand is only part of the equation for the metal widely used in manufacturing and construction. Macquarie Research says current copper supply shortages are a main reason we could see higher copper prices in the near future. More

Ron Bloom, Manufacturing Czar for Obama Administration, Leaving White House
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White House manufacturing czar Ron Bloom, who played a key role in the 2009 rescue of General Motors and Chrysler, is leaving his position this month, the White House has confirmed. Bloom currently serves as Assistant to the President for Manufacturing, coordinating the White House's manufacturing policy. He recently helped negotiate the deal on new fuel economy standards for 2017-2025, which call for an overall fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. President Barack Obama praised Bloom in a statement, saying his "leadership and expertise has helped us put America's automakers back on the road to recovery, launch new partnerships to make our manufacturers more competitive, and set aggressive fuel economy standards that will save consumers and businesses money at the pump." More

What You Need Is a Global Leader, But How Should We Define Who and What That Is?
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The executives U.S. manufacturers send to foreign markets often struggle to mold to the new environments, fail to produce the expected results, and are soon recalled or transferred. Most haven't been properly prepared to lead in places where the cultural, political, regulatory and economic landscapes may be radically different from what they know. Most try to apply what served them well in the past, learning the hard way just how much they must adjust to local norms. As these leaders struggle through the learning curve, the assets they were sent in to manage may experience one poor cycle after another. More

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