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icsb-logo“The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) held its World Entrepreneurship Conference in Dublin in June 2014 and it attracted an audience of 876 delegates from 61 countries. Michael and Bonnie were Keynote Speakers at the conference but they also gave talks at dedicated workshops for Irish Entrepreneurs and at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum. While each talk needed to be tailored to the specific audience that they were addressing, their professionalism, practical advice and excellent communication skills ensured that they enjoyed a rapturous response on every occasion. They have an ability to speak to any group of people in a way that resonates with their particular needs and through their stories the hard lessons of business are understood in an entertaining fashion. Because of the success of their talks, they have already been invited back to Ireland for other speaking engagements and I understand from international colleagues that invitations to other countries are also likely to happen.”– Professor Thomas Cooney, Chair International Council for Small Business,  2014 Organizing Committee, College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology
The_Conference_Board“OUTSTANDING speech! Better yet, PERFECT. What an incredible way to end this conference.” –Robert Reiss, Host & CEO, The CEO Show
efc“Michael and Bonnie’s story tells the audience the all-too-brutal truth about what one really has to do to succeed.”–Adam Hartung, Contributing Author, Forbes
mobile-cc“Bonnie and Michael were excellent keynote speakers for our inaugural entrepreneurs’ awards luncheon.  They tailored their presentation to fit the Chamber’s mission and the audience’s expectations.  The duo’s success story captured the audience’s attention from the first sentence to the last word.  Their presentation was informative, useful and charismatic. I have only heard positive feedback from everyone in attendance and several chamber members have asked us to bring them back to Mobile. They inspired Mobile’s business community and the next generation of local entrepreneurs.”–Darrell W. Randle, VP, Small Business Development, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
dragonsden“An excellent and inspiring presentation!”– Gavin Duffy, Entrepreneur, Dragon’s Den television show panelist
usasbe“Our entire group benefitted from their wisdom. The fact they were so entertaining was simply icing on the cake. We are having them back!”– Patrick Snyder, Executive Director, USASBE
Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 4.17.37 PM“The Barefoot Founders were a big hit at the recent Northwest SOCAP Chapter meeting in San Francisco.  Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are truly charming and engaging presenters!  They shared stories of the challenges they faced founding the Barefoot Wine brand and how they overcame them by putting the customer first and creatively responding to their needs and wants.  Their tag team approach was refreshing and kept us entertained while delivering this important message.  It was fun and our members had nothing but praise!”–Northwest SOCAP Board
merilllynch“It is so refreshing to hear the mindset behind such a great product and the evolution of your business. I will be able to take your business lessons and relay them back to those that are working to expand. I especially enjoyed your explanation of the “money map” and “organizational charts” but more importantly the idea of treating suppliers (and all others) how you would like to be treated. Such a basic idea that seems to fall by the wayside.”–Gina L. Sederstrom, Financial & Portfolio Advisor, Morris Fuller Group, Merrill Lynch Private Client Group
dallas-cc“We enjoyed listening to the lessons that they learned. The worthy cause marketing concept was worth the evening by itself.”-David Torrance, President, Executive Forums Dallas, Member, Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce
Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 4.27.25 PM“Michael and Bonnie were great! It’s hard to be the last speakers at a conference and they pulled it off. So many people commented on their presentation. They really are connected on a very special level. Well done!”– Pat Murphy, CEO, The Institute for Social, Search, and Mobile Marketing
VinoPro“Michael’s reputation as a successful entrepreneur precedes him. He is on top of his topics and consistently delivers news we can use. He has given my staff sales tools and insights that have resulted in increased sales and a new appreciation for customer relations. He is clear, understandable and practical. He shares his real world business experience with passion and intensity. Nobody dozes off when Michael is speaking!”– Jeff Stevenson, Founder and CEO, VinoPRO Inc.