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IBN Members at Renegade Craft Fair – San Francsico

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If you love all things handmade and you live in San Francisco, then you may have been at the Renegade Craft Fair over the weekend. If so, you would only have enjoyed yourself if you had been sure to stop by and meet some of our members there -- in particular, the lovely ladies pictured here. That's Nieves Rathbun from By Nieves on the left. You MUST get some of her The Balm. In the middle, … [Read More]

10 Signs Your Small Business Will Be Successful

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This article is for all Makers and handmade entrepreneurs, but mainly for the newbies. One of the questions I get most often is: "How do I know my business will work?" The short answer is that you don't know. No one knows. Entrepreneurship is about many things, and one of those things is risk. When you start a business, you take a chance that it … [Read More]

Natural Alternatives to Mass Market Deodorant

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Did you know that several of our members offer alternatives to mass market deodorant? In this post, I will share some of them with you, and let you know about my personal experience with Pure Pitz from our member, Lisa Wynn Salvatore over at Purely Lisa in Greenwich, Connecticut. I have never used anything other than what I've gotten at my local … [Read More]

Texas Business Law Attorney, Eraka Watson, Esq. Featured on The Black Voice

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As you know, most of our members make handmade products or provide consulting services, ingredients, and supplies to people Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs. One of our newest members is a Texas-based attorney offering legal and business law services to small business owners and the people who lead them. Eraka Watson, Esq. (left), was recently … [Read More]

Small Business Success Tips from Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure and Simple

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Our member, Dawn Fitch of Pooka Pure & Simple, was interviewed this week by Sukanya Krishnan, news anchor at New York's WPIX-TV (Channel 11), the flagship station of The CW Television Network, with an audience of over 10 million homes. Here is the interview (yes, there is a commercial at the beginning ...) Enjoy the small business success tips! … [Read More]

Purchase a Telephone Consultation

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There are numerous ways that I consult with my Indie Business Network members. A monthly Access Q+A Coaching call is included with their annual membership and we have Success Calls at least once a month. You can join IBN here if that interests you. I also answer as many of their questions as I can in our private member Facebook group.But people who … [Read More]

Entrepreneurship Buys Freedom, says Oyin Handmade

Donna Maria and Jamyla Bennu at Oyin Handmade

This week is so much fun! I am in my hometown of Washington, DC, for several days to enjoy time with my family and to set the stage for some exciting things coming up here at the Indie Business Network. You'll be hearing a lot more details in the coming days, but for now, I want to share a sneak peak. You may have noticed me using the #MakerShine … [Read More]

Christine Laureano Launches Direct Mail Catalogs

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Our member, Christine Laureano of Ba6 Botanicals in Hampton Bays, New York, is featured in Long Island Business Newsday this week for her new business strategy to use direct mail catalogs as a marketing tool. I am excited to see Christine create a niche publication that will reach her customers directly, providing them with colorful content direct … [Read More]

Mango Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

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Did you have a nice holiday weekend? I got some much needed rest and enjoyed hanging out with my children. I fired up our charcoal grill and got busy. While my chicken and burgers were a big hit with the kids and our guests, my personal favorite dish was this Mango Fruit Salad With Honey Lime Dressing salad. I made it up as I went along, and it’s … [Read More]

My Latest Owner Magazine Column: Make Up Your Mindset

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Since last summer, I have been pleased to write a monthly column for Chris Brogan's Owner Magazine. This month's column marks my 10th for the online publication, and I'm excited to share it with you here because I think every Indie can relate. My July article is entitled Make Up Your Mindset, and it contains tangible, easy to implement approaches … [Read More]

Sénica to Pitch “Bring It To Wal-Mart” Showcase at Essence Music Festival

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Our member, Sénica, in New Orleans, is being featured at the “Bring it to Wal-mart” showcase at Essence Music Festival this week! Benardett Jno Finn, Sénica's founder and CEO, tells me that it's a chance to share the Sénica story on a larger platform. If you are at Essence Music Festival on Sunday, July 6 at 10:45am, join Benardette at the Walmart … [Read More]

Introducing My Maker Box, Powered by Indie Business Network

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American manufacturing is not dead. It's alive and well, and living here at the Indie Business Network. Need some proof? Today, we launched My Maker Box, an exclusive, hand-curated box of Handmade In America products. My Maker Box is a monthly subscription box For Makers, By Makers, and contains products created by Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs … [Read More]

Start Your Handmade Business on the Right Foot

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If you have read this blog for a while, you know that I don't spend a lot of time tooting my horn, or even IBN's horn. I much prefer to toot IBN members' horns, and I do that very well. But no matter how much or how little tooting I do, the truth is that IBN is making a difference in the lives of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs nationwide, and I … [Read More]

#MakerShine: Jennifer Waller of Celtic Complexion in Raleigh, North Carolina

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One of the best ways for you to be inspired in your business is to learn from the insights and experiences of others. When you see someone else using a business to define success on her own terms, you can't help but want to have a similar experience. Today's featured Indie Business Network member says she has known that she wanted to be "Estee … [Read More]

I Had Fun at International Natural Hair Meetup Day!

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Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Washington, DC. I had such a fun time learning more about how to manage natural hair, especially my daughter's, and enjoyed meeting tons of Makers and Handmade Entrepreneurs from the DC area. The nation's capitol is my hometown, so I was especially pleased to be … [Read More]