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March/April 2015

Niche Markets How to Define Your Niche and Target the Right Audience.

Cover Photo: Hajni Kele / Mianra Soaps


  • Savoir Faire
    Nailing your Niche, by Melinda Coss
  • In The Lab
    Nerds and Cheerleaders, by Kevin Dunn
  • Review
    Liquid Soapmaking, by Marina Tadiello
  • Herbal Wisdom
    Achieving Scentual Shine with Rosemary, by Natalie J. Wilson
  • Candles
    Creating a Niche Candle Business, by Kyli Wolfson
  • Potpourri
    Choosing a Niche and Defining your Target Market, by Erica Pence
  • Wit & Whimsy
    I Used to Have a Life, by Anissa Patten


  • Niche Market: The Year of the Beard, by Kathy Tarbox
  • An Introduction to Patents and Trademarks, Part II, by Pamela Ball



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The 2015 Design Mania contest is based on the 4 spectacular design tutorials that are published in the May/June 2015 issue (to be released May 1st). We’ll be collecting photos of your results from attempting these designs and voting on the best one in each category. You might be our next winner! Design Categories: Embedded…

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