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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    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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  • Plaid Friday vendor, Curbside Creamery-she went on to open a permanent storefront in Oakland, 2013, image Josh Farr

    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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    Produce Delivery Business Grows From a Mother’s Love

    by on October 23, 2014

    At age 27, Ashley Tyrner was pregnant and living back at home with her mother after her marriage had fallen apart. “I ended up on government welfare and government insurance,” Tyrner says of this low point in her life.

    The future entrepreneur didn’t l…

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    5 Ways to Improve Damaged Business Credit

    by on October 16, 2014

    You may not be aware of it, but your business has its own credit score, one that’s distinct from your personal credit score. If you need to apply for a business loan or line of credit, bad business credit scores can lead to higher interest rates, increasing th…

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  • Glenda Barnhart and Clay Wagers

    Bike Shop Finds Opportunities in Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods

    by on October 16, 2014

    Most entrepreneurs want to see their small businesses grow, but expanding too quickly or in the wrong direction can be the death knell of an otherwise promising business. Glenda Barnhart and Clay Wagers (pictured), owners of Bay Area Bikes in Oakland, Californ…

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