Meet me at Connection Day 2015: Portland

I will host Connection Day 2015: Portland, on October 11-12, 2015, with hotel check-in and Indie Yappy Hour the evening before! (I'll be hosting Connection Day New York City in September, so I could not leave out my members over on the other side of the country now could I?) Sponsored by one of IBN's longtime members, Essential Wholesale and Labs, Connection Day is a time of fun and hot seat Masterminding specifically designed for Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs. If you have already heard about it and you want to register now, you know what to do with that big yellow button below!


The event cost is only $179.00! Plus, we negotiated a super low hotel rate for you at the fabulous Hotel Monaco. Here is bit of what you'll be treated to on Connection Day 2015: Portland!

What is Connection Day?

Connection Day is designed to connect IBN Members and Makers together for a time of uplift, learning and personal growth. It's a day where you leave your business and the pressures of your everyday life to focus on you — your goals, your plans, and your progress.

At Connection Day, you'll come together in a supportive community with other entrepreneurs to receive (and give!) encouragement, and to focus on and solidify the strategic direction for your business.

Here are the Addresses and Overview Agenda

Sunday, October 11: late afternoon (exact time TBA): Essential Wholesale: cocktail hour and tour (2211 NW Nicolai St. | Portland, OR 97210)

Monday, October 12: Connection Day: Hotel Monaco 8:30 to 5:00, with lunch served (506 S.W. Washington Street, Portland, OR 97204)

Connection Day includes speakers on topics of interest to all entrepreneurs, panel discussions and peer-inspired Masterminding.

You'll love the panel discussions, delicious luncheon (included), and awards ceremony! Here is how much fun you'll have covering some of the topics that are most important to the success and sustainability of your business.

Under the loving and experienced guidance of the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, award-winning entrepreneur Donna Maria Coles Johnson, and IBN's Head Coach Christine Laureano, you'll enjoy an interactive day of revealing panel discussions, interactive Masterminding and fun relationship building.

Our Sponsor for Connection Day: Portland

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I am thrilled that the one and only Essential Wholesale & Labs is the sponsor for Connection Day: Portland!!

In case you don't know about Essential Wholesale, the company is a supplier of natural and organic cosmetic products and ingredients. If you have a cosmetic business and you don't know about Essential Wholesale, you need to. They offer base cosmetics that you can customize and package for your customers. The employee-owned company offers ingredients like essential oils, powders, sugars, salts and carrier oils. They also offer private label services so they will make and package your products under your label so all you have to do is market and ship them out.

They even offer in-house formulation consultation.

You can learn more about Essential Wholesale and it's CEO, Diane Humke, in this episode of the Indie Business Podcast.

Cocktail Party and Lab Tour

Not only will you enjoy hearing from (and personally meeting) Essential Wholesale's CEO, Diane Humke, you will also be treated to a fun cocktail party the evening before Connection Day, along with an exciting tour of the company's facilities where they make products. Diane is a business genius, so you will not want to miss the amazing insights she will share.

Why Connection Day? Small Business: Big Results!

The intimate setting at Connection Day puts arms and legs on our virtual connections. We love connecting virtually, but we all know that there's nothing like a face-to-face experience to facilitate the type of bonding that is so important to your success.

We'll take the brainstorming done in our virtual forum to a physical level that literally embraces you in new ideas and breakthroughs, so you can experience a whole new level of business growth and energy.

Here is the type of energy you'll enjoy at Connection Day!


You'll enjoy focus-generating activities, progress and planning exercises, and sharing with peers to help increase accountability and maintain momentum.

You'll get some awesome Maker Swag, and you'll also get the “Connection Collection,” a booklet containing the contact information for everyone in attendance, along with the transcripts and summaries of all of the day's events and ideas, so you can add them to your Success Library and use them year after year!

Overall, it's a full day of zooming in on your highest priorities so you can keep your business (and your life) focused and on track to achieve your best.

And, one more thing — members who have made significant progress in their businesses and as contributors to the larger Maker community will be recognized at an awards ceremony.

Connection Day: Portland

You can register for Connection Day: Portland now, and get great Mover Maker (uber early bird) pricing for the full day at an amazing negotiated rate at the luxurious Hotel Monaco Portland located close to the airport and Portland's metro!

Who is Excited?!

I'm so excited to know you'll be joining me!

If you're as excited as I am, share in the Facebook comments below. I'll go first!

See you on Connection Day!

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About Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria is an author, podcaster, attorney, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, providing affordable product liability insurance and mentoring. Donna Maria teaches Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs how to use technology and community to build a profitable, sustainable business.