Donna Maria is an entrepreneur mentor, the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, and the host of the Indie Business Podcast and the Indie Business Retreat. She has been recognized as one of the most trusted voices for Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs. Her coaching and consulting enterprise trains thousands of new and evolving entrepreneurs every day.

Introducing Influencer Judge Jade Huang: A Focus on Healthy Beauty

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I’d like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Recently, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik. Today, I’m pleased to announce…

Maker Stories: Episode 61: D’Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 61 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to D’Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company in Raeford, North Carolina. D’Shawn, a teacher by trade, started making candles as appreciation gifts for her co-workers. Everyone raved about them, so she started selling them at the local farmer’s market and…

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2018 Storyteller: Sandy Engels: Enter Your Market with Courage and Confidence

Recently, I shared that The Storytellers is the theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018 to Ixtapa, Mexico. Today, I’m excited to begin a series of posts to introduce you to the five marvelous Storytellers we have selected to share with you on our upcoming retreat for Makers and Creatives like you. Join me in welcoming…

Veracity Insurance Solutions is the Presenting Sponsor for Maker Mastermind Live!

As you may know, I am hosting the Maker Mastermind Live Experience next month in Nashville. As you may also know, the Indie Business Network has a long-standing and successful collaborative relationship with Veracity Insurance Solutions, to provide affordable and accessible product liability insurance to our members. If you know how sponsorships work, you know…

Maker Stories: Episode 60: Sierra Zamarripa of Lovewild Design [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 60 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Sierra Zamarripa of Lovewild Design in New York, New York. Sierra grew up in the East Village outside her parents’ antique shop. Her entrepreneurial instincts were first honed by keeping herself busy doing things like offering shoe shine services in…

Maker Stories: Episode 59: Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 59 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple in Newark, New Jersey. While employed as a professional graphics artist nearly 20 years ago, Dawn received a health diagnosis that caused her to change her life. Along with her diet, she decided…

Maker Stories: Episode 58: Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 58 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa in Greenwich, Connecticut. Lisa has 9 certifications in the natural arts arena, and her Connecticut-based offices provide in-person services to help women achieve and maintain health from the inside out. Lisa’s product business is…

Episode 57: Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 57 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps in Colfax, California. Danielle started her business five years ago when she became restless at her job at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Restless though she was, she’s the first to acknowledged that the…

Episode 56: Hassan Sayyed of Haus Urban and Creative Hustle Podcast [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 56 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Hassan Sayyed of Haus Urban and Creative Hustle Podcast. As you listen to Hassan share his story, it’s easy to see how he is a natural fit for a career in the performing arts. You’ll also get the sense…