Makers on the Move (Episode 5: June 2017)

The members of the Indie Business Network are like a sun that never sets. They shine their lights from all corners of the nation, offering amazing products and making sure you know that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Last week, we shared wins from members in Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan. If you missed them, you can catch them here. This week, we bring you excitement from … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Live Recap: June 2017: Boston

To register or request Maker Mastermind Live in your city, click here. Masker Mastermind Live: Boston was inspiring and amazing! Attendees from Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, Kansas, Maine and Rhode Island gathered for 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 … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (Episode 4: June 2017)

The good news just keeps coming from our Indie Business Network members. Last week, we shared wins from members in Florida, New Hampshire, and California. If you missed them, you can catch them here. This week, we bring you excitement from Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan. You will love being inspired by the smart moves our members are making nationwide. It's exciting to share some of … [Read more...]

Meet Our Summer 2017 Interns

I am thrilled to introduce the Indie Business Network Summer 2017 interns, my children: Vanessa Johnson and Brooks Johnson. Before I do so, let me first ask your indulgence because you will probably see this post about a million times over the next few days. As you know, I do not beat people over the head with my blog posts, but I hope you'll indulge this mamma just this once. I'm very proud of my … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (Episode 3: June 2017)

Our members are always on the move. There is no grass growing under their feet. They are not sitting around wondering what effect Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods will have on their business because it doesn't matter. They have a plan, and they are executing it, regardless of what any other companies (large or small) are doing. It is my pleasure to tell you what they are doing, not only so you can … [Read more...]

What Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Means For Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs

A bomb dropped in the retail space this morning. With Amazon's $13.7 Billion purchase of Whole Foods, a slowly expanding gulf between niche and mass market has finally become a gragantuan divide. The news just dropped a few hours ago, and I'm still developing my thoughts. Completion of the sale is subject to approval by Whole Foods' shareholders, regulatory approvals, etc., but in the … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (Episode 2: June 2017)

Last week, I shared some of the inspiring accomplishments of Indie Business Network members in our new Makers on the Move column. (If you missed last week's stories from Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs in New Jersey, Ohio, Vermont, and Ohio, you can catch them here.) This week, our winning moves come from New York, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and California. You will love being inspired by the … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Show: Episode 7: Pooka Pure and Simple

Welcome to Episode 7 of the Maker Mastermind Show. If you missed previous episodes, you can binge watch them here. Be sure to join the free Maker Mastermind group on Facebook so you can join us live for the next show, and be entered to win prizes and/or get discount codes on the artisan made products you love. In this episode, I and my co-host, Christine Laureano, interview Dawn Fitch of Pooka … [Read more...]

Road Trip of a Lifetime: The Rest of the Story

Recently, I told you about our member, Christina Wennstrom of in Redondo Beach, California, and her fabulous "road trip of a lifetime. If you missed Part 1 of her journey, you can get it here. Christina has ended her road trip, and this post shares Parts 2 and 3 of her exciting journey. Christina attended three conferences, back-to-back, over a 10-day period, and she reports that she had a … [Read more...]

Makers on the Move (Episode 1: June 2017)

Last week, I shared some of the inspiring accomplishments of Indie Business Network members in a new Maker on the Move column. (If you missed last week's stories from Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs in Louisiana, California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, you can catch them here.) Based on the positive feedback received after the first Makers on the Move column, I've decided to continue it. First, … [Read more...]