7 CBD Bath and Skincare Products From American Artisans

According to a recent report from Happi Magazine, US retail sales of CBD-related products reached $14 billion in 2019, and are expected to climb 18% a year to $33 billion by 2024. The fastest growing segments of retail sales are in edibles and topicals. People use CBD products for a variety of reasons, including reports…

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9 Black-Owned American Artisan Businesses: Part 2

You don’t have to look far for articles like this which point out that black-owned businesses are closing at twice the rate of the national average. Add the fact that the federal government’s efforts to help through the Payroll Protection Plan and the  Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program have been boons for big businesses for…

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Laura Luther of Olive My Skin [Indie Stories: Episode 77: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 77 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Laura Luther of Olive My Skin, in Oxford, Connecticut. Laura first owned the Southbury Soap & Candle bath and body business business nearly 20 years ago. After closing down following a challenging divorce, Laura launched Olive My Skin in 2012, and…

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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts From American Artisans

Every day should be Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? If you love someone, you should not be waiting until February 14 every year to tell them so. Having said that, it is fun to have a special day set aside for the specific purpose of me getting at least a dozen roses. I’m all for…

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Recap: Indie Business Retreat: Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Last week, I hosted my 11th annual creative entrepreneur business retreat. Formerly known as Indie Cruise, Indie Business Retreat 2021 was huge fun and a super success. This post provides an overview of our activities and shares pictures of some of the entrepreneurial fun we had. One of the things that made this retreat different…

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9 Black-Owned American Artisan Businesses

As a black business owner, I celebrate being black all the time. Whether or not it’s Black History Month, I still celebrate. But today, I’m excited to publish this post celebrating some of our black Indie Business members who are killing it and dragging it home. These entrepreneurs are beautiful and talented, and they make…

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Indie Business 2021 Member Badges Are Here!

Let Your Customers, Clients, Members and Colleagues Know That Your Indie Business Membership is Current! The new 2021 Indie Business member badges are here, this year with a twist because we now have two new membership tiers, one of which includes access to a coordinating member badge! Our new member badges also display our new…

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Announcing Two New Indie Business Membership Tiers!

If you’ve already heard the exciting news and are ready to join Indie Business now, then join here! I am thrilled to reveal that we have launched two new tiers of Indie Business membership. As you may know, we celebrated Indie Business’s 20th anniversary last year. As pioneers in the world of membership-based business models,…

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7 Veteran-Owned American Maker Businesses

According to a 2017 report from the Small Business Administration, veteran-owned businesses account for nearly 10% of all businesses in the United States. No wonder there has been a marked increase in the number of programs available to help military veterans launch and manage their own businesses. I think this is a wonderful thing! This…

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9 Cleaning Products From American Artisans

Can a home ever be too clean? Of course not. But especially during this run with COVID-19, chances are you’re paying more attention to things like cleaning frequency and the ingredients contained in the cleaning products you use in your home. Since it’s likely that you are using more cleaning products than ever as we…

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New Indie Business Logo

All the Indie Business Love, Wrapped in a New Design I have been waiting several months, and the big day is finally here. Not only is it New Year’s Day, but it’s also the day when we welcome a fresh new logo to Indie Business. We want you to be the first to know. I…

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Indie Business: 2020 Year In Review

When I first heard grumblings last last year about a severe flu overseas, I hardly gave it a second thought. After all, here in the US, we often enjoy the privilege of learning about illnesses that affect people in other countries but have relatively minimal impact here. Ebola and Swine flu come immediately to mind.…

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Book Review: 90 Days to C.E.O.

For the November 2020 edition of the Indie Business Book Club, we read 90 Days to C.E.O. by Rochelle Graham-Campbell. This book is combination of engaging storytelling and entrepreneurial tips that is especially useful if you need a CEO mindset adjustment where your business is concerned. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club,…

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January 2021 Indie Business Book Club: The Miracle Morning

I am pleased to announce the January 2021 Indie Business Book Club pick: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod. This is not a new book, but it is definitely a timely oldie but goodie. If you’re not familiar with the Indie Business Book Club, you…

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10 Mint-Inspired Products From American Artisans

Peppermint is a very useful herb. Among other things, it is said to ease digestion, minimize gas and bloating, relieve tension and migraine headaches, and even improve your sleep. Personally, I’ve never tried it for any of those things, but I do know that when I sniff peppermint, my energy level spikes and I perk…

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9 Men’s Grooming Products From American Artisans

I recently read that the market for men’s grooming products is expected to nearly double from what it was in 2017, to a whopping $78.6 billion by 2023. It’s hard to believe, especially considering that just a decade ago, men seemed content to repurpose whatever their female friends and partners were using. Those days are…

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Indie Business Retreat: Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I am excited to announce Indie Business Retreat: Getaway: Pelican Grand Beach Resort: January 24 – 27, 2021! If you already know you are ready to register, do so here. (Deposits are due now.) Why Retreat Now? Good question. And it’s the middle of a pandemic, so I am glad you asked. Here’s why. Because…

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Class: Infuse Crystals Into Your Products

Crystals are a big, hot commodity right now. Not every trend should be jumped on, but crystals are a definite because they aren’t just trendy. They add significant value and they are here to stay! And if you are considering adding crystals to your product line, you want to do it right, yes? What you…

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10 Limited Edition Holiday Products from American Artisans

There is nothing wrong with predictability in a product line. Consistency is great, and we all love to be surrounded by the things we love all the time, and over and over again. But the occasional “one time only” is also a great thing, and this time of year, artisans nationwide create products that are…

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Ciara Fritsch of Pure Body Nantucket [Indie Stories: Episode 76: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 76 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Indie Story introduces you to Ciara Fritsch, of Pure Body Nantucket, in Nantucket, Massachusetts. A native of Ireland, Ciara arrived in America in 1994 and settled in Nantucket where she met her husband. While she helps him manage an antique store on the island, her…

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