Welcome to Maker Mastermind Business Incubator

About Maker Mastermind™ Business Incubator

Maker Mastermind™ Business Incubator is a VIP entrepreneur coaching program available only to members of the Indie Business Network. Maker Mastermind is led by Donna Maria, the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network. It is designed to help you take the actions needed to consistently clarify and achieve your quarterly and overall business goals.

How do you exit the endless treadmill of busyness, and eliminate low return activities that suck your energy without contributing anything to your bottom line? 

Simple. You replace a throw-spagetti-at-the-wall approach with  a strategy that moves you toward your goals in bite-sized pieces.

Each week, and daily inside your circle, you'll move toward your goals one small and steady step at at a time. You'll get the support you need from your Maker Mastermind Mentor and everyone in your circle.

Maker Mastermind Business Incubator is a bespoke experience that help you develop the skills you need to lead your business forward and achieve maximum profits and marketplace impact. Our curated program ensures that you thrive and grow at your level, and in an optimal business and personal growth environment.

What you get in Maker Mastermind Business Incubator

  • Weekly Progress Parties remind you to celebrate and reward your successes

  • Monthly Meetups help you develop the leadership skills you need to influence people to buy your products and grow your team

  • Weekly private Virtual Co-working opportunities ensures that you head into the weekend with more free time to enjoy your personal life

  • Monthly Technology Days help you tackle your technology nightmares, from websites to social media to plugins!

  • The private Make • Market • Monetize Podcast gives you insights, strategies, and frameworks to help you get better results in your life and your business

  • Private discussion and networking community

  • Periodic sales training — because who does not need to learn to sell better?!

  • Free ticket to Maker Mastermind Live in October 2020!

  • 50% off one-on-one limited access coaching with me, when you need more personalized attention and support

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Your Maker Mastermind Mentor, Donna Maria, combines 20 years of entrepreneurial success with unsurpassed enthusiasm for your future. As your personal guide, Donna Maria will be by your side every step of the way.

Maker Mastermind delivers personalized access to IBN's founder, Donna Maria, and her approach to entrepreneurship that has sustained her business model for 20 years. You'll also enjoy the support of a tribe of like-minded entrepreneurial women who understand you and want your success as much as you do.

Meet your Maker Mastermind ™ Mentor

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Donna Maria is an author, speaker, blogger, podcaster, entrepreneurial mentor, and the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network where she has mentored thousands of women for nearly 20 years.

Donna Maria is driven by a singular mission: to help women maximize their potential through small business ownership. She does this through IBN, the Maker Mastermind Business Incubator, Indie Cruise, Indie Business Podcast and more.

Donna Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Relations from the University of South Carolina, and a Juris Doctorate in Telecommunications and New Technologies Law from the Catholic University of America.

What People Say About Maker Mastermind™!

mm - Ann Kuchera Stoll quote "I came to the Maker Mastermind, weary and droopy eyed. I wasn't sure what I needed, but dM was quick to see what I did need. She helped me reign in the shiny object issue, so many makers deal with with. She is quick with ideas and full of fun ways to infuse more energy in your business. dM is an engaging speaker and has the gift of encouragement. I would definitely do one of these again! Thanks so much for this opportunity and giving me clarity again!"
Ann Kuchera Stoll mm - Michelle Deken "Maker Mastermind really allowed me the safe space to dream and challenge myself to make my business the one I've always wanted it to be. So glad I made the investment in myself and my business!"
Michelle Deken mm - Sandy Engels quote "Maker Mastermind will move your business to the next level right before your eyes. It's eye opening and a way to really grasp who your target client is and how to proceed to reach them. I can tell you that my business is not the same as it was."
Sandy Engels mm - Lisa Kennally quote "Donna Maria has a wealth of knowledge and exudes positive energy and insight. If you are looking for a small group setting to collaborate with other business owners in the Maker community."
Lisa Kennally mm - la shonda quote "Maker Mastermind was an opportunity to stop and smell my business. It supported me in setting measurable goals. It didn't leave me to do it alone, but I have several like-minded accountability partners to check in on me to see how I'm doing."
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mm - Michelle Campbell "Maker Mastermind got me out of my own head. I was able to get practical strategies, tool and techniques that boosted my business right on the spot! Even better, I received a roadmap for the next couple of months."
Michelle Campbell mm - Heather Lux "The Maker Mastermind was an incredible experience! Donna Maria's genuine passion for what she does and those she serves was evident from the moment we met. I especially appreciated the candid “tough love” and the inspiring words of encouragement she and others provided. We laughed, we cried, we shared….and we learned how to direct our passion into a more profitable business."
Heather Lux mm - Michelle Zagorski "Maker Mastermind let me know I'm not alone in my struggles and concerns. It is so reassuring to talk with others who've 'been there, done that' and are successful. Also, the nitty gritty biz advice from taxes and hiring employees, to learning new ways to get the most out of social media, how to write a business plan, the right and wrong ways to handle sticky situations, and what mental attitude is necessary when approaching potential important clients. Invaluable ...!"
Michele Zagorski mm - Viktoriya Hopperstad "The business model that Donna Maria presented and brainstorming ideas helped to bring my business to the next level."
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mm - Vanssa Nixon Klein "Maker Mastermind exceeded my expectations in so many ways! Donna Maria is truly a mastermind when it comes to taking a realistic look at where a business is and recognizing what needs to be done to move things forward. Even though I had to take a hard look at things I've been doing wrong (eek!), I'm more confident than I've ever been that I can do what's needed to help my business thrive."
Jill Sarmiento mm - Vanssa Nixon Klein "Maker Mastermind was amazing. It was a great opportunity to build relationships with other Makers and get clarity on which challenges are most important to focus on in our own businesses."
Vanessa Nixon Klein mm - donna d "We accomplished a lot that day without feeling drained. It felt good to connect with people who understand, and know that we’re not alone. We’re Makers together."
Donna DeRosa mm - maribel quote "I would totally recommend Maker Mastermind to any creative entrepreneur! It's a great way to meet your peers and bounce ideas off of each other. It's good to know that you're not alone in the indie world. There's other makers who have the same issue as you so don't feel like your in this by yourself. It's good to be surrounded by like-minded people. I am excited and determined to finally get my products out there."
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Maker Mastermind Business Accelerator is a community of similarly situated, like-minded Makers and Creative Entrepreneurs who gather regularly to address and solve their biggest business challenges, and celebrate success together. In Maker Mastermind, everyone is both coach and client, and everyone brings their A-game. When your cohort meets, an invisible “master mind” is in your midst to help you identify and pursue new opportunities, and facilitate transformative strategies. Maker Mastermind will help you accomplish more — together.

Not at this time. Currently, Maker Mastermind Business Incubator is only open to Indie Business Network members.

Yes! In fact, if you are newer to business (5 years or less), Maker Mastermind will save you thousands in terms of money and productivity just by helping you clarify your goals and stay on track as you pursue and achieve them.

Absolutely! We know that not everyone is good at articulating goals on their own. Sometimes, all you need is a mentor and a team of supporters to flesh out your ideas! Your Maker Mastermind Mentor will help you articulate exactly what you want to achieve in your business, so you can identify the activities and create the systems that lead to success.

Maker Mastermind Business Incubator is for you if you:

• want to experience radical transformation in terms of your daily productivity, and how it leads to the achievement of your goals

• desire to build a solid and ongoing entrepreneurial platform that delivers multiple income streams

• want to develop your leadership skills so you can expand your sphere of influence, inside and outside of your business

• are open to learning from others, as you create and follow your own unique journey

• would like to distill your annual goals into daily priorities that actually propel you and your business forward

• are committed to doing the work required to focus on high impact activities that lead to high impact results

Maker Mastermind is definitely not for you if you:

• have a “build it and they will come” attitude
• are not serious about your business, and are unwilling to put in significant work to make it successful
• lack belief in yourself, your ideas, and the greatness within you
• are looking for someone to tell you *exactly* what to do, instead of creating your own path
• have a “done for you” or “easy” or “results in no time!” approach to entrepreneurship
• are closed-minded or resistant to embrace new ideas that may scare you a bit at first

Maker Mastermind Business Incubator is composed mainly of entrepreneurs who make the products they sell, and the issues and challenges they face tend to be unique to people who sell products. Having said that, there are three ways Maker Mastermind Circles can benefit you if you have or would like to launch or grow a service-based business:

  1. If you are a Maker, Maker Mastermind Business Incubator is a great place to brainstorm and create and expand service-based income streams that complement your products;
  2. If you are a service provider, masterminding with people outside the service-based business arena allows you to take advantage or fresh approaches ideas that you  do not routinely have access to; and
  3. Masterminding outside your niche and/or industry will help you build and maintain a solid CEO mindset that expand beyond what you normally encounter during the course of a day in your specific field.

You will maximize to chances that you will reach your business goals through peer-to-peer support and coaching and mentoring from your Maker Mastermind Mentor. Here is what you can look forward to:

• Weekly Progress Parties remind you to celebrate and reward your successes

• Monthly Meetups help you develop the leadership skills you need to influence people to buy your products and grow your team

• A Private Virtual Co-working Space ensures that you go into the weekend with more free time to enjoy your personal life

• Monthly Technology Day helps you tackle your technology nightmares, from websites to social media to plugins

• Our private Make • Market * Monetize Podcast gives you insights, strategies, and frameworks to help you get better results in your life and your business

• A private networking and discussion community that is custom built to eliminate distractions

• Periodic sales training — because who does not need to learn to generate sales more frequently and efficiently

• Periodic sales training — because who does not need to learn to sell better

• Free ticket to Maker Mastermind Live in October 2020

These tools allow us to easily share ideas, successes, resources, and questions at all times during your Maker Mastermind experience.

To register Maker Mastermind Business Incubator, click here.

Our introductory price is $29 per month. This will increase after Friday, October 11th at 11:59pm et.

The time commitment is up to you, and we can promise that there is no fluffy discussion in the Maker Mastermind. Every single moment of it is curated to focus on your highest priorities and the steps you need to take to achieve them.

Our meetings take place on Thursdays and Fridays during the late morning and early afternoon time frame, ET. From time to time, we have meetings at other times, but the regularly scheduled meetings are as outlined above. In 2020, we will begin to host meetings during evening hours if there is a demand from members with traditional jobs.

You can cancel at any time, but there are no refunds on monthly payments that have already been processed. To cancel, email us in advance of your next monthly payment at support@makermastermind.com.

No. However, we believe that you'll make more consistent progress toward your goals when you are paired with other entrepreneurs who are similarly situated to you in terms of entrepreneurial and life experience, and business income level. For example, if you have not yet moved your business from the basic Emerge stage, we will not place you in a cohort with people who are in the Evolve stage of entrepreneurship because you are launching and they are scaling.

A Progress Party is a weekly celebration inside Maker Mastermind where we raise a toast to the progress you make each week toward your goals. We come together to acknowledge your hard work and dedication and affirm the specific steps you took to push the ball forward on a weekly basis.

In the future, we will expand Maker Mastermind to a wider audience, but for now, we are focused exclusively on the United States and Canada.

No. Maker Mastermind Business Incubator is open to and can benefit any type of business. Your curated cohort will have people from different types of businesses. This will benefit you because you'll be able to mastermind with and learn from within and outside your industry.

Email us at support@makermastermind.com, and we will reply within 24 business hours. (Email is generally not answered on weekends.)