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Over the last several years millennials have been increasingly taking the route of entrepreneurship. Almost 30% are self-employed and, as of 2011, they were opening nearly 160,000 businesses each and every month.

One of these young entrepreneurs is Sawyer Howitt who recently graduated from his high school in Portland, Oregon; Lincoln High School.

By learning early how to operate a business and manage its finances, Sawyer Howitt is already well on his way to running his own companies one day. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, he as learned how brands and consumers can have a reciprocal relationship where both benefit. He is currently working at Meriwether Group where he serves as a project manager. This company is a business development firm that provides consultation services to other businesses in order to increase their revenue and enter new markets.

According to Sawyer Howitt, there are a number of cities around the nation that are excellent places for millennials to start a business. Among his top selections are San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Austin, and Palo Alto. Each of these cities has entrepreneur-friendly policies in place that help new businesses succeed.

One of Sawyer Howitt’s main focuses is on incorporating RFID technology into retail stores. Under his model, consumers will be able to shop in any type of retail store and everything they leave the store with is automatically read and charged for. This will eliminate the antiquated hassle of going through a line and having a cashier ring everything up.

Having completed high school, Sawyer Howitt now plans to attend Columbia University and be part of their 2022 graduating class. He is planning to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurial Finance which is an acclaimed program at this school and has graduated many entrepreneurs.

Mike Baur, a Swiss based entrepreneur and businessman, is also the co-founder and managing partner of the Swiss Startup Factory. Baur has more than 20 years of banking service in the Swiss banking industry. One of his prime responsibilities at the Factory is fundraising and then dispersing funds during the fundraising rounds.

 

Baur’s educational background includes earning a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Rochester New York and an Executive MBA from the University of Berne. His employment background includes more than twenty years with Charles Leu and Sallfort Bank.

 

The Swiss Startup Factory is an accelerator program based in Zurich, Switzerland. The Factory helps entrepreneurs focusing on the digital industry and provides opportunities to help establish them in the market place. The Factory offers a three month start-up program including the resources necessary such as office space and an entrepreneurial network. The program guides entrepreneurs and start-up’s a professional platform that takes them through a business driven program including establishing ambitious milestones.

 

Mr. Baur left the banking industry to begin investing in start-up companies. He decided he could do a much better job of assisting entrepreneurs and their start-ups through an official entity rather than just on his own. He works closely with the entrepreneurs offering real world experience and advice and helps them set the right course for their own success. His vast background of experience gives him a unique insight into what it takes to succeed.

 

Baur believes it is imperative to guide young entrepreneurs through the start-up process. It is easy to become discouraged and leave the project behind, but it is important to the economy and the community at large to help create new business that is successful in their endeavors. Baur provides not only his advice and experience, but also his encouragement. He shows entrepreneurs how to take a failure, no matter how large or small it may be and analyze it and make it right. He knows firsthand that often times dealing with something seen as a failure or a miscue in the process often ends up being a greater success.

 

As part of his work with the Factory, Baur led a partnership drive with CTI Invest and became the Deputy Managing Director of the entity. Baur also helped establish a partnership with Goldback Group, as well as Fintech Fusion. This further demonstrates his wide range of practical experience and knowledge base.

 

 

Arthur Becker is a technology mogul who has been the provider of quiet money behind some of New York City’s biggest developers, like Kevin Maloney, Robert Gladstone, and Michael Stern. Recently however, Becker has decided to stop being quiet and put his name on a brand new condominium project.

The offering plan was recently filed with the state’s Attorney General’s office, with plans to build an eight-unit building in Tribeca. This new building has a projected sellout of $52.5 million and will be a massive project for the investor-turned-developer. Becker dreams of this building being an artisanal boutique in a section of Tribeca that he believes can be easily managed.

For Arthur Becker, a homebuilder-turned-orchard operator-turned-investor, this project is only another stepping stone in his successful life. The building plans include seven apartments and one penthouse, ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet. According to Becker, prices for the units will range from $2,200 per square foot to $3,200 per square foot. The penthouse will be expected to cost a cool $14 million for buyers, while the other apartments will cost around $5 million.

The building in Tribeca is five-stories, so Becker has also bought the development rights to the building next to it to turn the building into ten-stories. While the cost of that property is unknown, records show that the space he bought behind the property cost him $1 million. Arthur Becker has invested an estimated $550 million in projects in the city thus far, and that doesn’t include the amount of capital he has used. See, http://arthurbeckerstudio.com/biography/

Even though the luxury product market has slowed, Becker is optimistic about his new venture. He loves the micro neighborhood in Tribeca, where it will be easy for him to sell the eight future units. With the two years it should take for construction, he is confident he will be able to find buyers for his new development.

Arthur Becker is the Managing Member of Madison Partners, LLC and was formerly the Chairman and CEO of the world’s largest digital newsstand, Zinio, LLC. Becker was also the CEO of NaviSite, a company that provided internet technology to numerous businesses in the UK and the U.S. Arthur Becker was even a senior advisor for seven years at the Vera Wang fashion company.

Visit his website: arthurbeckerstudio.com