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.

Announcing the 2016 Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

I am excited to announce the 2016 Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards! The Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards allows artisans and their customers and clients to nominate and vote in six categories that uniquely reflect the creativity and innovative spirit of the artisan entrepreneur: • artisan product(s) • product photography • Instagram imagery…

Maker Mastermind Live Recap: November 2016: San Francisco

To register or request Maker Mastermind Live in your city, click here. Masker Mastermind San Francisco was fantastic! Twenty engaged and determined creative entrepreneurs joined together for two days of Masterminding, goal setting and fun. After I delivered a presentation designed to help everyone plan their businesses for long term success, we piled into several…

Indie Business Book Club November

November-December 2016 Indie Business Book Club: Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

I am pleased to announce the November-December 2016 Indie Business Book Club pick: Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. Click here to join the club for free on Facebook. If you’re not familiar with Indie Business Book Club, click here to…

Episode 49: Ronda Porter-Altema of Soude Haiti [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 49 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Ronda Porter-Altema of Soude Haiti, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the people of Haiti build self-sustaining businesses and become more economically empowered. I recorded this interview just a few short days after Hurricane Matthew left a path…

Senate Hearing Set for Thursday: Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety

On Thursday (tomorrow, September 22, 2016), the The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing at 10am EST. The topic of the hearing is Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety. You can watch the hearing live at this link. If you are a member of the Indie Business Network,…

Episode 48: Toushonta Hogan of Scent_sa-tional Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Toushonta of Scent_sa-tional Soaps in Los Angeles, CA. As you’ll hear on this episode, Toushonta has had two phases of her business. The first was a warmup phase, which ended when she worked through a bit of an entrepreneurial…

Episode 47: Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 47 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans outside my fabulous hometown of Washington, DC. (Sorry for calling it episode 46 in the podcast recording.) As you’ll hear on this episode, as a former practicing…

Episode 46: How I Put the I-N-D-I-E in the Indie Business Network [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 46 of the Indie Business Podcast! This episode marks a bit of a milestone: it’s the first ever in which I am not interviewing a guest. I am not changing the things permanently. I will continue to bring you the best inspirational stories of Makers around the nation, but I am changing…

Episode 45: Christina Wennstrom: Soap Seas, Redondo Beach, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 45 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Christina Wennstrom of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California. Before we dive in, I want you to know that I recorded this episode at my mother’s dining room table on a day when her alarm malfunctioned and my children…

Episode 44: Khadija Dawn Carryl: Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 44 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Khadija Dawn Carryl of Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland. Khadija launched Henna Sooq 11 years ago when she was the mother of four kids under the age of six. Today, her business has multiple income streams, and she credits a…

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2017 Speaker: La Shonda Tyree: How to Establish Consistent Cash Flow in Your Creative Business

Today, I’m excited to share that La Shonda Tyree will be a speaker on my 7th Annual #IndieCruise Mastermind Retreat at the beautiful Club Med Luxury Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on January 15 – 20, 2017. Our block is sold out at the early bird pricing, but there are some regular…