I can hardly believe it — #IndieCruise2013 is just 5 days away. As I was finishing up my planning this afternoon, I realized that I had announced all of the speakers and topics, except for me and my topic. So, I thought I'd tell you what I'll be speaking on.
Top 10 Complementary Business Models For Handmade Entrepreneurs
Once you have a strong core and brand recognition in your niche, it's time to consider expanding beyond your historic confines. If the time is right (and this is critical to the analysis, because bad timing can destroy your brand expansion efforts), adding complementary business models is a great way to expand your platform and increase your income.
Donna Maria will discuss how to know if your business is ready to embrace new revenue streams, how to go beyond your core without sacrificing it, how to leverage existing business models to support new ones, and more. She'll also discuss how to avoid big mistakes grow and push yourself forward.
The MasterMind sessions will include break out sessions where we work together to take a look at new business models and explore whether any of them might be a good fit for helping us take our businesses to the next level.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know just about all you want to know about me. But in case you're new here, I thought I'd share so you have get a feel for my heart and my motivation to serve you as a small business advocate, mentor and coach. (This was written for me in third person; pretend like someone else is saying it …)
Donna Maria is the voice for creative and handmade entrepreneurial success. After quitting her job as an attorney in a Fortune 500 company, Donna Maria launched the Indie Beauty Network from a small second bedroom in a rented house in her hometown of Washington, DC. Today, IBN is the world's first and only trade organization serving handmade soap and cosmetics manufacturers. Recently, IBN has expanded to serve entrepreneurs who make candles, jewelry, candies, and baked goods.
Among other honors, dM has been:
– named by the US Small Business Administration, Washington, DC Office, as the Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year
– named by Black Enterprise.com as one of the “Black Blogosphere’s Best”
– named by Forbes.com as one of the 25 most influential women Tweeting about entrepreneurship
– named by Evan Carmichael, as one of the top 100 small business experts to follow on Twitter
– named by American Express OPEN Forum as one of 80 Small Business Twitters You Should Be Following
– named a “Haven for Small Business Owners” by Black Enterprise.com
– nominated by Small Biz Trends as a Small Business Influencer Guru
Donna Maria and IBN provide business and success advice and resources to 40,000 people around the world.
MasterMinding And Fun
In addition to Jennifer's presentation, as we always do in #IndieCruise, we will dive into each other's hearts to facilitate the revelations we all need to intentionally merge our talents and gifts with the business acumen needed to be simultaneously profitable and personally fulfilled. This combination is so critical to your well being!
Liberty of the Seas
All of this life changing fun will take place aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, a family-friendly luxury cruise ship with tons of spa and fitness activities, star studded entertainment and three delicious meals a day.
The newly renovated ship is packed with phenomenal on-board experiences, including a broadway musical, first run movies under the stars on the upper deck, wine tastings, several pools, hot tubs and jacuzzis, rock climbing walls, boxing ring, water park, mini golf course adults only whirlpool extending 12 feet beyond the side of the ship overlooking crystal blue waters — and so much more!
(I don't think I'll sleep the whole time — can't wait!)
At the end of each day, which will include opportunities for excursions among ancient ruins, snorkeling, spa and scuba, we will gather at late dinner to wind down and share the excitement of the day, and get a chance to support and know each other even better. This is one of the most fun parts of #IndieCruise because we all relax and unwind together and share what we will apply to make our businesses the best they can be in 2013 and beyond!
The support and relationships fostered on #IndieCruise are like nothing you have ever experienced before.
#IndieCruise MasterMind 2013 will set sail February 2-7, 2013 for a 4-Night Ft. Lauderdale to Cozumel to Belize cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.
We invite you to join us! You know you wanna … believe it or not, we just had a new person sign up yesterday … Register now by clicking here, or call Gary Whitehurst at 800-668-6414, ext. 150. Once you register, we will invite you to join our private #IndieCruise FaceBook Page, where we support each other all year long.
Check out our #IndieCruise video.
If you miss us this year, there's always #IndieCruise2014, and we'll save a cabin for you!