Laura McCamy is a freelance writer based in Oakland, California. She writes about small business, real estate, and development. An avid urban bike rider, she also loves to cover bicycling, urban planning, and the intersection of bicycles and business. Follow her on Twitter @lmcwords.
on August 21, 2014
The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), through its affiliation with the Portland, Oregon, office of international advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, helps startups refine their message, network with other startups, and, ultimately, turn ideas into business…Read » Views: 41
on August 6, 2014
When you have a solid business idea, you sometime need to turn to multiple sources of funding to transform it into a going concern. For the founders of one California business, this even meant pitching their product on reality TV.
“We’ve used pretty m…Read » Views: 340
on June 4, 2014
When successful small-business owners talk about how they got started, they often have one thing in common: mentors. Some have gotten informal support from friends or colleagues, but many more have taken advantage of free and low-cost mentoring through nationa…Read » Views: 273
on May 20, 2014
“Marketing online is all about photography now,” says veteran jeweler Mark Poulin. “I’m selling photographs.”
For the past 20 years, Poulin (pictured) has been selling enamel jewelry featuring whimsical depictions of animals, aliens, and more. About…Read » Views: 255
on April 23, 2014
“As a policymaker, I spent a lot of time on economic development,” says Nancy Nadel, who served on the city council of Oakland, Calif., for 16 years before retiring in 2012. The former politician has since turned her attention to developing a small busines…Read » Views: 203
on April 7, 2014
Artists and serial entrepreneurs Jan and Gary Stephens have long taken pride in their ecological lifestyle. The couple lives “off the grid” outside Willits, Calif., in a passive solar envelope house that’s surrounded by an organic garden.
In the early …Read » Views: 206
on March 3, 2014
It all started seven years ago with a chance meeting on Thanksgiving in an Oakland, Calif., kitchen. Yoko Kumano, who lived in Tokyo at the time, and Kayoko Akabori, who lived in New York City, decided to start a food blog together.
“I knew I wanted to uplo…Read » Views: 213
on February 26, 2014
Suzanne Van Houten of Swans Studios knows a lot about running a beauty business: The self-proclaimed “hair queen” has worked as a stylist and colorist for more than three decades, and she’s owned her own salon at least half of that time.
Van Houten (p…Read » Views: 174