All ten "early bird" seats have been claimed! Regular enrollment for the January 2015 semester opens on October 1st.


Building a creative brand sounds so deliciously sexy + exciting, doesn’t it?  Creating the life you dream of by infusing your world with passion + art.  Being able to do it all from home, with complete freedom + independence.  Making good money each month with enough left over to top up the savings account, sneak away for spontaneous road trips with your beloved, and spend leisurely Saturdays at the spa sipping Pinot and flipping through magazines in a plush robe as you await your facialist.

Except that being an entrepreneur often doesn’t look or feel anything like that. No matter what your friends or your mother might think.


• If you’re reading this, then there’s a better-than-even chance that you’re overwhelmed with a deluge of dizzying choices about your brand. You design beautiful products, but all of that other “business” stuff is completely lost on you. It’s almost as if you’re stumbling blindfold through a maze of business decisions about product development, pricing, branding, marketing and scaling, crossing your fingers with each verdict and whispering a silent prayer into the universe that you made the best decision to propel your company forward.  Wouldn’t this whole entrepreneurship gig be infinitely easier if you had a sage mentor by your side to help you navigate those decisions?

• Or maybe you’re a maker whose overwhelm has devolved into frustration + burnout, which serves neither you nor your brand. You’re working like a mad woman, carving out scant few hours of sleep in between keeping a myriad of balls in the air, all the while telling yourself that you need to double-down, dig deeper and push through the self-doubt. If you could just manage to stay loser-focused + infuse your company with some fresh energy, then perhaps you could turn a corner with this business and finally get some momentum going.

• Perhaps you’ve enjoyed some awesome success in your business, but the bank account is looking a bit anemic these days, and you’re unsure of how to reignite the spark + coax it into a full-tilt bonfire. What you’ve been doing clearly isn’t working anymore but you’re not certain what strategies to employ next or the steps you can take “level-up.” Or maybe your brand’s rocket ship is clearly taking off, but you’re so busy pumping jet fuel into the ship that you need a seasoned captain to help direct that momentum so it’s sustainable in the long term.


What would your company look like if you knew how to work smarter, not harder?

What would it feel like if you had confidence + clarity around your work?

What kind of business could you build if you knew where the pitfalls lay and had the know-how + athleticism to glide right over them?


When you have the right tools at your fingertips, building a creative brand doesn’t feel like navigating a minefield.

My name is Lela Barker and over the last decade, I've landed my Bella Luccè products on the shelves of more than 1,200 shops + spas worldwide, from Los Angeles to Dubai and New York to Nairobi. The journey hasn’t always been easy, but it’s definitely been worth it.

In addition to building my own award-winning, international beauty brand, I’m also a business strategist who helps makers + creatives infuse their passion with seasoned strategy so they can do more, with less to build sustainable brands that create a legacy.

 






I’ve been honored to join stationers, apothecary + beauty brands, jewelers, ceramicists, apparel + accessory designers and even a cupcake baker on their entrepreneurial journeys. I’ve had the privilege of empowering more than 100 entrepreneurs to step fully into their company’s potential through the LBU: Secrets to Wholesale Success curriculum.

My flagship teaching program, LBU is a comprehensive 8-week business incubator that teaches product-based brands:

• How to develop products which appeal to wholesale buyers, who can purchase in quantity to boost your company’s cash flow.

• How to price those products to ensure robust profits by properly positioning them in the marketplace.

• How to get clarity around your ideal customers so that marketing is more effective + less painful.

• How to create brand differentiation + memorable customer experiences to build loyalty for both wholesale buyers + retail consumers.

• How to build clear, succinct wholesale policies that attract buyers, streamline operations + protect that pretty little tush of yours.

• How to understand the logistics + buying power of various types of wholesale accounts, empowering you to elegantly serve the right markets for your brand.

• How to design compelling line sheets, order forms, lookbooks, media kits and product bundles that give your brand a remarkable competitive edge.

• How to identify + connect with wholesale buyers who will be excited to learn about your work so that you can convert interested buyers into buyers who make out checks in your name.

• How to prepare your brand to work with sales reps who can take the task of selling off your plate so that you can focus on designing + creating your next big thing.

• How to master the art of trade shows so that you can increase your brand’s exposure + collect hundreds of leads without tears, curse words or tequila.

• How to establish a knock-their-socks off customer service program that supports your stockists so that they reorder more product, more often.

• How to manage your workflow more efficiently, how to know who + when to hire and how to juggle mondo-sized deals with more elegance.


 

Wholesale business is the lifeblood of my 7-figure beauty brand + I’ve developed specialized techniques which have catapulted Bella Luccè from a teeny tiny company producing products in my home kitchen to a thriving business with distributors around the globe and a savvy staff creating my proprietary product collection in a 7,500 square foot workshop that's just a few miles from my home. Now, I'm sharing my secrets + strategies with an intimate, exclusive collection of brands who are on the move.  Here’s how that works:

On Mondays throughout the semester, I release a series of information-rich video trainings, each singularly focused on a critical building block of success. Every module is accompanied by a packet of curriculum support materials, including resource lists, sample scripts and worksheets so that you can put the information into immediate action.

On Wednesdays, I introduce you to my inner circle of entrepreneurs, who share wisdom + insight in a spectacularly transparent fashion through my Expert Interview video series.  From Angie Myung of Poketo (who’s designed + curated product collections for both Target + Nordstrom) to Michelle Kohanzo, managing director at The Land of Nod, these gurus provide perspective + inspiration in spades.

On Fridays, we gather together for 90 minutes of Q+A on my weekly Office Hours call, providing an opportunity to build community, tailor curriculum + review coursework to ensure that you’re on the right track.

Throughout all 8 weeks, we roundtable daily in a private Facebook group which is reserved exclusively for LBU students.

And brand new this semester: LBU alumni enjoy a special invitation to join my ongoing coaching program to continue learning + building a network with laser focus + accountability. Upon graduation, you’re welcome to hop into the coaching program to enjoy access to the LBU Virtual Classroom for as long as you’re a member, plus two monthly Office Hour calls, a private Facebook group with alumni from all five semesters, and a special monthly project. Together we’ll implement pieces of the LBU curriculum and focus on timely tasks to keep your business moving forward. Last but not least, as a coaching member, you’ll be on the receiving end of a monthly newsletter with press opportunities, alumni news + extra resources. I’ll keep adding new tools to your entrepreneurial toolbox long after you graduate from the core curriculum.

LBU teaches you how to sharpen your hustle by providing the tools + support you need to build a sustainable creative brand. The result? Laser focus. More forward momentum. And a blueprint built especially for your business.

“LBU isn't just for startups. The education, resources & worksheets have helped me rethink my business to achieve better productivity on all levels.”



LBU is a fantastic fire starter if…

• You have a creative product you currently market (or if you have a creative product that's already in the development process).

• You want to transform your “side hustle” into a thriving business that sustains you.

• You’re committed to working hard. LBU is a phenomenal system, but it won’t work itself!

• You crave practical information + actionable advice.

I recommend sitting this one out if you’re in the ultra-early stages of product development. You needn't know what your product launch will look like in fine detail, but this program isn't designed to help you determine the kind of products you'd like to launch.
 
I also recommend taking a pass for now if you’re unable to commit 6-10 hours per week for two months in order to infuse your brand with wisdom + strategy. You should be aware that curriculum access is finite (8 weeks of active teaching + another 8 weeks to revisit every inch of the curriculum as a self-study journey), so this is not a "reserve it now and I'll get to it when I'm ready" sort of class. My students are people of action + we move through the coursework as a group.  The real magic happens when we work in unison, so please be ready to roll up your sleeves + get busy with an active tribe of serious entrepreneurs!

Finally, it's important to note that the program isn't designed for service-based businesses. But makers + designers? Oh, yes.

Enrollment in LBU is extremely limited, enabling me to answer your questions + come to know your brand intimately. You + I enjoy the opportunity to tailor this curriculum to your specific business and I’m rabidly committed to tag-teaming your way through the program.






 

I understand how hectic schedules can be, so I’ve designed LBU to fit conveniently into varied lifestyles + calendars:

• Video Curriculum Modules + Expert Interviews are available 24/7 at the LBU Virtual Classroom so that you can learn at your own pace any time of day or night.

• The schedule for all eights Office Hour Calls has already been published, months before the semester begins. I invite you to review the class syllabus to plan ahead + join us!

• Office Hour Calls are recorded + uploaded to the LBU Virtual Classroom as MP3 files, so you can catch the action, even if you can’t join the live call.

• I provide local dial-in numbers for more than sixty countries to minimize the cost of participation for international students.

• The program includes two “Implementation Weeks” – opportunities to pause + catch your breath + put into action all the awesome things you’ve been learning.

Tuition for the Winter Semester (which runs January 5, 2015 through February 27, 2015) is $999.

My hourly consulting rate is $195, but LBU students enjoy 20+ hours of video teaching, 12+ hours of small group coaching by phone, more than 60 handouts, daily support, access to a series of wisdom-filled Expert Interviews + a supportive community for a fraction of that cost with this program.

Because I want to put LBU within the reach of all makers, students may elect to spread the tuition cost into 3 monthly payments of $369 each. The first payment of $369 acts as a deposit when you reserve a seat + the two subsequent payments are billed on Tuesday, November 4th and Tuesday, December 2nd.

Class sizes are intentionally small (just 35 students!) and seats are extremely limited. That isn't a much-hyped, smoke-and-mirrors sort of number. When enrollment reaches the threshold, I close the doors up tight. Thanks to glowing reviews from my graduates, it took just 48 hours for that to happen during enrollment for the Summer 2014 semester.

LBU is an investment in your brand. If we break down the value of each component, this is how it looks:

20 hours of detailed, wisdom-filled teachings: $3,900 ($195 each)
12 hours of small group coaching: $900 ($75 each)
More than 60 handouts: $1,500 ($25 each)
8 Expert Interviews with industry gurus: $600 ($75 each)
A supportive community: Priceless!

Grand total? $6,900... that's the real value of LBU.
I pinkie-promise that's not an inflated figure nor a number I pulled out of thin air. Because it's taught in a small group setting, I can offer this intimate + comprehensive program at a fraction of what it would cost to deliver the information one-on-one. If you fully participate in the program but reach the end and feel as though it hasn't been worth every last penny, then I invite you to reach out to me personally. This is top-caliber teaching + I unequivocally stand behind it.

Please note that my Price-O-Matic software system is required for participation in LBU. Already have a copy? Fantastic. Don't yet have your hands on the best product pricing tool in the universe? No worries. We'll get you squared away after registration... and at a very special price, too. Price-O-Matic is just $99 for my LBU crew.

“This is one of the most valuable investments I’ve made in myself. Not just in my business, but in my whole person.”


 

Before enrolling in LBU, many of my students had tried to piecemeal their business by collecting information from around the internet, but all of that information doesn’t necessarily apply to their companies, creating frustration as they attempt to implement. And many of them have listened to a chorus of voices offering advice via forums or friends. The problem? It’s either cookie cutter advice which doesn’t help you stand out from the crowd or experimental strategy that may or may not prove successful in the end game. In contrast, LBU is a comprehensive, proven roadmap for wholesale success which is custom tailored to your brand. 

One more thing: If you think that selling wholesale means being a slave to the grind or exporting the creation of your soulful products to a soulless factory overseas, then I’d love the opportunity to prove that theory wrong. If you believe that you’re “too small” to succeed in the wholesale marketplace or that selling on the wholesale stage requires heaps of cash, then I’d love to share with you how I bootstrapped my way to 7-figures as a single mom without a trust fund, a sugar daddy or small business loans.

If you crave strategy + focus + momentum and are ready to connect the dots to get your brand to the next level, then I’d be honored to welcome you into the Winter Semester of LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success.

 

Purchase

Every last desk reserved for the Summer 2014 semester was claimed within 48 hours of opening enrollment! The program will run again in January of 2015 and registration will open in October of this year. A very select number of specially-priced “early bird” seats will be released on Friday, August 29th. I’d love to reserve a seat just for you! Hop on my mailing list to receive advance notification of open enrollment, so you can be at the front of the line for a seat. In the meantime, come say “hello” on Facebook!
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Reviewed by freshfarmacy@gmail.com
freshfarmacy@gmail.com bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
09/02/2014 - 10:10:13 AM
Best Business Investment I've Ever Made!
LBU Secrets to Wholesale success is the best investment Iâ
Reviewed by SavonCafe
SavonCafe bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
09/02/2014 - 02:20:18 PM
Another Stratosphere!
This program has propelled me into another stratosphere! I'm flying so high on this LBU cloud! Every day I have to contain myself because I want to implement and experience everything taught at Lucky Break Consulting. This difinately was my big break!
Reviewed by SongCroftNaturals
SongCroftNaturals bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/30/2014 - 02:29:42 AM
Clear your schedule and make it happen
I can't say enough good about LBU and the attention to detail Lela has given this course. This is not one of those cheerleading courses full of fluff but no real direction or backbone. Lela gives the information, tools and instructions on how to make your business successful. Clear your schedule, sell your piano if you need to come up with some cash and make it happen. You will be glad you did. This is an investment in your business and your future. LBU has without a doubt saved me time and money in the mistakes I could have made along the way.
Reviewed by rachel.nichols@hotmail.c
rachel.nichols@hotmail.c bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/29/2014 - 06:37:20 PM
LBU Wholesale Success Course
I took the LBU Wholesale class without actually having had any retail transactions under my belt. At first, I thought that I had made a mistake by registering too soon. Turns out...that this was indeed a lucky break for me. I can now see how I have advantaged myself in many ways. I don't think I'll be making to many rookie mistakes now. The insight the class has given me has blown my mind.

Yes, it has been a bit overwhelming at times as this is definitely a time intensive class...but isn't that what you're paying for? Anyway, the material is invaluable. This woman is truly a saint for sharing her secrets of success. God bless you Lela and thank you so very much!!!
Reviewed by Trish
Trish bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/29/2014 - 06:07:25 AM
Game Changer!
There have been a few times in my life when things didn't go as I was hoping...or completely failed. In retrospect, I realized I didn't the get answers and results I wanted because I didn't even know the questions to ask to begin with. At this time and place in my life, I can't afford to make too many wrong decisions, so I've been hesitant in opening my business and have moved slowly and cautiously. Somehow I wagered that wholesaling from the very start would be the answer for me. So I took a leap of faith and enrolled in LBU. I feel 100% confident that this was definitely not another bad choice. This program is packed with 100's of answers to questions I'd never even thought of! Lela has loaded this program with an incredible amount of information, presented in a very orderly fashion. And if you're really lucky, you'll also get a laugh from a guy in a gas mask, a bug-eyed cat, and you'll fall in love with Willow, the dog. "Is he cuddling you??" I'm not a dog person, but that was precious!

So. Take a leap with the gracious, funny and sharp-witted Lela Barker, who jumps out of perfectly good planes for fun. Hang on to your pantyhose though, ladies. It's a very quick ride, but you'll be ready to hit the ground running!
Reviewed by everythinglittlemiss
everythinglittlemiss bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/29/2014 - 03:00:19 PM
Hard work, but really fun!
I'm so happy that I signed up for LBU. Lela's teaching style is incredibly thoughtful and she's very thorough as she goes over the coursework. It's a lot of work (and the work won't be done at the end of 8 weeks), but I signed up for this course hoping to grow as a business person, and I know I have. Working along with my classmates and sharing our triumphs and questions in the facebook group has been really motivating and also a lot of fun! I'm still surprised by just how much has been covered and the amount of time Lela has dedicated to prepping the material and interacting with us daily in the facebook group and weekly answering our questions during the office hours call. She must not sleep!
Reviewed by marvelousme
marvelousme bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/28/2014 - 12:17:53 AM
Luck is when Opportunity meet Preparedness
By this definition, be prepared to GET LUCKY when you take the opportunity to enroll and participate in this program. It brings clarity and instruction in vital areas of a maker's business. From honing in on your ideal customer and retail partners to product photography, website design and supporting wholesale documents such as line sheets, order forms and catalogs. Also covered is information on hiring sales reps, trade shows and expert interviews which inspired me to continue to go forth and create MY success. In my opinion, it's a Master's Level Class with the added benefit from the synergy of maker's from varied backgrounds and industries. I'm so proud to have invested in a more successful future for my company by implementing the tools from LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success!
Reviewed by hbrown13
hbrown13 bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/28/2014 - 11:54:27 AM
Clover Luxe Co.- Holly Kelley
LBU gave me SO much more than just some insight on wholesaling! Lela is a phenomenal leader and business woman. She goes above and beyond in not only creating the material for this program but in guiding you through every step and leaving no question unanswered. The support system she creates for the class is AMAZING! I came out of this program feeling enlightened, prepared and and empowered. The best part is that I not only have the blueprint now to get my show on the road but also the opportunity to continue receiving guidance as I build my own empire brick by brick! Thank you Lela for what you do!
Reviewed by nique1076
nique1076 bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/28/2014 - 11:30:30 AM
Just When You Think You Know It...
This was by far one of the most valuable investments to our business. Just when you think you know pretty much what you think you know about entrepreneurship, this course greatly enhances that knowledge. Lela is very hands on and the FB group is very supportive. Our eyes have been opened to an entire new world of awesomeness and greater awareness of honing our brand and vision for our company. I highly highly recommend this course for anyone who wishes to take their business to the next level.
Reviewed by nancyihlefeld
nancyihlefeld bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/28/2014 - 10:36:22 AM
Nancy Ihlefeld - I H L E
I am building a new company, not already existing, so before LBU the wholesale world just seemed so much bigger than me and was intimidating. I would google things like line sheets and order forms that I heard was needed to approach wholesale stores, and I could see how to layout information but I didn't know how to come up with my own information. I really felt unstable like I was shooting from the hip, and it would halt all my efforts. The confidence I have now after only 8 weeks is just amazing. I know I'm still green, and stores may know this too, but at least it will show that I've put in effort into learning the ropes and being professional.
I could go on and on about the knowledge you gain, it's massive. Many may know this information, but not all can organize it and teach it. Lela not only has a knack for teaching, she loves to see you succeed and does everything to give you more than she promised. An amazing woman! It's no wonder she's a success. She goes above and beyond for the class. You get more than bargained for, for sure.
I researched Lela before I took the class. Contacted a few of the Alumni, to ask if their testimonials were legit, and if they could enlighten me on their experience. I got nothing but positive feedback telling me "it's so worth it! Take the class." I would be more than happy to reiterate my positive experience to anyone. If you're on the fence, don't be. You found this class for a reason. You will benefit from it.
Reviewed by staceematheson
staceematheson bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 12:21:56 PM
Thank Goodness I Took This Course!
I'm so glad that this course came across my path while I'm in the early stages of developing my brand. While I couldn't complete every single exercise as we came to it, because I just wasn't there yet, each module has provided me tremendous insight and a whopper of a road map that will guide me through everything I need to do as I get to the next step in the process. I'm 100% confident that when I finally do launch my wholesale program, I'll have everything I need to be successful. Lela does an absolutely amazing job at providing an in-depth, well-rounded, interesting, and easy to follow program - I'm incredibly impressed. I have no doubt that having taken this course will save me thousands of dollars and many, many hours worth of mistakes, so it is worth every single dime from a practical standpoint. The interactions with the other makers in the class has been wonderful also. I HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone who is serious about conquering the world of wholesale - you'll be so glad you did.
Reviewed by Hennasooq
Hennasooq bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 12:18:41 PM
Above & Beyond
From new businesses to established businesses this course is absolutely a stunner!
I felt like I had a good hold on our business, but there was actually so much more out there! I love the fact that now I'm so revved up and excited to get to that next level and to just be an awesome business owner.

I've learned so much! It's amazing! I just love this course.
It's opens the door for so much more, and goes above and beyond my expectations.

Thank you Lela for being so generous, wonderful and YOU :)

Love, Khadija
Reviewed by JaymeBarrett
JaymeBarrett bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 12:12:50 PM
Secrets to Wholesale Success is a "MUST" for Women Entrepreneurs!
Lela is a wholesale goddess! She delivers on her promise for sharing all the most important information you need to take your wholesale business to the next level. The coursework is replete with real world examples, expert interviews and the nuts and bolts of wholesaling. The worksheets are priceless and her upbeat personality makes everything feel do-able. She's truly a pleasure to learn from. If you're a woman on a mission, get ready to go on a wholesale ride with Lela Barker! -Jayme Barrett, Founder www.zweenabodycare.com
Reviewed by atlasrelo
atlasrelo bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 12:10:09 PM
Best Class So Far in the Lucky Break Consulting Program
It's a really thorough program. She's not kidding when she says to clear your schedule. I STAYED enthralled, waiting with baited breath for the next video. I'm so glad I took this class, even more thankful that Lela makes it available. A lot of info I thought I might already know because Bill does trade shows with his moving business, but his view has always been from the dredge side of trade shows. This is the VENDOR side and well worth every penny I paid and more. I've learned so much it's incredible. Everything is laid bare and open for discussion. There are line sheets, Business sheets, Website, Facebook, Word Press, etc, etc, tutorials and examples galore. She even includes referrals so you won't have to spend precious time searching for someone to do a great job and they ALREADY know what you're looking for so it's a no brainer. Then there's Price O Matic, which that alone is worth the ticket. The list just goes on and on. You will just have to take the class and see for yourself. You will be dazzled and amazed weekly. There is a call in Q&A on Fridays. EVERY question you can think of is answered in concise, easy to understand answers, complete with examples. And then there's the Alumni~ An awesome group of friends you will cherish forever. Take it~ don't be stupid~ Just Take It! Trust me.
Reviewed by everythinglittlemiss
everythinglittlemiss bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 08:15:16 PM
Hard work, but really fun!
I can't believe the level of dedication Lela puts into this program. She's gone far above and beyond anything I ever expected. Each week she lays out the coursework so thoughtfully and thoroughly. In addition, she's created a welcoming community for all of the students - a place where it feels safe to share work in progress and ask really personal business questions and receive helpful and encouraging feedback. I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to grow with other entrepreneurial women and to get to know Lela! One more thing: this course is hard work if you want to get anything out of it, but it's so fun to feel empowered!
Reviewed by LisaB
LisaB bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 04:05:21 PM
Waaay more than just a course on wholesaling!
Lela's course has been by far the best investment I've made in my business!

And, while the focus is on wholesale, Lela delivers so much more! She teaches important, foundational principles that are absolutely crucial in order to run a successful business.

This is an intensive and thorough course. You understand right away that Lela takes it very seriously. She wants you to get all you can out of it. You really feel that you are being taken under her wing and mentored by someone who has walked this road before you.

One of the awesome benefits is meeting all of the wonderful people taking the course with me. It is so important to be part of a supportive community of those taking the same journey!

I am SO glad that I had the opportunity to take this course! I feel energized, encouraged and inspired to really go for it and take my business to the next level!

Thank you, Lela! You truly are an inspiration and an amazing person!

(Hey - anyone who jumps out of a plane to de-stress once in a while has to be amazing, right?)
Reviewed by juneplum
juneplum bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 02:04:20 PM
Just a beginner? Come on in!
If you are literally just starting your business and you're thinking about taking this course but then bookmark this site and leave thinking you'll sign up when you're more established, noooooo! That would be one of the worse business decisions you could ever make. :)
As a "newbie", the LBU program takes your hand and walks with you along all the thorny paths to getting your business where it needs to be so that you can confidently and successfully dive right into the world of wholesale. The program literally maps everything out for you and most importantly, equips you with so many tools I promise you will not find anywhere else.
I'm just starting out in my business and taking this course has been one of the best investments, if not, THE best investment I've made.
Reviewed by lostcreek
lostcreek bought "LBU: Secrets To Wholesale Success" on our website
08/27/2014 - 01:24:20 PM
So worth it!
I am on my last week of LBU! I have to admit that I am a bit sad. I have so loved this program!! All the learning, all the friendships formed, all the giant leaps forward in my business! Lela knows what she is doing, and she teaches so much more than how to wholesale. I can not recommend LBU enough!

Suzanne Seagren
Lost Creek Soaps
Reviewed by Debbier0412
05/24/2013 - 12:23:24 PM
Lucky to Have This Opportunity!
Lucky Break University has changed my world. Lela Barker is an excellent teacher with a heart of gold. Her willingness to share all that she's learned since starting Bella Lucce is worth far more than the price of admission. Secrets to Wholesale Success has armed me with the tools to take my business to new levels. I've learned that it takes more than 'a lucky break' to have a successful business. Lela's course taught me how to work smarter, not harder, to achieve my wildest aspirations.

Debbie Richards
Big Fat Soap
Reviewed by teejlp
05/24/2013 - 11:02:49 AM
Lela Barker's, Lucky Break UnLBU's Secrets to Wholesale Success Course
I can NOT express how much this course has helped with my business and my planning for the future. I've been in business for over 11 years and have been doing mostly wholesale but always felt a little lost in the details. Taking the "Secrets to Wholesale Success" was so full of information that I now feel like I have the correct tools to market my business effectively instead of "guessing" or "winging" it. I have taken many online courses and read articles/ebooks over the years but nothing is as detailed and full of applicable information that I immediately put into use. I'm rethinking my business from a more knowledgeable standpoint now and feel re-energized. Often we feel alone at times running our business and often wonder if you're doing it right or if it can be done better. The answer is yes! And Lela gives you the tools plus so much more that I didn't even know I needed! If you already have wholesale accounts and already have been running your business, this course is a definite boost for you too. This isn't about "starting your business" only, it's a BUSINESS GUIDE to profitability, to costing your products correctly and also how to market to wholesale customers and to buyers. I can't wait for the next course from LBU as I'll be the first to sign up again!!
Reviewed by sledbett
05/24/2013 - 07:57:23 PM
LBU Secrets to Wholesale Success
I highly recommend Lucky Break University's Secrets to Wholesale Success course. I gained the knowledge and confidence to move my business forward into the wholesale arena. The concepts, tips, tools and expert advice provided by Lela and her panel of guest speakers exceeded my expectations. Lela is thoroughly committed to her students, and it shows in the exceptional quality of this class. Being able to network and build community with the other students was also very informative and encouraging. An overall excellent experience!

Starla Ledbetter
Roo Ranch Goat's Milk Soap
Reviewed by tehachabee
04/22/2014 - 09:28:51 AM
This program is a game changer.
This investment completely changed the way I thought about doing business. I own a small local bath and body company and when I invested in this business last year, I could have never anticipated the amount of growth I would experience in my business after implementing the strategies that Lela taught.
Now, a year later, I'm in a very different place with my business. I got 3 more wholesale accounts for Tehacha-Bee Farm in just the last month, and I was thinking about how last year this time I knew so little about what the heck I was doing. I would have had no idea what to do if I had an honest-to-goodness inquiry about wholesaling my product! Now I can send them line sheets and order forms, am clear on my terms, and have a system for following up with them and making sure they're taken care of...as well as planning for my own growth. I'll always be so grateful for this program and will sing its praises from the rooftops to any growing entrepreneur that I meet.
Reviewed by celticcomplexion
04/16/2014 - 10:15:14 PM
Saved Me Thousands of Dollars in Mistakes
The saying "you don't know what you don't know" certainly applies here. I was on the fence before taking this course, thinking I knew it all (because I spent 10+ years in high-end retail).. so I knew I would get *something* valuable, BUT... this class oh-so-humbled me and I have to say looking back, it has saved me thousands of dollars in mistakes I would have made (if I hadn't taken the course). Lela's style is down-to-earth and she doesn't leave anything out.. the good, the bad and the ugly. Her own stories of failures and successes were such amazing learning tools. One of the most surprising things I gained from this class was the camaraderie I now share with the other students. It's a bond that will last a lifetime. I now know I am not alone in my fears and that no dream is too big!
Reviewed by outlawsoaps
04/16/2014 - 05:38:38 PM
The best investment I've made in myself and my business
This course was soooooo worth it. Almost immediately, I was changing my business -- refining it to be better and more true to our brand. We re-did our photos with an eye towards catalog-readiness, re-did our line sheets, created a wholesaler portal, got accepted to Unique LA (a prestigious juried show), learned how to create leads and talk to stockists (retailers), and so much more. We have had dozens of compliments, several hundred dollars in orders (and I'm sure there are more to come), and have built our credibility among retailers.

I think of all the potential pitfalls that I was able to sidestep because of this class... all those tears and expensive mistakes and burned bridges that I didn't have to go through... it's SO WORTH IT.

Not only that, I made friends with dynamic, creative, interesting, driven, inspirational, honest, helpful peers.

I can't recommend this class enough. These are lessons that you couldn't learn for free if you scoured every blog in the world... and it's all right here in one handy class.

Plus, Lela is amazing. Like, truly amazing. There are kinda not words for how amazing she is.
Reviewed by lynnelko
04/15/2014 - 12:26:39 PM
What you don't know you don't know!
That sums up this course for me. I thought we were doing okay... plugging along doing our thing, living in the isolation of a maker doing their best to build a business. I signed up for this course for the last week's lesson on scaling, thinking that what I really needed to learn was how to better scale our business. Gob-smacked at the first week's lesson about what I didn't know I didn't know! Where I thought we were solid, I was rocked to our core. From reassessing our brand (which we were solid on using, but didn't really express who we are - imagine?!?) to re-evaluating our product offering and who our target customer is. No, who that person really is, not just who I think it kind of is - put a face on it! Exercises, exercises, exercises. You work through each lesson and apply laser focus on how it applies to your business. I will be working the course for the next six months (at least) applying it to our business. One word: transformational. So, you think you know your business? Really? Really?? Push up the sleeves on you lab coat and find out. {Silk boxing gloves. I think that what Lela the coach, teacher, mentor, kickbutt entrepreneur wears. She beats the fluff out of your business, but somehow it feels good? And that, in and of itself, is pretty remarkable.}

Lynn Elko
Emma's Friends Soaps & Lotions
Reviewed by jodiekoehn
04/15/2014 - 02:51:06 PM
LBU has changed my businesses future!
I could not wait to get into class, and yes, it exceeded all my expectations. The tools, expert advise, resources and worksheets are clear, concise and compelling. I have a awesome peer group to boot, they are always so helpful and giving. Lela Barker and her staff are the best! The whole experience has been exciting and wonderful!
Reviewed by jvaala
04/14/2014 - 11:45:29 PM
LBU is a NO BRAINER for anyone who wants to excel in Wholesale!
I don't think I would be able to adequately express just HOW MUCH value this course has been to me. I feel blessed to have met Lela Barker and am blown away by just how much of herself she dedicates to her students and this course. I transformed from an absolute novice with no idea about the wholesale market to someone with unbelievable confidence and professionalism rearing to build my wholesale empire in just a couple of months.

The material has been well structured to move in the most wonderfully logical sequence....it takes you from the most basic foundations all the way to running a very successful empire. The information provided is also really detailed with lots of handouts and resources but still easy to comprehend and act upon. I totally loved the module on building my brand and also learning to work with sales reps. The module on different payment methods was invaluable.

Last but definitely not the least is the amazing community that Lela manages to build around the course. With only 25 students at a time, the kind of relationships you build is invaluable. I was the only jeweler in my batch, but Lela always went an extra step to include me and my business in her teachings to keep the information relevant to me too. I cannot thank her enough for it :)

For anyone who is struggling with establishing a wholesale business, and even if you are already well established... believe me when I say that this is absolutely the BEST investment you can make to take your business to the next level.

Karpagam Gobalakrishna
JVAALA
Reviewed by sparklefly
04/14/2014 - 11:39:58 PM
So Much More Than I Expected
This class was so much more than I had ever expected and I expected A LOT! I would have been pleasantly satisfied with the attention to every detail Lela Barker puts into every single second of her training and the motivational "mamma bear" way in which she approaches her course. I would have walked away fully prepared with the easy to follow and well thought out handouts, videos and expert interviews. What I didn't expect was the support, community and invaluable friendships created through this course that continues well after. If you are SERIOUS about taking it to the next level, I highly recommend this experience.
Reviewed by joanmorais
04/12/2013 - 03:03:59 PM
LBU: SECRETS TO WHOLESALE SUCCESS
I highly recommend Lela Barker's, Lucky Break University, Secrets to Wholesale Success Course. Lela shares exceptional tools to assist in product wholesale and retail pricing; a crucial and fundamental aspect in business. The information she shares on website, branding, marketing and wholesaling is well worth its weight in gold. Lela also sets up a community platform for the students including herself to connect with each other and a go to place for additional support. This course is an exceptional value and worth ten times its cost.

Joan Morais