#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.

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To learn more, follow the #HandmadeChat hash tag on Twitter to see what everyone's talking about. Here is the lineup for November!

November 1: Donna DeRosa: How To Sell More Products On Etsy

Most handmade entrepreneurs know that Etsy is a great place to sell handmade products, especially if your business is new. Etsy seller Donna DeRosa will share some great Etsy selling tips, and lead the way for discussion and sharing so everyone can share what works for them.

November 8: Melissa Rivera: How To Network Locally To Grow Your Business

While everyone with an online business has to set aside significant amounts of online marketing time, we are all still part of a local community. Melissa will lead a super discussion about how you can find and connect locally in ways that enrich your life personally as you advance your business interests.

UPDATE: Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in New York City, where Melissa is located, we have postponed her topic for a later date to be announced. Instead, we are happy to welcome artist Lisa Stewart as our special guest. Lisa will answer questions about How to Open A Retail Store.

Lisa is an award-winning designer and illustrator whose work can be found in homes, galleries and shops nationwide. She recently opened a retail store in Raleigh, North Carolina, to serve as a showplace for her work, a place to sell her wares, and a location where she can grow her lifestyle brand.

Follow Lisa on Twitter at this link.

November 15: La Shonda Tyree: How To Use Awards Programs To Grow Your Business

Fresh from her advancing position in New Jersey's “Start Something Challenge,” awards competition, La Shonda will lead a discussion about how to find, participate in and benefit from awards and competition programs that can help your business gain a financial as well as a competitive edge.

November 22: No #HandmadeChat today — Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29: Donna Maria (moi!): Ten Steps To An Efficient, Effective Content Marketing System

The simplest, least expensive and most effective way to draw the attention of your target customer is to share content that interest them. Content is like a red carpet, welcoming your customer and building the trust and confidence they need to exchange their hard earned money for what you have to offer. This chat will lead you through a 10-step process to set up a content marketing system that will position you to maximize sales.

See you on November 1, for #HandmadeChat. Remember to read the easy instructions here if you don't already know how to participate.

And by the way, we choose our topics based on feedback from you! If you have any ideas, please complete the #HandmadeChat Survey, so we can consider your suggestions!


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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.