Indie Business Blog

5 American Lavender Farms Your Should Visit

White Oak Lavender Farm

From herbal teas to fragrant jams and jellies to soothing oils and butters, the lavender herb is a staple in the products that grace our homes. Today, we take you on a virtual journey across America to celebrate lavender and the Indie Business Network members who grow it and use it and MAKE the products that enhance your life every day. From the fields of Virginia to the mountains of Washing … [Read More]

An Aromatherapy Gift From Our SunRose Aromatics

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Earlier this month, we received a lovely gift from one of our members. All of our members are special of course, and they all stand out for different reasons. One of the many ways SunRose Aromatics is special to us is because the company is one of the first to join the Indie Business Network back in April 2000. We have been so honored to serve over … [Read More]

Episode 10: Valerie Reed: Valana Minerals [Podcast]

Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals on Indie Business Podcast

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this tenth episode, you will meet Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals in San Diego, California. Valerie is a college sociology professor by trade, and she also works her business, which she founded in 2007. She loves both teaching and mineral makeup, and has found a way to combine both to create the … [Read More]

It’s Holiday Open House Time!

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Yesterday, our member Christine Laureano over at Ba6 Botanicals in Hampton Bays, New York, hosted a holiday open house. (No, it's not too early.) Here is Christine showcasing her beautiful Ba6 Botanicals handmade products. Along with Makers throughout the area, other IBN members participated at this exclusive event, at Christine's invitation. … [Read More]

Indie Foodie: Muhammara Dip

Muhammara-dip

I am on a double mission. Mission number one is to eat more vegetables. Mission number two is to make something savory to take to Thanksgiving dinner next week. On both counts, the recipes have to be easy and quick, and I need to be able to make them in my Nutribullet and freeze them in advance. Here is one of the recipes I've tried lately. It's … [Read More]

‘Tis the Season for Pumpkin!

Pumpkin Body Polish

Fall is all around with its brightly colored trees, yummy smells, and of course, pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! In celebration of the season, we put together a list of awesome pumpkin products that some of our members are offering. Enjoy! 1. Pumpkin Pie Body Scrub Roberta Perry: Scrubz Body Scrub in Bethpage, NY It's that time of year when … [Read More]

KB Shimmer Nail Polish on Fox 5 Las Vegas

kb shimmer on fox 5

Do you like glitter? Of course you do. Do you have nails? Yes again, right? What do you get when you have glitter and nails? You put them together of course, to create nail polish with glitter in it. Here is a screen shot from a recent news story where FOX5Vegas A.M. Anchor Monica Jackson and her guest, Yvette Masterson, showcase handmade nail … [Read More]

Scandle Candle on Korean Television [Video]

scandle candle on korean television

One of the many awesome things about entrepreneurship is that amazing things happen every day, many of them not specifically planned for. When our member Christine White of Scandle Candle in Addision, Texas, joined IBN back in January 2008, who would have known that her products would be sold in spas around the world? Check out this video featuring … [Read More]

Episode 9: Elissa Choi: BonBliss [Podcast]

elissa choi of bonbliss indie business podcast

Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this ninth episode, you will meet Elissa Choi of BonBliss in San Pedro, California. Elissa and her husband work together in business. You will enjoy hearing how Elissa launched the brand with a few products, narrowed it down to one, and now, after three years in business, has three (and only … [Read More]

Bloomsbury Square Opens Shared Work Space In New Jersey

bloomsbury square shop

As the economy continues to recover (ever so slowly), we are seeing an increase in the number of our members who are breaking ground on new warehouse locations and opening retail stores and work spaces. Today, we are thrilled to tell you that Niambi Cacchioli of Bloomsbury Square in New Jersey has made the leap into the world of brick and … [Read More]

6 Tips to Encourage People to Support Your Kickstarter Campaign

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Do you have a great business idea, but lack the funds to turn it into reality? If so, you might try crowdfunding via a site like Kickstarter. Our member over at Bramble Berry is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign, which was fully funded within twenty-four hours. As you can see, the new project is a subscription box delivering everything you … [Read More]

Formulator Sample Shop: Breaking Ground on a New Building!

formulator sample shop new construction

We love celebrating the success of our members! Success always leads to more success, so we shout it from the rooftops every chance we get. Today, we've got a big one, and right here in the Indie Business Network's adopted home state! Here's the quick back story. Maggie Ghanem was tired of turning away smaller companies that could not buy … [Read More]

Every Chamber of Commerce Should Have a Video Like This

shop local | chamber of commerce video

Do you belong to your local chamber of commerce? While the Indie Business Network is not one of the more active members of our local chamber, we do belong and attend as many events as we can. If you are a member of your local chamber, it should not be terribly difficult to share the value of a promotion like this -- especially during the holiday … [Read More]

How I Overcame Fear and Launched My Email Newsletter

things that work newsletter

Do you struggle to produce an online newsletter to connect with your customers and build your list? Have you heard a billion times that you need an email newsletter, and you even know where to go to get one, and you even subscribe to newsletters so you know what they look like, and you still haven't launched yours? If you answered "yes" to any of … [Read More]

Episode 8: Kathy Dannel Vitcak: The Blissful Dog [Podcast]

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Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eighth episode, you will meet Kathy Dannel Vitcak of The Blissful Dog in Pinewood, Minnesota. Kathy has built an empire from her home, which is located nearly an hour from the closest town: population: 10,000. Her success is a testament to the power of the Internet and one woman's … [Read More]