Introducing Influencer Judge Patrice Grell Yursik: A Passion for Indie Entrepreneurs

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Entries close on October 30, so there is still some time to enter. This article shares three things you need to know about our Influencer Judge Patrice Grell Yursik, so you can get an idea of what matters to her and how excited she is to learn about your products. … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 60: Sierra Zamarripa of Lovewild Design [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 60 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Sierra Zamarripa of Lovewild Design in New York, New York. Sierra grew up in the East Village outside her parents' antique shop. Her entrepreneurial instincts were first honed by keeping herself busy doing things like offering shoe shine services in front of the store, or selling 1980's costume jewelry and … [Read more...]

Why I Became an Ambassador for Daymond John

Recently, I applied to become an ambassador for Daymond John as he prepares to release his newest book entitled Rise and Grind. I was accepted. I have never done anything like this before, and I applied to do more on a whim than anything else. After I was accepted as an ambassador, I figured I'd better give some thought to exactly why I am investing my time in this new project. I have three … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 59: Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 59 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple in Newark, New Jersey. While employed as a professional graphics artist nearly 20 years ago, Dawn received a health diagnosis that caused her to change her life. Along with her diet, she decided to alter the types of bath and body products she used. With the … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (October 2017: Episode 1)

Indie Business Network members are a living, breathing representation of what is right and good about business these days. They are authentic and transparent about what they offer. They have amazing stories. They are never shy about sharing their passion for what they do. In a world where products (and services too!) have become commoditized and vanilla, our members offer color and texture. … [Read more...]

Maker Stories: Episode 58: Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 58 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today's Maker Story introduces you to Lisa Wynne Salvatore of Purely Lisa in Greenwich, Connecticut. Lisa has 9 certifications in the natural arts arena, and her Connecticut-based offices provide in-person services to help women achieve and maintain health from the inside out. Lisa's product business is a natural deodorant, which as you'll hear, … [Read more...]

How to Fix Your Business, with Melinda Emerson

Recently, I served as a speaker at Melinda Emerson's Reinvention Weekend. The photo here was taken at the cocktail reception the night before the start of the conference. My topic as a speaker was How to Launch and Grow a Product-Based Business. At Reinvention Weekend, Melinda, also known as Small Biz Lady, delivered a great keynote presentation, which doubled as the public unveiling of the … [Read more...]

Announcing the Theme for Indie Cruise Retreat 2018: The Storytellers

I am excited to announce the theme for Indie Cruise 2018. For those who don't know, Indie Cruise is the signature retreat for Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs. If you already know you want to join us, you can register for Indie Cruise 2018 now by clicking here. If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne Niemeier at 800-326-4971. Indie Cruise, which I've hosted since 2011, … [Read more...]

Episode 57: Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 57 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps in Colfax, California. Danielle started her business five years ago when she became restless at her job at the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Restless though she was, she's the first to acknowledged that the digital marketing and business planning experiences she enjoyed at … [Read more...]

What it Feels Like to Publish 2,000 Blog Posts

This is my 2,000th blog post at the Indie Business Blog. I published my first post here on May 7, 2007. In that post over a decade ago, I shared why I thought it was so important to create the Indie Business Blog. My "why" back then is the same as it is today. It has never changed. Here is how, on May 7, 2007, I explained why I launched the Indie Business Blog. Because it highlights the … [Read more...]