Branding Tips for Handmade Entrepreneurs, from Whiskey Bottom Candle Company

whiskey bottom candle company

Indie Business Network members are some of the most creative people in the world. Not only do they design and produce amazing products, but they also have creative ways to showcase and marketing them. From very cool logos to fun-to-watch videos (like the one below), there is never a dull moment when it comes to our members and the handmade products they want to share with you.Our members inspire … [Read more...]

IBP#013: How to Leave Your Job to Start Your Business, with Pam Slim [Podcast]

Indie Business Podcast Episode 13 with Donna Maria and Pam Slim

I'm thrilled to bring another podcast out of the Indie Business archives today! Why not? I've kept these timeless recordings to myself for long enough, and I'm excited to share them with you. In this episode, Pam Slim shares her tips and insights to help you transition from a traditional job to start your business, and perhaps, the life of your dreams.To listen to my interview with Pam, and to put … [Read more...]

Self-Care for Women Entrepreneurs: My Interview with Kelli Parisian

Kelli Parisian, Owner, Parisian's Pure Indulgence

--> If you are here from my April 7, 2014 newsletter, click here to read Grit Trumps Everything In Business. Sorry about the bad link. Indie Business Network members are amazing. While I have met dozens of them in person, I'm connected to many hundreds virtually. They all stand out for different reasons, and this week's featured member is no exception. I'm excited to introduce you to Kelli … [Read more...]

I’ll Deliver the Keynote Address at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social!

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Im excited to share that I will be traveling to Tennessee to deliver the keynote address at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social on May 3-4th, 2013, at the Montgomery Bell State Park outside Nashville.Hosted by Rachel Turner of Music City Suds, the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social is an annual gathering of soapmakers and candlemakers from Tennessee and throughout the southeast region. I spoke last … [Read more...]

IBP#012: Simple Tips For Writing Good Marketing Copy, from Lorrie Morgan Ferrero [Podcast]

Indie Business Podcast with Donna Maria and Lorrie Morgan Ferrero

I'm thrilled to bring another podcast out of the Indie Business archives today! Why not? It is Throwback Thursday after all. In this episode, Lorrie Morgan Ferrero shares her best tips for writing good marketing copy. Whether it's a website, a brochure, a business card, or an web page, you'll enjoy Lorrie's ideas to produce seamless copy that welcomes customers and prospects, and invites them to … [Read more...]

In the Charlotte Observer: Size Alone is Not the Measure of Small Business Success

Donna Maria and Indie Business Network in the Charlotte Observer

Today, I'm pleased to share that the Indie Business Network is featured in the "Shop Talk" section of The Charlotte Observer. Along with me, our members Curtis Durham of Bath Nation and Jennifer Devlin of Celtic Complexion and their products are also featured. My favorite thing about this article is that the journalist chose to focus on this: "When it comes to building a business, some … [Read more...]

Top 10 User-Friendly Links to FDA Cosmetics Laws


Earlier this month, the US Food & Drug Administration updated its website to add several useful overviews and Fact Sheets to help you properly launch, lead, and grow your handmade cosmetics business. While these updates do not change the law, they specifically publicly recognize, for the first time as far as I know, the existence of the handmade or "homemade" cosmetics industry. (Yay!)Handmade … [Read more...]

IBP#011: Mari Smith on Relationship Marketing [Podcast]

Indie Business Podcast Episode 11 with Donna Maria and Mari Smith

I'm thrilled to bring another podcast out of the vault for you this week! In this episode, recorded in 2012, but even more relevant today, I go one-on-one with Mari Smith, the author of New Relationship Marketing. Mari has been called the "Pied Piper Of The Online World," and you'll see why when you hear how enthusiastically and sincerely she shares her tips for marketing your business.To listen … [Read more...]

Gorgeous Handmade Soap From Sarva Soap Co.

michelle gilbert of sarva soap

One of the best ways to be inspired to pursue your passion in business is to learn from others who have dones so. That’s why we love to spotlight our members here at the blog. Today, you’ll meet Michelle Gilbert, founder of Sarva Soap Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. At Sarva Soap Co., Michelle makes handmade soaps and sells them through her website. Michelle has been a member of the Indie Business Network … [Read more...]

IBP#010: Jack Canfield on The Success Principles [Podcast]


I have been podcasting since before podcasting was a word. I hosted my first online radio show on September 21, 2005, but until recently, all the technological pieces have not played well together. Finally, technology has caught up with me and I can easily share my podcast with you here at the blog and on iTunes, so you never have to miss a show. In addition to new shows as they are produced, I … [Read more...]