Announcing Connection Day: Charlotte!

Connection Day Atlanta was so incredible that we had to do it again! As you know, Connection Day will be hosted in multiple cities in 2014. We kicked things of in Atlanta last month. Our next Connection Day is set for Friday, April 24, 2014, at the newly opened Indie Business Studio in South Charlotte,…

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#IBP008: How Your Artisan Business Can Become a Non-Profit Powerhouse [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! How do you transform a small Texas soapmaking venture into a non-profit powerhouse that changes…

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I’m Keynoting the 2014 Tennessee Soap and Candle Gathering!

Ine am pleased to share that I have accepted an invitation to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Tennessee Soap and Candle Social on May 3-4, 2014, at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee, near Nashville. You may recall that I was a speaker at the event last year. Hosted by Rachel Turner…

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“#IndieCruise MasterMind 2014 Sails Back Home!” by Donna Maria

IndieCruise Mastermind 2014 was a resounding success! I’m thrilled to share that my annual signature event was — in a word — fabulous. You may recall that our theme was “No More Beauty Business As Usual.” In addition to myself, the speakers were the amazing Lela Barker of Lucky Break Consulting, Dawn Fitch of Pooka…

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First 10 Things To Do After You Join The Indie Business Network

One of the questions I am most often asked by new members is, “What should I do first now that I am a member of the Indie Business Network?” There are so many benefits to joining the Indie Business Network (you can see them here), and it can be a big daunting to decide where…

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“Get Your 2014 Indie Business Network Member Badge!”

The new 2014 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code for the badge for the current year at this link. The badge looks like this, except the year is 2014 and there is no “sample” watermark. The badge is available in…

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First #IndieMeetup of 2014: A Vision Board Experience

Earlier this evening, our very own La Shonda Tyree hosted the first #IndieMeetup of the year in her brand new NYAH Studio in Paterson, New Jersey. The ladies in attendance enjoyed a great time of fellowship and encouragement as they used colorful graphics and affirming words to visualize a great 2014. Here’s a photo of…

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Indie Business Network: Year In Review 2013

During these last few days of 2013, I am reflecting on the fabulous year it has been. I have the privilege to wake up every morning to live the life of my dreams doing what I love. There is nothing like this way of living. Through IBN, I help others discover and use their unique…

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Indie Business Network 2013 Secret Santa Gift Exchange!

Dozens of our members had fun exchanging gifts during our first annual Indie Business Network Secret Santa Gift Exchange. All of the gifts were personally handmade (of course) by the Secret Santa member and had a retail value of somewhere around $20.00. Pictured here are aromatherapy soaps in Cashmere, Holiday Magic and Cinnamint, gifted to…

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Ingredients: Shea Butter

I‘m excited to introduce a new topic we’ll be covering here at the blog. The idea is to showcase the ingredients and product components our members use to make the fantastic handmade products they sell. Our members make everything from perfume, to james and jellies, to soaps, to bath bombs, to candles … and hundreds…

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Announcing Connection Day: Atlanta!

I am very excited to share an amazingly new thing that we have never done before here at the Indie Business Network. Announcing Connection Day 2014! Connection Day will be hosted in multiple cities in 2014, starting with Atlanta. Other cities will be added soon including: Los Angeles, Dallas Ft. Worth, Chicago, New York City,…

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