Makers on the Move (Episode 2: August 2017)

The Indie Business Network has members from every corner of the country. From big cities to small towns, if you follow IBN members, you will be inspired to maximize your potential through small business ownership. You'll be able to buy some pretty fabulous artisan made products while you're at it. Whether they're appearing on our Maker Mastermind Show or learning and growing together at one of our Maker Mastermind Experience events, our members are always have a great time mixing business with pleasure as they maximize their potential through small business ownership.

Recently, we brought you makers who are moving and shaking in New Hampshire, California and Maryland. If you missed them, you can catch them here. This week, we bring you powerful creative energy from and Texas, California, Illinois, South Carolina and North Carolina. See anyone you know?

New Website in Texas

James Diaz of Sugar Land Candle Company in Sugar Land, Texas launched his website this month.

The company offers candles and wax melts in several fragrances, including Lone Star (a buttery coconut and vanilla scent with hints of bourbon), Whoa, Friend (a blend of citrus, tobacco, amber, caramelized vanilla …), Voyager (a sea-inspired ocean scent), and Never Land (a complex blend of fruits, teakwood, floral and spice).

Visit Sugar Land Candle Company here.

A Label Win and Local TV PR in California

Our members are pretty darn awesome, especially when they place in a product photo competition. For example, out Danielle Vincent of Outlaw Soaps in Colfax, California, won second place in Lightning Labels' 2017 Photo Contest! Each year, the contest highlights the many ways brands express their product's character through custom labels and stickers. Check out the winning label below.

So, if that was not enough good news for the week, Danielle as also featured on the Fox News affiliate serving Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto. Watch the fun here.

Visit the Outlaw Soaps website here, and check out Lghtening Labels too.

Taking Home the Blue Ribbon in Illinois

Recently, Robert Ray of Clear Tapered Candles in Union, Illinois, got a blue ribbon for a pair of beeswax candles, entered into open class at the McHenry County Fair in Woodstock, Il.

You can check out the McHenry County Fair website at this link.

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A Registered Trademark in South Carolina

Rolande Sumner of Butter Angels in Powdersville, South Carolina, has registered her brand as a federal trademark.

That may not seem like a very big deal, but what it means is that no one can use her brand to identify their products and services. Preventing people from doing this in today's increasingly crowded world of everyone-is-an-entrepreneur is very important, and kudos to Rolande for investing in her brand in this way.

Follow Butter Angels on Instagram.

Improved Health in North Carolina

Recently, Jennifer Waller of Celtic Complexion in North Carolina was featured in a Prevention article about improved health for women over 40. Jennifer has lost nearly 50 pounds over the past few years. As a result, not only is she happier and more energetic on a personal level, but she also has more energy to put toward her business ventures, including her luxury artisan skincare brand and a new wellness retreat brand she is developing.

The tip Jennifer shared in the article is a super good one, and it applies to many different things in life. It boils down to lot letting too many cooks in your kitchen. If you're trying to implement weight loss or wellness tips from a million different gurus on Facebook, you'll be entirely too distracted to do much of anything at all. Jennifer says, “Pick a plan and stick with it.”

You can check out the Celtic Complexion at this link. Follow Jennifer on Instagram to see the fun photos from her summer glamping road trip.

Read the Prevention Magazine article 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.