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Indie Business Network Members Are 2014 American Made Finalists!

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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 handmade, a focus very much in alignment with IBN's … [Read more...]

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

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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 resources every month. Didn't get one? Well, you … [Read more...]

10 Steps To Starting A Mastermind Group That Works

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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 start and manage a virtual Mastermind group, because … [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 stuff you have to do to make it great. Balance is … [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 recover from this lifelong affliction, with the help … [Read more...]

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

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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 Angela and Roberta live and work.) Here is a collage of … [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 picture of my little running back. That's him in … [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 pause and remember their loss and the loved ones … [Read more...]

Using Video in Your Handmade Business

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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. I was once terrified of doing video, but today, … [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! They hail from all across the country, from … [Read more...]