Indie Business Network Members Participate in Martha Stewart American Made

We are excited to see our members participate in Martha Stewart American Made, honoring makers for their creativity, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial spirit. If you’re a creative entrepreneur in the areas of food, craft, design, style, gardening, or technology, nominate yourself for a chance at $10,000 to further your business, plus a trip for two to…

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Plush Skin in Whole Foods Market!

We are pleased to share that our member, Erica Marie Wigley of Olney, Maryland, now has her products in three Whole Foods Markets in the Washington, DC area: Tenley Circle, Kentlands, and Rockville. In this photo, Erica show off her winning smile and her SoHo Chic Body Oil Elixir, “the perfect body oil for the…

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NaKee’ Natural is Ready for the Fall Season!

Our member, Candy Sweeney of NaKee’ Natural Handcrafted Soap & Skincare in Jackson, Michigan is quite the planner. She’s already got many of the soaps for her fall line planned out. Take a look at the gorgeous shot of beautifully wrapped soaps. Cranberry Orange Spice, Pumpkin Gingerbread, Frankincense & Myrrh … Candy describes the look…

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Indie Business Network Member Badge for Etsy Sellers is Here!

We are pleased to announce that the new Indie Business Network member badge for Etsy sellers is here! The idea for this badge came from our member, Etsy shop owner Shari Lewis of Blossom & Twig, in Vanceboro, North Carolina, who told us that she wanted a way to let her Etsy customers know that…

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Welcome Our New Indie Assist!

We are pleased to introduce our new Indie Assist, a native of Chicago, where he resides with his beloved pets. He is a seasoned “handmade aficionado,” making his own products and supporting local artists in his town. He “gets” makers and creative entrepreneurs, and we are thrilled that he is on our team. Here’s a…

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#HandmadeChat Comes to a Close …

As many of you know, we hosted the first episode of #HandmadeChat on Twitter on August 18, 2011. Over the years, we welcomed thousands of attendees from all walks of life, and covered dozens of topics with guests who graciously shared their time and expertise to help you be successful in your business. In total,…

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The Nova Studio: Taking On Partners To Accommodate Growth

We are always so thrilled to see our members grow their lives in ways that allow them to accommodate their business goals. A super example of building business around life is our member, Lori Nova Endres, founder of The Nova Studio outside San Francisco. Lori launched The Nova Studio in 2003 as a way to…

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#HandMadeChat No. 54: How To Launch A Powerful WordPress Site

On Thursdays, Indie Business Network hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to educate, train and inspire creative and artisan entrepreneurs to become profitable business owners. While the show is aimed mainly at entrepreneurs who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of any small business. This…

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Announcing Our New Private Facebook Group!

Have you ever considered creating a private Facebook group so your customers, members, and/or clients can connect with you and each other more personally and efficiently? We have had a private group for our annual #IndieCruise for several years, and it works well to keep us connected between cruises and to welcome new cruise registrants.Now,…

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#HandmadeChat: June 2013 Lineup

On Thursday evenings at 8pm ET, Indie Business Network hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to educate, train and inspire creative and artisan entrepreneurs to become profitable business owners. While the show is aimed mainly at entrepreneurs who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of…

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#HandMadeChat No. 53: How To Grow Your Business With Private Label Services

On Thursdays, Indie Business Network hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to educate, train and inspire creative and artisan entrepreneurs to become profitable business owners. While the show is aimed mainly at entrepreneurs who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of any small business. Our…

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June 2013 Indie Business Book Club Pick: You Are a Brand

I am pleased to announce our June 2013 Indie Business Book Club pick: You Are A Brand, 2nd Edition: In Person and Online, How Smart People Brand Themselves For Business Success, by Catherine Kaputa. If you are a current Indie Business Network member, click here to join our exclusive private Facebook group where we read…

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#HandMadeChat No. 52: Top Tips For Successful Creative Entrepreneurs

On Thursdays, Indie Business Network hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to educate, train and inspire creative and artisan entrepreneurs to become profitable business owners. While the show is aimed mainly at entrepreneurs who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of any small business. This…

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#HandMadeChat No. 51: How To Start Your Own Handmade Candle Business

On Thursdays, Indie Business Network hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to educate, train and inspire creative and artisan entrepreneurs to become profitable business owners. While the show is aimed mainly at entrepreneurs who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of any small business. This…

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The New Indie Business Network Member Badge Is Here!

We are pleased to announce that the new 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 2013 and there is no “sample” watermark.…

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#HandMadeChat No. 50: How To Use Social Media To Get a Job

On Thursdays, Indie Business Network hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to educate, train and inspire creative and artisan entrepreneurs to become profitable business owners. While the show is aimed mainly at entrepreneurs who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of any small business. This chat…

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Indie Business Studio Pre-Renovation Tour Video

For those who have not yet heard, the Indie Business Studio will open this summer outside Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to learning how to make your own soaps, cosmetics, candles, herbal remedies and aromatherapy products, you’ll enjoy classes on how to manage a profitable artisan handmade business. The space will also serve as the…

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10 Reasons to Be Grateful For Business Challenges

If you’re not experiencing any challenges in your business, then don’t read this post. But if you are, and you can’t seem to figure out how they will pay off in the long run, then keep reading. I’m going to tell you. By the way, I don’t wear rose-colored glasses. I don’t walk around all…

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#HandMadeChat No. 49: How To Launch A Successful E-Commerce Site with @IndieMade

On Thursdays, Indie Business Network hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to educate, train and inspire creative and artisan entrepreneurs to become profitable business owners. While the show is aimed mainly at entrepreneurs who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of any small business. This…

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Joseph RiverWind of NativeTouch is Taino Musician of the Year!

Of course you know Indie Business members make great products, but what you may not know is that one of them in particular also makes great music. Joseph Riverwind, who operates Native Touch, LLC, in the mountains of western North Carolina with his wife, Laralyn, was named Musician of the Year at the Taino Awards…

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