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Donna Maria, founder & CEO Indie Beauty Network and host of Indie Business Radio. Sometimes called the Chief Executive Indie, I help women use their God-given talents and gifts to manage home and business, without compromising either.

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Twitter Is The Icing, Not The Cake

I am a passionate believer in the power of social networking for small business owners. I have spoken many times at conferences and teleseminars about small business owners can use Twitter to create relationships and expand their sphere of influence.

One of the things I notice in my travels is that there is a misplaced reliance on Twitter as a marketing tool. If I had a dime for every time a business owner told me that he or she had not blogged in months because they had been… Continue

Posted on June 14, 2009 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

Increase your Twitter followers in 3 easy steps

(This was originally posted at my business blog a few weeks ago. I'm posting it here in the hopes that it will be interesting and helpful to others. This post is geared toward the Indie Business owner. Enjoy!)

Increase your Twitter followers in 3 easy steps

I continue to receive a lot of questions about how to increase Twitter followers. I am planning a webinar for my Indie Beauties on the… Continue

Posted on February 15, 2009 at 2:00pm

The Work-Life Merger

Life is about change. And one of the things that's changing most nowadays is the relationship between work and life. The era of sharp distinction between the two is over. No longer is it practical or beneficial to view work and your life separately. We're seeing less need for work-life balance and more need for work-life merger.

Not only are work and life merging, they are merging for good reasons. Trying to maintain two separate and… Continue

Posted on February 15, 2009 at 1:30pm

The platinum is within you

At the start of a New Year, it's typical to consider getting rid of the old way of doing things. The logic is that, from a new piece of technology to a new shoe, if something is new, it's also probably better. Hence, we say: "Happy New Year," or "2009 is going to be my year," implying that the new year brings with it better times.

One of the results of this thinking is a plethora of new programs: Join my Platinum Club! Join my Inner Gold Circle! The promise of some new system that… Continue

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 12:03pm

3 Hot Tips To Kick Start Your Business

Spice Up Your Business In 3 Easy Steps

I have been quite exhausted over the past few months. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. However, my fast-paced and ever growing business and family require every ounce of my strength and sometimes, I have to take special steps to fill up my cup in order to continue to make progress on my journey. About this time last month, I began to feel really wiped out. For a few days, my husband…


Posted on October 14, 2008 at 8:35am

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At 12:31pm on November 6, 2010, My Symphony Of Life said…
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At 6:14pm on June 15, 2009, Elizabeth Shugg said…
Thanks Donna, I really appreciate the extra promotion! I actually live in the Triangle but have lots of Charlotte connections so I felt like I could adequately run a site like this. So far so good!
At 8:25am on May 6, 2009, Elizabeth Shugg said…
Hi Donna,

I'm writing to introduce you to a new website I launched for Charlotte parents last month. Charlotte TRACKS, located online at, is an acronym for "Tools, Resources and Activities for Carolina Kids." As a local mom of three and a former magazine editor, I've come across lots of great resources for kids in the Charlotte region, so I decided to put them all on ONE website for local families to use. Charlotte TRACKS is also a social networking site for parents, so those who join can post blogs, forums, calendar events and other information for other parents to see. I started Triangle TRACKS at for parents in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region a year ago, and it's doing very well out there, so I decided I would start one for Charlotte as well.

I wanted to reach out to you to find out if you could let our Charlotte friends know about this site via email, Twitter or other Charlotte social networking sites you belong to. And if you get a chance, let me know what you think of Charlotte TRACKS.

By the way, my Twitter URL is

Elizabeth Shugg
At 6:44pm on January 24, 2009, Torrian Denise said…
Hey DM!! I can just about find you anywhere in twitterland!!! I am finding my way around and I am excited. I see a few groups I am interested in!
At 11:03pm on January 6, 2009, Ruthie Appleby said…
Looks like you are one of the first bloggers here:)
At 10:59am on November 17, 2008, HappyTwitt said…

Hello. Hope you are enjoying your time at Twittermoms. Love your site -- Marking on my reader. If you haven't already joined the Twittermoms
for online ebiz owners and moms, stop by some time and join
us. Moms would love to know about you!!! I am looking forward to knowing you better. See you.

At 10:50am on November 17, 2008, Malika Duke said…
Hey Donna Maria,

Did you ever find someone to design your NING network. I recommended Cenay on your post but, also know a WAH Man that could help you too. Let me know!

At 2:32pm on November 14, 2008, Ann Duncan said…
Looks like you've got lotsa good stuff, Donna Maria, I'll be back!

At 5:33am on November 7, 2008, EssentialU said…
Thanks Donna Maria for the nice comment on the blog post regarding Paul Newman. That post still makes me pull out the kleenex.
At 11:37am on October 31, 2008, Teresa Kenny said…
Hi sweetie,
I have a favor to ask! I started a group called, "Business Resource Corner" and I need a minimum # of mommy's to join to keep the group open. I was wondering if you would consider joining my group please. I really could use something positive to focus on! Either way you decide-thank you ! I appreciate it! Sincerely-Teresa

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