The Indie Business Network 2018 Badge Is Here!

The new 2018 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 the current year. After you log in, choose the “Get your 2018 Member Badge” icon from the Dashboard, and follow the prompts to display…

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Maker Stories: Episode 63: Kayla Fioravanti of Ology Essentials and Work+Shop Create [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 63 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Kayla Fioravanti of Ology Essentials and Work+Shop Create outside Nashville, Tennessee. For many of you, this may be a re-introduction, since Kayla has been a guest on Indie Business Podcast a few years back when her business was going in…

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Artisan Product of the Year 2017: Winners

I am pleased to announce the 2017 Artisan Products of the Year! Our winners were selected by our six amazing Influencer Judges: Patrice Grell Yursik, Lisa Douglas, Jade Huang, Jennifer Moreau, Melinda Emerson, and Ally Loprete. If you missed the overview of the Artisan Product of the Year Awards, what they stand for, and why…

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Maker Stories: Episode 62: Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 62 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals in Pahoa, Hawaii and San Diego, California. Valerie is the founder, CEO, and lead formulator at Valana Minerals where she creates vegan mineral makeup specifically for women of color. In addition to leading her business,…

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Introducing Influencer Lisa Douglas: The Mom in Chaos Blogger

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I’d like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, Jen…

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Introducing Influencer Ally Loprete: The Entrepreneurial Cheerleader

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I’d like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, Jen…

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Introducing Influencer Melinda Emerson: The Master Small Business Networker

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I’d like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik, Jade Huang, and…

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Introducing Influencer Judge Jennifer Moreau: An Expert in Southern Craft

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I’d like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Earlier this month, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik and Jade Huang.…

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Small Business Saturday 2017

Small Business Saturday is a week away. In case you don’t know what that is, it was founded by American Express in 2010, as an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small retail stores and shops in communities across the country. Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business…

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Giving Tuesday with Soude Haiti

Several months ago, I announced the Indie Business Network’s collaboration with Soude Haiti, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the people of Haiti build self-sustaining businesses and become more economically empowered. In Episode 49 of the Indie Business Podcast, I introduced you to Soude Haiti co-founder Ronda Porter-Altema who shared how Soude Haiti supports…

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Maker Mastermind Live Recap: November 2017: Nashville

Masker Mastermind Live: Nashville: Emerge was fun and fulfilling! Attendees from Tennessee and as far away as Missouri and New Jersey joined me two days of Masterminding, goal setting, business planning, Maker shopping, and fun. For those who don’t know, I host Maker Mastermind Live in multiple cities annually to help Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs…

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Makers on the Move (November 2017: Episode 1)

Indie Business Network members inspire me daily. On days when I just don’t feel like doing another single thing, I can go into our member Facebook group and get enthusiasm for life breathed right back into me. One of the reasons is that, each week, IBN members share the amazing things they are doing with…

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Introducing Influencer Judge Jade Huang: A Focus on Healthy Beauty

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2017 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced soon. In the meantime, I’d like you to become acquainted with our panel of curated Influencer Judges. Recently, I introduced you to Patrice Grell Yursik. Today, I’m pleased to announce…

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Maker Stories: Episode 61: D’Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 61 of the Indie Business Podcast! Today’s Maker Story introduces you to D’Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company in Raeford, North Carolina. D’Shawn, a teacher by trade, started making candles as appreciation gifts for her co-workers. Everyone raved about them, so she started selling them at the local farmer’s market and…

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Veracity Insurance Solutions is the Presenting Sponsor for Maker Mastermind Live!

As you may know, I am hosting the Maker Mastermind Live Experience next month in Nashville. As you may also know, the Indie Business Network has a long-standing and successful collaborative relationship with Veracity Insurance Solutions, to provide affordable and accessible product liability insurance to our members. If you know how sponsorships work, you know…

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Soar: Build Your Vision From The Ground Up

Recently, the pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick, interviewed Bishop TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, during a special church service. The interview touched upon many critical areas of entrepreneurship, and I wanted to share it with you. I know you may not have time to watch the entire interview, so…

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