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Article/Interview at Cornell University

Get Barefoot and Have a Great Time!
Uncorking the Success of Barefoot Wines

by Trevor Burns 
Hardship + Hustle + Heart = The Best Selling Wine Brand in America.
That’s the magic recipe Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey discovered in 1986 in Sonoma County, California. The founders of Barefoot Winery came to the School of Hotel Administration to talk about their entrepreneurial story detailed in their new … Read More
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USASBE Is Dedicated to Excellence in the Education of Entrepreneurship

USASBE, The United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, is a non-profit organization that provides support for the colleges and universities across the country that are teaching entrepreneurship. They serve as a forum to share best practices, leading edge techniques, and most effective curriculums. There are effectively raising the standards for this relatively new degree.
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Doubt the Doubts Interview with Paul Blais


Posted on October 26, 2013 by Paul Blais

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Michael Houlihan, author of the New York Times bestseller The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand, started the Barefoot Wine brand with Bonnie Harvey in their laundry room in 1986, made it a nationwide bestseller, and successfully sold the brand to E&J… Read More

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Back to School – Back to Entrepreneurship

The prospects for self-employment have never been brighter. Information is at your fingertips. Rents, labor, and interest rates are at an all-time low. Big corporations, stifled by their own structures, outmoded compensation plans and legal constrictions, are hungry to acquire new and innovative ideas from the outside.
The prospects are great and the opportunity is now, but can entrepreneurship actually be taught?… Read More

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Jeff Hayzlett Book Club Google Hangout

We had a fantastic time doing a Google Hangout with our friend Jeff Hayzlett, who has featured our book, The Barefoot Spirit, in his book club. To watch the Google Hangout video, please visit YouTube … Read More

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VinoPRO makes the 2013 Inc. 500!

VinoPRO, a consulting client of Houlihan & Jones’, was honored this month to be listed in the top half of the Inc. 500 list. To qualify for this coveted honor, award recipients had to show growth of more than 918% since the beginning of 2010. VinoPRO now shares this prestigious achievement with the likes of Intuit, Zappos, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Clif Bar, Oracle and dozens of other notable alumni.… Read More

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The Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM Radio

Michael and Bonnie were interviewed on Sirius XM’s, The Maggie Linton Show and talk about their book, The Barefoot Spirit. To listen to the interview, please click the play button below.… Read More

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Investor’s Business Daily – Barefoot Building Wine Giant

Harvey, Houlihan Went Barefoot Building Wine Giant


In the early 1980s, the wine market was largely dedicated to what Michael Houlihan calls “the sniff, sip and spit crowd.”
That is, people who prided themselves on their knowledge of fine wine — or could fake it.
But Houlihan and his partner, Bonnie Harvey, saw a market for inexpensive yet quality

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Taste California Travel!

The Barefoot Spirit Review by Dan Clarke
The Barefoot Spirit succeeds on several levels.
Those in or around the wine business will enjoy some of the inside scoop on how a young couple naively entered their industry, made predictable mistakes and yet survived. And eventually prospered. Actually, though the product was wine, their journey might serve as a blueprint smart people with boundless energy and dogged

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11th Annual PS I Love You Symposium


On Tuesday, July 23, we were honored to speak at the 11th annual PS (Petite Sirah) I love you Symposium about The Barefoot Spirit.
Please feel free to read the article written by The Independent in Livermore about the event.… Read More

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