Makers on the Move (Episode 4: August 2017)

Motivation. It's not everything, but when it comes to entrepreneurship, a little of it goes a super long way. The importance to entrepreneurs of a steady diet of positive motivation cannot be understated. That's one of the many reasons why I enjoy bringing you the stories of our members several times a month.

Even a high level look at what some of this nation's Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs are doing will motivate you to new levels of success. Last week, we brought you makers who are moving and shaking in New York, Vermont, and California. If you missed them, you can catch them here. This week, we bring you highlights and star power from Virginia, Texas, and Michigan. See anyone you know?

A Lavender Tasting in Virginia

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I enjoy being with people who really love lavender. (If you don't know, you can see a bit of evidence here and here.) Lavender is not my favorite aroma, nor is it my favorite herb, but people who love lavender *really* love lavender, and I like to watch them enjoy their passion.

Take our member, Julie Haushalter of White Oak Lavender Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Earlier this month, she hosted a lavender tasting. Patrick Evans-Hylton, the chef for the evening, specializes in oysters, so guess what was featured at the tasting? These!!

Lavender oysters! Now, I have seen it all! In addition to lavender oysters, guests were able to sample many other lavender culinary treats, live jazz music and wine by the glass — including Butterfly Kisses, the farm's Rose type made from syrah grapes and a light lavender infusion.

Visit White Oak Lavender here. Learn more about Chef Patrick is also the Chief Eating Officer of the Virginia Eats + Drinks Magazine, which you can learn more about here.

A Trip to a Las Vegas Trade Show in Texas

Not even approaching Hurricane Harvey can stop our member, Maggie Hanus at A Wild Soap Bar from getting her products to next week's Central Garden Dealer Show at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. In case you're not familiar, the Central Garden Dealer Show is one of the nation’s largest wholesale suppliers of lawn and garden supplies. Learn more about Central Garden here.

Check out some of the fun from last year's Central Garden Dealer Show in this video.

Visit the A Wild Soap Bar website here.

A Rebrand and Giveaway in Michigan

Recently, Michelle Smith of MamaSuds in Goodrich, Michigan, launched her rebrand and brand new website on August 23rd. As you can see, she make household cleaners for savvy moms. Keep reading beneath the image to find out how you can enter to win some of her products.

To celebrate the launch of her company re-brand, Michelle is giving away a year's supply of laundry soap. Who doesn't need that?! The contest ends August 30, and you can get the details on how to enter to win by checking out the Instagram post below

To celebrate the launch of our re-brand, we are giving away…⠀ a YEAR SUPPLY* of MamaSuds Laundry Soap to one lucky winner!⠀ ⠀ Make sure you follow us on both platforms for updates and SHARE with your friends.⠀ ⠀ Here is how to enter:⠀ ✔️ Like this post on Facebook.⠀ ✔️ Comment below the post with your thoughts. ⠀ ✔️ Heart this post on Instagram. ⠀ ✔️ Comment below the post with your thoughts.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ That's it. Super easy.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ This contest is not administered by Facebook or Instagram. Contest is open to residents of USA only. Contest is over at 11:59 pm EST August 30, 2017.⠀ *A year's supply of MamaSuds Laundry Soap is equivalent to twenty-four of the 64 fluid ounce jugs and does not include shipping. No purchase necessary to win. Void where prohibited.⠀ ⠀ #mamasuds #mamamade #safeforyourfamily #giveaway #laundrysoap #laundryfordays #contest #ecoconcious #ecofriendly #thoughfulcompany

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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.