New Low Prices on Product Liability Insurance

I am pleased to announce that the Indie Business Network now offers a new lower price on product liability insurance for our members who make soap, candles, jewelry, perfume, and cosmetics! Product liability insurance prices now start at $275, instead of the higher price of $395. Now, you can secure the same product liability insurance for less, and more easily sell your products online and at … [Read more...]

The Makers Summit – Two-Day Summit for Creative Entrepreneurs

Successful entrepreneurs crave connection. They thrive on it. They love being together virtually in Facebook groups and on social media sites, but they know that nothing can replace the energy, uplift and inspiration that comes with being physically together with like-minded people who "get" them. That's where events like The Makers Summit come in. One of the best sources I know of for the … [Read more...]

Announcing 2×4 Live: Seattle

Do you ever feel isolated in your business? Like you know you'd benefit from the energy of a community of people to encourage you, but you don't know where to find them? Do you feel like your destination is clear, but the steps to get their are not? Or maybe you crave the company of like-minded entrepreneurs who can give you honest critique and feedback about the direction of your … [Read more...]

Announcing the 2016 Artisan Entrepreneurs of the Year!

I am pleased to announce the 2016 Artisan Entrepreneurs of the Year! Our winners were selected by vote from 14 finalists. The winners received the most votes in six categories. A total of 480 votes were submitted by the finalists customers, peers and friends. If you missed the overview of the Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, what they stand for, and why they are so important in the Artisan … [Read more...]

Recap: 2017 United States Lavender Conference

As I shared last month, I spoke at the United States Lavender Conference (USLGA) in Phoenix, Arizona, this weekend. Not only did I get the chance to help hundreds of small business owners embrace a less stressful and more effective approach to social media, but I also got to hang out a bit with some of my Indie Business Network members. Here I am with longtime member and current USLGA president, … [Read more...]

IBN Members at Dallas Gift Show and Las Vegas Market!

Not all of our members showcase their products at trade shows, but many do. Last week, I told you about Maggie Hanus and Caitlin Abshier exhibiting at Atlanta's America's Mart. Today, I want you to meet three of our member brands that are exhibiting their handmade products at Las Vegas Market and the Dallas Market Center. Dallas Market Center is a large wholesale marketplace in North … [Read more...]

Episode 51: Mike Neustrom of Prairie Lavender Farm and US Lavender Growers Association [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 51 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Mike Neustrom of Prairie Lavender Farm in Bennington, Kansas, and of the United States Lavender Growers Association. Mike's lavender business is an outgrowth of a promise to his wife to settle wherever she wanted, after he ended a distinguished 20-year career in the United States Navy. Their destination was … [Read more...]

Recap: #IndieCruise Day 3: Mastermind and Learning

Today was our first meeting and Mastermind day on #IndieCruise 2017 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Our theme for this year is Refresh | Refine | Results, and you can read more about it here. In case you missed them, here are recaps from Day 1 (cocktail party and refresh) and Day 2 (beach and snorkeling). We heard from three speakers today on topics ranging from contract … [Read more...]

Recap: #IndieCruise Day 2: Beach and Snorkeling

If you missed my overview with pictures from our first day in Punta Cana, you can get it here. We just finished up Day 2, and it was amazing. As you may recall, our theme for this year is Refresh | Refine | Results, and you can read more about that here. While the original plan for today was to go on excursions and crash at the spa, we did neither. We did, however, make goo on refreshing … [Read more...]

Recap: #IndieCruise Day 1: Cocktail Party and Refresh

It's Monday, and I am here at #IndieCruise 2017, in lovely Punta Cana, with 38 other entrepreneurs for my annual Mastermind retreat. Our theme for this year is Refresh | Refine | Results, and you can read more about it here. Today was our arrival day, so we had a lovely dinner where we re-connected with old friends and met some new ones. We also had fun beginning the "refresh" process by … [Read more...]