Brooks Johnson: Shameless Son Promotion

While most of my posts are designed to help you maximize your potential through small business ownership, a few are designed to make me personally happy. This post is one of those. My son is Number 85 on our local Pop Warner football team. Like his Titans teammates, he plays offense and defense, and I…

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#HandmadeChat Q&A No. 26: How To Open A Retail Store

Every Thursday evening from 8 to 9pm ET, IBN hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to help handmade entrepreneurs sell more products and make more money. While the show is aimed mainly at members of business owners and artisans who make handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of…

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Lela Barker of Bella Luccè to Speak At #IndieCruise 2013

I am pleased to announce that IBN member Lela Barker of Bella Luccè in Columbia, South Carolina, will join join me and dozens of other Indies on #IndieCruise 2013 as a speaker and fellow MasterMinder. The theme for #IndieCruise 2013 is Conceive! Believe! Achieve!, making Lela’s topic of How To Get More Retail Stores To…

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Autumn

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” -Elizabeth Lawrence Walking through the North Carolina woods with the kiddos. HANDMADE ENTREPRENEURIAL COACHING AND MENTORING The best virtual coaching and mentoring for handmade entrepreneurs is at Indie Beauty Network. Click here to connect at our social…

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#HandmadeChat No. 25: How To Sell More #Handmade Products On #Etsy

Every Thursday evening from 8 to 9pm ET, IBN hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to help handmade entrepreneurs sell more products and make more money. While the show is aimed mainly at members of business owners and artisans who make handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of…

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Announcing IBN’s 2012 #HandmadeHoliday Gift Guide!

I am pleased to announce the publication of IBN’s 2012 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide! Inspiration is everywhere inside this 32-page publication. Click the cover to open the publication and start shopping now. Be on the lookout for discount codes throughout! We invite you to grab a cup of your favorite tea, sit back and relax.…

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#HandmadeChat: November 2012 LineUp

Each Thursday night at 8pm ET, IBN hosts #HandmadeChat, a weekly Twitter talk show designed to help you sell more of the products you make. If you’ve never attended before, now is the time. It’s fun, informative, and a super supportive environment where you’ll learn so much about making your business more successful. To learn…

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How To Pick Yourself Up When You’re Discouraged

I‘m a naturally upbeat person. Even so, there have been times in my life when I’ve been especially discouraged. Some of these times are fleeting — like when I was not selected to win this trip to the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs’ Conference earlier this year. Other discouragements have been more jarring and long lasting —…

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Butternut Squash Lasagna

Fall is the perfect season for root vegetables, and butternut squash is one of my favorites. I love cooking it over a low flame with salt, pepper and chicken broth. Once the chunks of squash are soft, I mash them into a thick pudding-like side dish. It’s good paired with baked chicken and green beans.…

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Friends

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” -Jim Morrison My son is on the left, celebrating his 9th birthday this month, with his pals. Happy Birthday, Brooks!

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#HandmadeChat No. 24: How To Manage Multiple Twitter Accounts

Every Thursday evening from 8 to 9pm ET, IBN hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show designed to help handmade entrepreneurs sell more of the products they make. While the show is aimed mainly at members of IBN and artisans who make handmade consumer products, the topics and discussion can empower and encourage the growth of…

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4 Ways To Encourage Repeat Sales

As your business grows, you will discover that it is far more profitable to earn repeat sales from existing customers than it is to pursue new ones. Of course you can’t slack off in terms of finding new prospects. But as you align your energies with the priority of satisfying existing customers, your job will…

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