Episode 52: Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 52 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Nieves Rathbun of By Nieves in Petrolia, California. Nieves’s business started out of an unexplainable passion for skincare products and perfume. She describes her brand as a kind vintage, but also modern, and she’s done an exquisite job of…

Episode 51: Mike Neustrom of Prairie Lavender Farm and US Lavender Growers Association [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 51 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Mike Neustrom of Prairie Lavender Farm in Bennington, Kansas, and of the United States Lavender Growers Association. Mike’s lavender business is an outgrowth of a promise to his wife to settle wherever she wanted, after he ended a distinguished…

Episode 50: Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 50 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural in Bennington, Kansas. Wildly Natural is a fun and fairly new mineral makeup company run by a woman who loved makeup so much that she talked her mom into becoming a Mary Kay consultant…

Episode 49: Ronda Porter-Altema of Soude Haiti [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 49 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Ronda Porter-Altema of 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. I recorded this interview just a few short days after Hurricane Matthew left a path…

Episode 48: Toushonta Hogan of Scent_sa-tional Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Toushonta of Scent_sa-tional Soaps in Los Angeles, CA. As you’ll hear on this episode, Toushonta has had two phases of her business. The first was a warmup phase, which ended when she worked through a bit of an entrepreneurial…

Episode 47: Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 47 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans outside my fabulous hometown of Washington, DC. (Sorry for calling it episode 46 in the podcast recording.) As you’ll hear on this episode, as a former practicing…

Episode 46: How I Put the I-N-D-I-E in the Indie Business Network [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 46 of the Indie Business Podcast! This episode marks a bit of a milestone: it’s the first ever in which I am not interviewing a guest. I am not changing the things permanently. I will continue to bring you the best inspirational stories of Makers around the nation, but I am changing…

Episode 45: Christina Wennstrom: Soap Seas, Redondo Beach, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 45 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Christina Wennstrom of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California. Before we dive in, I want you to know that I recorded this episode at my mother’s dining room table on a day when her alarm malfunctioned and my children…

Episode 44: Khadija Dawn Carryl: Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 44 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Khadija Dawn Carryl of Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland. Khadija launched Henna Sooq 11 years ago when she was the mother of four kids under the age of six. Today, her business has multiple income streams, and she credits a…

Episode 43: Jennifer Hardaway: KleanSpa, Burbank, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 43 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I’ll introduce you to Jennifer Hardaway of KleanSpa in Burbank, California. As you’ll hear first-hand, Jennifer got the idea for her brand in December 2004 while driving down the street, just minding her business. By 2005, she was making and retailing sugar scrubs…

Episode 42: Michelle Smith: MamaSuds, Goodrich, Michigan [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Michelle Smith of MamaSuds, Maker of natural cleaning products in Goodrich, Michigan. Michelle is a former middle school teacher who began making household cleaners for her family after she and her husband began their family. Encouraged by her…

Episode 41: Kara Brook: Waxing Kara and The Honey House, Owings Mills, Maryland [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 41 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Kara Brook of Waxing Kara and The Honey House in Owings Mills, Maryland. Kara says that entrepreneurship is in her DNA. As you’ll hear in the first part of the interview, her business experience includes leading Internet-based startups,…

Season 4: Episode 4: Martha Stewart American Made with Kim and Brett Borup of Paper Bandit Press [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. So far, I’ve connected you with Riche Holmes Grant from the Style category, Gilyn McKelligon from the Design category, and Colin Fickes and Mary Collins from the Food category. Today,…

Season 4: Episode 3: Martha Stewart American Made with Humdinger Juice [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. So far, I’ve connected you with Riche Holmes Grant from the Style category and Gilyn McKelligon from the Design category. Today, it’s about the Food category, and I’m pleased to…

Season 4: Episode 2: Martha Stewart American Made with Gilyn McKelligon [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 2 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Last week, we brought you Riche Holmes Grant, our choice from the Style category. Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to Gilyn McKelligon of Hannah Bergen in Portland, Oregon,…

Season 4: Episode 1: Martha Stewart American Made with Riche Holmes Grant [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. We start with the Style category, and our featured Maker of choice is Riche Holmes Grant of BambiniWare in Silver Spring, Maryland, and I am thrilled to introduce you to…

Season 3: Episode 12: Makers on Main Street with Amber Hawthorne [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this twelfth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, I will introduce you to Amber Hawthorne of Bambu Earth in San Juan Capistrano, California. Amber just hosted the soft opening of her store this past weekend, and she tells us all about…

Season 3: Episode 11: Makers on Main Street with Cindy Jones, Ph.D. [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you’ll meet Cindy Jones, Ph.D. of Colorado Aromatics in Longmont, Colorado. Cindy started her business 10 years ago on the heels of a career as a chemist and microbiologist. After serving as a…

Season 3: Episode 10: Makers on Main Street with La Shonda Tyree [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 10 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this tenth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, you’ll meet La Shonda Tyree of Handmade Soap Coach in Paterson, New Jersey. Before La Shonda opened her soapmaking studio in Paterson, New Jersey, her business underwent multiple changes and growing pains. She…