University of Nevada, Reno Extension continues its online town hall and webinar series to assist small-business owners, this week focusing on innovation.

Wednesday’s town halls, at 9 a.m. in English and 2 p.m. in Spanish, will introduce entrepreneurs to the AngelNV, a 2020-2021 start-up accelerator program that prepares both aspiring entrepreneurs and investors. Organizations in the business community, including StartupNV, Nevada SBDC and SCORE, have come together to sponsor AngelNV. 

The entrepreneur part of the program involves 10 weeks of free training in start-up topics. In early December, participants may pay $149 to sign up for the final pitch competition on March 25, where the top six finalists compete for the chance to win their business $200,000. The investor part of the program involves paying $6,000 to become a part of the pooled $200,000 investment, and in doing so, help create a network of  investors, gain exposure to different industries,

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State of the art drone technology puts potential visitors in the heart of Alberta’s breathtaking cityscapes and landscapes

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 14, 2020 /CNW/ – Faced with continuing border restrictions in the midst of a global pandemic, Travel Alberta’s latest marketing efforts aim to inspire Albertans to continue safely exploring the province and help tourism businesses make the most of their late summer season.

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In the world of destination promotion, it is common practice to plan a year in advance, meaning capturing content around the province this summer that will be used in our summer 2021 campaigns. Travel Alberta is giving Albertans an advance look at footage captured using new drone mounted first-person view camera technology—expected to become a standard in the global tourism industry—to experience Alberta’s major cities and iconic parks from a new vantage point.

“We are always striving to

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Joan Green hosted many of her mobile art classes at Expressive Arts @ 32nd & Thorn Studio in North Park. Courtesy photo

San Diego artist and business owner Joan Green said she went from seeing 60 students a week in in-studio classes down to eight students via Zoom. That reduction has led to a 90% drop in revenue for her business, Green Art Labs.

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Despite this, Green said she remains hopeful for the arts industry.

“Artists have to create, so it comes through no matter what. I see the healing power of the arts, and I love seeing how the general public has connected to their own the arts during this time,” Green said. “Now with people having more down time at home, they are getting back in touch with their creative selves. I’m hopeful that

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Natalie Nixon, PhD is a creativity strategist, global keynote speaker, and the president of Figure 8 Thinking. She is the author of The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work (Berrett-Koehler; June 2020), a regular contributor to INC., and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

I had the opportunity to interview Natalie recently. Here are some of the highlights of that interview:

Jill Griffin: So, Natalie, tell me about you.

Natalie Nixon: I’m a creativity strategist and the president of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC. I’m also the author of The Creativity Leap- Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work. As a creativity strategist I advise leaders on achieving transformative business results by applying creativity. My major point of view is that creativity is not some woo-woo frilly add on. There is a direct, bold line

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Are you Ready to Unlock every Pillar in your life? Learn from a Serial Entrepreneur uncovering the Mindset & Success Strategies of the top1%

During this time of Covid-19, one of the most discussed topics, aside from health, is economics. While some states have reopened, others have remained shut down or will close again in the coming months due to the second wave. As a result, many businesses, specifically small businesses, have suffered greatly. Many scrambled to adjust essentially overnight and, if they were unable to do so, found themselves lagging behind. With the uncertainty of this time, as well as the future, creativity may be more important now than ever before. Having a creative mindset toward your business or the company for which you work may make the difference between success and failure in these volatile times. While typically practical people, business owners can survive this economic hardship

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