Integrity Trumps Everything

YOUR WORD IS YOUR BOND

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We can’t have a cop on every corner or a regulator in every office. At some point we must rely on the people we hire, do business with, and buy products or services from. When we cannot depend on on these people, we look to terminate the relationship and search for alternatives. It’s only human … [Read more...]

You Can’t Teach Entrepreneurship Without Sales Training

KING OF SALES

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At the recent International Conference on Small Business (ICSB) World Conference on Entrepreneurship  in Dublin Ireland, the Asian delegates gave Michael the nickname “King of Sales.”  Now we have to laugh whenever we receive an email with the salutation, “Dear King of Sales.” It’s not a title he … [Read more...]

How You Can Help Save the Parks

DRIVE IT IN – DRIVE IT OUT!

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Not everyone wants to save the parks. In California, voters soundly defeated a measure that, for the cost of a few lattes, would have funded the state parks and granted everyone free access. Why? Because many folks don’t use the parks and they think that users should pay. They also have a feeling of … [Read more...]

Find the Good News!

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

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We play a game every morning at our house. It’s called “Find the Good News!” When we read the news of the day over breakfast, we find and share only the stories that are helpful, fun, and positive. We look for stories of success, solutions, and humanitarianism. Admittedly, some days it’s a real … [Read more...]

What does Business and Barefoot have to do with Wine?

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WHAT DOES BUSINESS AND BAREFOOT HAVE TO DO WITH WINE? 18 JUNE, 2014  LEAVE A COMMENT Today we are talking about Wine … Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, founders of Barefoot, America’s number #1 wine brand, during Small Business Week presented … [Read more...]

Ireland’s Killarney National Park is a Nature Lover’s Paradise

GRANDMA WAS RIGHT!

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We’ve always been hikers and love to discover the true natural environment wherever we travel. We can’t wait get away from the cities and man-made “improvements” and venture off into the real world – on foot! Perhaps that is why we have always been conservationists at heart and why we have a … [Read more...]

At What Age Should Entrepreneurial Thinking Be Taught?

A VALID ALTERNATIVE

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Should we be teaching the mindset necessary for successful entrepreneurship beginning much earlier than college? By postponing the consideration of self-employment until after high school are educational institutions actually discouraging their students from entrepreneurial thinking? Earlier this … [Read more...]

Irish Independent

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IF MICHAEL Houlihan had followed the advice of his Irish-born grandparents he would have settled for a secure, pensionable job and a fairly comfortable lifestyle – and there's a chance we would not be sipping the near nine million cases of wine sold in Ireland each year. Luckily, for him and our … [Read more...]