Indie Cruise 2020: Destination Photography with Nikie Wishnow

As you may know, later this month, I will host the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Tickets are sold out, but I wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing presenters who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with us when we gather in…

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Indie Cruise 2020: Nia with Maria: Moving to Heal

As you may know, later this month, I will host the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Tickets are sold out, but I wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing presenters who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with us when we gather in…

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Indie Cruise 2020: Stretching and Yoga With Kim

As you may know, later this month, I will host the last and final Indie Cruise, my signature Caribbean retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. Tickets are sold out, but I wanted to introduce you to some of the amazing presenters who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with us when we gather in…

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Make Your Business Support Your Life: Indie Business Podcast: Episode 71

Welcome to Episode 71 of the Indie Business Podcast, all about how to make your business support your life! If you’ve listened to even just a few of our interviews with amazing Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs, you’ve surely noticed that most of them have one powerful personal entrepreneurial purpose in common. Here it is: they…

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The Indie Business Network 2020 Member Badge Is Here!

Let Your Customers and Colleagues Know That Your Membership is Current! The new 2020 Indie Business Network member badge is here! Indie Business Network members in good standing can log in and grab the code (without the watermark) for the badge for our 20th anniversary year. After you log in, choose the “Get Your Member…

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Indie Business Network: 2019 Year In Review

It’s hard to fathom, but 2019 is nearly over, and with its conclusion comes the time for an amazing celebration for us here at the Indie Business Network. I’ll get to that in a few minutes, but first, I’m excited to reflect with genuine joy and happiness at the pleasure it has been to serve…

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Marissa Bethoney of Precious Skin Elixirs [Maker Stories: Episode 70: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 70 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Marissa Bethoney of Precious Skin Elixirs in Boxford, Massachusetts. Marissa left a decade-long career as a jeweler to create a business that allowed her to feel better about simultaneously leading a business and being a mother. As you’ll enjoy learning…

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Congratulations Instagram Pod Holiday Wonderland Giveaway Winner!

We are excited to announce the winner of IBN’s Instagram Pod Holiday Giveaway. Our theme was Holiday Wonderland. It was fun! The IBN members who participated loved it, but no one is happier than our winner, @Tuscon_Vegan, whose colorful Instagram is all about vegan product reviews and deals. She will soon have a delightful collection…

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Pam Rodgers of Stella Chroma [Maker Stories: Episode 69: Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 69 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Pam Rodgers of Stella Chroma, a nail polish brand in Richmond, Indiana. Pam started her business in 2012, and today, she manages the business while holding down a full-time job as a nurse practitioner. Since starting Stella Chroma, Pam has…

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Video Replay and Hearing Summary

Following up on yesterday’s announcement, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health today hosted a hearing entitled, Building Consumer Confidence by Empowering FDA to Improve Cosmetic Safety. You can watch the hearing, with time stamps, below. If you are new to this blog, or this issue, new cosmetics laws have been under consideration since…

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House Energy and Commerce Committee: Cosmetics Hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will host a hearing regarding cosmetics regulations at 10:00am ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. For over a decade, this blog has recounted the journey of multiple pieces of proposed legislation designed to amend cosmetics laws in the United States. This post is the latest in that series. For…

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Maker Stories: Episode 68: Amber Malcom of Shabby Chick [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 68 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Amber Malcom of Shabby Chick Cleaners in Duncan, Oklahoma. After being in business for just over three years, Amber has already appeared on several episodes of a popular home shopping show, entirely dismantled and re-built her business model, and is…

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Maker Stories: Episode 67: Sandy Engels of The Purple Sage [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 67 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Sandy Engels of The Purple Sage in Ethel, Louisiana. Sandy purchased her brand from another entrepreneur eight years ago, shortly after she discovered that her friends and family members were interested in buying the soap she had been making for…

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Organic Skincare Line For Sale: Garden of Eve Skin Care

From time to time, I receive inquiries from Indie Business Network members who have been in business for a long time and are ready to sell and move onto their next adventure. Today, I am excited to share that an organic skincare line and business is for sale: Garden of Eve Skin Care. The founder…

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10 Amazingly Fragrant Artisan Handmade Candles

There’s nothing more soothing than the fresh scent of a burning candle. If you’re anything like us, you are getting bored of the traditional candle fragrances available and looking for a way to mix things up. These luxurious, custom candle blends are sure to pique your senses. SWEET FIG MINIMALIST CANDLE BY BROOKLYN CANDLE STUDIOSummon…

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Maker Stories: Episode 66: Zondra Wilson of Blu Skin Care [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 66 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Zondra Wilson of Blu Skin Care in Los Angeles, California. Zondra started her business after a career as a television news anchor. When she began to feel like something was missing, she left the broadcast world and then, as she…

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May 2019 Master Class: Let’s Tackle the Wholesale Business Model

One of the benefits of IBN membership is a live monthly Master Class with someone who has mastered a topic that will help you be successful in your Maker business. Our Master Classes are great opportunities to learn and grow in our supportive community, and to meet some of the people who can help you…

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4 Ways to Improve Your Business When Sales are Slow

On this episode of the Maker Mastermind Show, I was asked to share some ideas to help you be productive when sales are slow. Of course it stinks when sales are slow, but you can turn that frown upside down and use the time to your advantage. Here are four ways to do that. 4…

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10 American Artisan Destination Retail Stores You Must Visit

No matter what American city you call home, you don’t have to go far to find a piece of artisan retail store heaven in your own back yard. For example, we love this story from CBS News about the resurgence of local independent book stores. But it’s not just book stores that are thriving, and…

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Introducing Find Indie Makers

Find Indie Makers has been replaced by IBN’s official Member Directory About Find Indie Makers Find Indie Makers makes it easy and fun for you to discover and buy the products of American Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. As consumer tastes shift away from the commoditized version of life that has been pushed by big business…

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Meet Indie Business Book Club Leader Amber Malcom

I am pleased to introduce the Indie Business Book Club leader for the May-June 2019 Indie Business Book Club pick: Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen, by Donald Miller. You can read more about this book and how the book club works at this link. Amber is the founder and CEO…

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