Makers on the Move (Episode 2: June 2017)

Last week, I shared some of the inspiring accomplishments of Indie Business Network members in our new Makers on the Move column. (If you missed last week's stories from Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs in New Jersey, Ohio, Vermont, and Ohio, you can catch them here.)

This week, our winning moves come from New York, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and California. You will love being inspired by the smart moves our members are making nationwide. It's exciting to share some of their stories with you every week here at Indie Business Blog. Let's do it!

A yellow ribbon in New York!

Our member, Don Santarpia of Unique Homemade Creations won third place at the White Plains Art Festival for mixed media. Don makes the most amazing pepper mills. Here is a picture of him and his family.

Here is a picture of Don at work on a custom pepper mill.

He also makes pens, seam rippers, fire starters, bottle stoppers, cutting boards, and coffee grinders.

White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival is a non-profit that presents a juried fine arts and crafts show in the White Plains community, and awards show profits to help select graduating seniors pursue their fine arts education at the college level. Check out their website here.

Like Don on Facebook here.

Oklahoma member advances to a national small business challenge

Congratulations to the 2017 REI InnovateHer Challenger winner, our member, Amber Malcom of Shabby Chick Cleaners in Duncan, Oklahoma. Hosted by the US Small Business Administration, InnovateHER provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. to showcase products and services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace. You can learn more about it here.

Amber will now advance to the national competition. Join me in wishing her luck!

Check out Shabby Chick Cleaners.

Summer Candles in Connecticut

Are you ready for the beach? Laura Luther over at Olive My Skin is ready to help you prepare for your summer vacation with her line of limited edition summer candles. “Popponesset” is named for the beach on Cape Cod where Laura's family had a summer home when she was growing up. The scent includes notes of salt air, beach plums a secret combination of quintessential beach smells that will whisk you to the shore with one whiff. Learn more about Popponesset here.

Other current seasonal scents from Laura are: Iced Tea, Coco Mango, Sea Salt & Sage, Kiwi Lemongrass, Berries & Zest.

Stock up now at Olive My Skin.

A new retail store in California

We are celebrating this week with Kristin Fraser because she has opened her second Grapeseed Company store and production kitchen in California! If you're in the Carpinteria area, make it a destination at 4193 Carpinteria Ave, #6. Kristin and her team would love to greet you and help you customize an aromatherapy skincare product at their amazing scent bar. If you're closer to Santa Barbara, get your Grapeseed on at 21 W Ortega Street.

Shop the Grapeseed Company online.

Catch more of Kristin's story, and her business tips, on Indie Business Podcast!

Join the Celebration!

Join me in celebrating the incredible achievements of our members by leaving your comment of congratulations in the comments below.

If these Indie Business Network members have inspired you to break all the rules, build your own corporate ladder, and create the life you love, please share on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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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.