On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the administrators of the California Blog website published a post written by Sawyer Howitt. In his post, he notes the post-recession optimism and accomplishments of millennials, people born in the last two decades of the twentieth century.

Statistics from a 2011 U.S. Chamber of Commerce report shows after the economic calamity members of this group favor entrepreneurship over more traditional methods of generating an income and almost one-third are self-employed.

Sawyer Howitt offers the opinion that current economic conditions are ideal for launching a start-up. Interested investors are plentiful. And high-tech communications coupled with affordable new methods of acquiring/sharing office space reduce start-up costs significantly.

Sawyer also provides some advice on what criteria to consider when choosing a location. These include the economy, demographics, access to high-speed broadband, and the ability to connect with like-minded people. He also lists what he considers to be the top eight cities for launching a start-up. The following are his top five:

• San Francisco, California
• Austin, Texas
• Salt Lake City, Utah
• Palo Alto, California
• Denver, Colorado

Sawyer Howitt lives with his family in Portland, Oregon. His father, David Howitt, is the proprietor of the Meriwether Group, which helps budding entrepreneurs in three critical areas. They help find funding, building a plan for accelerating growth, and creating an exit strategy.

One of the first projects David took on was helping his wife, Heather, and his mother in law, Tedde, launch a small local home-brewed tea company, Oregon Chai, that now distributes globally.

Sawyer obviously has entrepreneurial roots. Even before graduating high school he demonstrated his ability in business and finance. Sawyer currently serves as a project manager at Meriwether Group.

Learn more about Sawyer Howitt: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/potmsearch/detail/submission/6428236/Sawyer_Howitt