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March, 2004

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March 2004 Newsline has been posted.

Items of interest include:


NAPM-WW Educational Event

NAPM-WW, in conjunction with various supply management associations worldwide, will be celebrating March 2004 as Supply Management Month. This year's theme is Navigating in International Waters. This special month recognizes the unique role supply management professionals play in helping to build better business and government in Washington, throughout the United States and around the world.

"Supply management professionals make important contributions to the quality, efficiency, and profitability of small and large organizations and businesses in public and private sectors across the United States," says Tricia Watson, March Event 2004 Chair, "Nationally, supply management professionals are responsible for managing and monitoring billions of dollars' worth of goods and services every year, which directly influences the U.S. economy. I'm inviting all NAPM-WW members and others interested in international trade or public sector contract management to join us March 11th." 

North to Alaska!

Make plans to attend the 61st Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference October 7-9, 2004 at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The NAPM Alaska conference is committee is hard at work on the programs. We'll get details to you as soon as we can. 


Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) What is it? Why do I care?

Professional Development

  Personal Professional Development redux 
A few thoughts on improving your resume.

Excel Tip

If you use Excel then you've had the problem where some numbers get stored as text instead of numbers. Here is the clearest description I've seen of an easy way to covert a range of 'text' numbers back to numbers. Works in Excel 2002

Here's the key parts:

Convert numbers stored as text to numbers one cell at a time using the Excel error checking feature:

A whole range at once



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