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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    Former Politician Turns to Sweet Business

    by 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…

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    Going Organic Adds Value to Hand-Printed Clothing Line

    by 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 …

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    How a Duo Turned a Food Blog Into a Niche Retail Business

    by 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…

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    “Hair Queen” Shares Tips for Starting a Beauty Salon

    by 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…

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    Designing a Pop-Up Model for Small-Business Success

    by on February 21, 2014

    Creative entrepreneurs Sarah Filley and Alfonso Dominguez (pictured) had known each other for many years before the day in 2011 when they hatched the idea that would transform a California neighborhood and spark national interest.

    “We literally ran into ea…

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    Career Coach: 4 Lesser-Known Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

    by on February 18, 2014

    Toni Littlestone, owner of Work Vision, has met a lot of entrepreneurs in the past 25 years. As a career coach and counselor, she has worked with hundreds of professionals making job transitions.

    Littlestone can rattle off a long list of traits conducive to s…

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    Futon Store Owner Buys Her Own Cotton Factory and Improves Bottom Line

    by on February 17, 2014

    “You have to absolutely love what you’re doing,” says entrepreneur Terri Treat. The owner of Cotton Cloud Futons in Portland, Ore., is so passionate about her business, she bought the Seattle factory that made the batting for its mattresses, futons, and …

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    5 Tips to Help Artists and Crafters Manage Their Finances

    by on February 3, 2014

    When I started a crafts business 25 years ago, I was focused solely on making art. I didn’t know anything about managing money, and I hoped that the finances would just take care of themselves.

    Over time, I discovered that taking charge of my business’s…

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