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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    5 Reasons “Boot Camps” Build Customer Loyalty

    by on September 9, 2014

    When BootCampSF held its first outdoor training sessions in 2001, the idea of paying for six weeks of fitness classes in small groups was a novel alternative to a gym membership. In the years since, boot camp fitness programs have proliferated, particularly in…

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    Cooperative Business Accelerator Builds a Sharing Economy

    by on September 9, 2014

    Uptima Business Bootcamp is a business accelerator with an unusual business structure: It’s a cooperative. Entrepreneurs who go through the training become members of the co-op and have a say in how the training program is run. They will also share in each oth…

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    How One Entrepreneur Is Empowering Youth

    by on September 8, 2014

    Amy Amoroso, jeweler and owner of AnoMalY by Amy in Evanston, Illinois, didn’t plan to teach young people how to run their own businesses. “A woman approached me about seven or eight years ago and said, ‘My daughter would really like to learn to make jewe…

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    SCORE Mentor Fosters Diversity Among Entrepreneurs

    by on August 25, 2014

    Antara Dutta, President of the Delaware chapter of SCORE and a small business owner, doesn’t shy away from a challenge. After leaving the corporate world to open a consulting firm with her husband in 2008, Dutta (pictured) used her corporate experience to rais…

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    Portland Accelerator Helps Startups Grab a Piece of the PIE

    by on August 21, 2014

    The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), through its affiliation with the Portland, Oregon, office of international advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, helps startups refine their message, network with other startups, and, ultimately, turn ideas into business…

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    Innovative Bike Light Company Swims With Sharks and Comes Out a Winner

    by on August 6, 2014

    When you have a solid business idea, you sometime need to turn to multiple sources of funding to transform it into a going concern. For the founders of one California business, this even meant pitching their product on reality TV.

    “We’ve used pretty m…

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    Mentors Give Entrepreneurs a Leg Up in Business

    by on June 4, 2014

    When successful small-business owners talk about how they got started, they often have one thing in common: mentors. Some have gotten informal support from friends or colleagues, but many more have taken advantage of free and low-cost mentoring through nationa…

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    Marketing Tips From an Etsy Power User

    by on May 20, 2014

    “Marketing online is all about photography now,” says veteran jeweler Mark Poulin. “I’m selling photographs.”

    For the past 20 years, Poulin (pictured) has been selling enamel jewelry featuring whimsical depictions of animals, aliens, and more. About…

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