Handmade Entrepreneurs Making It Happen at Maryland’s Boonsboro Green Fest

One of the most rewarding things about leading the Indie Business Network is serving handmade entrepreneurs who know how to support and encourage each other’s dreams. It melted my heart when I received emails over the weekend from some of our members who sold their handmade products at the 6th Annual Boonsboro Green Fest in…


Throwback Thursday: A Maker Documentary Trailer

Several years ago, I got an idea to create a documentary of sorts to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurial MAKERS nationwide. I sent my husband business partner out to gather B-roll and photographs of members who were making waves in their local communities. Here is the result. As you can see, it’s a kind of…


unique la

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…


opening day at the matthews farmer's market

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…


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…



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…


Announcing #MakerMonday!

Iam excited to announce #MakerMonday, a new way for the world to experience the local and handmade products from members of the Indie Business Network. For those who don’t know, our members hail from all 50 states and Canada (and a few other countries), and#MakerMonday is our newest fun way to help them spread the…


holly beatie of high octave healing

Rest in Peace: Holly Beatie of High Octave Healing

I am saddened to report the passing of one of IBN’s members, Holly Beatie of High Octave Healing in Truckee, California. Holly had been a member of IBN since April 2009, making herbal products to help people live better lives. Holly’s products were sold online and at local artisan markets near her home near Lake…