Laura McCamy

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.

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    U.S. Department of Commerce Funds HOPE for Small Business Owners

    by on November 19, 2014

    In September, the Economic Development Agency of the U.S. Commerce Department announced it will give more than $2.5 million to the HOPE Inside Small Business Empowerment Initiative (SBEI). The money will go to fund free classes and technical support for small-…

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    Entrepreneurs Find that Social Good Is Good Marketing

    by on November 18, 2014

    Kohl Crecilius, Travis Hartanov, and Stewart Ramsey learned how to crochet in high school and started a business making and selling beanies in their Spokane, Wash., hometown. This was the first incarnation of Krochet Kids. In 2007, the young entrepreneurs foun…

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    6 Ways to Boost Your Online Sales This Holiday Season

    by on November 13, 2014

    Whether you sell solely on the web or supplement your brick-and-mortar store with a virtual one, online sales are increasingly important as more shoppers are avoiding the holiday rush and buying online.

    The first Monday after Thanksgiving, known as Cyber M…

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    Advice from a Restaurateur on Weathering a Minimum Wage Increase

    by on November 4, 2014

    As states and cities around the country enact legislation to increase minimum wages, some small-business owners are bracing themselves. An increase in the minimum wage can have a big impact on the bottom line for food-service businesses in the seven U.S. stat…

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    How One “Tiny But Mighty” Business Made It Big

    by on October 30, 2014

    When “Farmer Gene” Mealhow became a soils consultant after the farm crisis of the1980s hit his family farm hard, one of his first clients was Richard Kelty, whose family had been growing an unusual, heirloom popping corn for over 100 years. In 1999, Mealhow (p…

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    Small Businesses Take Back Black Friday With a Dash of Plaid

    by on October 28, 2014

    In 2009, Kerri Johnson, owner of Marion & Rose’s Workshop in downtown Oakland, Calif., picked up on a growing backlash against Black Friday, the shopping day after Thanksgiving famous for ever-earlier store openings and frenzied crowds…

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    6 Secrets for Successful Family Business Transitions

    by on October 28, 2014

    “I grew up in my family’s business,” says Henry Hutcheson, grandson of the founder of Olan Mills, once the largest portrait studio in the United States. “I worked as a kid growing up there,” he says. “I got to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of f…

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    5 Free Marketing Strategies You Can Use Today

    by on October 24, 2014

    The phrase “marketing budget” may not be part of your vocabulary if you’re just starting out or running your business on a shoestring. A lack of advertising dollars doesn’t mean you have to sit alone in the (virtual) dark, hoping that customers will find…

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