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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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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