Welcome to the Open Call for Entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards! Last year marked our first in many years of hosting this type of award (meet the 2016 winners here). This year, we are pleased to have a carefully curated panel of influencer judges who will personally experience your products and, in each of 5 categories, score products to vote for winner, second place, and an honorable mention. (We may also have a people's choice award. More about that later.)
You must agree to and comply with the specific Terms & Conditions in order to participate. Entries are open to all artisans in the United States, all US territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix), and Canada).
The deadline to submit your entries and products is Monday, October 30, 2017. Products must be received in our offices as indicated by that date. No exceptions. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for further details.
Why Artisan Products? Why Artisan Product Awards?
The last decade has seen a re-emergence of artisans as an economic force. Not only are they making wonderful products, they are plying their trade on their own terms and creating entirely new lives for themselves based on selling products they make with their own hands.
They do not rely on big box stores to get their products into the hands of consumers. They make a living solely on their skilled craftsmanship and the determination and fortitude required to fully embrace entrepreneurship. They defy the stereotypical statement that entrepreneurship is not for everyone.
Whether you call them Makers, Handmade Entrepreneurs, Artisans or something else, they are not only shaping their own futures, they are shaping the future of their local communities, our nation, and the world. They are redefining the market for consumer products across all areas: personal care, home decor, fashion and accessories, food, fragrance and more.
Artisan Entrepreneurs like you are single-handedly reversing a hundred years of standardized manufacturing practices. By turning away from mass production methods and assembly lines, they are feeding the demands of a market place that is increasingly hungry for customized and niche products that meet both pragmatic and emotional needs.
The Indie Business Network was founded on the principle that no woman would ever have to rely on a third party (human or otherwise) to provide for herself and her children. That vision has come to pass.
As the Indie Business Network approaches its 18th year, now is the time for an award that recognizes artisans for the awesome products they produce that make our lives and the world a better place.
• bath and body (soap, lotion, bath bombs, body butter, etc.)
• color cosmetics (nail polish, foundation, bronzer, eye shadow, etc.)
• skin care products (cleansers, toners, moisturizers, under eye cream, serum, henna products (but not hair care please), etc.)
• lifestyle and home (candles, tarts, room sprays, household cleaners, pottery, wood carvings, etc.)
• food (condiments, cookies, herbal tea, chocolate, etc.)
Submit Your Entry for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year
Use the form below to submit your entry. A separate entry form and entry fee must be received for each product you wish to be considered. Maximum of two entries per person.
You do NOT have to be a member of the Indie Business Network to participate. The influencer judges have agreed not to consider IBN membership in the evaluation process.
The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, October 30, 2017. Entries and products received after this date will not be considered. No exceptions.
The winners will be announced in early December 2017.