Announcing the Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

I am excited to announce the Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards! If you are ready to nominate yourself or another Artisan Entrepreneur, click here to do so now! The Artisan Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards allows artisans and their customers and clients to nominate and vote in six categories that uniquely reflect the creativity and innovative spirit of the artisan entrepreneur: • … [Read more...]

Alana Rivera Spotlights San Francisco Etsy Team Indie Holiday Emporium

Our member, Alana Rivera of Etta + Billie, was interviewed this past weekend by the host of KTVU in Oakland, California, about the San Francisco Etsy Team Indie Holiday Emporium which took place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Watch the video here. As Alana shares in the interview, the event featured over 200 brands of handmade and artisan products from in and around the San … [Read more...]

Maker Mastermind Recap: November 2016: San Francisco

To register or request Maker Mastermind in your city, click here. Masker Mastermind San Francisco was fantastic! Twenty engaged and determined creative entrepreneurs joined together for two days of Masterminding, goal setting and fun. After I delivered a presentation designed to help everyone plan their businesses for long term success, we piled into several cars (thanks Uber!) for the … [Read more...]

Shaquille O’Neal and Kendrick Lamar Love Handmade!

We've known how awesome handmade soap is for decades, but some people are just now figuring it out. Check this video of rapper Kendrick Lamar and NBA great Shaquille O’Neal finally "getting it." How fun is that? This video is part of American Express's Shop Small initiative, where card holders can earn rewards when they shop at qualifying small business owners that accept their charge … [Read more...]

November-December 2016 Indie Business Book Club: Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

I am pleased to announce the November-December 2016 Indie Business Book Club pick: Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. Click here to join the club for free on Facebook. If you're not familiar with Indie Business Book Club, click here to learn more about how to participate. Living Forward is the perfect book to … [Read more...]

Episode 50: Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 50 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Meagan Sincock of Wildly Natural in Bennington, Kansas. Wildly Natural is a fun and fairly new mineral makeup company run by a woman who loved makeup so much that she talked her mom into becoming a Mary Kay consultant just so she could have a never ending stash at her disposal. As you'll hear, Meagan is … [Read more...]

Episode 49: Ronda Porter-Altema of Soude Haiti [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 49 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I introduce you to Ronda Porter-Altima of Soude Haiti, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the people of Haiti build self-sustaining businesses and become more economically empowered. I recorded this interview just a few short days after Hurricane Matthew left a path of death and destruction throughout … [Read more...]

Senate Hearing Set for Thursday: Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety

On Thursday (tomorrow, September 22, 2016), the The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing at 10am EST. The topic of the hearing is Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety. You can watch the hearing live at this link. If you are a member of the Indie Business Network, you can join me in our private Facebook group for a live discussion of … [Read more...]

Episode 48: Toushonta Hogan of Scent_sa-tional Soaps [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 48 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Toushonta of Scent_sa-tional Soaps in Los Angeles, CA. As you'll hear on this episode, Toushonta has had two phases of her business. The first was a warmup phase, which ended when she worked through a bit of an entrepreneurial desert as she dug deep into herself to decide whether she wanted to really pursue … [Read more...]

Don’t Let DIY Become DYI in Your Small Business

I am sure you are familiar with the acronym, DIY, standing for "do-it-yourself." But you are probably not familiar with the new acronym I just created, DYI, standing for "do-yourself-in." One of the biggest mistakes you can make in business is to rely on the Internet to teach you everything you need to know to achieve your business goals, and then try to do complete tasks you are not qualified to … [Read more...]