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Regulatory Compliance for Makers

Q&A with LibDib Compliance

Regulatory Compliance for Makers: A Q&A with LibDib’s Senior Compliance Lead It’s time for a blog about everyone’s favorite topic--regulatory compliance! Well, before pushing snooze, let me tell all Makers out there that you probably should keep reading. I’ll address some of the most common compliance-related questions LibDib fields from...

Fabulous and Fearless Females

Fabulous and Fearless Females

I spent a few days in Washington DC recently with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America and attended their Women’s Leadership Council. It is so inspiring to meet to spend time with women who are running businesses, managing billion dollar revenue streams and leading sales teams with hundreds of...

LibDib Getting Started & Setup

I am LIVE on LibDib. Now What???

Congrats! You are live!  You have spent time making a page full of great content and telling your winery/distillery story. Pictures, video, awards, sell sheets, recipes, pairings, social media links and you're now getting started with LibDib. Everything is within the platform and ready to go. Now what? Let’s discuss...

My So Called CEO Life

My So Called CEO Life

Life of the startup CEO. What is it all about? Before I started LibDib I thought I had an idea but now…..I realize so many things have been picked up along the way.  I listened to podcasts and read a ton, from blog posts to books (just finished The Upstarts...

Working with Chains via LibDib

Start-up life is such an interesting animal. Literally, every day is different. Expectations and future plans can change quickly. In California, the LibDib model now includes some chain business.  This is a big change from my initial business plan. By chains I mean retail buyers that have multiple outlets….at least...

The Hidden Costs of Distribution

I spent the last 20 years of my career (I know, I seem so young...HA) setting up and maintaining a distribution network for my family’s winery.  I founded LibDib based on two main experiences: My winery was too small in any one particular market to attract a solid distribution partner....

Wine, Women and Wholesale: My thoughts on WSWA

I returned from Vegas almost two weeks ago (I had a trip to Florida and New York in between….ah, the start-up world) and I am just now catching up with life. First and foremost, what a great event. The attendees are top notch. It was a very productive three days....

It’s Vegas Baby! WSWA Convention is next week….

LibDib is heading to Las Vegas next week and is exhibiting at the WSWA conference  (Octavius Ballroom, Booth #528). I had the opportunity to attend last year and it was an eye-opening experience. It was right after LibDib launched and the entire event strengthened our message: Three-tier distribution is needed...

More, More MORE!

When it comes to sales, the more information a Maker provides on the LibDib platform, the better. In my opinion, a Maker can never have too much information about the distillery/winery/brewery or the products and people involved. The LibDib platform is very searchable and organized, which allows buyers to see...

Happy Birthday to LibDib!

The launch of LibDib was exactly one year ago today. What a year it has been! I am SO proud of what we have accomplished in such a short period of time. We have Makers and Resellers doing business together legally and efficiently. Our platform has sophisticated tools to help...

Why Treasury Wine Estates’ Distribution Overhaul Matters to Everyone

A couple weeks ago I gave a webinar on distribution to members of the American Craft Spirits Association. This group of truly craft producers shined a light on the fact that evolution of the three-tier system is absolutely necessary for their survival. These are small to mid-size distilleries who are...

Be Successful With LibDib

Every day at least three new Makers sign up on LibDib. Not all of them “go live” right away (due to compliance, waiting for other markets, or just poking around) but most have the same question: Tell me how to be successful using LibDib. LibDib is a different way of...