Authentic Leadership for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

This past weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at the last ever Central Soapers Workshop. Hosted by our member, Kenna Cote of Modern Soapmaking, the event was huge fun, and filled with people who are so happy to be earning a living making and selling the handmade products their customers love. I received super…

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Indie Business Tips Round Up [Video]: March 16-20, 2015

Iam having a great week of traveling. After a wonderful Mastermind meeting on the west coast on Monday, I flew to Kansas City Tuesday to join soapmakers for the last Central Soapers Workshop. Today, I was honored to speak on the topic of leadership, and tomorrow, I’ll speak on the topic of content creation for…

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The March 2015 Coaching Call is Today!

In case you didn’t know, one of the most fun things we do here at the Indie Business Network is engage in peer-to-peer mentoring. It’s an incredible way to learn. I love gurus and experts, and we hob knob with them all the time too, but the richest experiences happen when our members uplift and…

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Season 2, Episode 10: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Melinda Emerson [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this tenth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my friend and your Small Biz Lady, Melinda Emerson. Melinda is the author of Become Your Own Boss in Twelve Months, and the host of the weekly Twitter talk…

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Indie Business Tips Round Up [Video]: March 8-12, 2015

What a super week it was! If you missed this week’s podcast inspired by a discussion about competition in our private member group, you can get it here. But what I’m really excited to share today is my new video series: #IndieBusinessTips! #IndieBusiness Tips are 15-second videos that originate on Instagram. Instagram has a 15-second…

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See You at Central Soapers in Kansas City!

A am excited to be speaking at the Central Soapers Workshop in Kansas City in a few weeks. I am especially honored to speak since Kenna Cote, the event host, has announced that this will be the final year for Central Soapers. The event will take place March 20 to 22 at the Residence Inn…

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Season 2, Episode 9: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Donna Maria [Podcast]

Arecent popular thread in the very awesome Indie Business Network Member Secret Forum deals with the issue of “competition.” Among other things, the conversation consists of members encouraging each other and sharing how they approach the very important issue of participating in a competitive market place — which we all are. In a nutshell, it…

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Season 2, Episode 8: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Diane Humke [Podcast]

I was fighting a severe cold during this interview, and we had some audio difficulties, but I wanted you to meet Diane as soon as possible so you could have the benefit of her experience right away! Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eighth episode of our Women,…

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Season 2, Episode 7: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Anne-Marie Faiola [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this seventh episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry in Bellingham, Washington … and boy, are you in for a treat. Anne-Marie is one of the most evolved entrepreneurs I know. She has…

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Welcome to Indie Business TV!

I launched Indie Business TV way back in 2007 when online video was in its infancy and I didn’t know what I was doing and YouTube was only two years old. Fast forward to today, and I am excited to re-launch Indie Business TV at a brand new channel on YouTube. You can subscribe here.…

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Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs Launches

Yesterday, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs (COHE) launched. Designed to support small businesses in the soap and cosmetic industry, COHE makes it easy for small businesses and the public in general stay up to participate in the legislative process. Among other things, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs features a News Page that makes it easy…

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A 5-Step Approach to a Solid Business

This morning, I had the pleasure of hosting my friend, Melinda Emerson, at the Urban League of the Central Carolinas for a morning of small business networking and learning. You may know Melinda as “Small Biz Lady,” the one who hosts the weekly #SmallBizChat. Here we are cheesing a bit before Melinda took the stage.…

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The February 2015 Coaching Call is Today!

Our member coaching call is coming up later today, and if you’re a member, you need to be there to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs who want to accelerate their growth both personally and professionally. Over the years, I have found that many entrepreneurs, especially newer ones, are afraid to speak up and ask questions. This…

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Donna Maria to Keynote the 2015 Tennessee Soap and Candle Social

I am doing more traveling than ever these days, especially now that my children are a bit older and I personally feel more comfortable being away from home more. One event I am especially excited about is the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social coming up February 28 to March 2 at Paris Landing State Park…

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Season 2, Episode 6: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Wardee Harmon [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this sixth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest Wardee Harmon of Traditional Cooking School in Sutherlin, Oregon. Wardee and I met online four years ago when I contacted her out of the blue to ask…

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Join Donna Maria and Melinda Emerson, Your Small Biz Lady!

You may not be in Charlotte, North Carolina, like me, but even if you cannot attend this event, I still want yu to know about it, and to know about my friend, Melinda Emerson — also known as Small Biz Lady. Click the image below to print out the flyer. Register here. The Indie Business…

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How to Make Handmade Lip Balm [Video]

We love it when our members use video to tell their stories. If you have a handmade business, you are so lucky that you never have to do much work to create a fun video that can be shared thousands (or maybe millions!) of times during the life of your business. For example, check this…

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Season 2, Episode 5: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Pierre Bennu [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest and dear personal friend, Pierre Bennu, of exittheapple in Baltimore, Maryland. Pierre and I first met in 2010 when he joined me and his lovely wife, Jamyla…

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Telling Your Brand Story Through Video [Video]

Are you telling your brand story? Sure, some storytelling happens by default. You have to have an About page at your website, so people can read about your story there. If you do a trade show, you can tell your story in person. But those are static events. To truly solidify your brand in the…

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Hill Country Haiku: Cranberry and Figs Handmade Soap

Here is a positively beautiful bar of handmade soap. It’s Cranberry & Figs from our member over at Hill Country Haiku in Spicewood, Texas. Not surprisingly, it’s cross between the tartness of of cranberries and the sweetness of figs. What may be surprising is what a work of art it is. How gorgeous is this?…

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Season 2, Episode 4: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Becky McCray [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, we focus on all things local, rural, and small town with my guest Becky McCray of Small Biz Survival in Alva, Oklahoma … population 4,000 (give or take). Becky and her husband own…

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