Introducing My Maker Box, Powered by Indie Business Network

American manufacturing is not dead. It’s alive and well, and living here at the Indie Business Network. Need some proof? Today, we launched My Maker Box, an exclusive, hand-curated box of Handmade In America products. My Maker Box is a monthly subscription box For Makers, By Makers, and contains products created by Makers and Handmade…


Start Your Handmade Business on the Right Foot

If you have read this blog for a while, you know that I don’t spend a lot of time tooting my horn, or even IBN’s horn. I much prefer to toot IBN members’ horns, and I do that very well. But no matter how much or how little tooting I do, the truth is that…


donna maria and pamela jenkins of koils by nature

I Had Fun at International Natural Hair Meetup Day!

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Washington, DC. I had such a fun time learning more about how to manage natural hair, especially my daughter’s, and enjoyed meeting tons of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs from the DC area. The nation’s capitol is my hometown, so I was…


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#MakerShine: Pam Rodgers of Paint Box Polish in Richmond, Indiana

One of the best ways for you to be inspired in your business is to learn from the insights and experiences of others. When you see someone else using a business to define success on their own terms, you can’t help but want to have a similar experience. Today’s featured Indie Business Network member uses…


Check Me Out On the Launch Grow Joy Podcast!

I am thrilled to share that I am a guest on Andreea Ayers’s Launch Grow Joy Podcast! For those who don’t know, Andreea is the founder of Launch Grow Joy, a Colorado-based business that helps people launch and grow their product lines. Her podcast features successful entrepreneurs with a consumer product line and the marketing…


I’m Speaking At International Hair Meetup Day in Washington, DC!

Here’s a great chance for us to meet while I’m in DC this weekend! I’m delighted to announce that I am speaking at the International Hair Meetup Day outside my hometown of Washington, DC. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a link to buy your tickets to the event, and to enter to…


Handmade Entrepreneurs Making It Happen at Maryland’s Boonsboro Green Fest

One of the most rewarding things about leading the Indie Business Network is serving handmade entrepreneurs who know how to support and encourage each other’s dreams. It melted my heart when I received emails over the weekend from some of our members who sold their handmade products at the 6th Annual Boonsboro Green Fest in…


Throwback Thursday: A Maker Documentary Trailer

Several years ago, I got an idea to create a documentary of sorts to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurial MAKERS nationwide. I sent my husband business partner out to gather B-roll and photographs of members who were making waves in their local communities. Here is the result. As you can see, it’s a kind of…


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Indie Business Network Members at Unique LA!

If I didn’t have to deliver the keynote at this weekend’s Tennessee Soap and Candle Gathering in Nashville, I would probably be at Unique LA with hundreds of Makers from around the nation, including several of our Indie Business Network members. In this post, I’m going to let you know who they are so you…


warren brown on indie business podcast

#IBP015: A Bit About the Baking Business, with Warren Brown of Cakelove

This is one of the preliminary episodes of the newly re-launched Indie Business Podcast. To stream or download more recent episodes of the podcast at this blog, click here or you can download it on iTunes. Thank you for visiting! If you are a foodie of any kind, chances are good you have considered turning…


opening day at the matthews farmer's market

Opening Day at the Farmer’s Market

This month, all across America, Indie Business Network members are heading into the spring season at the local farmer’s market. I just returned from opening day at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market near Charlotte, North Carolina. It was pouring down rain, but on the bright side, nothing sold out, even though I didn’t arrive until…


shama kabani on indie business podcast

IBP#014: Strategic Ways to Approach and Use Social Media [Podcast]

Editor’s Note: Shama Kabani changed her surname to Hyder after getting married and now goes by Shama Hyder. I‘m thrilled to bring another podcast out of the vault today, and this one is a favorite (like they all are). In this episode, author and social media consultant Shama Kabani shares insights to help you more…


Indie Business Podcast Episode 13 with Donna Maria and Pam Slim

IBP#013: How to Leave Your Job to Start Your Business, with Pam Slim [Podcast]

I‘m thrilled to bring another podcast out of the Indie Business archives today! Why not? I’ve kept these timeless recordings to myself for long enough, and I’m excited to share them with you. In this episode, Pam Slim shares her tips and insights to help you transition from a traditional job to start your business,…


Kelli Parisian, Owner, Parisian's Pure Indulgence

Self-Care for Women Entrepreneurs: My Interview with Kelli Parisian

Indie Business Network members are amazing. While I have met dozens of them in person, I’m connected to many hundreds virtually. They all stand out for different reasons, and this week’s featured member is no exception. I’m excited to introduce you to Kelli Parisian, founder of Parisian’s Pure Indulgence in Woodland Hills, California, outside Los…