How to Grow from Nothing to Millions - Lessons from Founders of Barefoot Wine
Bonnie Harvey is the co-founder of Barefoot Cellars and Vice President and “The Original Foot” for 19 years. There she had a wide variety of duties, doing whatever was necessary to operate the business. Bonnie translated her co-founder's ideas into workable processes and displayed a genius for managing the millions of details that come with a start-up. She proved to possess a rare combination of creativity and business savvy that served Barefoot well.
In the early days of the brand, Bonnie was responsible for bottling oversight, supply inventory and label design—in fact, the famous footprint is actually hers! Later as Barefoot grew, she focused on overview and direction of the business, setting company goals, and attending to Board of Director matters.
Michael Houlihan on his business card reads, “Head Stomper,” he officially served as president and CEO for 19 years. Starting with no money and no knowledge of the wine industry, he and Bonnie used out-of-the-box thinking coupled with solid business principles to build a leading national brand. They relied on “worthy cause marketing” instead of conventional advertising to grow a loyal following and promote their favorite causes.
Each attendee also received a copy of their latest book for them to sign!
APPLICATIONS OF 3D PRINTING - The Technology and ROI
The 3D Printing industry is growing rapidly and there are a lot of options for businesses of all kinds to engage with the technology. This talk will focus on how companies can best approach, integrate, and expand 3D Printing technologies to meet their business objectives. It will also discuss availability and sophistication of the printing materials used for the technology. Several case studies will be presented to give those less familiar with the technology a framework of understanding.
Dr. Mike Vasquez is an Additive Manufacturing specialist experienced in pushing the boundaries of advanced 3D printing technology. Currently, Mike advises companies on how to best approach, integrate, and expand the technology to meet their business objectives. Mike completed his PhD at Loughborough University in the UK specializing in Additive Manufacturing and Sports Technology. He received his BS/M.Eng from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering.
Julie Friedman Steele-Co Founder of 3-D Experience. Julie is founder of Meta Space a social enterprise ecosystem. Julie spends a great deal of time speaking on the topic of 3-D printing and will be prepared to provide our audience with first hand experience on the different types of 3-D printing projects she has been directly involved in.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BOOT CAMP FOR EARLY STAGE COMPANIES
Our evening began with a new networking activity for those of you seeking out mentoring and informal business advice. This is an ongoing activity for those that seek the knowledge of our members who are more seasoned in regards to:
*Setting up your business technology
*and more .....
During our panel presentation, attendees learned about the various types of IP (including copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and patents), fundamental differences among them, and practices likely to be of greatest value to young and growing companies. There was also a discussion of major recent IP developments and cost approximations for several IP-protection techniques.
Martin Robins is a partner with the Chicago office of the national business law firm FisherBroyles LLP and is a graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude). He has practiced law for 33 years in both the in-house and law firm environments. His practice emphasizes corporate and intellectual property.
During his career, Mr. Robins has worked on thousands of transactions involving IP and software licensing, consulting, equipment leasing, financing. M&A and general commercial contracts (customer/supplier) and has counseled hundreds of clients of all sizes in a wide variety of industries as to compliance with a wide range of obligations, particularly emerging requirements regarding privacy and information security. His representations have encompassed all sides of transactions.
Mr. Robins has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University Law School in 2009 (Contracts), and, since 2005, at DePaul University College of Law, where he developed and teaches “Intellectual Property for Corporate Transactional Lawyers” - a course emphasizing the IP issues confronted by start-up and other small businesses.
Alan Wernick partner in the Chicago office of the national business law firm FisherBroyles, LLP. His law practice since 1982 has focused on providing sensible and tactical legal advice to clients on significant information technology, electronic commerce, intellectual property, and data privacy/security transactions, as well as dispute management and resolution. Mr. Wernick’s experience includes practically every type of information technology contract and transaction. He serves as a counselor and advocate for his clients in the management and resolution of a wide range of legal disputes, including analysis of potential risks, dispute avoidance, negotiation of settlements, and guidance through litigation, appeals, and the arbitration/mediation processes.