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 since 2010, and she shares some hot small business … [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 first few years. Of course there is NO shame in … [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 Mara Chernin, Gloss 48 Beauty Brand Scout, so you … [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 of her brand. Here is a screen shot of the home … [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 fields of Virginia to the mountains of Washington … [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 the years, and it is intensely gratifying and … [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 perfect life for her. Valerie has been a member … [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. Judging from the pictures, it looks like a great time … [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 Muhammara, a vegan dip that is a staple of Syrian … [Read more...]