Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network and the Lead Mentor at the Maker Mastermind Business Incubator.

Shop Local at Artisan-Owned Brick and Mortar Stores, Spas and Salons

If you believe traditional media reports, you may think that COVID-19 is killing off retail everywhere. If you believe that’s true, you are sadly mistaken. Traditional media reports are rarely well informed when it comes to independent businesses owned by American Makers. Lucky for you, the Indie Business Network knows all about this topic, and…

Stop Summertime Stink with Deodorants from Artisans Nationwide

You need deodorant all year, but summertime stink can be especially stubborn and offensive. Not only that, if you buy traditional deodorants from mass market manufacturers, you’re likely to end up with unexciting fragrance options like “powder fresh” and “rain.” Can you scream “BORING?!” I asked our IBN members (who are never ever boring) for…

The New Website for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

I am thrilled to announce the launch of IBN’s newly designed website at for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs at www.IndieBusinessNetwork.com. After months of copy writing (and re-writing), thousands backend technical updates (some still happening!), and a few hundred hours of hemming and hawing, I am finally delighted to officially open our newly updated virtual doors…