Introducing Influencer Melinda Emerson: The Master Small Business Networker

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. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, and…

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Introducing Influencer Judge Jennifer Moreau: An Expert in Southern Craft

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. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik and Jade Huang.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Maker Stories: Episode 60: Sierra Zamarripa of Lovewild Design [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 60 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Sierra Zamarripa of Lovewild Design in New York, New York. Sierra grew up in the East Village outside her parents’ antique shop. Her entrepreneurial instincts were first honed by keeping herself busy doing things like offering shoe shine services in…

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Why I Became an Ambassador for Daymond John

Recently, I applied to become an ambassador for Daymond John as he prepares to release his newest book entitled Rise and Grind. I was accepted. I have never done anything like this before, and I applied to do more on a whim than anything else. After I was accepted as an ambassador, I figured I’d…

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Maker Stories: Episode 59: Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 59 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple in Newark, New Jersey. While employed as a professional graphics artist nearly 20 years ago, Dawn received a health diagnosis that caused her to change her life. Along with her diet, she decided…

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Makers on the Move (October 2017: Episode 1)

Indie Business Network members are a living, breathing representation of what is right and good about business these days. They are authentic and transparent about what they offer. They have amazing stories. They are never shy about sharing their passion for what they do. In a world where products (and services too!) have become commoditized…

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Maker Stories: Episode 58: Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 58 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa in Greenwich, Connecticut. Lisa has 9 certifications in the natural arts arena, and her Connecticut-based offices provide in-person services to help women achieve and maintain health from the inside out. Lisa’s product business is…

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How to Fix Your Business, with Melinda Emerson

Recently, I served as a speaker at Melinda Emerson’s Reinvention Weekend. The photo here was taken at the cocktail reception the night before the start of the conference. My topic as a speaker was How to Launch and Grow a Product-Based Business. At Reinvention Weekend, Melinda, also known as Small Biz Lady, delivered a great…

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Announcing the Theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018: The Storytellers

I am excited to announce the theme for Indie Cruise 2018. For those who don’t know, Indie Cruise is the signature retreat for Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs. If you already know you want to join us, you can register for Indie Cruise 2018 now by clicking here. If you have any questions before registering, call…

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