Donna Maria Cole Johnson

Donna Maria is the founder and CEO of the INDIE Beauty Network, a trade organization representing manufacturers of handmade products, including soaps, cosmetics, fragrances, candles, jewelry, aromatherapy products, and confectionery items.

Donna Maria is an attorney, and winner of the US Small Business Administration's Washington, DC, Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year Award. She is the author of Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions and a respected small business advocate and champion.

In addition to maintaining INDIE Business Blog, Donna Maria hosts the weekly INDIE Business Podcast, and serves as an expert blogger at Small Biz Trends and the Herb Companion, all while maintaining a busy speaking and coaching practice. She has been recognized by American Express OPEN Forum as one of 80 Small Business Twitterers You Should Be Following and also by Work At Home Woman as one of the 25 Most Influential Women Tweeting About Entrepreneurship.

Donna Maria began blogging in 2001 using antiquated HTML code. She eventually transitioned to self-hosted TypePad (via Movable Type), and then to WordPress where she now happily publishes at least one blog post a day at INDIE Business Blog.com.