I Had Fun at International Natural Hair Meetup Day!

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Washington, DC. I had such a fun time learning more about how to manage natural hair, especially my daughter's, and enjoyed meeting tons of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs from the DC area. The nation's capitol is my hometown, so I was especially pleased to be invited to speak. Here are me and event host Pamela Jenkins, doing our best smoochie selfie!

donna maria and pamela jenkins of koils by nature

My topic was “Top 10 Success Secrets For Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs,” and I had a great time speaking from my heart about specific action items I feel are critical for all business owners, especially people who make the products they sell.

After I spoke, I also met talented Maker named Todd Parsons. Along with his wife, Todd runs a business designing and making beautiful custom, laser engraved earrings. He makes other things too (like keychains, table placemats and decorative wall art), but I was focused on his earrings. I bought some for myself and for my daughter. Todd was kind enough to pose for a picture with me.

donna maria and todd parsons earring guy

If you look closely at the picture of me and Pamela at the top of the page, you'll see that she is wearing earrings that brand her bath, body and hair products business. Are they not gorgeous? Todd made them.

Betcha can't guess who his next customer will be?

You can read more about Todd and his stellar example of customer service in my newest article for Chris Brogan's Owner Magazine, at this link. And check out Koils by Nature on Twitter!

Best and success,



Have you ever had custom branded jewelry made for you? I have, and you can see a picture here.

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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.