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The New Indie Business Podcast


I launched my podcast in 2005 as the Lifestyle CEO Show. I later changed the name to Indie Business Podcast, and ultimately hosted a weekly show over 300 times between 2005 and 2012. As technology progressed from the Dark Ages, I switched my podcast from the now defunct Global Talk Radio to Blog Talk Radio. This business arrangement did not work out as well as I thought it would, so earlier this … [Read More]

Announcing the Theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome!

indie cruise mastermind 2015

I am pleased to announce our theme for #IndieCruise 2015: Unleash Your Awesome: Branding Breakthroughs for Handmade Entrepreneurs: February 8 to February 15, 2015. Our theme is all about breaking through barriers, real and imagined, to fully express who you are as a person, a business, and a brand. Our carefully selected speakers have been chosen, … [Read More]

Indie Business Network Members Are 2014 American Made Finalists!

martha stewart american made 2014 finalists

We are thrilled to announce our members who are finalists in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made contest! You can vote for your favorites starting TODAY, and every day, through October 13. The 2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winners will be announced on October 17. The Martha Stewart American Made program celebrates all things local and … [Read More]

September 2014 My Maker Box Reveal: Handmade Products and Business Success Resources

september 2014 my maker box

Autumn is finally here, and with it, the September My Maker Box is making its way across the country as we speak. Featuring a dizzying array of handmade goodies and resources for Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs, My Maker Box is THE subscription box for creative entrepreneurs who want to enjoy other locally made products and new business building … [Read More]

10 Steps To Starting A Mastermind Group That Works

start a mastermind group

This article originally appeared at Donna on February 15, 2014. I have been a part of at least one Mastermind group, sometimes more than one at a time, for several years. I have participated in virtual and in-person Mastermind groups. There are major differences between the two, but that’s for another post. This post shares how to … [Read More]

It’s Not About Balance. It’s About Priorities.


This article originally appeared at Donna on March 22, 2014. When Kenna Cote asked me to speak on the topic of work/life balance at the Central Soapers Workshop this weekend, I was thrilled. At first, I didn’t have a clue what I would say because I don’t think there is any such thing as work/life balance. There’s just life and all the … [Read More]

Roasted Plum Tomatoes


This year, I grew my first little garden, quite by accident. My son tossed a few raw green beans into a patch of dirt beside our home sometime in May. A few weeks later, he ran into the kitchen claiming that green beans were growing, and the rest is history. All my life, I have only managed to only kill plants. While I have a long way to go to … [Read More]

IBN Members Featured at Newsday’s “The New Normal”

angela carillo and roberta perry at newsday event

Not only do our members run their own businesses, but they also help others to be successful in theirs. For example, this week, our Roberta Perry and Angela Carillo were featured panelists at the Newsday Connect Small Business Seminar: The New Normal: Growing Your Business in a Digital World. (Newsday is a paper in Long Island, the area where … [Read More]

Social Media Roundup – Sept. 6th ~ Sept. 12th

I hope you all had a wonderful week! For me here in Charlotte, it was a huge relief just to enjoy temperatures below 90°F. We've had some scorchers here lately and the cooler temperatures are more than welcome. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I love the chill in the air. Speaking of fall, football time is here so of course I had to show you a … [Read More]

We Remember

We Remember September 11, 2001

Today, we remember with respect and sadness the thousands of people who died in the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon, at the World Trade Center and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11th, 2001. I was 8 months pregnant with my first child on that day, and like everyone else, I can remember it like it was yesterday. Take a moment today to … [Read More]

Using Video in Your Handmade Business

stacia guzzo of handcrafted honeybee

One of the most critical teachings in my Indie Business Blueprint is that Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs must leverage the power of the video to build their brands and boost customer engagement and sales. Most of my students know how important this is, but they are fearful that it will take too much time or that they will do it wrong. I get it. … [Read More]

Introducing the August My Maker Box Supporters

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In case you missed, it our August My Maker Box was a huge success. You can see some of the unboxing videos here, and click here check out all of the Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs whose products and services are featured in the August My Maker Box. Today, I'm excited to tell you about the amazing people who subscribed to our first My Maker Box! … [Read More]

Small Business Networking Can Happen Anywhere

Dorothy Green and Donna Maria

Networking. The word sends chills up and down the spines of many a Maker and Handmade Entrepreneur. But the truth is that networking happens all the time, even when you are not aware of it. A networking event can be planned in advance, or it can be impromptu. Both are great, but the impromptu ones are wonderful surprises. For example, while my mom … [Read More]

Indie Business Network Members at Face and Body!

bon bliss and wonderland organics at face and body 2014

While the show is coming to a close today, I just had to share this beautiful picture of two of our members at the Face and Body (Northern California)! Here is Elissa Choi of Bon Bliss (this is her booth), and Alice Lin of Wonderland Organics, both from California. for those who don't know, Face and Body (Northern California) is an annual … [Read More]

Meet Me at Farm to Market in Asheville on September 20!

farm to market asheville

I am thrilled to share that I will be speaking at "Farm to Market: 21st Century Practices For The Modern Herbal Entrepreneur" in Asheville, North Carolina, on September 20, 2014. As you may know, I serve on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Natural Products Association. I am also a member of the American Herbalists Guild. The two … [Read More]