Learn From (and Snorkel With) Leading Indies, Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs

Today, the world is filled with creative and handmade entrepreneurs. This was not always so. There was a time when terms like “handmade” and “creative-made” and “maker” were the very definition of quality and value. Those days are gone. Having a quality product is the baseline now, and nothing less will do. But there are so many good products out there, and today, it takes more than just a good product to create and sustain a business that stands out in a crowded market place. Our theme: No More Beauty Business As Usual, reflects this reality. On #IndieCruise 2014, not only will you discover what it takes to stand out in the crowd, but you'll be empowered to actually *do* what it takes to stand out in the crowd.


That's a picture of me in Cozumel, atop the catamaran after my snorkel on #IndieCruise 2013. #IndieCruise is my signature event, and our 2014 cruise to three Caribbean islands is slated to be the best one yet. Want to Break all the rules, Build your own corporate ladder, and Create the life you love? Of course you do!

Step up for an unplugged week of working ON your business, not just IN it.

  • Did you launch strong, and are now overwhelmed and don't know what to do next?
  • Are you having trouble differentiating your product or service from everyone else's?
  • Do you need to unplug from the noise and focus on your priorities for 2014?
  • Do you want to create ways to increase your income in 2014, while simultaneously creating a platform that will allow you to work fewer hours as the years pass?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then #IndieCruise 2014 is for you.

#IndieCruise is the only business event where you are challenged — for a full week — to hang up on Facebook, say “toodles” to Twitter, and bid farewell to Pinterest so you can focus on your highest business goals and priorities.


If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne at 770-952-8300.

Let's Do This!

On #IndieCruise, you'll Mastermind your biggest business challenges and work with dozens of like-minded entrepreneurs to transform your problems into solutions. You'll do this while enjoying world class cuisine aboard a luxury cruise ship, go zip lining on the world's longest zip line over open ocean, swim with dolphins, kiss stingrays, and dip your toes into crystal clear blue water — all while everyone else is shoveling snow in the middle of winter.

A Personal Business Retreat

I have designed #IndieCruise to give you plenty of space for personal exploration and play. There is a fabulous mix of Masterminding along with the fresh air and processing time you need to digest what you learn and convert it to an action plan for your business.

You will enjoy time with others, but you'll also have the sacred space you need to reflect and search your heart for the answers you need to take your best next steps.

Who Are The Speakers?

#IndieCruise 2014 features three of the leading creative maker entrepreneurs in the world today. Between them, there are ten brands, six businesses, *hundreds* of magazine, television, radio and newspaper features, and multiple entrepreneurial awards and accolades.

But more importantly, these women have a heart for your success, and they come ready to pour into you so you can maximize your potential as well. Not only will you learn from them. You will also dive into the corners of their hearts to extract the nuggets of information and experience you can translate into your own life.

Through lectures, workshops, and informal discussions over things like pedicures, lobster rolls, margaritas on the beach, and rock climbing on board ship, you will learn from our speakers in ways that are relevant to where you are today, and what you want to achieve tomorrow.

#IndieCruise 2014 features:

Dawn Fitch — motivational speaker, social media maven, cover model, retail store owner, beauty product manufacturer and graphic designer

Lela Barker – serial entrepreneur (three businesses so far), world traveler, entrepreneurial consultant, wholesale and retail sales expert and good manufacturing practices guru

Of course, I will be speaking too. I am leading two sessions and will enjoy mingling with you and serving as your host, coach and mentor.


If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne at 770-952-8300.

Where Will #IndieCruise Be Held?

#IndieCruise will be held January 26 to February 1, 2014 aboard Royal Caribbean’s elegant Independence of the Seas, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Falmouth, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, and Labadee, Haiti. With excursion options that include shopping, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, exploring tropical waterfalls, caves and turtle habitats, deep sea diving and fishing, stingray massages, award winning spa and cuisine and more, your #IndieCruise is tailor made for you to enjoy time alone and time with our group.

Space Is Limited!

This year, unlike previous years, we are capping attendance so each attendee can receive their fill of personalized attention.

And let me tell you this – tears are shed. Pulling out your best can be scary. It requires you to dig deeper than you've ever dug before. We will challenge you, and you will challenge us, and we will emerge collectively with a new determination to grab our dreams and drag them home where they belong.

Are you ready?


If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne at 770-952-8300.

Why You Should Attend

#IndieCruise attracts people from all walks of life who have one thing in common: they are determined to build a creative business that lays the foundation for a lifetime of personal and financial success.

Whether they are “newbies” or they have a few years of entrepreneurial success under their belts, they all know that continuous learning and Masterminding in an unplugged atmosphere are the only investments that will propel them and their businesses forward.

What You Will Do

#IndieCruise is unlike anything you've ever done before.

You will hang out and interact with like-minded creative entrepreneurs for six days.
You will hear stimulating talks from stand-out entrepreneurs, and each other.
You will experience one of the best cruise ships in the world.
You will get a healthy dose of fresh air, sunshine, and water.
You will barely touch Twitter, Facebook and all the rest of it. You'll see sunsets instead.
You will laugh and you will cry.
You will wipe our tears and we will wipe yours.
You will yoga.
You will eat exquisite food.
You will belly dance.
You will spa.
You will relax, kickback, and recharge.

You will emerge a better leader, ready to tackle the next phase of your life.

Our MasterMind sessions are focused entirely on equipping you build a sustainable and profitable business. You will network with other Indies, meet and dine with top experts, and walk away with the contacts, advice, and practical action steps you need to take your business to the next level.

Register Now!

Don’t miss this opportunity to rise to your best. Reserve your cabin for #IndieCruise 2014 today.


If you have any questions before registering, call Suzanne at 770-952-8300.

See you on board!


How could #IndieCruise help you transform your business and your life? What could taking a week to focus ON your business, instead of IN it, do to help you achieve your goals and aspirations? Please share your thoughts and comments below.

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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.