There But For The Grace of God Goes Indie

I love doing business with other Indies. That's why I was so glad to find David at the Mail & More franchise location in my new hometown in suburban North Carolina. My office and home are co-located in a rural area and the post office is quite a distance away. Mail & More is two…

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Trade Show Magic

Last week, I delivered the keynote address at the Conference of Handcrafted Soap Makers in St. Louis. While there, I met with Susan Ryhanen of Saipua in New York. Susan (pictured, left, with Sima Dadamiya of Jumana Handmade Products in the United Kingdom) is a member of the Indie Beauty Network and a savvy trade…

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5 Reasons To Be Indie

I – Income. Indie business owners define and generate wealth on their own terms. N – Newsworthy. Indie business owners create “buzz” as they simultaneously pursue their passions, help others and support themselves and their families. D – Destiny. Indie business owners don’t rely on traditional means of income to define, create and control their…

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Vault Episode 1: Pilot Radio Show [Podcast]

The Vault is an archive of my first podcasts so there is a record for you to enjoy. Published on September 21, 2005, this is my (Donna Maria’s) very first podcast episode. It was recorded when the word “podcast” barely existed, and there was very little technology available to record and distribute audio content online.…

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