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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    Attorney Adopts Unusual Practice Model to Serve Elderly Clients

    by on April 28, 2015

    “When I first started my elder law practice in 2000, I was emulating others and doing what they did,” says Jerold E. Rothkoff, managing attorney of the Rothkoff Law Group in New Jersey. By 2005, he was ready for a change, so he adopted an emerging practice…

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    4 Tips for Decluttering Your Small Business

    by on April 27, 2015

    From bank statements to receipts to flyers and catalogs, it seems like the stream of documents entering our lives seems endless. In the age of online storage, small businesses wrestle with digital clutter as well as paper. For busy entrepreneurs, separating i…

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    One Man’s Journey from Garage Inventor to “Dadpreneur”

    by on April 23, 2015

    “I’m a serial inventor,” says Martin Hill. “I’ve got a garage full of stuff I’ve made over the years just to make my life better.” When his second child was born, he created a baby bottle holder he could wear over his shoulder for hands-free feed…

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    Food Entrepreneur Sells Her Startup to Grow Her Brand

    by on April 21, 2015

    “I’m a teacher by heart, an entrepreneur by circumstance,” says Natalie Susi, founder of Bare Organic Cocktail Mixers. She transformed a side business making Italian ices into a startup selling natural, low-calorie cocktail mixers during the recession. T…

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    How to Avoid Financial Blunders: 5 Steps to Financial Literacy

    by on April 20, 2015

    “Small-business owners are like fighter pilots,” says Jim Chilton, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA). “They take much more risk than other people.” SOFA offers free training in financial literacy for individuals an…

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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 the …

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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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