Small Business Saturday 2017

Small Business Saturday is a week away. In case you don't know what that is, it was founded by American Express in 2010, as an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small retail stores and shops in communities across the country. Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday 2017 is November 25, and the Indie … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday with Soude Haiti

Several months ago, I announced the Indie Business Network's collaboration with 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. In Episode 49 of the Indie Business Podcast, I introduced you to Soude Haiti co-founder Ronda Porter-Altema who shared how Soude Haiti supports self … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Live Recap: November 2017: Nashville

Masker Mastermind Live: Nashville: Emerge was fun and fulfilling! Attendees from Tennessee and as far away as Missouri and New Jersey joined me two days of Masterminding, goal setting, business planning, Maker shopping, and fun. For those who don't know, I host Maker Mastermind Live in multiple cities annually to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs STOP MAKING STUFF and START MAKING MONEY. You … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (November 2017: Episode 1)

Indie Business Network members inspire me daily. On days when I just don't feel like doing another single thing, I can go into our member Facebook group and get enthusiasm for life breathed right back into me. One of the reasons is that, each week, IBN members share the amazing things they are doing with each other. Their tenacity never ceases to amaze me, and the products they produce just … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Judge Jade Huang: A Focus on Healthy Beauty

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Recently, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik. Today, I'm pleased to announce Jade Huang. Jade blogs at Nephriticus, a super fun and … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 61: D’Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 61 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to D'Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company in Raeford, North Carolina. D'Shawn, a teacher by trade, started making candles as appreciation gifts for her co-workers. Everyone raved about them, so she started selling them at the local farmer's market and craft shows. After teaching for 20 … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2018 Storyteller: Sandy Engels: Enter Your Market with Courage and Confidence

Recently, I shared that The Storytellers is the theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018 to Ixtapa, Mexico. Today, I'm excited to begin a series of posts to introduce you to the five marvelous Storytellers we have selected to share with you on our upcoming retreat for Makers and Creatives like you. Join me in welcoming Sandy Engels of The Purple Sage outside New Orleans, Louisiana, as we prepare … [Read more...]

Veracity Insurance Solutions is the Presenting Sponsor for Maker Mastermind Live!

As you may know, I am hosting the Maker Mastermind Live Experience next month in Nashville. As you may also know, the Indie Business Network has a long-standing and successful collaborative relationship with Veracity Insurance Solutions, to provide affordable and accessible product liability insurance to our members. If you know how sponsorships work, you know that a sponsor provides … [Read more...]

Soar: Build Your Vision From The Ground Up

Recently, the pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick, interviewed Bishop TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, during a special church service. The interview touched upon many critical areas of entrepreneurship, and I wanted to share it with you. I know you may not have time to watch the entire interview, so I summarized some of the key points for you … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Judge Patrice Grell Yursik: A Passion for Indie Entrepreneurs

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Entries close on October 30, so there is still some time to enter. This article shares three things you need to know about our Influencer Judge Patrice Grell Yursik, so you can get an idea of what matters to her and how excited she is to learn about your products. … [Read more...]