Indie Business Blog

Season 2, Episode 8: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Diane Humke [Podcast]


I was fighting a severe cold during this interview, and we had some audio difficulties, but I wanted you to meet Diane as soon as possible so you could have the benefit of her experience right away! Welcome to Season 2, Episode 8 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this eighth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest Diane Humke, President and Chair of Essential … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 7: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Anne-Marie Faiola [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 7 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this seventh episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry in Bellingham, Washington ... and boy, are you in for a treat. Anne-Marie is one of the most evolved entrepreneurs I know. She has cracked the code on how to … [Read More]

Welcome to Indie Business TV!


I launched Indie Business TV way back in 2007 when online video was in its infancy and I didn't know what I was doing and YouTube was only two years old. Fast forward to today, and I am excited to re-launch Indie Business TV at a brand new channel on YouTube. You can subscribe here. Here's the trailer for Indie Business TV. In addition to using … [Read More]

Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs Launches


Yesterday, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs (COHE) launched. Designed to support small businesses in the soap and cosmetic industry, COHE makes it easy for small businesses and the public in general stay up to participate in the legislative process. Among other things, the Coalition of Handcrafted Entrepreneurs features a News Page that … [Read More]

A 5-Step Approach to a Solid Business


This morning, I had the pleasure of hosting my friend, Melinda Emerson, at the Urban League of the Central Carolinas for a morning of small business networking and learning. You may know Melinda as "Small Biz Lady," the one who hosts the weekly #SmallBizChat. Here we are cheesing a bit before Melinda took the stage. Melinda delivered a dynamite … [Read More]

The February 2015 Coaching Call is Today!


Our member coaching call is coming up later today, and if you're a member, you need to be there to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs who want to accelerate their growth both personally and professionally. Over the years, I have found that many entrepreneurs, especially newer ones, are afraid to speak up and ask questions. This is not a good … [Read More]

Donna Maria to Keynote the 2015 Tennessee Soap and Candle Social


I am doing more traveling than ever these days, especially now that my children are a bit older and I personally feel more comfortable being away from home more. One event I am especially excited about is the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social coming up February 28 to March 2 at Paris Landing State Park near Nashville, Tennessee. My keynote address … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 6: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Wardee Harmon [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 6 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this sixth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest Wardee Harmon of Traditional Cooking School in Sutherlin, Oregon. Wardee and I met online four years ago when I contacted her out of the blue to ask for help with an issue that was critical to my … [Read More]

Join Donna Maria and Melinda Emerson, Your Small Biz Lady!


You may not be in Charlotte, North Carolina, like me, but even if you cannot attend this event, I still want yu to know about it, and to know about my friend, Melinda Emerson -- also known as Small Biz Lady. Click the image below to print out the flyer. Register here. The Indie Business Network has partnered with the Urban League of the Central … [Read More]

How to Make Handmade Lip Balm [Video]


We love it when our members use video to tell their stories. If you have a handmade business, you are so lucky that you never have to do much work to create a fun video that can be shared thousands (or maybe millions!) of times during the life of your business. For example, check this video showing how to make handmade lip balm. Our member, Stacia … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 5: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Pierre Bennu [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fifth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, I introduce you to my guest and dear personal friend, Pierre Bennu, of exittheapple in Baltimore, Maryland. Pierre and I first met in 2010 when he joined me and his lovely wife, Jamyla Bennu, at small business advocacy meetings … [Read More]

Telling Your Brand Story Through Video [Video]


Are you telling your brand story? Sure, some storytelling happens by default. You have to have an About page at your website, so people can read about your story there. If you do a trade show, you can tell your story in person. But those are static events. To truly solidify your brand in the mind of your target customers, and to stand out in a … [Read More]

Hill Country Haiku: Cranberry and Figs Handmade Soap


Here is a positively beautiful bar of handmade soap. It's Cranberry & Figs from our member over at Hill Country Haiku in Spicewood, Texas. Not surprisingly, it's cross between the tartness of of cranberries and the sweetness of figs. What may be surprising is what a work of art it is. How gorgeous is this? The fragrances include orange and pink … [Read More]

Season 2, Episode 4: “Women, Wealth and Wow” with Becky McCray [Podcast]


Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this fourth episode of our Women, Wealth and Wow! series, we focus on all things local, rural, and small town with my guest Becky McCray of Small Biz Survival in Alva, Oklahoma ... population 4,000 (give or take). Becky and her husband own a liquor store in Alva, and Becky is a … [Read More]

Handmade Beauty Products from Songcroft Naturals in Monroe, Washington


Last month, some of our members were kind enough to send us some of their awesome handmade beauty products as a holiday "thank you" for how we serve them throughout the year. One of the products we received is a wonderful facial cream from our member, Marilene Richardson, at Songcroft Naturals in Monroe, Washington. I'll get to that in a minute, … [Read More]