INTEL: Smart calendars, business remodels and a brand new bourbon

Hey business owners, this iOS application might help.

Mynd Calendar integrates with a user’s existing calendars, location data, contacts and information from other popular apps to get better and better at improving a user’s productivity over time.

The app’s home screen presents a visual representation of the user’s day, including Apple Reminders, photos of contacts that will be met in person that day, weather and stats on how the user spends time, including miles traveled. An Evernote integration lets users discover notes and attach them to calendar appointments, ensuring that they’re always prepared for their next meeting.

“We call Mynd ‘the calendar with a brain,’ because it leverages machine learning to think ahead and make life easier for users,” said Max Wheeler, CEO of Alminder Inc.

The app’s available for free to Apple iPhone users in the App Store.

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Here’s something to celebrate.

Dress for Success Southern Nevada will unveil its remodeled career center later this week with a Feb. 26 grand opening celebration at its boutique, 3400 W. Desert Inn Road.

The redesigned space includes four workstations with computers. Women who receive professional clothing from Dress for Success can use the career center to learn job skills, conduct job searches and meet with mentors.

For more information, call 702-684-6412.

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In early March, the Nike Factory Store at Las Vegas Premium Outlets — South is getting a little facelift.

From March 3 to 6, the store will be closed to accommodate remodeling efforts that include updated dressing rooms and easier-to-read signs. From March 7 to 9, the store at 7400 Las Vegas Blvd. South will host grand reopening events that include a gift giveaway to the first 200 shoppers each day.

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A new study proves the validity of countrywide travel marketing.

A study released in mid-February by Brand USA and conducted by Oxford Economics found that for the year ended Sept. 30, 2013, Brand USA’s marketing campaigns generated 1.1 million incremental visitors to the United States, a 2.3 percent increase over growth that would have occurred without Brand USA marketing initiatives.

“At long last, it is not just anecdotal: The empirical evidence clearly demonstrates that Brand USA works,” U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said.

The additional 1.1 million visitors spent $3.4 billion in the country.

The study included analysis of eight markets — Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom — where Brand USA fully executed consumer, trade outreach and co-op programs.

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Even the Angels want some.

Earlier this month Angel’s Envy, a small batch artisan bourbon, became available in Las Vegas at Double Helix Wine &Whiskey Lounge and Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab.

The Kentucky bourbon was the culmination of the late Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson’s career. This Expression possesses a warm spirit, lacking any edginess with hints of port wine and a rich amber hue. It’s aged for four to six years in American white oak barrels and finished in hand-selected port casks for three to six months.

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At its February meeting, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors approved two sponsorships totaling about $45,000.

Of the total, $29,580 will fund Championship Bull Riding to be held at the Laughlin Event Center on March 8. The remaining $15,000 will fund Elvis Rocks Mesquite from June 19-22 at the Casablanca Resort.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at lcarroll@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.

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