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Indie Business Network Members at Unique LA!

If I didn’t have to deliver the keynote at this weekend’s Tennessee Soap and Candle Gathering in Nashville, I would probably be at Unique LA with hundreds of Makers from around the nation, including several of our Indie Business Network members. In this post, I’m going to let you know who they are so you…


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#IBP015: A Bit About the Baking Business, with Warren Brown of Cakelove

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! If you are a foodie of any kind, chances are good you have considered turning…


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Opening Day at the Farmer’s Market

This month, all across America, Indie Business Network members are heading into the spring season at the local farmer’s market. I just returned from opening day at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market near Charlotte, North Carolina. It was pouring down rain, but on the bright side, nothing sold out, even though I didn’t arrive until…


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IBP#014: Strategic Ways to Approach and Use Social Media [Podcast]

Editor’s Note: Shama Kabani changed her surname to Hyder after getting married and now goes by Shama Hyder. I‘m thrilled to bring another podcast out of the vault today, and this one is a favorite (like they all are). In this episode, author and social media consultant Shama Kabani shares insights to help you more…


Indie Business Podcast Episode 13 with Donna Maria and Pam Slim

IBP#013: How to Leave Your Job to Start Your Business, with Pam Slim [Podcast]

I‘m thrilled to bring another podcast out of the Indie Business archives today! Why not? I’ve kept these timeless recordings to myself for long enough, and I’m excited to share them with you. In this episode, Pam Slim shares her tips and insights to help you transition from a traditional job to start your business,…


Kelli Parisian, Owner, Parisian's Pure Indulgence

Self-Care for Women Entrepreneurs: My Interview with Kelli Parisian

Indie Business Network members are amazing. While I have met dozens of them in person, I’m connected to many hundreds virtually. They all stand out for different reasons, and this week’s featured member is no exception. I’m excited to introduce you to Kelli Parisian, founder of Parisian’s Pure Indulgence in Woodland Hills, California, outside Los…


Indie Business Podcast with Donna Maria and Lorrie Morgan Ferrero

IBP#012: Simple Tips For Writing Good Marketing Copy, from Lorrie Morgan Ferrero [Podcast]

I‘m thrilled to bring another podcast out of the Indie Business archives today! Why not? It is Throwback Thursday after all. In this episode, Lorrie Morgan Ferrero shares her best tips for writing good marketing copy. Whether it’s a website, a brochure, a business card, or an web page, you’ll enjoy Lorrie’s ideas to produce…



Top 10 User-Friendly Links to FDA Cosmetics Laws

Earlier this month, the US Food & Drug Administration updated its website to add several useful overviews and Fact Sheets to help you properly launch, lead, and grow your handmade cosmetics business. While these updates do not change the law, they specifically publicly recognize, for the first time as far as I know, the existence…


michelle gilbert of sarva soap

Gorgeous Handmade Soap From Sarva Soap Co.

One of the best ways to be inspired to pursue your passion in business is to learn from others who have dones so. That’s why we love to spotlight our members here at the blog. Today, you’ll meet Michelle Gilbert, founder of Sarva Soap Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. At Sarva Soap Co., Michelle makes handmade…