Small Chem Biz

Division of Small Chemical Businesses American Chemical Society
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Star Ballroom C4. SCHB posters will also be on display until they are moved to Sci-Mix, on Monday evening. SCHB’s first oral session will be 1:30-5:00 p.m., Incorporating Intellectual Property (IP) into Your Business Decisions: From Start-Up To Exit, organized by Keisha HyltonRodic. This session will give a good overview of IP considerations, contracts, and other common legal issues that small businesses encounter. This session will be recorded by ACS Presentations on Demand. The Expo, in Convention Center Halls C/D, 6:00-8:30 p.m.; SCHB’s booth 522. “Discuss business” with SCHB members. The Expo will also be open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Monday, March 17, 2014 Coffee will be available at 8:00 a.m. in Sheraton Dallas, Lone Star Ballroom C4, followed by Cyber Security: What You Can Do To Protect Your Business, 8:30-11:35 a.m organized by Michael Nordstrom and Joe Sabol. The speakers will discuss Internet/IT risks and intrusion prevention strategies, and will be joined by law enforcement officials for a panel discussion. This session is “recommended” by ACS President Tom Barton. SCHB is a cosponsor of SOCED’s How to Network, 10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon, Convention Center, D167/ D174. SCHB will host a luncheon with PROF for speakers and division members, 12:00-1:30 p.m., in Shera

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ton Dallas, Majestic 7 and you are cordially invited to join. There is no cost to attendees, but, as seats are limited, you must RSVP at: http:// 1:30-4:00 p.m. will be Chemical Angel Network: Chemists Investing in Chemical Companies, organized by Mark Vreeke and Sid White. Learn about angel investing, hear entrepreneurs’ presentations, and participate in the discussion forum. SCHB, with CHAS and PROF, will host Networking/Social/Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Iron Cactus, 1520 Main St. Meet old friends and make new connections, discuss business and enjoy refreshments. SCHB’s posters will be on display at Sci-Mix, 8:00-10:00 p.m., in the Convention Center, Hall F.

Joe Sabol, SCHB Program Chair

Dallas Meeting Debut ACS 247th National Meeting March 16-20, 2014

SCHB has programming on the first four days of the Dallas meeting. All SCHB events will be in the Sheraton Dallas, 400 N. Olive St., except the Exposition and Sci-Mix, which are in the Convention Center, and the reception, which will be at Iron Cactus, 1520 Main St. on Monday. Consult local maps to determine if it is within your walking distance. From the Convention Center, you can take Shuttle Route 2 (Green) to the Sheraton and Route 3 (Red) to Magnolia Hotel, which is near Iron Cactus. Sunday, March 16, 2014 SCHB’s Executive Committee will meet 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in the Sheraton Dallas, Trinity 1. The meeting is open and you are welcome to attend even for a few minutes. Share your ideas, and discuss SCHB’s role in the chemical enterprise. If you have an item for the agenda or if you would like to be more active in SCHB, please contact Chair Mukund Chorghade at SCHB’s annual Business Meeting will be 1:00-1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 16, in Sheraton Dallas, Lone
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ACS Program Overview. ......... 1 SCHB Row Exhibitors............ 2 Member Spotlight. ................... 4 Regional Meeting Report........ 5 Fall ACS Summary. ................. 6 Events Roadmap (CIEC)......... 7 Dallas and San Fransico.......... 8 Division Social Hour............... 9 SCHB Member News............ 10 Tourist Attractions................. 12 MPPG Report........................ 14 SCHB Program Dallas.......... 15 Pacifichem............................. 16
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Coffee will be available at 8:00 a.m., in Sheraton Dallas, Lone Star Ballroom C4, followed by SCHB’s flagship session True Stories from Chemical Entrepreneurs, organized by George Ruger 8:20-11:55 a.m. Hear eight presentations about what actually goes on when running a business in the chemical and related sectors. This session will be recorded by ACS Presentations on Demand. SCHB, with PROF, will host a luncheon for speakers and division members, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Sheraton Dallas, Majestic 7 and you are cordially invited to join. There is no cost to attendees, but, as seats are limited, you must RSVP at http:// In the Business Innovation Environment, organized by John Newsam, 1:30-4:00 p.m. is Best Practices in the Business where four speakers will share their advice, via presentations and a panel discussion; on what works and what doesn’t in business, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Last, but not least is Benefits of Undergraduate Internships, 1:304:00 p.m., organized by Mukund Chorghade and Jennifer Maclachlan. Learn why internships are good for your business and how you can structure one to maximize benefits. Well, that’s it for Dallas. Next stop: ACS 248th National Meeting, San Francisco, August 10-14, 2014.

Frank Stiemke 205-348-2831 Rieke Metals, Inc. Booth # 525 Elizabeth Rieke Hefley Marketing and Sales phone: 402-434-2775 fax: 402-434-2777 Boron Specialties, LLC Booth #425 Brett Bosley Ph: 724-712-0750 (m) Ph: 855-BORON-05 (office) 249 Forsythe Road Valencia, PA 16059 CreaGen Biosciences, Inc. Booth #426 Raj (SB) Rajur, Ph.D. Chairman & CEO E-mail: Phone: 781-938-1122 Fax: 781-938-1123 Mobile: 978-764-7068 eSpin Technologies, inc. Booth #1727 Jayesh Doshi, President 7151 Discovery Drives Chattanooga, TN 37416 Phone: 423-267-6266 Fax: 423-267-6265 Email: jdoshi@espintechnologies. com Active Spectrum Inc. Booth #1826 James R. White, Ph..D.

1191 Chess Dr. Suite F Foster City, CA 94404 Phone: (650) 212-2625 Fax: (650) 212-2627 Mobile: (617) 818-3332 eFax: (626) 628-1970 Email: United Science Booth #430 Jon Thompson, Ph.D., President 15911 Furuby Rd Center City, MN 55012 Web: Office: 651.257.9154 Cell: 651.329.9998 Fax:973.215.6185 Email: Delight’s Earthly Delights Booth #1733 Peter Edgell 520.212.3343 (landline) 520.490.6634 or 520.490.1118 (cellular) Email: delightsearthlydelights@ PO Box 2013 Benson, AZ 85602 ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB) Booth # 522 Phone: 717-623-8201 Email: Web: ChemLabTrends Booth # 1433 Sales Contact: Helena Majgier-Baranowska, Director of Marketing Phone: 508-925-5674 Email: Web:

Chemical Angel Network (CAN) Booth # 532 Sid White Ph.D.: (Mark Vreeke) 832-752-2915 IoLiTec Inc. Booth # 427
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Chemical Angel Network Dallas Expo
If you are an entrepreneur, small chemical business owner, or investor and you are planning on attending the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, please visit the Chemical Angel Network Expo Booth #532 regarding angel funding and investing. The Chemical Angel Network (CaN) is the only Nation-wide angel network investing in seed and early stage chemical businesses (i.e., businesses with a significant chemistry component). The Angel Network offers chemists, chemical engineers, and other chemical professionals a unique opportunity to participate in the growth of companies within the chemical and chemistry - enabled industries. In addition to financial capital, the network provides companies and entrepreneurs several unique benefits. The network draws upon the member’s experience and knowledge base to provide comprehensive due diligence, mentoring, contacts, and technical expertise. For more information on the Chemical Angel Network, please contact Mark Vreeke ( or Sid White (sid. and/ or visit our website (

IOLITEC Ionic Liquids Technologies Rieke Metals Inc.
IOLITEC Ionic Liquids Technologies is an innovative, dynamic and goal-oriented company. They use state-of-the-art production technologies to manufacture their standard products, which include more than 350 ionic liquids, 40 key intermediates and 175 nanomaterials. These are available from grams to 25 tons. With their custom synthesis and R&D-services, they enable their customers to develop novel technologies. The complete range of ionic liquids and selected nanomaterials are available in high-end qualities at competitive price. Rieke Metals Inc. (RMI) began in 1991 with its foundation in 40+ years of active metal research. Today the company sells active Rieke Zinc and Magnesium, Grignard and Organozinc reagents, fine organic chemicals and organic semi-conducting polymers/monomers including P3HT. Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, the facility locally manufactures over 10,000 research compounds and more than 350 thousand molecules under research contract.

2014 SCHB Officers
Chair - Mukund Chorghade Chair Elect - Anis Rahman Past Chair - Stan Seelig Secretary - Patrick Kearney Treasurer and Webmaster David J. Deutsch Councilor - Sharon V. Vercellotti Alternate Councilor - Joe Sabol

Committee Chairs

Program Chair - Joe Sabol, Newsletter Editor - Sharon Vercellotti, Assistant Newsletter Editor-Jennifer Lee, Public Relations - Jennifer Maclachlan Membership Chair - Keisha HyltonRodic, Awards - Mukund Chorghade, Younger Chemists - Dotti Miller ycc@acs-schb-org Planning - Anis Rahman Expo Booth Chair - Anis Rahman Contact Past Chair, Stan S. Seelig if you would like to volunteer for a committee and/or become more active in SCHB.

Visit the SCHB Website
Our webpage ( is emerging with a new look. Webmaster David Deutsch (webmaster@acs-schb. org) welcomes your input - news, local events, business opportunities.

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Member Spotlight
C&EN Features Jennifer Lee with her startup, SusTerea Biorenewables
Jennifer Lee, SCHB Assistant Newsletter Editor

Photo credit: Peter Cutts Photography L to R: Sharon Vercellotti, Stan Seelig, Lynn Sullivan, Mitchell Bruce, Joe Sabol, Mike Morello, Mukund Chorghade and Tom Barton

Photo credit: Peter Cutts Photography L to R: Mike Morello, Sharon Vercellotti, Jennifer Maclachlan, Joe Sabol, Stan Seelig, Mukund Chorghade, Mitchell Bruce, Jack Driscoll and Tom Barton at the ChemLuminary Awards in Indianapolis.

Gremlins in your resin kettle? Equilibrium shift? pH imbalance? We can help! Semiconductors, polymers, coatings, metals & oxides, chemical and materials analysis, regulatory & safety issues, market research, business development, . . . and more!
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Currently in the final year of her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Iowa State University, Jennifer Lee’s research in green chemistry led to an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship through startup company SusTerea Biorenewables, LLC. The startup aims to generate specialty and commodity aromatic building blocks from bio-based feedstocks to create a sustainable future. The initial target is dimethyl terephthalate for incorporation into polyester fibers and containers, although extensive commercial targets are possible based on SusTerea’s versatile platform technology. In conjunction with the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) and university professors at Iowa State University, SusTerea will continue exploring partnership opportunities and growth. More details are found in the October 28, 2013 issue of C&EN and the website, Jenny currently serves on the SCHB executive committee as an assistant newsletter editor. She will be the editor for the Fall 2014 Small Chem Biz.
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by Joe Sabol SCHB Program Chair

Regional Meeting Report

ACS has five regional meetings in 2014, and SCHB will be a sponsor of all five. SCHB had has success with organizing two half-day sessions at regional meetings: Resources for Chemical Businesses and True Stories from Entrepreneurs, and will use this model for 2014, but other, specialized chemical-business session are also possible. What are you interested in? It’s not too late to participate as a volunteer organizer or speaker and the links below will give you more information. Please coordinate your efforts with Joe Sabol, SCHB Regional Meeting Coordinator, at NORM The only ACS meeting north and west of a line from Grand Rapids MI, Columbia MO, Fort Worth TX, and San Francisco, is Northwest Regional Meeting, NORM, June 22-25, 2014 in Missoula MT. Tony Haag, Chair of the Montana Local Section, is SCHB’s contact/ organizer. If you would like to be a speaker, if you know somebody who could be a speaker, or if you want to enhance your business in the Northwest, look for the call for papers in an upcoming C&EN or see http:// Abstract submission will open in a few weeks and the program will be finalized in mid-May. CERM For the eighth consecutive year, SCHB will program at CERM, October 29 - November 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh PA; the meeting theme is “Bridging Chemistry and Innovation.” Ron Taylor of the Pittsburgh
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Local Section is helping to organize SCHB’s sessions, but it’s not too late to propose another session. If you would like to participate at CERM, contact the meeting program chair discuss your ideas; see SERMACS If it’s been a while since your last visit to Nashville, then you should plan to “Tune in to Chemistry in Music City” and organize a session at Southeast Regional Meeting , SERMACS, October 16-19, 2014 in Nashville TN. SERMACS is the largest regional meeting and one you don’t want to miss. See http:// for more information and deadlines. SWRM Texas is big enough for two ACS meetings per year. Whether or not you attend the 247th National Meeting in March, you should not miss Southwest Regional Meeting, SWRM, November 19-22, 2014, in Fort Worth, TX. SCHB member Kirby Drake is the meeting general chair and she is ready to schedule any and all SCHB programming. See Going Forward into 2015 SCHB is always looking for volunteers to help organize SCHB sessions at regional meetings. For more information on ACS 2015 regional meetings, see http://acs. org/meetings.

• To address the legal, social, educational, legislative, regulatory, and economic needs of self-employed chemists and ACS members who are employed by small chemical businesses. • To encourage, promote, and organize personal interaction among members of the Division and other chemists, institutions, or organizations interested in the promotion of free enterprise among chemists. • To serve as a clearinghouse for information about services available to members engaged in or planning to start small chemical businesses. • To provide liaison between small chemical businesses needing parttime employees and chemistry students needing income and experience. • To provide the expertise and experience of its members to the SOCIETY and for the betterment of the public. Patron Members’ annual dues are $200. Ask an SCHB Officer how your organization can qualify for Patron Membership. New Patrons of the Division Billion & Armitage, P.A. Michael Haukaas Ph.D. • ChemicalWatch Gavin Bennett • Nevrivy Patent Law Group P.L.L.C. Keisha Hylton-Rodic Ph.D., J.D. • OSHA Liang LLP Carlyn A. Burton • Patriot Bioenergy Corporation Roger Ford • EHF Capital Steven K. Hall •

Become an SCHB Patron Member
Corporations or organizations wishing to become Patron Members are those that wish to foster the Division’s objectives defined in the SCHB Bylaws II, Section 3. • To aid in the formation, development, and growth of small chemical businesses.

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Joe Sabol, SCHB Program Chair

San Francisco Summary ACS 248th National Meeting August 10-14, 2014

SCHB plans an extensive program for the San Francisco meeting, having theme Chemistry and Global Stewardship. See Call for Papers in C&EN, January 13, 2014. Abstract submission is now open, at, and closes on March 25, 2014. Please submit your abstract(s) soon, to ensure consideration and placement in the program. Current SCHB symposia with organizers are • True Stories from Entrepreneurs, George Ruger • Entrepreneurs' Poster Session, George Ruger • Best Practices in Launching a University Start-up, John Newsam & Mark Vreeke • Chemical Angel Network, Mark Vreeke & Sid White • Cyber Security for Small Businesses, Michael Nordstrom & Joe Sabol • Current and Future Trends to Provide Equal Access in the Commercial Sector for Employees with Special Needs, Cary Supalo • Internships in Small Businesses, Jennifer Machlachlan • Start-up Chemical Businesses in Drug Discovery, Patrick Kearney • Intellectual Property 101: What Grad Students and Post-docs Need to Know, Keisha Hylton-Rodic If you feel that you can organize another SCHB session, i.e., find 4-6 speakers on a subject relevant to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the chemical sector, or if you feel you can identify a suitable San Francisco venue (local, near Moscone Convention Center) for SCHB’s social/reception, please contact Program Chair Joe Sabol as soon as possible. See you in San Francisco!
Ken Fivizzani (L), CHAS Chair and Chicago Section Councilor, and Joe Sabol, SCHB Program Chair, enjoy cake at Prof. Carl Djerassi’s 90th birthday party at ACS 246th National Meeting, September 2013, Indianapolis. Photo: Linda Wang/C&EN.

Stan Seelig, Joe Sabol, (front) and Anis Rahman, (back) finished setting up the SCHB booth in Indianapolis.

SCHB Chair Stan and Marcy Seelig greet visitors at the SCHB booth in Indianapolis, Fall ACS Meeting 2013. February 2014

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Entrepreneurial Track – Programming & Events Roadmap ACS Chemical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council (CIEC)
Efforts for Chemical Entrepreneurs by BMGT, CEPA, PROF, SCHB & WCC 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX – March 16-20, 2014 SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS & NETWORKING EVENTS Sunday, March 16, 2014 Incorporating Intellectual Property into Your Business Decisions: From Start-Up to Exit 1:30 PM – 4:50 PM Sheraton Dallas – Lone Star Ballroom C4

1:30 PM – 4:05 PM Sheraton Dallas – Lone Star Ballroom C4

Lone Star Ballroom C4

WCC Open Meeting and Just Cocktails Reception 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sheraton Dallas Majestic Room 5

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Benefits of Undergraduate Internships 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Sheraton Dallas Lone Star Ballroom C4

Open Social/Networking Reception 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Iron Cactus

ACS Exposition and ACS Career Fair Sunday, March 16th – Tuesday, March 18th Chemical Angels Network Booth Hall C, Booth #532, Dallas Convention Center Small Chemical Business Aisles Hall C, Rows 400, 500, Hall D, Rows 1400, 1700, 1800, Dallas Convention Center Start Up Advice @ ACS Career Fair Hall B, Level 2, Dallas Convention Center Variety of Workshops @ ACS Career Workshops e.g., “Soup to Nuts of Entrepreneurship” Dallas Convention Center

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 True Stories from Chemical Entrepreneurs 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Sheraton Dallas Lone Star Ballroom C4

ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences: Symposium in Honor of Sandra C. Greer 1:30 PM – 4:50 PM Sheraton Dallas – Majestic 4
WCC with PHYS and PROF

Women Chemist Committee Luncheon 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Sheraton Dallas
Ticketed Event: WCC

Best Practices in the Business Innovation Environment 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Sheraton Dallas

Monday, March 17, 2014 WCC Women in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM Sheraton Dallas
Ticketed Event: WCC

Cyber Security: What You Can Do to Protect Your Business 8:00 AM – 11:40 AM Sheraton Dallas Lone Star Ballroom C4


How to Network 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Dallas Convention Center – D167/D174

Chemical Angel Network: Chemists Investing in Chemical Companies
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At the SCHB reception in Indianapolis from Left: Stan Seelig, Anis Rahman, Gianna Arnold, and Rajish Nair.

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ACS 247th National Meeting, Dallas TX March 16-20, 2014 Look for ACS meeting news in C&EN on January 20, 2014 and at SCHB’s technical program, meetings, and luncheons will be in Sheraton Dallas, and the Expo will be in the Convention Center. SCHB’s reception, with CHAS and PROF, will be Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Iron Cactus, 1520 Main St., Dallas. You are cordially invited to lunch with SCHB & PROF speakers and guests, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Sheraton Dallas, Majestic 7. As a member benefit, there is no charge to you, but seats are limited, and you must RSVP: Monday, and Tuesday If your company would like to sponsor morning coffee, lunch, or SCHB’s reception, please contact David Deutsch at for details. If you’d like to be more active in SCHB, but feel that your skill-set needs a tune-up, as a member benefit, SCHB will provide a limited number of scholarships for ACS Leadership courses in Dallas. Go to and find the course that interests you. Before you register, please contact Mukund Chorghade at to discuss where you’d like to become involved with SCHB and if funds remain available. ACS 248th National Meeting San Francisco CA August 10-14, 2014 The call for papers for the San Francisco meeting was published in C&EN on January 13, 2014 and abstract submission closes on March 25, 2014. SCHB welcomes your abstract, at,
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for one of the many oral and poster sessions. If you feel that you’d like to organize a session that is not listed, or help organize SCHB’s reception, contact Joe Sabol at SCHB Newsletter Small Chem Biz The SCHB newsletter will again be published in August and you can still submit an article (250300 words), member news (50 words), photos, or advertising. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2014. Send your material to SCHB Social Media To maintain your connections with fellow SCHB members, please join and follow SCHB on the ACS Network, LinkedIn, Facebook, and/or Twitter. If you have SCHB member news you would like us to share through our social networks, please contact Jennifer Maclachlan at with the request. Business Pitching Competition SCHB, together with ACS, the Northeastern Local Section NESACS, the Chemical Entrepreneurship & I Council, and Nova Biomedical, will present the 2014 ACS Entrepreneurial Resource Center Showcase East business pitch competition, featuring a cash prize for the winning pitch. The event will take place on Wednesday April 9, 2014 in Waltham, MA. To qualify as a participating entrepreneur (limited to 20), you must be an ACS member who has an investor-ready early-stage chemical business. Candidates will be required to fill out an investor readiness questionnaire. If you are an investor, we want you, too! Participation is available in person or online. Email for more information. The evening

portion of the event will be open to the public and will feature the winning pitch as well as a spectacular entrepreneurial panel. Volunteer Opportunities Finally, none of SCHB’s valuable benefits and activities would have been possible without the vision and commitment of our volunteers. If you are looking for a way to expand your professional network, enhance your leadership skills, or shape the future of our dynamic division, consider becoming a volunteer and help drive the initiatives that further SCHB’s mission. Contact Keisha Hylton-Rodic at membership@ to learn more about volunteer opportunities, or contact your member colleagues who have been, or are now, volunteers. They can tell you about the satisfaction of volunteering and contributing to the future of SCHB. As always, if you have any questions or comments about SCHB, or can see another way to become involved, do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the SCHB Executive Committee, collectively at

Pictured below are the jump drives that are presented to SCHB speakers as a small token of appreciation.

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Get Maximum Value from your National Meeting Attendance! At the ACS 247th National Meeting in Dallas, SCHB will have the Anchor Booth, #522, in the Small Business Row at the Expo. Please visit us there. See details here: main&event_id=1049 As a benefit of membership in SCHB, your company can have a booth, at a reduced rate. The rules and procedure are below 1. Small Business booths are 10' x 10' booths in the Expo, and include a 6-ft draped table, two chairs, and carpet. 2. The cost is $500 (see conditions below), as opposed to the standard fee from ACS of $1,500. In addition, two Expo badges and one full meeting registration is included ($380 value.) 3. You must apply through the SCHB. Please contact by email 4. The owner or at least one employee must be an SCHB member in good standing. 5. The company must have fewer than 50 “chemical” employees. 6. The company must have a minimum $1M liability insurance. 7. Sign up early to gain maximum publicity from ACS meeting news in C&EN. You may sign up until the start of the meeting, but the longer you wait may result in omission from the print program. Visit the following pages for the floor plan. Spring meeting: http:// Fall meeting: http://acsfall14.expoworks. com. ACS promotes each company’s participation by providing a corpoFebruary 2014

rate listing in C&EN, as well as the onsite program, and the online directory. SCHB will promote your booth in our newsletter and other meeting news. For details on SCHB booth, visit SCHB/Booth.html If you would like more information or want to take advantage of this opportunity to promote your company at the ACS Expositions at the 248th National Meeting in San Francisco), contact Dr. Anis Rahman, SCHB Booth Coordinator at expo-booth@

Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs
The Chemical Entrepreneurs forum on the ACS Network provides tools and resources to entrepreneurs looking to start or advance their chemical business ventures. Open to the public is a Service Providers listing with products/services such as attorneys and marketing firms that may be beneficial to your business in its current or potential stage. Also available exclusively for members is a Knowledge Center with helpful information about training programs, funding sources, and business plan competitions, like the one hosted by the ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Council. You are also encouraged to add your own resources to this interactive resource, see https://communities.acs. org/community/profession/chemical-entrepreneurs.

Free Ad & 1 Day Registration
Presenters at the SCHB meeting programs are entitled to a free business card ad in Small Chem Biz and 1 day registration fee. Send ad to Sharon Vercellotti, Editor, and contact Program Chair Joe Sabol ( for details concerning your presentation.

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SCHB Member News

by creating a networking venue for current and prospective members in the chemical enterprise via the small chemical business Showcase. This award was one of six that the ACSGeorgia Local Section won at the 2013 ChemLuminary awards.

By: Jennifer Maclachlan, Public Relations Chair, SCHB

About the award winning activity: NESACS and SCHB

the (ACS) and Planning Chair of SCHB was present at the Joseph Priestley Award to Dr. James E. Hansen at Dickinson College. Dr. Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Dr. Anis Rahman’s presentation at Indianapolis’s ACS meeting, ‘Terahertz radiation (T-rays) offers potential for earlier diagnosis of melanoma”, was selected as part of the ACS news releases to the press. See interview here: http://www. Dr. Rahman, president and chief technology officer of Applied Research & Photonics in Harrisburg PA. states “Terahertz radiation (Trays) is ideal for looking beneath the skin and detecting early signs of melanoma. T-rays are different from X-rays, which are ‘ionizing’ radiation that can cause damage. T-rays are a form of ‘non-ionizing’ radiation, like ordinary visible light, but they can be focused harmlessly below into the body and capture biochemical signatures of events like the start of cancer.” Stay tuned: On April 9, 2014, Nova Biomedical hosts the ACS Entrepreneurial Resource Center Showcase East business pitching competition in cooperation with the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses and the Northeastern Local Section. If you wish to learn more about and or attend this event, contact Jennifer Maclachlan at Partner with the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses: Contact Mukund Chorghade at chair@ to partner on entrepreneurial local section events and/or to collaborate with us on symposia at National or Regional Meetings.

There was a tie for the Outstanding Collaboration Between a Local Section and Division Award at the 15th Annual ChemLuminary Awards at the ACS Fall National Meeting in Indianapolis, September 10, 2013. It was a win-win situation for the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses which claimed both awards from the Divisional Activities Committee: one for collaborating with the ACS Georgia Local Section and the second for partnering with the Northeastern Local Section.

About the award winning activity: ACS-GLS and SCHB

The Chemical Businesses Group of the ACS Georgia Local Section organized an entrepreneurial networking event featuring a showcase of 18 small chemical businesses within their local section on November 9, 2012, hosted by Kennesaw State University, in cooperation with the ACS Georgia Local Section Academia/Industry Forum. According to Deanna Morrow Hall, one of the organizers, this event was an “enormous opportunity to raise the visibility of the area’s chemical businesses”. The Academia/Industry Forum included talks on research collaborations between universities and industry focusing on patenting and developing commercial products, and government regulations. An Innovative Project Grant (IPG) was used for the Local Chemical Businesses Showcase to develop membership
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The Northeastern Local section in cooperation with the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses and Nova Biomedical with financial support from the NESACS Government Relations Committee, organized a day long symposium on October 11, 2012 titled: Starting and Financing a Small Chemical Business. The program included a summary of the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative (see the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center) the start-up of Nova Biomedical in the 1970s, conventional and SBA financing. Other subjects included advantages of executive education for technical/ scientific entrepreneurs, non dilutive and dilutive equity funding, and talks on the advantages of tweeting and other social media platforms for marketing a small chemical business. True Stories of Chemical Entrepreneurs, an SCHB flagship symposium at ACS Meetings, debuted at this local section symposium and featured four NESACS members and their fascinating stories ranging from working with Senators Kennedy and Dole to get government R&D funding for small businesses in the early 1980’s to the start-up of a contract drug discovery company in the Boston area. The evening portion of the event was the NESACS Monthly Meeting honoring the 50, 60 and 70 year ACS members. Anis Rahman Meeting Participation Dr. Anis Rahman, past chair of the Southeast Pennslyvania section of

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SCHB Officers

Volunteer for SCHB
Contribute to SCHB. Assist the SCHB division’s mission to help chemists form, develop and grow small chemical businesses, expand your network, and keep abreast ACS entrepreneurial activities. We’re looking for short and long term volunteers to help in the following roles: • Newsletter editor • Webmaster assistant • Treasurer assistant • Membership support • Sponsors - development • Symposia organizer • Graphic artist • Your ideas Contact Mukund Chorghade at

Patrick Kearney, Secretary. Officially, my role is to keep a record of the proceedings of the Division and of the Executive Committee. I am also responsible for writing the Divisions’s annual report for submission to the ACS.

Stan Seelig, is backup for the Chair and Chair-elect, work on Annual Report, and continued involvement in the SCHB. He is pictured with two SCHB ChemLuminary awards from 2013.


Joe Sabol, Program Chair Is responsible for arranging the technical program and events at ACS national meetings; Also is Regional Meeting Coordinator; Representative to MPPG; Alternate Councilor;

Sharon V. Vercellotti, Councilor, SCHB newsletter editor.

Single issue rates $25.00 business card 2 x 3.5 in. $75.00 per 1/4 page 3.5 x 4.5 in. $130.00 per 1/2 page 7 x 4.5 in. $210.00 whole page contact editor:
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Credit Card Payments SCHB
Davis Deutsch - SCHB Treasurer

Due to numerous requests by SCHB members, we have added an easy access to credit card payment for some transactions, including Patron Membership ($200), Sponsorships ($500 - $1.500), and $500 payment for a Booth on Small Chemical Businesses Row at future ACS Expos (in 2014, in Dallas in March, and in San Francisco in August). We prefer that you still pay by check, but if it's more convenient for you to pay via credit card, it is now available via the SCHB website on secure pages for credit card transactions. Some details: Patron Membership - If your firm wishes to become an SCHB Member, Patron membership is just the ticket. You can be the Liaison Member and take a more active role with this organization and the ACS. For full list and further details, see the SCHB Patron Member webpage at: http:// Membership.html, or speak with Membership Chair, Keisha HyltonRodic, Ph.D., J.D., at membership@ Credit card payment at: Sponsorships: If you wish to help SCHB's program efforts with Breakfast and/or Luncheon Sponsorships during the national or regional meetings, you can now pay via credit card. Breakfast Sponsorships are generally $500 and Luncheons $1,000. In addition, you can be a Social Event Sponsor at three different levels (in $500 increments, from $500 to $1,500). For details on how your sponsorship can best fit in the program, please contact the Program Chair, Joe Sabol, at Payment via credit card is on the same webpage
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as the Patron Membership payment, just search the drop-down menu for the payment that you wish to make Patron_Sponsor/Payment.html.

Everything you need at your fingertips for Dallas ACS Meeting
The ACS Dallas 2014 Mobile Meeting Application is here! http:// Stop flipping pages; this is your full featured program guide to the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Designed for smart phones and tablets, our app is currently available for free in the Apple App Store for iOS devices. For Android users, you can find it in Google Play and the Android Amazon Store. Do not despair if you do not currently have a smart phone, you are also able to enjoy an online version. We strongly encourage all meeting attendees to utilize this powerful resource. Getting you the information you need as accurately and efficient-


Cowboys Stadium Home to the Dallas Cowboys, Cowboys Stadium also hosts a variety of other sporting and entertainment events. Even when there isn’t an event, visitors flock to Cowboys Stadium for tours. The primary purpose for Cowboys Stadum is to provide a playing home for the NFL Dallas Cowboys; it is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena.


Dallas Zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas; actually, it was the original zoo in the Southwest United States. Dallas Zoo has developed to be one of the a most popular zoos in the Lone Star State. The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 S RL Thornton Freeway in Dallas and is accessible from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


10 Best Tourist Attractions in Dallas Six Flags


Six Flags is located at 2201 Road to Six Flags in Arlington. Open year-round, Six Flags Over Texas has been on forefront of park entertainment for decades and offers rides, shows, and more to Dallas area visitors.


Sixth Floor Museum This museum is committed to bring attention to John F. Kennedy’s life, career, assassination and death. Located on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, it lets you get a feeling for how things happened in 1963.

McKinney Trolley Dallas’ McKinny Trolley is part of a trolley system, which recreates the arrangement of how the original to mid-20th century system looked and
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operated. McKinney Trolley provides a charming and convenient way to get around Dallas historic Uptown area.



Medieval Times is located at 2021 N. Stemmons in Dallas. An 11th-century castle replica with a fish-filled moat provides the ambience for an evening spent in medieval times.

Dallas Arboretum is located on White Rock Lake, adjacent to Dallas, the Arboretum appearance is bright all year long. Tours are available daily. The Arboretum is accessible for weddings and private functions.

are eager to use. Co-op students are a cost effective method for developing projects or obtaining assistance with daily workloads. Co-op students quickly come up to speed and are capable of performing work equal to full-time employees at a fraction of the cost. Co-ops allow companies to create a pipeline of talented and trained potential employees to fill their full-time recruiting needs. It all started at the University of Cincinnati The UC Cooperative Education Program is the oldest in the world and the largest cooperative education program at a public university in the United States. It has been ranked 4th in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report. UC students alternate semesters of study with semesters of full-time work. This gives students the opportunity to work in cities all over the United States, as well as internationally. Alternating semesters also gives employers the advantage of having a student year-round, if needed. For more information about the University of Cincinnati’s co-op program, please contact Paula Sturm at or call 513-556-9811.

by Paula Sturm

What is Co-op?


Billy Bob’s Covering 3 acreage beneath one roof, Billy Bob’s is absolutely “Texas size.” The massive bistro is host to top country music acts, able bullriding, and lots of dancing.

Co-op is an academic model in which students alternate periods of study with periods of paid work experience in their field. The concept was pioneered in 1906 at the University of Cincinnati by Herman Schneider. The co-op extends student learning beyond the classroom allowing them to gain practical experience, integrate theory and practice, and further develop their professional and interpersonal skills. Benefits of the Co-op Program to Students Working as a co-op enables students to better understand how the concepts they learn in the classroom can be applied in real-world settings Working as a co-op allows students to gain valuable experience in their field which helps them gain confidence in their skills and gives them an advantage as they enter the competitive job market. Students have the opportunity to make connections in their field which can help them find permanent employment after they graduate. Students can “test drive” their new career to make sure it is a good fit. Many students get hired by their co-op company after they graduate! Why Hire a Co-op Student? Co-op students bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and new skill sets they


The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame is a popular museum. that exhibits memorabilia from the ‘gals of the west.

Vercellotti Completes Term as Editor
Sharon Vercellotti ends her job as editor of Small Chem Biz with this edition. She has been editor or coeditor since 1996. Jennifer Lee will assume the editor’s position; see page 4. Sharon has served on the Presidential Task Force for the past two years for ACS President Marinda Wu. She and John Vercellotti have recently submitted a chapter, “Technical Entrepreneurship Serving Industry” for the ACS book “Career Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Chemistry Enterprise”
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Ft. Worth Zoo Visitors to the Ft. Worth Zoo will be fascinated by its interesting exhibits, from Raptor Canyon to Koala Outback, and other attractions such as Tasmanian Tower and their basic safari.

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MPPG Report
Lisa Houston, Chair email: Since 2006, the Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG) has been charged with selecting themes and planning Society-wide thematic and multidisciplinary programming for ACS National Meetings. MPPG is a body representing all divisions and pertinent governance units. Every division and programming committee has the opportunity to participate in selecting thematic programming.

Thematic programs under discussion
• 253rd, April 2 – 6, 2017 San Francisco, CA Theme: Smart Materials and Systems; Subthemes: biomedical applications, self assembly in vivo, computing and telecommunications, development and characterization of functional materials • 254th, August 20-24, 2017, Washington, DC Theme: Chemistry Beyond Borders; Subthemes: tropical diseases, environmental quality, water quality, global science policy, global science education, the role of ACS in a global world.

Notice of Change of Name or Address
Write name with any changes below.
New Address____________________ Name __________________________ Old Address_____________________ City, State, Zip___________________ Email __________________________ Effective Date___________________ New position, School, or Employer ______________________________

Themes for upcoming meetings
• 248th, August 10-14, 2014 San Francisco, CA Theme: Chemistry and Global Stewardship Thematic Program Chair: Robin Rogers, • 249th, March 22-26, 2015 Denver, CO Theme: Chemistry of Natural Resources Thematic Program Chair: Robert Weber, • 250th, August 16-20, 2015 Boston, MA Theme: Innovation from Discovery to Application Carston R. Wagner, wagne003@ • 251st, March 13-17, 2016 San Diego, CA Theme: Computers in Chemistry Thematic Program Chair: Kenneth M. Merz, • 252nd, August 21-25, 2016 Philadelphia, PA Theme: Chemistry of the People, by the People and for the People Thematic Program Chair: Rudy Baum,
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From left: Michael Haukaas, John Michael Sophos, and Joe Sabol display SCHB napkins at GLRM 2013, La Crosse WI.

Long time SCHB members Ron Versic and Sharon Vercellotti meet at the SCHB booth in Indianapolis.

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SCHB Program American Chemical Society 247th National Meeting
March 16-20, 2014 Dallas TX

3:05 7. Avoiding legal landmines: Incorporating intellectual property (IP) considerations in your daily business decisions. K. Hylton-Rodic 3:35 Intermission. 3:45 Panel Discussion. 4:45 Concluding Remarks.

2:00 Company Presentations. 3:00 Investment Discussion. 3:30 Open Forum. 4:00 Concluding Remarks. Monday, March 17 Evening Sci-Mix (Dallas Convention Center, Hall F)
Cosponsored by PROF G. Ruger, Organizer, Presiding

J. Sabol, Program Chair

Sheraton Dallas, 400 N. Olive St., Lone Star Ballroom C4, unless otherwise noted

Monday, March 17 Morning Cyber Security: What You Can Do To Protect Your Business
Cosponsored by PRES and PROF J. Sabol, M. Nordstrom, Organizers C. Ashman, Presiding

Sunday, March 16 Afternoon SCHB Poster Session
Cosponsored by PROF G. Ruger, Organizer, Presiding

8:00 - 10:00 1, 2, 3. See column 1 1:00-1:30pm Tuesday, March 18 Morning True Stories from Chemical Entrepreneurs
Cosponsored by PROF G. Ruger, Organizer, Presiding

8:00 Coffee. 8:30 Introductory Remarks. 8:35 8. Understand your risks, plan your protection. M. Nordstrom 9:05 9. Protecting intellectual property from world-wide threats and intrusions. R. Scherer 9:35 10. Cyber-threat protection strategies for small businesses. M. Carver 9:55 Intermission. 10:05 Panel Discussion: the above speakers will be joined by law enforcement officials. 11:35 Concluding Remarks. How to Network (Dallas Convention Center D167/D174)

1:00 - 1:30 1. Division of Small Chemical Businesses SCHB is your connection to entrepreneurial resources. M. Chorghade, S. Seelig, S. Vercellotti, D. Deutsch, P. Kearney, J. Sabol, A. Rahman, J. Maclachlan, K. Hylton-Rodic, C. Burton, G. Ruger 2. Chemical Angel Network chemical professionals investing in chemistry enabled businesses. M. Vreeke, J. Giordan, S. White 3. Educating chemists for dynamic work environments. K. M. Bucholtz Incorporating Intellectual Property into Your Business Decisions: From Start-Up To Exit
Cosponsored by PROF K. Hylton-Rodic, Organizer, Presiding

8:00 Coffee and Networking. 8:20 Introductory Remarks. 8:25 12. Art and science of a start-up company in light of the JOBS Act. A. Rahman 8:50 13. Lessons learned in customer development for the introduction of a novel drug delivery agent. D. Daly 9:15 14. Unique hiring model and training program results in high quality and cost-effective services. C. Burton 9:40 15. V-LABS, INC., as a familyowned, joint effort in small chemical business to provide a synergistic outreach for assisting scientists. S. Vercellotti, J. Vercellotti 10:05 Intermission. 10:15 16. Short-term consulting for career development. N. A. LaFranzo 10:40 17. Decision making and innovation in commercial chemical research and development. J. C. Warner 11:05 18. Ash Stevens: A small pharmaceutical chemical company going
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Sponsored by SOCED, Cosponsored by PROF, SCHB, and YCC

1:30 Introductory Remarks. 1:35 4. Finding the intellectual property information that you need for business decisions. E. S. Simmons 2:05 5. Non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement and licenses: An overview. B. P. O'Shaughnessy 2:35 6. Intellectual property (IP) audits: The purpose, the importance, and the cost. C. E. McCann
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10:45-12:00 Monday, March 17 Afternoon Chemical Angel Network: Chemists Investing in Chemical Companies
Cosponsored by PROF M. Vreeke, Organizer S. White, Organizer, Presiding

1:30 Introductory Remarks. 1:35 11. Introduction to the Chemical Angel Network and angel investing. M. Vreeke, J. Giordan, S. White

strong at fifty years. S. A. Munk 11:30 19. China joint venture for coal refining, part two. E. Meyer 11:55 Concluding Remarks. Tuesday, March 18 Afternoon Best Practices in the Business Innovation Environment
Cosponsored by PROF J. Newsam, Organizer M. Vreeke, Presiding

2:55 Panel Discussion. 3:55 Concluding Remarks.

Pacifichem 2015
Pacifichem, the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, will be held in Honolulu HI, December 15 - 20, 2015. The full technical program and call for contributed papers and posters will be announced soon, see for current information. SCHB members already have a presence on the program: two symposia were accepted in the first round, both in Area 11, Connecting Chemistry with Society. The Evolving Nature of Scholarly Communication: Connecting Scholars with Each Other and with Society (#173), is being organized by Jennifer Maclachlan, SCHB Publicity Chair, along with Antony Williams, ACS. Small Businesses Reaching Out for Market Share: Tool Kit and Success Stories (#185), is being organized by Joe Sabol, SCHB Program Chair, along with Adam Blunn, SCHB member Australia, Daphne Lainson, Canada, and Wilson Chung, Taiwan. Pacifichem is held once every five years, and you don’t want to miss 2015. More details will be forthcoming.

1:30 Introductory Remarks. 1:35 20. Creativity of innovation and entrepreneurship. S. Shah 1:55 21. Lens of the market: Building innovations and innovators. J. Giordan 2:15 22. Creation and dangers of entrepreneurial ventures. P. Wyatt 2:35 23. Business management during sine wave conditions. J. N. Driscoll 2:55 Panel Discussion. 3:55 Concluding Remarks. Wednesday, March 19 Afternoon Benefits of Undergraduate Internships

Cosponsored by CEPA, PROF, and YCC M. Chorghade, Organizer J. Maclachlan, Organizer, Presiding

1:30 Introductory Remarks. 1:35 24. Progressive research internships: Entrepreneurial foundations for a career in academic medicine. R. S. Chorghade 1:55 25. Opportunities for participation of small business in STEM education. S. Vercellotti, J. Vercellotti 2:15 26. Student internships at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. J. L. Bryant, M. Linares-Mendoza 2:35 27. Student internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A. Garrison, D. Evasius
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