Donna Maria is a Certified Score Entrepreneur Mentor

I am excited to announce that I am now a Certified SCORE Entrepreneur Mentor! The role of entrepreneur mentor is not new to me. I have been an entrepreneur mentor for 21 years, serving thousands upon thousands of Indie Business Network member entrepreneurs since 2000. What is super exciting about the new SCORE designation is…

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Use These 10 Face Oils and Serums to Strut into Fall With Stunning Skin

The days are getting shorter and temps are starting to drop. Fall is nearly here! Don’t wait for subzero temps to prepare your skin for the cooler weather. Now’s the perfect time to autumn-ize your skincare routine so you can rock plump, hydrated, and radiant skin all year long! These 10 makers know a thing…

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Canadian Made: Check Out These 9 Makers Dominating Small Business in Canada

O Canada! The beautiful country is well-known for its majestic scenery, dogmatic hockey obsession, and the sweet kiss of Maple Syrup. At Indie Business Network, we also know Canada for something else: their talented crop of handmade and artisan businesses! We are proud to offer product liability insurance for maker businesses all across North America—and…

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A Supportive Spouse or Partner is Key to Business Success with Jennifer Watt of Jenny the Hemp Goddess – Indie Business Podcast Episode 90

Welcome to Episode 90 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Jennifer Watt of Jenny the Hemp Goddess, in Armada, Michigan. Jenny’s story perfectly illustrates the fact that a supportive spouse or partner is key to business success. Several years ago, Jenny and her family moved to a 10-acre farm and…

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Thank Your Favorite Teachers With These 9 Back-to-School Gifts

Back-to-school season: it’s an exciting time of year! In addition to a stomach full of butterflies, this school year comes along with an extra layer of uncertainty. Constantly contending with the unknown, our favorite teachers deserve a little extra TLC this year! So we’ve put together a round-up of thoughtful gestures that any teacher would…

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Lakisha McMillian of Simply Unique [Indie Stories: Episode 89: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 89 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Lakisha McMillian of Simply Unique, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only is Lakisha leading her business, but she also works full-time and is earning her master’s degree. You’ll enjoy learning about how Lakisha organizes her time for maximum efficiency using…

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Grab a Much-Needed Skincare Pick-Me-Up With These 9 Facial Masks

Pestered by maskne! Exhausted by the bustling back-to-school season! We know you’re in great need of a little you-time—and your skin needs extra attention, too. No “me-moment” is complete without one of beauty’s most indulgent, go-to treats: facial masks. When we say “mask up!” we don’t mean add another cloth covering to your routine. These…

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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, Andre, business is about so much more than money. The brand name itself borrows from Nefertem, the god of beautification in the ancient…

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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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