IBP#004: How I Started My Business and Ideas To Help You Gain Clarity and Succeed In Yours [Podcast]

This is one of the preliminary episodes of the newly re-launched Indie Business Podcast. To stream or download more recent episodes of the podcast at this blog, click here or you can download it on iTunes. Thank you for visiting! This episode of Indie Business Podcast is a recording of my “Real People Real Business”…

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Handmade Soap Crush: Big Fat Soap in Sugar Grove, Illinois

The busiest and most exciting time of the year is finally here for Indie Business Network members nationwide! It’s such a thrill to be connected with them across the miles via the Web and on our member Success Calls. It’s like one big happy party all year long, especially during the holidays when our members…

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Thirteen Year Old Indie Business Network Member Screens “Girls Rising”

I am excited to introduce you to our youngest member, 13-year old Zandra Cunningham of Buffalo, New York. Along with her parents, Zandra owns and manages Azariah’s Innocence, a bath and body company. Zandra recently hosted a screening of the popular “Girls Rising” movie, designed to a file featuring the stories of nine girls around…

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Video From the Indie Business Studio Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

It was a fun ride, but the Indie Business Studio closed in 2014. You can read a little about why in this post. Thank you for visiting! The big day finally arrived. After months of planning and anticipation, I hosted the grand opening for our new Indie Business Network Headquarters and the Indie Business Studio.…

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Marilyn Thompson of Victoria’s Lavender Publishes Her First Book

I am thrilled to share that our member, Marilyn Thompson of Victoria’s Lavender in Newberg, Oregon, has published her first book. Entitled Live a Legacy, Leave a Legacy: Choosing to live with hope and courage in the face of Lou Gehrig’s disease, the book is an intimate look at the life of Troy Thompson, Marilyn’s…

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How About a Local Pop Up Coffee Shop?

One of the fun things I have planned for the Indie Business Studio grand opening is an artisan coffee service from the Franklin Street Coffee Company. From the beginning, this seemed like the perfect addition since the coffee shop opened around the corner back in June. Over the weekend, I confirmed our pricing and arrangement,…

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Petition to Challenge SOAP LOAF Trademark Registration

Since it was originally published in September 2013, this article has been updated to reflect the current status of the trademark dispute. Thank you for visiting! Bonnie Garrity of Good Earth Spa in Indianapolis, Indiana, say she believes that Trademark No. 4359286 for the word mark SOAP LOAF, registered to Petunia Farms of Liverpool, New…

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Our Grand Opening Flyer!

If you are in the South Charlotte/Monroe area and you see this brightly colored flyer (or the black and white version of it) announcing our grand opening, be sure to pick it up! We are thrilled with the fun design by Jenny Prevatte of TwiliteCS. As you can see, it’s brightly colored and fun just…

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Cindy Jones and Sagecript Institute Featured in the Denver Post

How exciting that we can share that our member, Cindy Jones of Sagescript Institute, is featured in a recent article in the Denver Post. Cindy is a cosmetics chemist, and through Sagescript, offers cosmetic product testing and consulting services to help you confirm the efficacy of your products. I love this picture (by photographer Cyrum…

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IBP#003: Creative Entrepreneurs and the Future of Work [Podcast]

This is one of the preliminary episodes of the newly re-launched Indie Business Podcast. To stream or download more recent episodes of the podcast at this blog, click here or you can download it on iTunes. Thank you for visiting! Rapid advancements in technology continue to present us with a variety of options when it…

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What To Do When People Don’t Respond To You [Video]

In this video, I share a few tips to help you deal with the frustration that sometimes results when people don’t respond to you. This happens frequently when you have a business — people send an email asking about your event or sale and you promptly (and often personally) reply. Then, you never hear from…

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IBP#002: How to Decide What Kind of Business is Right For You [Podcast]

This is one of the preliminary episodes of the newly re-launched Indie Business Podcast. To stream or download more recent episodes of the podcast at this blog, click here or you can download it on iTunes. Thank you for visiting! This episode of Indie Business Podcast is about choosing the right kind of business for…

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Ask The Expert: Donna Maria on WIXE: September 21 at 10am ET

If you get my newsletter and follow me on Facebook, you know that I am looking at the possibility of hosting a local radio show here in my adopted hometown of Monroe, NC. Reed Alexander, one of the station personalities, has invited me to be his guest on the morning show tomorrow at 10:00. Reed…

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Custom Lip Balm For Indie Business Studio

As you know, the ribbon cutting grand opening of Indie Business Studio is set for October 3 at 5:30. Get the details here. One of the things I’m most excited about is giving everyone in attendance chances to win fabulous raffle prizes. If you are one of the first to arrive, you’ll also get a…

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