Help Holly Port, the Bath Fizzy Queen, Beat Cancer!

Sadly, Holly Port has transitioned, but you can still click links here to support her family and the Lotion Bar Cafe. If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you know that my favorite thing about entrepreneurship is not the money, but the amazing relationships I have been blessed to nurture and cultivate over…

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Melissa Troupe of Mocha Whip [Maker Stories: Episode 73: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 73 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Melissa Troupe of MochaWhip in West Palm Beach, Florida. Melissa makes whipped vegan body butter with ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, and aloe juice. Mocha Whip products can be found online and at dozens of Whole Foods Market locations…

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Thank You Indie Cruise!

As you may know, last week, I hosted the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. We had a marvelous time snorkeling, sailing, masterminding, dancing, spa-ing, exploring, dining, yoga-ing, and just enjoying being together. Indie Cruise has given me a fantastic 10-year run of leading women (and a…

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Alana Rivera of Etta and Billie [Maker Stories: Episode 72: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 72 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story features Alana Rivera of Etta + Billie in San Francisco, California. As you’ll learn in this episode, this is not Alana’s first appearance on Indie Business Podcast. After you enjoy this episode, I encourage you to listen to the first episode we did…

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Celebrating 20 Years

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Indie Business Network! Twenty years ago today, IBN was founded with the goal of helping women to maximize their potential through small business ownership, and with the vision that every woman in the universe would know without a doubt that she could support herself and her family by…

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Indie Cruise 2020: Content That Converts with Christine Laureano

In less than 48 hours, I will board a flight headed to the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. If you had asked me 10 years ago when I announced the first Indie Cruise that I’d still be hosting it, I would absolutely told you, “No.” But…

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Indie Cruise 2020: Let’s Talk CBD with Kayla Fioravanti

As you may know, later this month, I will host the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Tickets are sold out, but I wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing presenters who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with us when we gather in…

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Indie Cruise 2020: Destination Photography with Nikie Wishnow

As you may know, later this month, I will host the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Tickets are sold out, but I wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing presenters who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with us when we gather in…

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Indie Cruise 2020: Nia with Maria: Moving to Heal

As you may know, later this month, I will host the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Tickets are sold out, but I wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing presenters who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with us when we gather in…

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Indie Cruise 2020: Stretching and Yoga With Kim

As you may know, later this month, I will host the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Tickets are sold out, but I wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing presenters who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with us when we gather in…

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Make Your Business Support Your Life: Indie Business Podcast: Episode 71

Welcome to Episode 71 of the Indie Business Podcast, all about how to make your business support your life! If you’ve listened to even just a few of our interviews with amazing Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs, you’ve surely noticed that most of them have one powerful personal entrepreneurial purpose in common. Here it is: they…

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The Indie Business Network 2020 Member Badge Is Here!

Let Your Customers and Colleagues Know That Your Membership is Current! The new 2020 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code (without the watermark) for the badge for our 20th anniversary year. After you log in, choose the “Get Your Member…

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Indie Business Network: 2019 Year In Review

It’s hard to fathom, but 2019 is nearly over, and with its conclusion comes the time for an amazing celebration for us here at the Indie Business Network. I’ll get to that in a few minutes, but first, I’m excited to reflect with genuine joy and happiness at the pleasure it has been to serve…

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Marissa Bethoney of Precious Skin Elixirs [Maker Stories: Episode 70: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 70 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Marissa Bethoney of Precious Skin Elixirs in Boxford, Massachusetts. Marissa left a decade-long career as a jeweler to create a business that allowed her to feel better about simultaneously leading a business and being a mother. As you’ll enjoy learning…

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Congratulations Instagram Pod Holiday Wonderland Giveaway Winner!

We are excited to announce the winner of IBN’s Instagram Pod Holiday Giveaway. Our theme was Holiday Wonderland. It was fun! The IBN members who participated loved it, but no one is happier than our winner, @Tuscon_Vegan, whose colorful Instagram is all about vegan product reviews and deals. She will soon have a delightful collection…

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Pam Rodgers of Stella Chroma [Maker Stories: Episode 69: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 69 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Pam Rodgers of Stella Chroma, a nail polish brand in Richmond, Indiana. Pam started her business in 2012, and today, she manages the business while holding down a full-time job as a nurse practitioner. Since starting Stella Chroma, Pam has…

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Video Replay and Hearing Summary

Following up on yesterday’s announcement, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health today hosted a hearing entitled, Building Consumer Confidence by Empowering FDA to Improve Cosmetic Safety. You can watch the hearing, with time stamps, below. If you are new to this blog, or this issue, new cosmetics laws have been under consideration since…

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House Energy and Commerce Committee: Cosmetics Hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will host a hearing regarding cosmetics regulations at 10:00am ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. For over a decade, this blog has recounted the journey of multiple pieces of proposed legislation designed to amend cosmetics laws in the United States. This post is the latest in that series. For…

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Maker Stories: Episode 68: Amber Malcom of Shabby Chick [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 68 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Amber Malcom of Shabby Chick Cleaners in Duncan, Oklahoma. After being in business for just over three years, Amber has already appeared on several episodes of a popular home shopping show, entirely dismantled and re-built her business model, and is…

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Maker Stories: Episode 67: Sandy Engels of The Purple Sage [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 67 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Sandy Engels of The Purple Sage in Ethel, Louisiana. Sandy purchased her brand from another entrepreneur eight years ago, shortly after she discovered that her friends and family members were interested in buying the soap she had been making for…

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Organic Skincare Line For Sale: Garden of Eve Skin Care

From time to time, I receive inquiries from Indie Business Network members who have been in business for a long time and are ready to sell and move onto their next adventure. Today, I am excited to share that an organic skincare line and business is for sale: Garden of Eve Skin Care. The founder…

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