Eye Contact: Optimizing The I to Eye Connection

This is a guest post by Luci Weston of Here We Are With Luci, sharing topics and solutions to make your life better, brighter, and easier. If you would like to submit a guest post for my blog, please read the guidelines here. Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook offer new ways to socialize that are simple,…

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Why You Don't Have To Be Smart To Be Successful

In his new book, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, Malcolm Gladwell says that psychologist Daniel Willingham conducted a set of experiments designed to test how quickly people become efficient at a task. For the experiment, he told people in Group A in what specific sequence a pattern of x’s would appear on a…

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FTC To Host Workshops On "Journalism and the Internet Age"

On December 1 and 2, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will hold two days of workshops on how the Internet has affected journalism. The workshops come in the wake of the release last month of the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, which become effective on the first day of…

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My Remarks At Indie Business Revolution: Portland

These are my prepared remarks for tonight’s event. I wish everyone reading this could be here, but since that’s not possible, I wanted to give you a flavor for what fun we are going to have and let you know that I hope to see you at a future event when I come to a…

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The Social Media Revolution

The brains behind this video is Erik Qualman of Socialnomics. Erik is a seasoned social media expert who was a guest on Indie Business Radio a few weeks ago. On the show (you can read a summary, watch a video and stream the audio of the whole show here), Erik shared lots of tips and…

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Announcing Products Liability Insurance For Your Sweets and Confectionery Products

When I launched IBN in 2000, there was a small but growing number of people making soaps, cosmetics and other consumer products in very small quantities. With the explosion of the Internet and the availability to everyone of multiple e-commerce opportunities, micro-manufacturing in many markets has grown tremendously. Up until 2005, Illinois-based RLI Corp. provided…

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, A La Mamma Mohs

I usually don’t blog about baking, but I do love to bake. I don’t get to do it often because I’m such a busy Indie, but I like to make time for baking during the holidays because it seems to enrich my family life to do so. My kids love me for it and my…

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Six Strategies For Being An Effective Media Outlet For Your Small Business

In order to be an effective media outlet for your business, you should abide by some basic journalistic principles. While the technologies that support journalistic endeavors are constantly changing, the basic tenets of good journalism have remained constant for hundreds of years. The challenge for you is to use those principles to establish the branded…

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Announcing The Beauty-Fall Bath & Body Recipe Contest!

As you may know, I am the founder and CEO of the Indie Beauty Network, a trade organization representing small and independent manufacturers of cosmetics, candles, aromatherapy products, soaps, jewelry, confectionery products and other health, beauty and lifestyle accessories. My members manufacture products on a micro-scale, often by hand from scratch. In addition to manufacturers,…

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Twitter List Widgets Use RSS To Help Small Business Owners Expand Their Reach

If you enjoyed my article containing 10 ways small business owners can use Twitter Lists to expand their sphere of influence and build trust and credibility, then you’ll be happy to know about this new Twitter widget creator allowing you to quickly and easily aggregate specific List content into a widget that can be displayed…

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Proof That Social Media Is Killing Print Magazines

When I quit my corporate job to start my business, the first thing I did was call the vice president of public relations at the company I was leaving and ask her how to get good PR. She referred me to a veteran in the industry who broke the devastating news that my business was…

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FDA Social Media Hearings: Day 1 Wrap Up

Today, I attended via webcast the FDA’s hearings on the use of social media to promote medical devices and drugs. The hearings started at 8:00 this morning and I listened uninterrupted until around 3:00, and then off and on after that. The speakers included drug companies (including some that also make cosmetics, such as Johnson…

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Senator Al Franken Introduces Household Product Labeling Act of 2009

On September 23, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) introduced the Household Product Labeling Act. You can read the full text here (only 4 pages — yay!), and you can read the Senator’s press release here. The Act requires that the product label for all household cleaning products include all of the ingredients in that household cleaning product. “Household…

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Why I’m Headed Back To Capitol Hill On Behalf Of America’s Small Businesses

I am pleased to announce that, on December 3 and 4, I’m leading another delegation to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The purpose of my visits is to share small business perspectives on pending cosmetics legislation, and also on current rules, regulations and current events affecting the cosmetics industry. This is my second…

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Safe Baby Products Act of 2009

[An article about this bill was originally published in April 2009 at my old FDA Globalization Act blog. Due to a technical glitch, the article did not transfer here. This is what I recall of that post. Update: 8/11/2010: This post is here for informational purposes only, as the bill seems to have died in…

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The Depth of My "Social Media" Experience

In a day and time when “social media” is just a word I’ve heard when things were being said, I think it is vital that anyone saying they are qualified to teach you how to use social media should be able to validate the depth of their experience as a successful user of new media…

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Federal Agencies That Regulate Cleaning Products

Yesterday, Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale (one of my sponsors) posted a useful summary of how household products, and cleaning products in general, are regulated in the United States. Her post points out one of the significant challenges to small and independent business owners when it comes to digesting and comply with regulations. Namely, that…

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Procter & Gamble Warned About Combining Drugs And Dietary Supplements

On October 29, the FDA sent a warning letter to Procter & Gamble concering their sale of combination over the counter (OTC) drug/dietary supplement products. Without making your eyes glaze over, the problem with this is that drugs must be approved by the FDA before they can be sold. Dietary supplements do not. The FDA’s…

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FDA To Host Hearings On Use of Social Media To Promote Regulated Products

Tomorrow and Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold public hearings to provide an opportunity for what it calls “broad” public participation and comment on promotion of FDA-regulated medical products (including prescription drugs for humans and animals, prescription biologics, and medical devices) using the Internet and social media tools. The hearings will…

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