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INDIE Business New York City

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Location: New York City
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Discussion Forum

NYS Sales Tax

Started by Yolanda Cathcart. Last reply by Melissa Rivera Mar 8. 4 Replies

I just wanted to share some information.  I have been doing some major internal work behind the scenes and I have let a professional take care of my sales taxes.  I was not aware that in NY State…Continue

Support for opensky store

Started by Yolanda Cathcart Jun 6, 2013. 0 Replies

Greetings,I am asking for support for opening a store on opensky.  You have to follow through this following link. …Continue

April 13, 2013 Meetup

Started by Melissa Rivera. Last reply by Melissa Rivera Apr 7, 2013. 4 Replies

Hi NYC Indies!I am hoping this finds you well, although I must say this cold weather and now snow has me feeling like a big YUCK! LOLI wanted to put out 2 dates for the next meetup. I am still…Continue

March 2013 Meetup

Started by Melissa Rivera. Last reply by Melissa Rivera Mar 2, 2013. 12 Replies

Hi Indies I am back from #IndieCruise and it was AMAZING! I am also back to the office job which is not so amazing! LOL I am thinking of having a meetup the first weekend in March since this is my…Continue

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Comment by Jenna Amundsen on June 16, 2014 at 4:15pm

Hi, Melissa.

I'd love to get together in Beacon in the Fall. That's a great location! Please let me know details - or let me know if you want/need help with this.

Comment by Melissa Rivera on June 16, 2014 at 2:19pm

Hey Indies, I know it has been a while. I am no longer the IBN NYC Director since I moved to Upstate NY. I was wondering if you wanted to get together for a one day gathering in Beacon, NY (It is a major Metro North stop). I can secure local space (small fee would have be required) where we can network and maybe have some food catered. Let me know what you think. Again, I don't mind doing it but (1) there will be a small fee involved - I won't be making any money off of this (2) Looking at early Fall once the kiddies go back to school.

Comment by Dora L. Summers on April 15, 2014 at 9:37pm

Hello Indies sisters, I'm working on my business plan and I could really use some help. Does anyone know where I can get some understanding of writing a business plan for my business (Dora Lee's Creations, named after my grandmother) I make bath and body products, soaps, body butters, scrubs lotions as well as some earrings and necklaces. I could really use some advise and input or at least point me in the right direction. I appreciate all the help I can get

Thanks in advance

Comment by Sue Nadel on February 12, 2014 at 9:23pm

Was wondering if anyone in NY was asked to present a metallic seal when opening their business account? I've had business accounts in 2 banks & neither ever asked for this when setting up my account. The reason I ask is that I had to shop around for a new bank when my former bank (where I had my account for 9 years), decided to say "screw American small businesses" & concentrate their efforts on international banking. They closed my account as well as accounts for several other businesses. 

I start shopping for a new bank, one that has features similar to my old bank -- no monthly fee, no or a low minimum balance, no per check fees, no fee for cash deposits. I found a bank that met those requirements, go in to open an account & they won't even look at my paper work because I don't have a  seal. Yes, I had brought my Certificate of Authority, receipt from my filing fee, IRS documents. I even spent the extra money to get a CERTIFIED copy of my Articles of Organization, but all the bank about was this metallic seal.

I did end up going with another bank who was only too happy to take my business with the documents I had. 
Anybody else have to go through something similar? Thanks!

Comment by Erica R Stinson on August 16, 2013 at 10:52pm

Hi Dianne,

Thanks for all of the great advice. I plan to see if I can swing by there soon and get an idea of how things are during the event(what kind of people shopping, what kind of things selling) I am relatively new to all of this and I am really trying to get myself out there to reach prospective clients. I have liability insurance with State Farm already, a sellers permit and a business certificate/license. I am really taking this seriously and I want to definitely reach my intended demographic.  Right now the issue I am having is finding markets to vend at, but I am hoping to rectify that soon as I continuously search for places I can go to.   Thanks again for your help!:-)



Comment by Indie Assist on August 15, 2013 at 7:51pm

Hi Erica,

I'm the Indie Business Network member coordinator, and I have market experience with both vending and managing events.

I'd recommend that you take some time out to stop by some of the markets you're interested in beforehand to see if the shoppers at these events seem to be the demographic you're targeting. If they are, try it. And, at first, try a few markets so you can determine what and where works best for you. If you're a Queens resident probably the shoppers in Queens will resonate with you and your branding more so than a market that's elsewhere.

Also, if you don't already have liability insurance, before you can participate at any market you'll need to have that squared away in order to sell your products. Indie Business Network now offers liability insurance on baked goods. Learn more here: http://www.indiebusinessnetwork.com/product-liability-insurance/

Do let me know if there is any other way that I can help.



Comment by Erica R Stinson on August 10, 2013 at 1:40pm

Hi Melissa,

Thanks for the reply! I am looking to get my cakes out there any way I can, as I am trying to drum up some new clientele. I have done two pop-ups on my own(on public street)but I would like to get somewhere regularly, on the weekends, to sell and promote my business without worrying about where I can sell all the time. Thanks for the info about Chocolate Swirl. I will definitely check her out! I contacted Astoria Market, but they have no more weekends available until the fall, but I liked what I saw on their site so I'll probably do that in the fall. For now, I am looking for someplace reputable where I can feel confident and comfortable about representing myself there. I tried with the Aquaduct flea market in South Jamaica and the whole thing just didn't gel with me because after repeated attempts to become a vendor there just didn't work(they don't answer their phone and no one calls you back when you leave a message)I gave up on them. Also, people complained of bootleg movies, knock-off bags and shoes selling there, I just decided I don't want to be a part of that element. In any event, I will keep my eyes out and I am hoping to get into Queens Market, who I am still waiting to hear back from, and Astoria Market soon.  Thanks again for all your information.


Comment by Melissa Rivera on August 9, 2013 at 4:27pm

Erica, I am a former Queens resident. Are you looking to do your own pop-up or get into the many events now happening in Queens? There is LIC Flea, Astoria Market (held at  the original Astoria Beer Garden), and a few by Design for You. The Chocolate Swirl dominates at all the events food and non related food events. If you go to her site, you might see a list of upcoming events. They are actually not really called pop up shops anymore since they are now the mainstain in Astoria/LIC area. 

Comment by Erica R Stinson on August 3, 2013 at 6:53pm

Hi! I am new to the group and I was wondering if anyone knows who I can talk to about doing a pop-up shop event in Queens, NY? I heard they have something going on at the  Beer-garden in Astoria. I sell custom cakes, but I usually just do slices for my pop-up shops. Please advise. Thanks!

Comment by dM, CEO on August 3, 2013 at 10:27am

Can't wait to be there with you, La Shonda!


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