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.

"Don't Let Anybody Paint You Into A Corner," Says Dr. Paula Newsome

This afternoon, I attended the Annual Pride Entrepreneur Education Program (PEEP) Luncheon. PEEP is a non-profit organization devoted to eliminating socio-economic disparities in the African American community by promoting education, financial literacy, attainment of technical skills and entrepreneurship. This video, produced by my company and presented during the luncheon, features the inspirational story of Dr.…

Lots Of Learning Going On At IBN's Private Networking Site

For those of you who don’t know, in addition to teaching and speaking about small business leadership and success, I also lead IBN, a trade organization for manufacturers of health, beauty and lifestyle products. Recently, the business building conversations at IBN’s private networking area have increased considerably. If you haven’t visited for a while, today…

Sunday Soup

it’s that time again, time for Sunday Soup! Tomorrow’s radio show features Deborah Douglas, a CPA and the author of “Ripe: Harevesting the Value of Your Business. Deborah will take your questions and share tips about how to position your growing business to fully realize the rewards of business ownership! Join us at 1:00pm New…

Sunday Soup!

It’s that time again, time for Sunday Soup! We had freezing snow and rain here Friday night, so this is a weekend of hot chocolate and sledding. How’s the weather where you are? You asked some great questions last week and I am here again to answer more. Ask me about social media, leadership, small…

Sunday Soup!

It’s Sunday! That means it’s time for Sunday Soup!! Sunday Soup is a new feature here at my blog where you can post questions in the comments, and I will answer them. Even better, you can answer each other using the Disqus threaded comments! So what do you want to talk about? Being a wife…

3 Steps To More Effective Leadership Of Your Small Business

Last Saturday, I celebrated my 10th year as the leader of the Indie Business Network, a trade organization serving small manufacturers of soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, candles, confectionery items and other health, beauty and lifestyle products. I am thoroughly enjoying serving my members, and I look forward to the next decade and beyond.Unfortunately, too many small…