Indie Business Network 2021 Holiday Gift Guide!

As the founder of the Indie Business Network, nothing brings me greater joy than presenting you with this curated selection of artisan made products from cross the nation. Our members are going all out to make sure you have wonderful local handmade goodness to share with your friends and loved ones this holiday season. Our…

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Make It a Warm and Snuggly Winter With This Cold Weather Survival Guide

Meteorologists are sprinkling the forecast with way more parkas than bikinis—winter is officially in our midst! In the face of subzero temps and icy blizzards, we tend to spend a little bit more time indoors. This guide has everything you need to stay warm and cozy all winter long, from the skincare that defends against…

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These 9 Cheerful Candles Will Light Up Your Day with Joy

Woo hoo! Yippee! Hallelujah! We’re in a stunningly bright mood, and we want you to join us for this feel-good dance party! You might think October is for all things spooky and creepy-crawly, but it also brings a lesser-known occasion—Positive Attitude Month! Whether it’s you that needs the mood boost, a friend, or a family…

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Boo! Get in the Halloween Spirit With These 13 Bewitching Home & Bath Treats

Trick or treat! So, you’ve finished warming your home with cozy autumn accents, and your shopping bag is overflowing with everything pumpkin spice. The only thing left on your fall list? The spookiest day of the year! Halloween is a few weeks away, and we’re showcasing some of the most spook-tacular home and bath products…

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Overcoming Mental Health Challenges Through Entrepreneurship with Lauren Vanscoy of Essence One – Indie Business Podcast Episode 92

According to a 2020 report from the American Psychiatric Association*, 46.6 million Americans (nearly 1 in 5 adults!) live with a mental health condition, depression in particular, and suicide rates are rising. Welcome to Episode 92 of the Indie Business Podcast, where we shine a spotlight on one woman’s mental health challenges, and how the…

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Organic Skincare Line For Sale: Truth ($25K)

From time to time, we receive inquiries from industry participants who are ready to sell their businesses and move onto their next adventure. Today, I am excited to share that an organic skincare line and business is for sale. It’s called Truth®. Let’s hear from founder and CEO Maureen Laniak, pictured at top right in…

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Warm and Cozy Fall Decor Ideas That’ll Make Guests Feel Right at Home

It’s the last week of September, and fall fanatics are anxious to start decorating for their favorite time of year. The changing seasons call for a home-style revamp—one that embraces all things comfy and cozy! Not sure where to start? Don’t stress! This home decor guide has everything you need to welcome friends and family…

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Grow Your Business by Solving People’s Problems with Tiana Coats of Winding Wick Candles – Indie Business Podcast Episode 91

Welcome to Episode 91 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Tiana Coats of Winding Wick Candles, in Garland, Texas. Once upon a time, Tiana considered her position as a pharmacy technician to be her dream job. She eventually grew weary of doing the same thing every day, and began daydreaming…

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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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