Introducing Influencer Judge Sommer Poquette: The Clean Green Mom Influencer

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2018 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. You have already met actress Damaris Lewis and award-winning entrepreneur Jaime Schmidt. Today,…

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Introducing Influencer Judge Jaime Schmidt: Disruptive Master of Intrigue

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2018 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. You have already met Damaris Lewis. Today, I’m pleased to announce Jaime Schmidt,…

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Introducing Influencer Judge Damaris Lewis: Poet, Actor, Maker, Muse

Recently, I announced the open call for entries for the 2018 Indie Business Network Artisan Product of the Year Awards. Our winners will be announced next month. In the meantime, I’d like you to become acquainted with our panel of carefully curated Influencer Judges. This article shares three things you need to know about our…

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10 Ways to Inspire Yourself When Life Sucks

Since I’ve had to inspire myself to keep going in the midst of many sucky situations lately, I thought I’d share some of the strategies I’ve used to get through my recent sucky situations. There have been many, and I’ll tell you about them later, but for now, if your life is feeling The Suck…

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Recap: Artisan Made Show: Summer Sizzle Edition

In case you missed it, the Artisan Made Show: Summer Sizzle Edition was awesome. Summer is in full swing, and if you need some additional life enhancing products to round out the season, you have come to the right place! Our show lineup included five or our member artisan entrepreneurs from five states: Minnesota, Alabama,…

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Indie Business Fit Club

I am thrilled to announce the launch of the Indie Business Fit Club! The recent suicides of entrepreneurs like Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and others, not to mention the many discussions in our private Facebook community around the topic of burnout and stress, have led me to believe that it’s time to embrace entrepreneurial fitness…

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Recap: Artisan Made Show: Father’s Day Edition

In case you missed it yesterday, the Artisan Made Show: Father’s Day Edition was awesome. Father’s Day is coming up on June 17, and if you have yet to finish your shopping, then you have come to the right place! Our show lineup included six or our member artisan entrepreneurs from four states: California, Connecticut,…

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IndieCruise Mastermind 2019 Presenter: Maria Gelnett: The Nia Technique

I am excited to share that, with the addition of Maria Gelnett and The Nia Technique, we have added the perfect complement to Indie Cruise 2019 and our theme of The Community Economy. For those who don’t know, the Nia Technique is the combination of 52 simple movements that integrate dance arts, martial arts, and…

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Maker Journeys: France: A Fragrant Odyssey

“It’s better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times.” – Anonymous If you have ever dreamed of traveling to a faraway land that allows you to combine your passion for natural ingredients with your desire to create new and amazingly fragrant things, then this is the journey for you. I’m…

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Maker Mastermind™ Live Recap: April 2018: Chicago

Maker Mastermind Live: Chicago: Emerge + Engage was fun and fulfilling! Attendees joined me two days of masterminding, goal setting, business planning, Maker shopping, and fun. We kicked off Maker Mastermind™ Live: Chicago: Emerge + Engage the night before with a delicious Mastermind Dinner at the meat free Veggie Diner where we learned everything there…

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Announcing the Theme for Indie Cruise 2019: The Community Economy

I am excited to announce the theme for Indie Cruise 2019. For those who don’t know, Indie Cruise is the signature retreat for Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs. If you already know you want to join us, you can register for Indie Cruise 2019 now by clicking here. If you have any questions before registering, call…

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Maker Mastermind Live Tour 2018 Registration is OPEN!

Create and Execute a Solid Plan for Your Business With Private Masterminding and Coaching The Indie Business Network’s Maker Mastermind™ Experience is the most powerful way for artisan entrepreneurs to make quick progress in their businesses, while also enjoying the process. Here’s what you get … First off, you get an experience that is specifically…

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Recap: First Artisan Made Show

In case you missed the premier episode of the Artisan Made Show, you can catch all of the fun here. Our lineup included five artisan entrepreneurs who were excited to share their brand and welcome you into their communities. The Artisan Made Show makes it fun and easy for you Meet the Makers | Shop…

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How to Shop the Artisan Made Show

The Artisan Made Show is the online pop-up shopping party! If you like shopping with your friends for artisan made perfume, fragrant candles, handmade soaps, meaningful jewelry, and paper goods to celebrate any occasion, then you’ll love the Artisan Made Show! It’s a collaborative boutique progressive shopping experience for people who love to buy local,…

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10 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Ixtapa, Mexico

As you may know, I host the Indie Cruise, an annual retreat for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. This year, in January, we retreated at the beautiful Club Med Resort in Ixtapa, Mexico. If you’ve never been, here’s your chance to take a virtual tour with me. Let’s start with this stunning beach sunset. About Ixtapa…

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Introducing Blog Topics

The chief objections you tell me you have to blogging consistently and publishing a newsletter on a regular basis are that you don’t have enough time and you cannot think of anything interesting to write about. Yet, you know you should blog, and you really do want to use your blog and email newsletter to…

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Introducing Content Calls

Content Calls are here! Based on conversations with you, our members, I saw the need for a member benefit focused specifically on helping you create the kind of engaging and consistent content that would attract and resonate with your target audience. Content Calls is that service, and it starts right now! After nearly 20 years…

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10 Action Steps to Grow Your Maker Business This Year

As we wind down to the end of the first month of a new year, you may have already set some specific goals that will level up your business over the next 12 months. But just in case you haven’t, or even if you have and you may have missed something important, this list is…

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Indie Business Network: 2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year everyone! As we coast into 2018, I am pausing to reflect on the magnificent blessing I have to serve thousands of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs all across North America. It is an honor and a privilege, and frankly, a whole lot of fun! 2017 was a year of great fun and forward…

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