Maker Stories: Episode 62: Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 62 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals in Pahoa, Hawaii and San Diego, California. Valerie is the founder, CEO, and lead formulator at Valana Minerals where she creates vegan mineral makeup specifically for women of color. In addition to leading her business, Valerie is also a sociology professor at a … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Lisa Douglas: The Mom in Chaos Blogger

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, Jen Moreau, Melinda Emerson, and Ally Loprete. Today, I'm excited … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Ally Loprete: The Entrepreneurial Cheerleader

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, Jen Moreau, and Melinda Emerson. Today, I'm pleased to announce … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Melinda Emerson: The Master Small Business Networker

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, and Jen Moreau. Today, I'm pleased to announce Melinda Emerson, … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2018 Storyteller: Toushonta Hogan: Gain the Clarity Required to Mature Your Brand

Recently, I shared that The Storytellers is the theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018 to Ixtapa, Mexico. This post continues the series of posts to introduce you to the five marvelous Storytellers we have selected to share with you on our upcoming retreat for Makers and Creatives. (Join us!?) You've already met Sandy Engels, our Storyteller in the Emerge Phase of entrepreneurship, and Christy Rose, … [Read more...]

#IndieCruise Mastermind 2018 Storyteller: Christy Rose: Use Social Media to Earn Hundreds (or Thousands) of Raving Fans

Recently, I shared that The Storytellers is the theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018 to Ixtapa, Mexico. This post continues the series of posts to introduce you to the five marvelous Storytellers we have selected to share with you on our upcoming retreat for Makers and Creatives. (Join us!?) You've already met Sandy Engels, our Storyteller in the Emerge Phase of entrepreneurship. Today, I'm … [Read more...]

Introducing Influencer Judge Jennifer Moreau: An Expert in Southern Craft

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I'd like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik and Jade Huang. Today, I'm pleased to announce Jennifer Moreau, Community … [Read more...]

Small Business Saturday 2017

Small Business Saturday is a week away. In case you don't know what that is, it was founded by American Express in 2010, as an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small retail stores and shops in communities across the country. Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday 2017 is November 25, and the Indie … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday with Soude Haiti

Several months ago, I announced the Indie Business Network's collaboration with Soude Haiti, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the people of Haiti build self-sustaining businesses and become more economically empowered. In Episode 49 of the Indie Business Podcast, I introduced you to Soude Haiti co-founder Ronda Porter-Altema who shared how Soude Haiti supports self … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Live Recap: November 2017: Nashville

Masker Mastermind Live: Nashville: Emerge was fun and fulfilling! Attendees from Tennessee and as far away as Missouri and New Jersey joined me two days of Masterminding, goal setting, business planning, Maker shopping, and fun. For those who don't know, I host Maker Mastermind Live in multiple cities annually to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs STOP MAKING STUFF and START MAKING MONEY. You … [Read more...]