Indie Business Blog

Happy Thanksgiving!

happy Thanksgiving 2014

We are excited to wish all of our members and friends a very Happy Thanskgiving! As we move ever closer to the busy holiday season, let's pause to remember what's really important about this time of year, including all of the friends, family members and colleagues who support us all year long. May everyone who sees this post be warm, cozy and loved today and always. Happy Thanksgiving! … [Read More]

Episode 11: Erin Pikor: Naiad Soap Arts [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eleventh episode, you will meet Erin Pikor of Naiad Soap Arts in San Diego, California. Erin is a graphics designer by trade, and when she was laid off of her job in 2007, she decided to turn a crafty afternoon activity into a business. Erin has been a member of the Indie Business Network … [Read More]

Why I Am Closing My Business (and what’s next …)

why I closed my business

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Coming up with a good product is the easy part, and that's just the price of admission. These days, you need so much more than that, starting with persistence and the ability to personally sustain a high level of energy and stamina for years at a time. It's no wonder so many businesses fail in their … [Read More]

I Heart Indies Giveaway with Gloss48!

I heart indies giveaway

Happy Monday! It's a great day here at the Indie Business Network! We have teamed up this week with Gloss 48 to offer a $50 gift certificate to Gloss48 and also, $50 of sustainable, handcrafted bath and body products from our member, Alana Rivera, over at Etta + Billie. Enter to win below, and then check out this quick interview with the lovely … [Read More]

Tips For Launching or Re-Designing Your Website

mbeze website home page

It's always exciting to launch a new website, isn't it? Everything is fresh and new. Rather than the "new car smell," you can sense the "new website smell" coming right through your screen, right? We smelled it last week when our member, Mary Beth Worzella of Mbeze in Wausau, Wisconsin, launched a gorgeous new site that is a stunning representation … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

An Aromatherapy Gift From Our SunRose Aromatics


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!


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


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]