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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    How Much Is Your Startup Worth?

    by on April 17, 2015

    Whether you’ve invented an app that will change the world or you run a mom-and-pop store, there is value in your business. Hernando Gomez, a director with the valuation group of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC, helps small business owners assess …

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    Bread Company Bakes in Second Chances for Former Inmates

    by on April 10, 2015

    Brothers Dave and Glenn Dahl and Glenn’s son Shobi introduced Dave’s Killer Bread to Portland, Ore. farmer’s markets in 2005. “It was an instant success,” says company CEO John Tucker. The bread, which Tucker describes as having “killer taste and …

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    3 Red Flags That May Trigger an IRS Audit of Your Small Business

    by on April 9, 2015

    You can’t avoid death or taxes — but you may be able to avoid a tax audit, according to Scott F. Berger, tax and entrepreneurial services principal at Kaufman Rossin, who has represented businesses in IRS audits for 25 years. Although he acknowledges th…

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    Recycling-Focused Entrepreneur Is No Dummy

    by on April 7, 2015

    “It’s amazing to me how many people need a mannequin,” says Judi Henderson, the founder and owner of Mannequin Madness, which rents and sells new and used mannequins to small stores, museums, private individuals, and others. The business is r…

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    4 Ways to Develop and Maintain a Clear Vision for Your Business

    by on April 1, 2015

    For 20 years, Ed Basler (pictured) has been the CEO of EJ Basler Company, the precision machining company his father founded. As the president of Fresh Eyes Coaching, he advises other small business owners as well. He’s parlayed his experience into the book Th…

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    After the Startup: 5 Tips for Staying in Business

    by on March 25, 2015

    Randy Nelson (pictured) has started and sold two successful businesses and is currently the CEO of Gold Dolphins, LLC, which provides coaching for entrepreneurial leaders and CEOs. But his first job out of college was on a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy. B…

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    Former Refugee Uses Startup to Fund Foundation

    by on March 23, 2015

    Sunchea Phou was born in Cambodia in 1977, during that country’s civil war. “At the age of one, I lost my father and one of my brothers,” she recalls. Her first memory is the death of another brother and “seeing [my mother] crying out her heart.” She s…

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    Don’t Let Zombies Eat Your Business: 6 Tips for Online Safety

    by on March 17, 2015

    IT consultant Max Nomad found out about internet attacks the hard way: “In 2007 my own website got hacked and trashed by a zombie botnet.” A zombie, in internet terms, is a computer or server infected with malware that allows an outside party to tak…

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