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Sarah Max is a freelance writer in Bend, Ore. She has covered business and personal finance for more than a decade for such publications as BusinessWeek, CNNMoney.com, Money and The Wall Street Journal. In 2009 Sarah got a first-hand look at the ups and downs of entrepreneurship when she helped launch
1859 Oregons Magazine, a quarterly magazine and website for which she is executive editor. 30 Recent Stories
Jon Bischke's company, Entelo, makes it easier for companies to recruit new talent. Yet, the secret to success, he says, isn't just finding the right people, but figuring out how to keep them.
July 11, 2014
Boise startup Direct Local Food connects local farmers and ranchers on their terms and in the process created a new way to help put more fresh food on tables.
March 20, 2014
The founder of Shorty Awards, an event recognizing great social media, talks about how pithy posts keep us connected and make us better communicators.
March 6, 2014
David Hassell, founder of 15Five, talks about the power of staying connected.
February 13, 2014
Entrepreneur McKay Thomas started in pool tables, moved on to baby goods and is now focused on a healthcare app that gives moms a direct line to doctors. He talks about what inspired the new venture a
December 30, 2013
Grow Your Business
Shane Snow used his journalism background to found an online platform connecting writers and corporate clients. In the process, he's learned how good, old fashioned storytelling can boost branding.
December 23, 2013
Grow Your Business
Entrepreneurs Andy Medley and Scott Hill built their Indianapolis marketing and promotions firm PERQ by nurturing office culture, sometimes to a fault. Employees still have fun, but their focus these
December 17, 2013
Chartbeat's CEO talks about why sailing around the world and traveling to the North Pole isnt all that that different from running a media analytics company.
December 10, 2013
Data scientist Thomas Thurston uses algorithms to understand the common traits between businesses that fail and succeed. Turns out, experience is only a small factor, and the best products can actuall
December 3, 2013
Grow Your Business
Melanie Spring, founder of branding agency Sisarina, helps companies express their identities through branding. In this conversation, she explains how branding is evolving and whos doing it right.
November 26, 2013
Grow Your Business
Chinese Appliance maker, Haier Corporation, transformed itself from a small refrigerator maker to the worlds largest appliance company by putting more power in the hands of employees.
September 24, 2013
With traditional advertising revenue shrinking, TBD of Bend, Ore., diversifies its branding business by selling craft beers.
September 13, 2013
We asked experts on innovation and transformation to recommend their favorite books for entrepreneurs looking for insight and inspiration.
September 3, 2013
Freshfully started as a virtual marketplace for finding local food. When connecting buyers with their farm-fresh fare proved tricky, the Alabama startup shifted to a traditional street-side model.
August 27, 2013
Translation goliath LanguageLine Solutions needed to make a quick transition into on-demand video interpretation or risk losing market share to its sprightly competitors.
August 19, 2013
Unbridled innovation nearly crushed the Danish toymaker. Everything started to click when it focused on making smaller, more controlled, changes.
August 13, 2013
TalentBin's founders' plan to foster peer reviews of job candidates didn't pan out, but it paved the way for an even bigger idea -- finding those job candidates in the first place.
August 6, 2013
Consumer Cellular made the call to target an older audience -- a move that's led to robust growth in revenue.
July 30, 2013
Branam Oral Health began life as the maker of the Gibby-Oral pacifier. But when sales of its natural toothpaste took off, the company pivoted.
July 23, 2013
This iconic shoemaker bounced back after the recession by revamping its product lines and distribution channel.
July 8, 2013
Starting a Business
GoFundMe, a popular crowdfunding site, went through several iterations before it found its niche helping individuals rally around personal causes.
June 28, 2013
Kris Wittenberg vowed to put "Be Good to People" on a T-shirt after an unpleasant encounter. Five years later, she's ready to turn her sideline into a main event.
May 10, 2013
We recap our special report on the entrepreneurial scene in the U.S, from New York and Houston to Boise and Baton Rouge, five years since the financial crisis.
April 18, 2013
Far from the maddening crowds, and five years since the financial crisis, we look at the entrepreneurship scene in Burlington, Vt.; Chico, Calif.; Lehi, Utah; Iowa City, Iowa; and Lansing, Mich.
April 12, 2013
Florida's "happiest place on earth" may be best known for mouse ears, but you'll find startups working on everything from healthy school lunches to hybrid geothermal systems.
April 9, 2013
After suffering the double whammy of a housing crash and drop in tourism spending, Orlando's economy seems to have turned a corner.
April 5, 2013
Forget the jokes about corn. Indiana's capital city is quietly rolling out solutions for everything from tracking scientific data and charitable donations to juggling kids' soccer schedules.
April 2, 2013
Sure, Indianapolis is better known for basketball and car racing than entrepreneurship. But proponents say Indy is the best place to launch and grow a startup right now.
March 27, 2013
No one ever called Idaho's capital a busting metropolis. But its entrepreneurs know how to think big. Here's a look.
March 21, 2013
Idaho's capital doesn't have the resources of a bubble town. But sustainable growth and mountain views are drawing entrepreneurs.
March 19, 2013
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