The Meriwether group is located in Portland, Oregon, and its company mission is to support and help entrepreneurial companies focus and grow into their maturity in the marketplace, build their brand, and coordinate all that comes into play such as sourcing of products and services, and manufacturing.
Meriwether also has an office in San Francisco which is run by David Howitt. The proximity to Silicon Valley is one of the keys to the overall operation of the firm as it helps to stay in close proximity to the newest RFID technology and its development. David Howitt, company founder, and CEO heads up the office there.
The call from the Meriwether Group is that the business entrepreneurs are the heroes of the business world, for without them our economy would grind to a sudden halt, dooming the rest of us to an inglorious end. Meriwether provides what it calls “accelerator services” such as the sourcing and brand building, along with other patented processes to help their clients succeed.
Sawyer Howitt, David’s son takes on the role of project manager and is very involved in all of the projects regarding the business development of the company’s clients. Of particular interest is the RFID system where avoidance of checkout lines and cash registers are the future of retailing. Sawyer also has a great deal of expertise in the production of Excel spreadsheets for the development of the presentations and the moving parts of innovative business designs.
Sawyer is also a spokesman for millennial entrepreneurs and speaks boldly about their opportunities in business and innovative ideas for successful growth industries. Meriweather is very involved in the emerging “new retail” movement with a heavy on reliance new technology and all of the ramifications.
Sawyer Howitt has accomplished a lot at a very young age, and he is a principle player in the overall planning operation at Meriwether.
Mike Baur is the brains behind founding an innovative company; Swiss Startup Factory. For some years, Mike has been in charge of overseeing the firm’s operations as the company aims at helping other entrepreneurs succeed and reach higher levels of their career. Swiss Startup Factory is also known for providing financial support and mentorship to business to assist them to reach their goals with ease. Being the entrepreneur he is, Mike Baur has been active in the investment industry. For a number of years, Mike has invested heavily in startup companies. Mike can identify a startup firm that has potential to grow and develop. Through investing in these startup companies, he gains the required experience and knowledge regarding startup companies that he used to co-found his business. It was easy for him to begin his business as he had learned over the years what potential start-up organizations have.
At the early years of his career, Mike was working in the banking sector where he would assist businesses to acquire the needed funding and enlightenment that will help them manage their business and finances better. After some years of gaining experience in the banking industry, Baur decided to start Swiss Startup Factory. The core reason for starting the company was to capitalize on a large number of startups in Switzerland. Considering his experience with startup firms, it was easy for Mike to lead his company to success. To ensure his company was always in front, Baur decided to employ the one business model that he believed was of help. This model includes holding events where entrepreneurs get a chance of attending and explaining their ideas of activities, and later Mike evaluates all the ideas and later chooses those that have the potential of succeeding. Those that are selected as the best will go through mentoring, coaching, advisement and financing to help their ideas come to life.
Swiss Startup Factory is responsible for assisting various companies through giving them advice on what they can do for the firm to achieve its goals. Every business aims at attaining a particular goal, and Swiss Startup Factory understands how important it is for every business to accomplish its goals. Swiss aims at helping firms manage debts, increase revenue while lowering the costs. With all these assistance, businesses, are in a position of maximizing their operation efficiency thus succeed, Mike believes that through Swiss Startup Factory, many companies will continue growing and developing.
From a young age, Jason had the desire to pursue real estate business. He was born into a family that owned a real estate Company. Jason’s family has been involved in the real estate business for 50 years, and they laid down the foundation and paved the path for him to succeed in real estate.
His unique experience and vision enabled him to succeed in the real estate business. Jason ended up launching his company- the JMD Development. JMD Company focuses on renovating historic and landmark buildings.
What makes Jason different from other real estate developers is his passion in historic buildings. He takes the time to build a rapport with the people living in the cities he is involved in. The guiding principle for the Company is to respect the community they are working with.
JMH Development focuses on residential and commercial properties in the United States. Jason is a pioneer in the development of unique properties in desirable places like Manhattan, Miami Beach, and Brooklyn.
The Company follows a process that involves strategy development, building design, branding and marketing of their buildings. JMH has a team of professionals that are well versed with the information on building and developing luxurious commercial and residential properties. They combine their knowledge and on-site experience to deliver high-quality service. Some of the buildings that they have been involved in include:
The Townhouses in Cobble Hill: These are located in Brooklyn, New York. They include nine luxury townhouses
184 Kent: The building, constructed in 1913, was the largest grocery in the United States. The building has been listed as a Historic Landmark. The JMH Company has converted it to luxurious residential houses. In 2011, the building won the Building Brooklyn Award under the adaptive reuse category.
70 Henry: it is a historical Condominiums that are located in Brooklyn
Three Hundred Collins: this is one of the most desirable residential buildings in Miami.
South Beach Starwood in Miami.
The Company recently completed the sale of 2901 Indian Creek Drive. The property was sold for $7.75 million.
In his free time, Jason engages in different charitable activities. Most of his contributions are made in support of the Joel A. Halpern Trauma Centre which supports the open- heart surgery, orthopedic surgery, and emergency neurosurgery. They also have equipment that caters for the burn victims, patients with life-threatening internal injuries, pregnant women and the children.
Through his Company, Jason has partnered with Global Water Non-Profit Charity. He donates $20,000 from all the contracts signed at the Three Hundred Collins. Global Water provides water to Ethiopia and Nepal. The partnership has enabled supply water to more than 650 households in the two countries.
About Adam Milstein
Adam was born in Haifa, Israel. He came from a real estate background, with his father being involved in property development. In 1971, Adam enrolled in the essential service in the Israeli military. He later joined the Technion, where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics. After graduating, he assisted his father in his real estate venture. He moved to the US, where he received a Master’s degree, in Business Administration, from the University of Southern California.
Milstein is a managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate firm that procures, transfers, and refurbishes individual and corporate properties. With his spouse, they run the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, a humanitarian organization that sponsors students of Jewish origin. He also heads the Israeli-American Council, the principal Jewish organization in the USA. Adam is a member of several boards such as StandWithUs, Birthright Israel, Hasbara Fellowships, and much more. In partnership with his wife, they provide free Hebrew-written books, monthly, to several Israeli families living in the US.
While pursuing his Master’s degree, the prospect of Hager Pacific Properties crossed Adam’s mind. He stated that many companies came to the college looking for recruits to hire. However, he felt that their salary offers did not equal his expertise. Some were offering much less than what an undergraduate earns. Adam, therefore, decided to venture into entrepreneurship, starting out as a commercial broker in real estate. His impudence paid off, and after three prosperous years as an agent, he became a fully-fledged investor.
To upsurge his output, Adam upholds three values; the follow-up, consistency, and persistence. He reiterated of understanding day-to-day problems and learning to solve them without external assistance. Moreover, he said that investors should not pay attention to detractors and work tirelessly.
According to Milstein, investors should not expect enormous success within a short time. For a venture to start making significant profits, it takes time and hard work. He attributed the failure of many start-ups to expectations of significant returns in a short period.
In conclusion, Adam reiterated the importance of follow-ups in the acquisition of new clients. He also endorsed Constant Contact, software used for managing multiple contacts.
Mike Baur, since 2014, has been working with startups in the IT industry by offering them the needed support to advance to achieve their potential. His initiative that is fueled through the Swiss Startup Factory has helped many startups that held great potential to manifest themselves in the right manner. He launched the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 and has been working through a three months incubation program that allows selected startups to enjoy mentorship and funding that is meant to usher them into the complex world of business.
He quit being a banker to venture into business and entrepreneurship and it seems his ideas have worked in favor of his expectations. The success Mike Baur has earned all along is as a result of the great support he has received from other successful professionals in the industry.
Although many entrepreneurs come with smart ideas, they lack special skills that can help them to develop their ideas into sustainable businesses. Many of those who fail to get the support of experts fail just few months into inception. These are some of the things the Swiss Startup Factory is working to eliminate by availing experts to support the young entrepreneurs through advice and guidance. To enhance the effectiveness of the program, the Swiss Startup Factory has also partnered with universities across the country to ensure there is sufficient supply of the needed materials. The business development support is handled in the accelerator phase of the incubation program.
Access to funding
Once the idea is verified to be unique and capable of expanding to offer great results, those who lack the funds to push the business to the next level are presented before investors, who also happen to be professionals capable of offering advice about the management of the business. The entrepreneur pitches and if the idea is selected, they are offered funding to run the business through its inception. The Swiss Startup Factory is availing many tools and openings for young entrepreneurs to make their ideas a reality.
Post accelerator support
The post accelerator support is offered after the three months incubation period elapses. This is necessary to ensure all the ideas that were shared during the incubation phase are included in the running of the company. Additionally, the entrepreneur may not be in a position to implement a perfect strategy, so professional support is needed to correct some mistakes before they escalate to disaster.