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Praise for The Barefoot Spirit

 “This is a warm, wonderful, inspiring book that entertains and motivates at the same time.”

—Brian Tracy, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur and Success Expert, and International Best Selling Author of over 50 Books, including Eat That Frog!

 “When you have a passion but no formula to follow, The Barefoot Spirit will inspire and direct you and your energy. This is a book that shows those with the true entrepreneur’s spirit how not to get stuck on the small things and make decisions from the soul. This book is as unpretentious as the wine they produced.”

—Sonya Gavankar, Broadcast Journalist, Face of the Newseum

 “I picked up Michael and Bonnie’s book chronicling the Barefoot story with the intention of a quick scan and found myself spending the better part of a Sunday thoroughly enjoying myself reading it cover-to-cover. I believe students will find The Barefoot Spirit both a great read and an important lesson in creative problem solving in the face of critical challenges.”

—Pat Dickson, 2013 President, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Associate Professor, Wake Forest University, North Carolina

 “In 1986, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey started Barefoot Wine—in their laundry room. Through the years, they managed and marketed it into a product that was eventually sold to E. & J. Gallo. The Barefoot Spirit confidently guides any start-up company to success.”

—David Bruce Smith, Publisher and Author of American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States

 “I thoroughly enjoyed The Barefoot Spirit. I will make it required reading because it tells a lovely story, and it embodies so much of the entrepreneurial mindset. I loved the ‘voice’ of the book and storytelling is such a wonderful way to communicate. I believe students will find it a fun addition to their library and in the process they will learn the most important lessons of entrepreneurship!”

—Rebecca White, Professor, Entrepreneurship, and James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship, and Director, Entrepreneurship Center, The University of Tampa, John H. Sykes College of Business, and 2012 President, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)

“Michael and Bonnie’s book is a must-read for anyone looking to start a business that will make it in today’s economy. Whether you are starting a company from scratch or investing your money or someone else’s, The Barefoot Spirit illustrates the hands-on and no-cost best practices that will make your company a success.”

—Andrea Keating, Founder, The International Video Crew Staffing Firm

“As an entrepreneur, publicist, and publisher, I found great insight in The Barefoot Spirit. Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey’s tips on how to survive on less than a shoestring are clever, practical, and, best of all, provide a good giggle to any entrepreneur in panic mode. This book is one that I’m already recommending to my readers, colleagues, and clients in start-up mode—as well as those who are ready to take their business to the next level. Here’s to going Barefoot!”

—Hope Katz Gibbs, Publisher of Be Inkandescent Magazine

 “What I like best about the book is that Houlihan and Harvey lead by example and explain how they took an idea and a little blood, sweat, and wine, and turned it into a multimillion dollar brand that is now a household name. Talk about a financial gold mine.”

—Bryan Beatty, Certified Financial Planner, and a Partner at the Financial Planning Firm, Egan, Berger & Weiner

“Michael and Bonnie took a chance on potentially losing sales when they supported our cause with Barefoot Cellars in the early 1990s. Their co-promotion with the League to Save Lake Tahoe took a strong position on a very controversial issue involving the development of the Lake Tahoe Basin. They helped us get the word out about our cause through wine shops, markets, and restaurants in California.”

—Darcie Goodman-Collins, Ph.D., Executive Director, League to Save Lake Tahoe

 “Michael and Bonnie started the tradition of Worthy Cause Marketing and for well over a decade used their winery, Barefoot Cellars, to support the Mono Lake Committee’s grassroots efforts. Their approach helped spread the word about protection, restoration, and education at Mono Lake—inspiring people to get out and get involved.”

—Geoff McQuilkin, Executive Director, Mono Lake Committee

 “The Barefoot Spirit will appeal to entrepreneurs, business people, non-profit leaders, and anyone who is passionate about activism, unlikely success stories, and—oh yes—wine. In content, message, and even writing style, it’s smart, funny, and self-deprecating.”

—Michael Tate, Board President, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus