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...]

Episode 47: Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 47 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans outside my fabulous hometown of Washington, DC. (Sorry for calling it episode 46 in the podcast recording.) As you'll hear on this episode, as a former practicing attorney myself, I was excited to meet Andrea on Twitter several years ago. Since … [Read more...]

Episode 46: How I Put the I-N-D-I-E in the Indie Business Network [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 46 of the Indie Business Podcast! This episode marks a bit of a milestone: it's the first ever in which I am not interviewing a guest. I am not changing the things permanently. I will continue to bring you the best inspirational stories of Makers around the nation, but I am changing things up a bit this week to celebrate Independence Day 2016. In this episode, which is … [Read more...]

Episode 45: Christina Wennstrom: Soap Seas, Redondo Beach, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 45 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Christina Wennstrom of Soap Seas in Redondo Beach, California. Before we dive in, I want you to know that I recorded this episode at my mother's dining room table on a day when her alarm malfunctioned and my children had just started summer vacation. Please be forgiving when you hear a few beeping sounds in … [Read more...]

Episode 44: Khadija Dawn Carryl: Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 44 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Khadija Dawn Carryl of Henna Sooq, Elkridge, Maryland. Khadija launched Henna Sooq 11 years ago when she was the mother of four kids under the age of six. Today, her business has multiple income streams, and she credits a great deal of her growth to her willingness to engage personally with … [Read more...]

Episode 43: Jennifer Hardaway: KleanSpa, Burbank, California [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 43 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this episode, I'll introduce you to Jennifer Hardaway of KleanSpa in Burbank, California. As you'll hear first-hand, Jennifer got the idea for her brand in December 2004 while driving down the street, just minding her business. By 2005, she was making and retailing sugar scrubs and other bath and body products at a new website and local … [Read more...]

Episode 42: Michelle Smith: MamaSuds, Goodrich, Michigan [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 42 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Michelle Smith of MamaSuds, Maker of natural cleaning products in Goodrich, Michigan. Michelle is a former middle school teacher who began making household cleaners for her family after she and her husband began their family. Encouraged by her husband, Michelle took the first tentative steps toward … [Read more...]

Episode 41: Kara Brook: Waxing Kara and The Honey House, Owings Mills, Maryland [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 41 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this podcast episode, I introduce you to Kara Brook of Waxing Kara and The Honey House in Owings Mills, Maryland. Kara says that entrepreneurship is in her DNA. As you'll hear in the first part of the interview, her business experience includes leading Internet-based startups, but the truth is that Kara has always been an artist at heart. … [Read more...]

Indie Business Podcast: Season 04: Martha Stewart 2015 American Made: Archive

What an amazing Season 04 we had on the Indie Business Podcast! It was so exciting to introduce you to a Martha Stewart 2015 American Made Finalist from each of the four categories: Style, Design, Food and Crafts. The winners will be announced tomorrow, October 23!! I am gearing up for Season 05, but for now, I present you with an opportunity to binge on Season 04 and this amazing crop of … [Read more...]

Season 4: Episode 4: Martha Stewart American Made with Kim and Brett Borup of Paper Bandit Press [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 4 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. So far, I've connected you with Riche Holmes Grant from the Style category, Gilyn McKelligon from the Design category, and Colin Fickes and Mary Collins from the Food category. Today, it's about the Crafts category, and I'm pleased to introduce … [Read more...]

Season 4: Episode 3: Martha Stewart American Made with Humdinger Juice [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 3 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. So far, I've connected you with Riche Holmes Grant from the Style category and Gilyn McKelligon from the Design category. Today, it's about the Food category, and I'm pleased to introduce you to Colin Fickes and Mary Collins, the brother/sister … [Read more...]

Season 4: Episode 2: Martha Stewart American Made with Gilyn McKelligon [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 2 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Last week, we brought you Riche Holmes Grant, our choice from the Style category. Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to Gilyn McKelligon of Hannah Bergen in Portland, Oregon, our choice from the Design category. Hannah Bergen makes easy-to-use … [Read more...]

Season 4: Episode 1: Martha Stewart American Made with Riche Holmes Grant [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 1 of the Indie Business Podcast! This season is all about celebrating finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. We start with the Style category, and our featured Maker of choice is Riche Holmes Grant of BambiniWare in Silver Spring, Maryland, and I am thrilled to introduce you to her. BambiniWare makes smart + stylish gear that makes sense, works well and … [Read more...]

Indie Business Podcast: Season 03: Makers on Main Street: Archive

What an amazing Season 03 we had on the Indie Business Podcast! It was such a thrill to share with you the stories of so many Makers on Main Street, Creative Entrepreneurs who are dotting the landscape with beautiful retail stores on Main Streets across the nation. I am gearing up for Season 04, the first episode of which will be released on September 16. For now, I present you with an opportunity … [Read more...]

Season 3: Episode 12: Makers on Main Street with Amber Hawthorne [Podcast]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the Indie Business Podcast! In this twelfth episode of my Makers on Main Street series, I will introduce you to Amber Hawthorne of Bambu Earth in San Juan Capistrano, California. Amber just hosted the soft opening of her store this past weekend, and she tells us all about it in this episode. You'll also enjoy hearing how Amber used Kickstarter to fund her dream … [Read more...]