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Biz Briefs, Sept. 5

September 5, 2018

NatGeo likes Brooks Lake Lodge

Brooks Lake Lodge made it onto National Geographic Traveler’s list of “The World’s Best Lake Resorts.” Among the other properties on the list are the Llao Llao Hotel in Patagonia, Argentina; the CastaDiva Resort and Spa on Italy’s Lake Como; Loch Ness Lodge in Scotland; the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan; Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks; Elk Lake Lodge in the Adirondacks; and Titilaka, a property on Lake Titicaca in the Andes, between Bolivia and Peru. Brooks Lake Lodge is near Dubois, in the Shoshone National Forest. Brooks Lake was discovered in 1889 by Bryant Brooks, who became governor of Wyoming in 1905. The lodge was built in 1922 as a stopover for people traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Young professionals to party

Young Professionals of the Tetons — “young” means ages 21 to 40 — will throw a summer sendoff party this evening in Mike Yokel Park. The group’s mission is to “connect the community together in helping find professional opportunities and resources to those wanting to grow in their careers.” The party starts at 5 p.m. “Network, play beach volleyball and cornhole, and get to know some other young professionals in town,” the group’s Facebook page says. “We will be supplying food, but please BYOB. If you have any other lawn games, those are welcome as well.”

Sip beers, talk tech

The Teton Tech group will meet this evening at Wildlife Brewing in Victor, Idaho, for its bimonthly Beers and Conversation event. “We casually gather to talk about anything that’s interesting,” the group says on its Meetup.com page. “Warning: Topics may include things considered geeky.” The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m.

Stay abreast of education

The Business Over Breakfast topic this month is education and training opportunities for businesses and nonprofits in Teton County. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the Mountain View and Fireside Room in Snow King Hotel’s Grand View Lodge. The speakers will be Rick Howe of the chamber, Sue Heffron from Central Wyoming College, Jennifer Ford from Silicon Couloir and Shelby Read, who is with the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. Breakfast costs $16 for chamber members and $25 for others. Email events@jacksonholechamber.com to RSVP.

Pro to talk about the other ‘stuff’

A seasoned entrepreneur and investor will speak Monday evening about the things people starting businesses won’t learn from standard business books, at big company jobs or in classrooms. Mike Smerklo, the speaker at Silicon Couloir’s Chance Meeting, 5 to 7 p.m. at The Rose, said he will discuss the “nonobvious things I learned along my journey.” He calls it TOS, short for “The Other S---.” Among other things he is co-founder of a venture capital firm, Next Coast Ventures, in Austin, Texas. Before that he bought a tech services company, ServiceSource, and ran it for 12 years, taking it from a small startup to a public company. Chance Meetings are held by Silicon Couloir, a nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship in the region. They are held monthly and are free to attend.

Learn about library resources

Teton County Library will host a “Digital Learn-in” to acquaint people with materials it has available to help small buisnesses. The one-session “Library Tools for Your Small Business” class will be offered twice in the Learning Lab: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27. Resources include “Reference USA for market research, Foundation Directory for grant research and Lynda.com for software and business skills,” the library said. Email scrockett@tclib.org to sign up.

Free Excel class offered

Earlier in the year Teton County Library surveyed businesses and nonprofits to determine which Lynda.com classes to facilitate for groups. Excel was the most requested. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17, the library will host a “Lynda Learn-in: Excel” class in the Learning Lab. “Learn to make widely used spreadsheets and walk away with a certificate,” the library said. “Grow your skill set and build your resume.” Email wmarvell@tclib.org to sign up. Lynda.com is an online learning platform with high-quality videos in learning paths that range from basic computer mastery to skills needed for small business ownership, 3-D Animation, app development, graphic design and more. Library cardholders can take any of the thousands of free Lynda.com classes at any time at TCLib.org/lynda.

Noso in REI

REI will soon begin selling a homegrown Jackson Hole product. The outdoor gear co-op’s 115 stores and online shop, REI.com, will sell Noso Patches starting Saturday, founder Kelli Jones said. She created the patches to repair and decorate sleeping bags, tents, down jackets and other gear and apparel. Customers affix the nylon patches to an item with an adhesive that is activated in the sun or a dryer. REI will sell the Lil’ Bits Patch Kits, Noso X Patch and the Patchdazzle DIY Patch and Stencil kits.

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