Brittany Hogan of Nefertem Holistic Skincare [Indie Stories: Episode 88: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 88 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Brittany Hogan of Nefertem Holistic Skincare, in Park Forest, Illinois. For Nefertem co-founders Brittany and her husband, business is about so much more than money. The brand name itself borrows from Nefertem, the god of beautification in the ancient culture…

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Rhonda Walters of RareGlo [Indie Stories: Episode 87: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 87 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Rhonda Walters of RareGlo, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Rhonda has been in the beauty business for over 40 years. She is a cosmetologist, a hair stylist, a salon owner, and a cosmetics formulator. And a mom and a long distance runner.…

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Discover a Delicious Self-Care Routine with these 9 Watermelon Products

Ahh…the fresh tastes and scents of summer! It’s that time of year to chow down on the season’s most mouth-watering fruit—watermelon! It’s such a sweet treat that it earned its very own day of celebration. You heard right; August 3rd is National Watermelon Day! It turns out watermelon touts more than a crisp and delicious…

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Say No to Plastics With These 10 Plastic-Free Products

It’s Plastic Free July! This global movement holds a special place in the heart of planet-loving activists. It’s a time of year that urges all of us to take a second look at our consumption habits and find fresh ways to swap out wasteful, single-use packaging for more eco-friendly alternatives. While Plastic Free July lasts…

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Christie Krasteva of CEVARI [Indie Stories: Episode 86: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 86 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Christie Krasteva of CEVARI, in Charlotte, North Carolina. A self-described “nature girl,” Christie grew up surrounded by all types of entrepreneurs including farmers, auto body shop owners, construction engineers, charter boat owners, horticulturists and more. Having been exposed to entrepreneurship…

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Rock Out With These 10 Music-Inspired Candles and Scents

There are so many things to love about summer…the food, the friends, and the music. Summer months are known for the biggest chart-topping jams that put a smile on our faces and a pep in our step. When it’s time to move and groove to the music, the right candle or scent is the perfect…

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10 Pink Products That Will Knock The Socks Off Anyone Who Loves Pink

Lovers of rose and blush tones are in luck this month—the calendar mavens have declared June 23rd as National Pink Day! Plus, this year, it lands on a Wednesday, and any true pink fan knows what that means…”On Wednesdays, we wear pink!” We know that true pink fans don’t need to be told when to…

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Seriously Consider a Membership Business Model

Have you ever thought adding a membership component to your current business model? If you’re like most of our members, you probably have. But even if you haven’t I strongly urge you to seriously consider it. The membership business model has done more for me personally and professionally than I could have ever imagined. It…

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Father’s Day Gift Guide—12 Of The Best Gifts to Celebrate Dad

Sunday, June 20th, marks a special date on the calendar for celebrating dads, grandpas, uncles, and other awesome dudes in your life. You handle the hugs. You plan the adventurous (or relaxing!) day. We’ll take care of the gifts that’ll score big points with your pops! Think it’s just another year of neckties and patterned…

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Add These 10 Bookish Candles and Scents to Your Summer Reading List

Calling all lovers of literature! Book critics and bloggers are already buzzing about this summer’s most anticipated reads. Whether you’re jet-setting to a tropical oasis or staying in for an afternoon on the patio, a good book is an absolute must-have. Your imagination is ready to set sail for new worlds—and the right candle or…

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Wow Your Summer Guests with these 9 Home Decor Ideas from American Makers

Move over holidays: long, warm, and sunny evenings make summer the choice season for get-togethers!  With the right essentials in place, setting up the perfect summer gathering doesn’t need to be stressful. Get ready to step into the new season—this style guide has everything you need to get your home ready for a summer to…

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Summer Shopping Guide—10 Beauty Essentials for Fun in the Sun

Who’s ready for SUMMER? Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the year’s sunniest season. Celebrated on the final Monday of May, it’s a special day to commemorate our veterans and their utmost sacrifice for our nation’s freedom. With the change of seasons comes backyard BBQs, lazy days by the pool, and sun-splashed activities like swimming,…

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Christine Mineart of Sent Nudes [Indie Stories: Episode 85: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 85 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Christine Mineart of Sent Nudes, in Oakland, California. Shortly before the pandemic lockdowns, Christine and her friends decided to create a day centered around making their own perfumes and then visiting a local perfume museum. They ordered all of the…

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Book Your Ticket to Paradise with These 9 Tropical Beauty Products

The weather is warm and the ocean is a’sparkle—the summertime vibes are seriously activating our sense of wanderlust! If you have already claimed your spot on Indie Business Retreat 2022 in the Dominican Republic, you’ll be in paradise soon enough. (You can still register to join us!) But until then, if you are daydreaming about the…

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9 Irresistible Handcrafted Fragrances You Can Wear This Spring and Summer

The sun is shining, flowers are in bloom, and relaxed (and vaxed!) quarantine measures mean we’re raring to reconnect with old friends and our favorite family members. The siren call of the outdoors is thunderous! Fortunately, these Indies will help you with perfumes, eau de parfums, colognes, and other personal fragrances so you can emerge…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide—12 Thoughtful Gifts You Can Buy Now

“Siri, what day is Mother’s Day?” If she told you Sunday, May 9th, she couldn’t be more wrong — because, as we all know, EVERY DAY is Mother’s Day! But the month of May does bring a special date on the calendar where we can shower mom, grandma, auntie, a BFF and all of our…

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9 American Makers That Give Back to Earth-Friendly Charities

It’s almost Earth Day! It’s no secret that shoppers in 2021 are superfans of companies that give back. In fact, studies show that nearly three-quarters of Americans consider a brand’s charitable contributions when making a purchase. Consumers are clamoring to buy from brands that support the planet, but with our Indies, it’s more than a…

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Patty Liu of Free Flow Botanicals [Indie Stories: Episode 84: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 84 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Patty Liu of Free Flow Botanicals, in Santa Cruz, California. As an educated herbalist and product formulator, Patty believes in offering a product line that helps people tend to their bodies from the inside out. In addition to a line…

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9 Clever Ways American Makers Use Recycled and Upcycled Materials

Reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle! For many everyday citizens, “out of sight, out of mind” is good enough for discarded materials. But not for these magician-level makers! Our Indies are pros at transforming something old into something stunning and new! Not only are they experts at repurposing materials, but many of them give you the…

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QCity Metro Presents: Donna Maria’s 5 Phases of Entrepreneurship

Join me on Thursday, April 15 at 6pm ET for a lively entrepreneurial discussion hosted by QCity Metro editor and publisher Glenn Burkins. During informative event, Glenn will interview me about my signature five phases of entrepreneurship: The Indie Method. The event is free, and you can register here. Join Glenn and I as we…

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Sara Jennetten of Blank Mason [Indie Stories: Episode 83: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 83 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Sara Jennetten of Blank Mason, in Park Ridge, Illinois. With a newly proposed lease in her hand, Sara literally started her business the month the pandemic hit. She made an impressively quick pivot to the Internet and has not looked…

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