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The Food and Drug Administration has finally confirmed that companies are banned from donating cigars to U.S. troops, according to an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. In early September, GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Marine Corps reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote a letter to the FDA asking for clarification on a confusingly worded regulation that could be interpreted as a ban on companies donating cigars to troops.
A quick lunch at the hospital cafeteria doesn't have to be a burger and fries. In fact, finding a fast-food restaurant on the premises might not be as easy as it used to be.
Someday C-3PO and R2-D2 could be taking your fast-food restaurant order and cooking your burger and fries instead of saving the galaxy in "Star Wars." Before you say, "I have a bad feeling about this," consider the current business and technology trends.
An Arby's parking lot off Route 248 turned "chaotic" after a road rage incident Friday, Colonial Regional police say. (AP File Photo Two brothers face charges after what police described as a "chaotic" scene outside a Lower Nazareth Arby's, allegedly sparked by road rage on Route 248.
A Hudson Valley woman is finger lickin' mad at Kentucky Fried Chicken, claiming its understuffed buckets are for the birds. Anna Wurtzburger, of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., says she bought a $20 bucket of chicken from KFC over the summer and was disappointed to find it looked much different than what's in the chain's ads.
If you want your small business to be part of creating radical change in your industry, then you might be interested in a few upcoming small business events.
First, the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco on October 31 is a week of keynote talks, interactive workshops, mentoring, bootcamps, tours and more. The event brings together bootstrapped startups, government agencies, civic organizations and more who are looking to make change in different industries.
In addition, NextCon16 in Scottsdale on November 14 is an event that aims to help entrepreneurs walk away with actionable insights about how to take their businesses to the next level.
You can see even more information about these events, along with others that might be of interest to your small business, in the featured events section below.
To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.Featured Events, Contests and Awards
Lean Startup Conference
October 31, 2016, San Francisco, Calif.
A gathering of thousands of thought leaders at Pier 27 for a week of keynote talks, interactive workshops, speed mentoring, industry dinners, bootcamps, and startup tours at the scenic edge of San Francisco. The conference unites intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs from government agencies, international conglomerates, boot-strapped startups, and civic organizations in their mission to create radical change in their industries.
Influencer Marketing Days
November 14, 2016, New York, N.Y.
Influencer Marketing Days is a unique conference dedicated to all things influencer marketing. The event is for marketing professionals responsible for their company’s influencer marketing strategy, campaign development, and relationship management. Whether you already run influencer marketing campaigns or you’re investigating ways to leverage this powerful type of marketing, Influencer Marketing Days will equip, educate, and inspire you to make the most of your efforts.
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Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training
November 07, 2016, New York, N.Y.
This ?five-day ?program ?is ?a ?highly ?interactive ?training ?course ?in ?lean ?Six ?Sigma ?tools ?and ?methodology. ?You will learn how to apply ?Lean ?Six ?Sigma ?tools ?and ?methods to improve key business processes.Follow Us: @Vectorint
November 14, 2016, Scottsdale, Ariz.
No matter your industry, company size or role, you can take advantage of the fresh perspectives, creative strategies and expert advice shared at NextCon. You will walk away with actionable insight to take your business to the next level and gain the insight and inspiration to make an impact.
Ignition Future of Digital
December 05, 2016, New York, N.Y.
At IGNITION you’ll get a new understanding of the transformations taking place in the digital world. Join 700 senior executives working in technology, media, entertainment, investment, and finance in staying on top of today’s most innovative ideas. The conference is one of the fastest-growing digital-media companies in the world, and hosted by Henry Blodget, Business Insider’s Editor-in-Chief and CEO.
May 22, 2017, Los Angeles, Calif.
Secret Knock is going to be the single greatest event for the top entrepreneurs and action-takers in the world to connect, share ideas, and help take each other to the next level. Each of the attendees have believed in themselves enough to get to where they are, and they are not stopping now. Secure your application for one of the few spots left at the Secret Knock.More Events
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This article, "Lean Startup Conference, NextCon Event Loom on the Horizon" was first published on Small Business Trends
The Millbrae In-n-Out, where some alleged aspiring car burglars deliberately struck a police car. Photo: Hugh J./Yelp A police sting at a Bay Area fast food restaurant stung some alleged robbers this week, but not before the miscreants slammed their car into the cops' in an effort to escape.