Partnership with dogIDs, Upcoming Interviews, and Recent Recognitions.
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 Partners with Mind Shift

dogIDs is company focused on creating better products for the dogs they adore using innovative, cutting edge technology. But their innovative spirit isn't reserved for just their products. When their wildly successful product line created a need to grow their staff in a market with a significant labor shortage, dogIDS was able to think beyond the traditional labor pool and chose to capitalize on a frequently untapped resource. They have added a skilled individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to their team through a strategic partnership with Mind Shift.

"Our partnership with Mind Shift has resulted in our pack being stronger, our output being greater, and our days being more fun," says James Whirlwind Soldier, dogIDs Director of Business Operations. "Ian is a great edition to our team! We are thankful that this opportunity exists, and look forward to continuing the relationship."

"We are thrilled to have DogID's as a business partner," says Executive Director, Tony Thomann. "They are a company focused on giving their employees the most inclusive environment possible. That makes for a great fit for our Specialist, Ian, and a great partnership to give people on the autism spectrum ways to join a great team. Also, they love dogs! And we do, too!"

dogIDs was founded in Fargo in 2005 by Clint and Lori Howitz in the basement of their home with the purpose of improving the lives of dogs. They do this by manufacturing and supplying the most unique personalized products for dogs on the market. They are driven to do this because they are passionate about dogs and believe that they deserve nothing but the best.

Take a moment to check them out at!

LEGO Hangouts and Initial Interviews in Fargo

Mind Shift is announcing its next LEGO Hangout and Initial Interviews in Fargo, ND this month. This is a general interview process to identify skills and interest among individuals on the autism spectrum who would like to work for us.

We are NOT assessing to immediately fill an assessment and training class or jobs. Rather, this is an opportunity to gain a broader understanding the work that would be a good fit for job seekers on the spectrum.

Interested? Contact Margie Gray at, or by phone at (352) 552-2080 for more information.

The Hangout will occur in Fargo on Tuesday, June 21 from 9:30am - noon. Interviews will be scheduled for the afternoon of June 21 and the day of Wednesday, June 22.

Mind Shift continues to be recognized with funding and endorsements from community partners and organizations...
In April, our partners at Eide Bailly and Appareo co-hosted a lunch-and-learn on our behalf. Their endorsement of the Mind Shift program reached approximately 50 local business leaders. It was a great event!
Just this month, Mind Shift has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2016 MN Cup Competition for Social Entrepreneurs. We are thrilled that the MN Cup review board agreed that our work in helping businesses find ways to use the strengths of people on the autism spectrum is ground-breaking and crucial. We will be pitching our program next week!

"It's been an exciting year so far," said Tony Thomann, "we are thrilled to be a part of changing the world of work within our community."

If you have questions or want to get involved, please contact us through our website,

In May, the North Dakota IT Symposium invited Mind Shift to share our mission and vision for the future with about 300 leaders in the IT industry. The symposium leaders also presented us with a $3,000 check to help move our vision forward.
We have also recently received support from Thrivent Financial, Our Savior's Lutheran Church and other committed community members. Thank you!
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