Meet Ali Smith: Indie Business Network 1Q 2023 Scholarship Winner

Introducing Ali Smith of The Witchy Bibliophile in Pittsburg, Kansas. Ali is our 1Q 2023 Maker Scholarship recipient. Ali up-cycles tarot and oracle cards into bookmarks, keychains, magnets and other self-care items designed to add a little magic to your every day routine. About Ali Ali is a a queer, non-binary, autistic, disabled entrepreneur. Ali…

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Indie Business Network: 2022 Year In Review

It’s been a great year – thanks to all of our amazing Indie Business Network members for riding with us for the past twelve months. As is our custom, we are sharing our annual reflections on some of many ways we had the opportunity to serve you in 2022. For nearly a quarter of a…

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January 2023 Indie Business Book Club: The Self-Employed Life

Our January 2023 Indie Business Book Club selection is The Self-Employed Life: Business and Personal Development Strategies That Create Sustainable Success by Jeffrey Shaw. I have been self-employed for near a quarter of a century. Those of you who know me well will not be surprised at the selection of this book, which highlights and…

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Get the Indie Business Network 2023 Member Badge

The new 2023 Indie Business Network Entrepreneur Member badges are here! Let Your customers, clients, members, and professional colleagues know that your Indie Business Network Entrepreneurship membership is current with our new 2023 Entrepreneur Member badge. You can display the badge at your website, on social media, and any other place where your professional affiliation…

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Cheers to 2023 With These Cocktail-Inspired Candles

Santa Claus is back at home after his busy world tour. Rumor has it, he turns into a brilliant mixologist the final week of the year, and he’s taste-testing some new libations to ring in 2023. Fortunately, these artisans know a thing or two about celebrating. They’ve tapped into the same inspirations to serve you…

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Poised to Pass: Cosmetic Legislation Reform Update

Join us on January 31 for our live member event: “Understanding the Key Provisions of MoCRA“ Since 2008, the Indie Business Network has been involved in legislative advocacy efforts regarding updating federal cosmetic laws which have been in place since the 1940’s. We didn’t start blogging it until a few years later, and for you…

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Happy Birthday to IBN’s Founder and Fearless Leader, Donna Maria!

The holidays are right around the corner, but there is even one more BIG reason to celebrate this week! Grab your dancing shoes—we here at Team indie are shouting out the loudest and brightest HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our wonderful friend, founder, and fearless leader, Donna Maria!  Donna Maria started Indie Business Network in 2000 with…

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10 Best Things About Artisan Made Products

A few short years ago, a candle was a candle, a bar of soap was a bar of soap, a necklace was a necklace, and a cookie was a cookie. There was little variety, and the products looked pretty much the same. Fortunately, those days are gone. Today, high quality consumer products are available from…

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Have Oodles of Fun With These Toy-Themed Candles and Bath Bombs

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s planning something at the North Pole just for you this year! He, the Mrs., and their band of merry elves are putting a new spin on their toy haul. Watch as puzzles, penguins, and superheroes combine with bath and body goodies. These toy-themed gifts spring out of…

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Stunning Stationery Gifts for People Who Love Paper 

From holiday cards to paper garlands, paper has always represented a special way to spread joy during the holiday season. So it’s no wonder these paper goods are at the tippity top of our shopping list this year! Thoughtful greeting cards, bespoke journals, and treasured scrapbooking accessories—we’re gaga for all things lining the stationery section!…

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Apply For IBN’s Q1 2023 Scholarship

The Indie Business Network was founded 20 years ago based on the transformative power of entrepreneurship. We believe it is time to replace traditional notions of entrepreneurship with the increasingly obvious reality that entrepreneurship is for everyone, and can be defined in different ways by different people with uniquely different lifestyle goals. You do not…

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The Holiday Candle Edit

Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing? ‘Tis the season for festive candles ready to make your living space merry and bright. Wrap your senses around fresh-cut Christmas trees, pops of candy-colored berries, and sugar-sweet cocoa. If you love holiday candle drops as much as we do, this is the list for you. So spruce…

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December 2022 Indie Business Book Club: The Richest Man In Babylon

Our December 2022 Indie Business Book Club selection is The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason. While it may seem like an odd choice for our book club, at nearly 100 years old, this book is regarded as a classic of personal financial advice. As entrepreneurs, how could we not take advantage of…

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These Food-Scented Candles Smell Almost Good Enough to Eat

When you imagine a lovely candle, you might think of floral or earth tones. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we have only one thing on our minds: FOOD! We’re sniffing out a menu of unexpected scents—ones inspired by our favorite meals and sides, of course! We’re thankful for our Indies who know how…

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Prepare Your Pampering Kit for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

The holidays are coming full steam! That means fun and festivities—but it can also be a chaotic time of year. Scouring shelves for last-minute gifts. Non-stop sheets of warm cookies to pull from the oven. A revolving door of relatives and loved ones excited to catch up on your year. This time of year, it’s…

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