Beyond Growing Pains For #Handmade Entrepreneurs

A few days ago, I attended the first Digital Business Bash here in Charlotte. (In case you missed it, I told you about it in this post.) Here I am (middle) with IBN member Lela Barker of Bella Lucce (left) in South Carolina and Susan Lassiter-Lyons (right) of Investor Insights in Colorado. Our speaker was…

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IBN Member Julie Longyear Wins Neighborhood Business Of The Year Award

On October 5, our member, Julie Longyear, CEO of Irie Star in St. Louis, Missouri, was named the “Neighborhood Business of the Year” at the Mayor’s Business Luncheon. The award honors the company’s progress and commitment to the local North St. Louis City community. Here is Julie, looking fabulous, with her award. Julie tells me…

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Cooking Up Candles With Small Gunns

This video from our members, Michelle & Diana Stock of Small Gunns in Emeryville, California, shows that handmade candles are not only beautiful when they are made with love, but are also fun. It made us so happy that we just had to share it with you! Like Small Gunns on FaceBook! SMALL BUSINESS COACHING…

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Kelly Bloom of Soapalooza to Speak at #IndieCruise 2013

I am pleased sad to announce that IBN member Kelly Bloom of Soapalooza in Richmond, Virginia, will not be joining us on #IndieCruise 2013 as a speaker and fellow MasterMinder. You’ll have fun anyway, so stay tuned for updates! The theme for #IndieCruise 2013 is Conceive! Believe! Achieve!, making Kelly’s topic of Living Your Passion…

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Proposed California “Green” Regulations: How To Comment By The Thursday Deadline

It has come to my attention that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is considering new regulations that, if enacted as drafted, would eliminate what it calls “chemicals of concern” (COCs) from a variety of consumer products, including cosmetics, that are sold in California. The proposed regulations would apply to manufacturers, marketers, importers…

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#HandmadeChat: October 2012 LineUp

Each Thursday night at 8pm ET, IBN hosts #HandmadeChat, a weekly Twitter talk show designed to help you sell more of the products you make. If you’ve never attended before, now is the time. It’s fun, informative, and a super supportive environment where you’ll learn so much about making your business more successful. To learn…

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#HandmadeChat No. 20: Creating A Membership Program For Your Business

Every Thursday evening from 8 to 9pm ET, I host #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show designed to help handmade business owners sell more of the products they make. While the show is aimed mainly at members of IBN, the topics and discussion can empower and encourage the growth of any small business owner. Yesterday, I…

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Get Listed In IBN’s Handmade Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Limited space is now available in IBN’s 2012 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide! As you can see from the cover, this is one eye-catching, festive piece of media, and we plan to put it in the hands of as many thousands of potential buyers as we can between October 15 and the end of the holiday…

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#HandmadeChat: September 2012 LineUp

Each Thursday night at 8pm ET, IBN hosts #HandmadeChat, a weekly Twitter talk show designed to help you sell more of the products you make. If you’ve never attended before, now is the time. It’s fun, informative, and a super supportive environment where you’ll learn so much about making your business more successful. Here is…

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IBN Members On The Move: Shea Radiance To Hit Target Stores This Week!

Congratulations to Indie Business Network Member Funlayo Alabi at Shea Radiance! Several of their hair care products, including conditioner, shampoo, hair milk, and hair cream, are coming to select Target stores on August 16! Funlayo and her husband run shea radiance, as they also parent two young sons just outside Baltimore, Maryland. They have been…

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#HandmadeChat No. 13: How To Deal With Difficult Customers

Thursday’s #HandmadeChat covered the topic of dealing with difficult customers. This is an important topic because, as small business owners, we deal with people all the time — and where there are people, there are challenges. Whether an issue can be traced to you, your customer, or some act of providence, how you handle it…

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