Sarah Max

Sarah Max

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 Oregon’s Magazine, a quarterly magazine and website for which she is executive editor.

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Boise Attracts Startups Seeking Quality of Life
Location

Boise Attracts Startups Seeking Quality of Life

Idaho's capital doesn't have the resources of a bubble town. But sustainable growth and mountain views are drawing entrepreneurs.
Let the Good Times Roll: Big Easy Kicks Off Entrepreneur Week
Location

Let the Good Times Roll: Big Easy Kicks Off Entrepreneur Week

There's more to New Orleans than jazz and beignets. The city, which has been luring startups with new resources, gears up for its fifth Entrepreneur Week.
Behold Some of Baton Rouge's New Ventures
Business Ideas

Behold Some of Baton Rouge's New Ventures

Louisiana's capital city is more than just the home of Louisiana State University. Here's a look at entrepreneurs setting up shop there.
Baton Rouge Turns Up the Heat With New Startups
Business Ideas

Baton Rouge Turns Up the Heat With New Startups

The capital of Louisiana is a petrochemical and manufacturing hub, a thriving college town, and home to several hot startups.
The Incubator Bringing Washington D.C.'s Entrepreneurs Together
Startup Basics

The Incubator Bringing Washington D.C.'s Entrepreneurs Together

1776 Washington D.C.'s is 15,000-square-foot 'incubation platform' that includes an accelerator and co-working space.
A Look Inside Washington D.C.'s Startup Scene
Business Ideas

A Look Inside Washington D.C.'s Startup Scene

Politicians aren't the only movers and shakers in the U.S. capital. A highly educated population and revitalized urban core make Washington, D.C., an ideal spot for launching a new venture, according
A Powerful City Finds Its Entrepreneurial Groove
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A Powerful City Finds Its Entrepreneurial Groove

With a crop of startups and hot new accelerators, Washington, D.C., finally has "density" when it comes to entrepreneurs.
Forget Silicon Alley. Stars Head to Houston for Pitch Contest
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Forget Silicon Alley. Stars Head to Houston for Pitch Contest

The Rice Business Plan Competition, set for April, is the biggest student competition of its kind -- and a symbol of Houston's thriving entrepreneurial side.
A Peek Inside Houston's Startup Scene
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A Peek Inside Houston's Startup Scene

A low cost of living, diverse population, and deep ties to energy and life sciences are just a few of the perks for new ventures blowing out of H-town.
Startups Bubbling Up in Houston
Location

Startups Bubbling Up in Houston

Austin isn't the only Texas town launching new companies. Here's a look at what's happening in H-Town, five years since the financial crisis.
NY Tech Meetup's Jessica Lawrence on the Hottest Ticket in Town
Networking

NY Tech Meetup's Jessica Lawrence on the Hottest Ticket in Town

The executive director of NY Tech Meetup talks about what the audience can expect at the city's influential monthly tech event.
A Glimpse Inside NYC's Startup Scene
Location

A Glimpse Inside NYC's Startup Scene

In the years since the financial crisis, New York has become a startup magnet. Here's a look at a diverse mix of Gotham entrepreneurs.
Big Ideas in the Big Apple
Location

Big Ideas in the Big Apple

Five years since the financial meltdown, we look at New York City's blossoming startup scene.
How Barbeque Helped Break Down Racial Barriers
Profiles

How Barbeque Helped Break Down Racial Barriers

John Parker recalls how his dad's BBQ joint, open in 1962, served black and white patrons alike. Today, he's keeping the legacy alive.
A New Take on Aging, From Silicon Valley
Franchises

A New Take on Aging, From Silicon Valley

A senior home care franchise based in Palo Alto, Calif., and run by young staffers is looking to give its elderly clientele five-star treatment.
How to Stump: Storytelling Tips from the Campaign Trail
Marketing

How to Stump: Storytelling Tips from the Campaign Trail

Entrepreneurs can learn a lot from Ann Romney, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama and even Clint Eastwood about what to do (or not do) when standing in the spotlight.
A Winning Business Idea: Wine & Paint
Franchises

A Winning Business Idea: Wine & Paint

So-called "paint and sip" franchises promise an evening of cheap entertainment -- and the satisfaction of creating your own work of art.
Beautify My Garage
Franchises

Beautify My Garage

It's no longer just a place to park the car or the lawn mower. A number of franchises are specializing in garage makeovers.
Get Organized! Cleaning Pros Offer Tips
Franchises

Get Organized! Cleaning Pros Offer Tips

Warm weather brings out the neat-freak impulse. Franchises that provide everything from decluttering to reorganizing supply their best advice.
'Hunger Games' Good for Business
Marketing

'Hunger Games' Good for Business

Since its big-screen debut, 'The Hunger Games' has helped merchants hawk everything from nail polish to forest tours.
Franchises Get Social
Franchises

Franchises Get Social

Franchise companies, initially reluctant to embrace Facebook, Twitter and other social media, are finding ways to turn 'likes' and 'tweets' into dollars and cents.
Game On for Pizza Franchises
Franchises

Game On for Pizza Franchises

Forget football. Sales of America's favorite food will skyrocket on Super Bowl Sunday. That's good news for these pizza franchises.
How to Avoid a Franchise Fad
Franchises

How to Avoid a Franchise Fad

Before sinking your money into a hot franchise concept, make sure it's the real deal -- not a dead duck.
Fitness Franchises Muscle Up
Franchises

Fitness Franchises Muscle Up

January is when Americans migrate from the bottomless eggnog bowl to the gym. Not surprisingly, fitness clubs win at least a third of all new memberships at the start of the year.
Chicken-Wing Franchises Take Off
Franchises

Chicken-Wing Franchises Take Off

Buffalo Wild Wings, Wingstop and other chains report a growth spurt, thanks to cheap prices and changing consumer tastes.
Hot Franchises: It's Boom Times for Movers
Franchises

Hot Franchises: It's Boom Times for Movers

The economy hasn't kept Americans from changing addresses or stashing their stuff, and that's good news for moving and storage franchises.
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