Enjoy your life. Build your business. Have your way.

Launched in 2000 by attorney, award-winning home-based business advocate, and entrepreneur mentor Donna Maria, the Indie Business Network provides entrepreneurial training and coaching to American makers and creative entrepreneurs.

Thousands of hours of organized content, live events, and step-by-step tips to help you grow your business.

From IBN's affordable product liability insurance program, to our weekly live entrepreneur training, to webinars with regulatory officials and small business experts, our members enjoy thousands of hours of carefully curated original content that helps you eliminate distractions. As an IBN member, you'll stop wasting precious time searching for trustworthy advice and wondering what next step to take.

Empowering The American Maker

The Indie Business Network was founded to help you build an online audience of customers and clients who will buy from you over and over again.

Our #1 priority is to help you leverage the amazing products you created to build a buying target audience, a loyal community of fans, and a brand that will serve as the platform for a lifetime of sales opportunities.

You're busy. You are determined. You know that tossing spaghetti at the wall and hoping some of it sticks is not a strategy. You don't have the time to digest a million “how to start a business” blog posts, watch thousands of YouTube videos (most of which are ultimately trying to sell you something), and read business books until your eyes glaze over.

What you need is a Success Path, and you have found one right here.

IBN is a one-stop shop that eliminates distractions and gives you the critical ingredients needed to create strategies that leads to a never-ending stream of sales opportunities. IBN puts the coaching and resources you need in a sequential order you can follow straight to the fulfillment of your business dreams — all organized in one place.

If you're tired of wasting precious time searching for the right advice or wondering what you should do next, then the Indie Business Network is for you!

Meet Our Founder!

Founder + CEO

Donna Maria is an attorney and an award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network. She is the author of “Making Aromatherapy Creams and Lotions,” and the host of the Maker Mastermind a boutique business incubator program exclusively designed to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level.

A maker through and through. 

Donna Maria started over 2 decades ago making soap and turned it into a business. She started with a small retail space and quickly realized that it wasn’t her dream. Her dream was much bigger. She wanted to empower other makers to take their skills and grow a business.

Donna Maria and her work to encourage entrepreneurs has been hailed by Black Enterprise as a “Haven for small business owners.” Her expertise and/or story has been featured in dozens of media outlets including Working Mother Magazine, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, NPR News, ABC World News, Entrepreneur Magazine and more.

Donna Maria was named by Forbes.com as one of the Top 20 Women In The Country Tweeting About Small Business And Entrepreneurship. She is also a winner of the United States Small Business Administration's Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year Award.

Donna Maria is a guest blogger for Small Biz Trends and American Express Open, and is one of the first contributors to Chris Brogan's Owner Magazine. Her mission, both personally and professionally, is, “To empower women to maximize their potential through small business ownership.”

A native of Washington, DC, Donna Maria lives in her adopted hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family.

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