Announcing the Theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome!

I am pleased to announce our theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Handmade Entrepreneurs: February 8 to February 15, 2015. Our theme is all about breaking through barriers, real and imagined, to fully express who you are as a person, a business, and a brand. Our carefully selected speakers have been…


Indie Business Network Members Are 2014 American Made Finalists!

We are thrilled to announce our members who are finalists in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made contest! You can vote for your favorites starting TODAY, and every day, through October 13. The 2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winners will be announced on October 17. The Martha Stewart American Made program celebrates all things…


10 Steps To Starting A Mastermind Group That Works

I have been a part of at least one Mastermind group, sometimes more than one at a time, for several years. I have participated in virtual and in-person Mastermind groups. There are major differences between the two, but that’s for another post. This post shares how to start and manage a virtual Mastermind group, because…


It’s Not About Balance. It’s About Priorities.

When Kenna Cote asked me to speak on the topic of work/life balance at the Central Soapers Workshop this weekend, I was thrilled. At first, I didn’t have a clue what I would say because I don’t think there is any such thing as work/life balance. There’s just life and all the stuff you have…


Roasted Plum Tomatoes

This year, I grew my first little garden, quite by accident. My son tossed a few raw green beans into a patch of dirt beside our home sometime in May. A few weeks later, he ran into the kitchen claiming that green beans were growing, and the rest is history. All my life, I have…


IBN Members Featured at Newsday’s “The New Normal”

Not only do our members run their own businesses, but they also help others to be successful in theirs. For example, this week, our Roberta Perry and Angela Carillo were featured panelists at the Newsday Connect Small Business Seminar: The New Normal: Growing Your Business in a Digital World. (Newsday is a paper in Long…


Social Media Roundup – Sept. 6th ~ Sept. 12th

I hope you all had a wonderful week! For me here in Charlotte, it was a huge relief just to enjoy temperatures below 90°F. We’ve had some scorchers here lately and the cooler temperatures are more than welcome. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love the chill in the air. Speaking of…


We Remember September 11, 2001

We Remember

Today, we remember with respect and sadness the thousands of people who died in the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, at the World Trade Center and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11th, 2001. I was 8 months pregnant with my first child on that day, and like everyone else, I can remember it like it…


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Using Video in Your Handmade Business

One of the most critical teachings in my Indie Business Blueprint is that Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs must leverage the power of the video to build their brands and boost customer engagement and sales. Most of my students know how important this is, but they are fearful that it will take too much time or…


Introducing the August My Maker Box Supporters

In case you missed, it our August My Maker Box was a huge success. You can see some of the unboxing videos here, and click here check out all of the Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs whose products and services are featured in the August My Maker Box. Today, I’m excited to tell you about the…


Dorothy Green and Donna Maria

Small Business Networking Can Happen Anywhere

Networking. The word sends chills up and down the spines of many a Maker and Handmade Entrepreneur. But the truth is that networking happens all the time, even when you are not aware of it. A networking event can be planned in advance, or it can be impromptu. Both are great, but the impromptu ones…


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Indie Business Network Members at Face and Body!

While the show is coming to a close today, I just had to share this beautiful picture of two of our members at the Face and Body (Northern California)! Here is Elissa Choi of Bon Bliss (this is her booth), and Alice Lin of Wonderland Organics, both from California. for those who don’t know, Face…


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Meet Me at Farm to Market in Asheville on September 20!

I am thrilled to share that I will be speaking at “Farm to Market: 21st Century Practices For The Modern Herbal Entrepreneur” in Asheville, North Carolina, on September 20, 2014. As you may know, I serve on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Natural Products Association. I am also a member of the…


Video: Give Gratitude (or #givegratitude if you like hash tags)

I have been invited to join a panel of judges that will help select a new owner for the Gratitude Soapery in Kansas City. I am so honored to be invited, and to be in some pretty high-falutin’ company too. The other judges are the very wonderful David Fisher of, and also two of…


kimberly thigpen of the bath place

Look for The Bath Place Products in Whole Foods Market!

I am always delighted and pleased when I see IBN members step into their greatness and press toward their goals. As you might imagine, that means I am delighted and pleased a lot! Today, I am delighted and pleased about the achievements of Kimberly Thigpen of The Bath Place in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Here…


fizz butter bath bomb cupcake

Fun Video: Bath Bomb Cupcakes from FizzButter

Do you know what a bath bomb is? It’s mainly a combination of ingredients you use in everyday cooking, including baking soda and citric acid. Fragrance and color are usually added. When you drop a bath bomb into your tub, it fizzes up and dissolves in the water providing a wonderful scent and the benefits…


Videos: The First My Maker Box Has Shipped!

As entrepreneurs, we have many ideas, yet only a small fraction of them ever rise to the top and actually ship. I’ve had tons of ideas and many of them are on the cutting room floor … but not this one. This one shipped, and it will ship again. I am thrilled to announce that…


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I am Featured in Today’s Innovative Woman!

Recently, the very fabulous Cathy Allesandra, publisher of Today’s Innovative Woman Magazine and producer of the radio show of the same name, interviewed me on the topic of “How To Embrace Your Role as a Business Leader.” In my experience coaching and mentoring Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs for 14 years, I have noticed that most…


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Join Me! Indie Business Blueprint Early Bird Ends July 31!

I want you to approach the 2014 holiday season armed with a blueprint for success that allows you to attract more buying customers so you can generate more sales. It’s nearly August, and this is the perfect time to shore up your online business systems so you are ready to maximize the holidays. My Indie…