Maker Mastermind Live Recap: November 2016: San Francisco

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Masker Mastermind San Francisco was fantastic! Twenty engaged and determined creative entrepreneurs joined together for two days of Masterminding, goal setting and fun.


After I delivered a presentation designed to help everyone plan their businesses for long term success, we piled into several cars (thanks Uber!) for the short ride to Renegade at Fort Mason Pavilion.

renegade craft

Me with Hilary Goldman (front) of A Slice of Delight, Nieves Rathbun (top right) of by Nieves and Alyson Noel Swihart (behind me) of Handbrewed Soaps take in the Renegade Action together.

We spent the afternoon buying artisan handmade goods including chocolate, candles, perfume, scarves, purses, soap, body oil and more. Here's a sampling of my stash.

san francisco renegade craft

Soap, body balm, a chocolate bar, gift soap, bar soap, more chocolate, body oil, perfume. And that's just the beginning!

We invested the entire second day Masterminding our businesses. Everyone had a chance in the hot seat. The most popular issues we strategized on and developed plans for included marketing, organizing and planning, boosting sales, raising prices, defining a niche and so much more. Everyone walked away with inspiration and dozens of ideas they can put into place now to grow their business.

Here is a little of the praise for Maker Mastermind: San Francisco:

“Through the San Francisco Maker Mastermind with Donna Maria, I was able to sever the emotional umbilical cord with my brand and do the winter pruning to allow for Spring growth. I no longer see my brand as a reflection of me, but a reflection of the needs and wants of my clients.” – Stacy Young, Pour le Mieux Bath and Body Essentials, Oakland, California
“Maker Mastermind gave me the courage to be more upfront and center with my approach to my customers and our marketing. It also helped me to release that nagging guilt I had about charging premium prices for my premium products. I came back to my business with a new winning approach! Thank you!!” – Kamika King, InspiredBeauty & I Am Grooming Co., Inglewood, CA
“Maker Mastermind got to the heart of how we run our business in a way that's never been addressed with me before. It's the entire package. I learned so much and had many aha moments. I came out refreshed, focused and ready to go! I was feeling stagnant and it was a much needed boost for me.” – Sally Ann Waters, Birdy Botanicals, San Francisco, CA

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Coming Soon: Maker Mastermind 2017

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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.