Inc 500/5000 Conference and Mentor Fair

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Inc 500/5000 Conference and Mentor Fair

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Image: – Join the Inc. Military Entrepreneur Program at Inc 500/5000 Conference and Mentor Fair – Macho Spouse


Guys, I personally attended this event last year in Phoenix and it was the best conference I've ever attended.  Inc. goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and feel as part of their family.  They offer a high-level of support even when the conference is over...hell, especially when the conference is over.  If you have your own business, or are thinking of starting one, I highly recommend you apply for this program.  If you don't get selected, I highly encourage you to go anyway.





Are you ready to expand your business, but not sure where to start?

Could you benefit from having an Inc. 500 CEO on your side, ready to help?

Do you need an action plan to grow your business, hire new staff, or break into a new market? What's holding you back?

Burst through the barriers and join the Inc. Military Entrepreneur Program!

The Inc. Military Entrepreneurs Program will continue its mission to provide resources to military business owners by hosting a Mentor Fair at the Inc. 50015000 Conference & Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.


One-on-one mentoring sessions—with a CEO from Inc.'s 500 Fastest Growing Companies List / Small focus round tables—led by a CEO from Inc.'s 500 Fastest Growing Companies List / Networking with other Military Entrepreneurs / Key note speeches from Norm Brodsky, founder, CitiStorage; partner, Black Gold Suites and Inc. columnist and Giovanni Feroce, CEO, Alex and Ani; former U.S. Army field grade officer and Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran


One-on-one mentoring sessions—with a paired CEO from Inc.'s 500 Fastest Growing Companies List / One-on-one mentor pairing with an alumni Military Entrepreneur / Special meet and greet with an all-star Inc. 500 I 5000 keynote speaker / Full-access to all conference keynotes and breakout sessions / Two receptions, two breakfasts, and two lunches throughout conference /VIP seating at Inc. 50015000 Black-Tie Gala & Awards Ceremony / Take-home resources from top business experts

'Special delegation is only available to those running a business. Selection is based on strength and need of applicant.

Accepted applications will be notified on or around September 13, 2013. Only fully filled out applicants will be considered. If selected, chosen applicants will receive further information regarding event details and their participation. The Inc. Entrepreneurs Program is free to attend. Participants are responsible for all travel costs related to the conference. For questions concerning the application, please email Natalie Thomas at Please follow faIncOnStage I #incvets.

Those interested in attending must submit a completed application by September 5, 2013 to qualify for the special delegation. We will accept applications for the Mentor Fair through October 1. For more information and to apply visit: Inc. Magazine is one of the top business publications focused exclusively on fast-growing, privately held Companies.


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How To Nitre Blue Gunmetal Without Nitre Salts

NBlue.jpgIf you are a gun enthusiast who enjoys light gunsmithing projects, you will be interested to know that you can nitre blue gun metal without using salts. To use nitre salts, you have to heat the solution, slowly dip the parts in and hope that they come out looking even. It is definitely a process that requires multiple practice runs before attempting to nitre any actual gun parts. However, there is a much simpler solution if you want to nitre blue your gun metal. Simply do it with heat and without tedious salts.

How Can I Nitre Blue Gun Metal Without Nitre Salts?

The process is easier and quicker than using salts. If you heat the metal evenly for a long enough time period, it oxidizes and changes colors. Do not expect a vibrant royal blue. This process will bring a nice subtle but darker blue color, which creates an attractive and sleek look on a gun. As you heat the metal, you will see the color change. Use a screw to practice first so you can see how easy this is.

What You Will Need

  • Metal screw
  • Propane torch
  • Vice grips
  • Striker
  • Personal protective gear

Steps To Nitre Blue Gun Metal Without Nitre Salts

If you are new to gunsmithing or using a propane torch, it is a good idea to wear protective gear. Wear gloves and goggles. When working with a torch, make sure you do not have baggy clothing or sleeves.

1. Grip The Screw

Place the threaded part of the screw in the vice grips. Tighten it enough that the screw is held in snugly but the threads will not be damaged. When using handheld vice grips, make sure the handles are in good condition to avoid burns.

2. Heat The Screw

Use the striker to ignite the propane torch. Hold it so the tip of the torch's flame touches the screw's head. Move the torch around in circles on the screw's head slowly.

3. Watch For Color Changes

As the screw's temperature changes with prolonged flame exposure, it will start to change color. It will start with a light but dull color change. Heat it evenly around the head for a continuous color. When the head of the screw turns purple, be sure to watch it closely. The next color change will be blue.

That is all it takes to nitre blue gun metal. Perhaps you have an old pistol that looks rough and needs a makeover, or you just like blue gun metal. This is a great project for any gunsmithing enthusiast. Check out SDI's YouTube Channel for additional gunsmithing tips. They also have some gunsmithing programs that qualify for the military spouse MyCAA scholarship program. For more information about gunsmithing as a career for male military spouses, visit SDI's School of Firearms Technology.

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Video - Importance of Communication Part 2 - What We Talk About

The second segment of a multi-part series examining the importance of communication within the military family.

The first video helped define WHY it's important to communicate with our spouses, so this video examines WHAT we should talk about. EVERYTHING!



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