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Policymaking is a Game of Inches

Posted: 08/19/14 at 3:42 PM

By Bill Allmond, Vice President Government and Public Relations

Al Pacino, starring as Coach Tony D’Amato in the movie “Any Given Sunday,” remarked that football, like life, is a game of inches. The same can be said of policymaking, especially under the toxic political environment in which Congress operates these days. But now there is enthusiasm in our nation’s capital that the November mid-term elections will unify Congress under one party ensuring more forward progress on our industry’s issues. As superb an idea as that is, throwing a challenge flag on this assumption may not be unwise.

First, let’s look at the highlight reel of the 113th Congress. On the major plays -  TSCA reform, CFATS reauthorization, export trade - we wer...

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4 Workplace Myths You May Have Heard

Posted: 08/14/14 at 9:09 AM

By Patrick Ropella, Chairman and CEO of The Ropella Group

Myths abound in the workplace regarding the availability, motivations, and desires of today’s employee.  Here are four dangerous workforce myths that need to be forever buried and replaced by new realities.
Myth #1: You just can’t find good people these days.

New Reality #1: There are millions of great employees in the workplace.

To achieve great results, you need to clearly understand who you are looking for, the types of people who will best fit within your culture and connect to your purpose.  Then, you need to create progressive ways to attract these (typically) already employed heroes into your company. 

There are plenty of great people around.  The key is whether you are willing to do what is necessary to get them interested in your company and connected with your journey to greatness.

Myth #2: People only work for the money.

Reality #2: Great people work for more than a paycheck.


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Educational Outreach Award Helps Needy Children Learn About Science

Posted: 08/04/14 at 1:50 PM


By Belinda Adame’, South Coast Terminals

When South Coast Terminals won the 2013 Educational Outreach Award, it was truly an honor and privilege.  But we were much more excited for the children at Scoggins Elementary School who would ultimately reap the benefits of the award.  Many of these children are living below the poverty level and being raised by one parent, grandparents, or a family guardian.

The Educational Outreach Award recognizes the efforts of SOCMA member companies that promote science education in area schools and is presented each year by SOCMA in collaboration with the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF).  The winner(s) receive a $2,500 cash prize, donated to the school or educational charity of the winning company's choice, and are recognized at SOCMA’s Annual Dinner in New York
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