Welcome.

America’s economic strength has always been reliant on start-up businesses and small entrepreneurs for new products, job creation, and the development of new brands. This site is dedicated to those Americans who, by choice or necessity, become self-employed and start their own business.

Here you will find the business philosophies and guiding principles we learned over several decades of success with new ventures. They are presented in summary fashion in our Business Blog. More detail can be found in our Speaking Topics, Group Seminars, and Consulting Services.

We are also writing a book, “The Barefoot Spirit,” which chronicles the experiences and business lessons learned building the Barefoot Wine brand.

Since one of our business philosophies is to have fun, we will include a personal blog and some photos. We will add videos and interviews with like-minded business leaders going forward.

Fox Business Interview

While we were in New York, we had the opportunity to be interviewed by Kate Rogers of Fox Business. She gave us a fabulous interview and wrote a story as well. Please check out the interview and story by clicking HERE … Read More

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Women-Owned Businesses to the Rescue!

BEYOND THE GLASS CEILING

Sheryl Sandberg in her bestseller, Lean In, laments the stubborn persistence of the “glass ceiling” holding women back in corporate America. After years of advancement in women’s access to the top corporate positions, the progress has slowed to a crawl. She raises several important issues, asks some serious questions, and suggests some positive actions.
But there’s one sector of business where the lid… Read More

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Entrepreneur Podcast Network Interview

Today, we were interviewed by Eric Dye of The Entrepreneur Podcast Network. Please check back  here next week for the interview once it’s posted.… Read More

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The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)

VETS TO ‘TREPS

Very shortly, we will be having a flood of vets returning to our country. Many have disabilities suffered in the line of duty. What will become of them? Will there be enough jobs? Can disabled post 9/11 veterans become successful entrepreneurs?
Dr. Mike Haynie, of Syracuse University in New York, has taken a proactive approach to attack this daunting challenge head on. Before Syracuse, he was a US Air Force Academy professor… Read More

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NewsChannel 9 WSYR “Bridge Street” TV Interview

Our Syracuse trip is starting off with a BANG! We are happy to announce that we will be interviewed on News Channel 9′s “Bridge Street” Segment. To view the interview, please click HERE… Read More

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Get the Butts off our Beaches!

LET’S WALK BAREFOOT ON A CLEAN BEACH THIS SUMMER

There is nothing more relaxing than a long walk barefoot down the beach. But a pristine beach has become a rarity, and now we are creating clean beaches more often than finding them. We have personally participated in a multitude of beach clean-ups. Some were organized by non-profits like the Surfrider Foundation and, in the San Francisco Bay Area where we live, Save the Bay. Others were co-sponsored by socially-minded… Read More

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Happy Birthday Barefoot!

BAREFOOT WINES WERE FIRST BOTTLED DURING EASTER WEEK

Twenty-seven years ago, Barefoot Wines were bottled for the first time. But how the wine found its way to the bottling line was a fluke in itself. A farmer wasn’t getting paid for several years of his grapes and his friends went to bat for him to see how much they could collect. It wasn’t easy. The winery owing for the grapes had no money and was in bankruptcy. It was controlled by the secured creditors (other farmers who… Read More

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Why Being an Outsider and Undercapitalized can be Your Strongest Assets

TURN YOUR FEARS INTO SPEARS

Sometimes what you don’t have can be a true blessing. When we speak to aspiring entrepreneurs and students hoping to start their own businesses, they often tell us that they are afraid of being under capitalized and not knowing enough about their industry.
They have been taught that in order to start a new business, they need to write a detailed business plan and get it financed. They have been encouraged to stay in an… Read More

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How to Succeed in the Wine Business Without Really Knowing a Damn Thing About It

How to Succeed in the Wine Business Without Really Knowing a Damn Thing About It 
Written by Jordan Wright of Whisk and Quill 
Last month I spoke with Barefoot Wines founder Michael Houlihan about his upcoming book The Barefoot Spirit (Evolve Publishing – May 2013).  Michael, who has been in the wine industry for nearly 30 years along with his life and business partner Bonnie Harvey, created the… Read More

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Speaking Trip in The Lone Star State!

GREETINGS TEXAS!
We are very excited to be spending time in the great state of Texas.
We will be speaking in the Dallas area at The University Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, The Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and MORE!
Please check out our event calendar for dates and times. We look forward to seeing our friends there!… Read More

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