I’m Speaking at the US Lavender Conference

I'm coming to Arizona! I am excited to share that I'll be speaking at the United States Lavender Conference in January. I recently read that there are more than 300 independently owned lavender farms in the United States today. How great that we no longer have to go to France to enjoy the many benefits of this beautiful herb. If your business includes working in any way with lavender (growing it, … [Read more...]

Artisan Made Show: Episode 1

A few days ago, I told you about the the Artisan Made Show, the world's first live virtual home shopping show featuring local and artisan Indie brands on Facebook. Today, I hosted the first episode. You can watch it below. Here are our guests, in order of appearance, with time stamps. Sparklefly Candles: Anne Marie Esposito: New York: starting at 2:17 Scrubz Body: Roberta Perry: New … [Read more...]

Announcing the Artisan Made Show!

On Monday morning, December 12, I will host the Artisan Made Show, the world's first live virtual home shopping show featuring local and artisan Indie brands on Facebook. Grab a cup of coffee or tea after you start your day, and then shop from wherever you are. All you need is a phone or your desktop, as you'll be able to stream the entire show live from wherever you are in your busy … [Read more...]

Mastermind Your Way to Success

I want to take a moment to make sure you know about a podcast appearance I made recently. Our Indie Business Network member and Head Coach, Christine Laureano, interviewed me on her Creative Entrepreneurs Online Podcast. She asked me to share from my experience about one of my favorite topics: the entrepreneurial mastermind. As you may know, I have been a part of mastermind groups for many … [Read more...]

Announcing the Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

I am excited to announce the Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards! If you are ready to nominate yourself or another Artisan Entrepreneur, click here to do so now! The Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards allows artisans and their customers and clients to nominate and vote in six categories that uniquely reflect the creativity and innovative spirit of the artisan entrepreneur: • … [Read more...]

Alana Rivera Spotlights San Francisco Etsy Team Indie Holiday Emporium

Our member, Alana Rivera of Etta + Billie, was interviewed this past weekend by the host of KTVU in Oakland, California, about the San Francisco Etsy Team Indie Holiday Emporium which took place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Watch the video here. As Alana shares in the interview, the event featured over 200 brands of handmade and artisan products from in and around the San … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Recap: November 2016: San Francisco

To register or request Maker Mastermind in your city, click here. Masker Mastermind San Francisco was fantastic! Twenty engaged and determined creative entrepreneurs joined together for two days of Masterminding, goal setting and fun. After I delivered a presentation designed to help everyone plan their businesses for long term success, we piled into several cars (thanks Uber!) for the … [Read more...]

Shaquille O’Neal and Kendrick Lamar Love Handmade!

We've known how awesome handmade soap is for decades, but some people are just now figuring it out. Check this video of rapper Kendrick Lamar and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal finally "getting it." How fun is that? This video is part of American Express's Shop Small initiative, where card holders can earn rewards when they shop at qualifying small business owners that accept their charge … [Read more...]

November-December 2016 Indie Business Book Club: Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

I am pleased to announce the November-December 2016 Indie Business Book Club pick: Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. Click here to join the club for free on Facebook. If you're not familiar with Indie Business Book Club, click here to learn more about how to participate. Living Forward is the perfect book to … [Read more...]

Episode 50: Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 50 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural in Bennington, Kansas. Wildly Natural is a fun and fairly new mineral makeup company run by a woman who loved makeup so much that she talked her mom into becoming a Mary Kay consultant just so she could have a never ending stash at her disposal. As you'll hear, Meagan is … [Read more...]