Sell Without Selling Podcast

Episode #132

The Journey of an Entrepreneur with Connie Houlihan

On this episode, Stacey is joined by musician and entrepreneur Connie Houlihan on growing up in an entrepreneurial environment, going against the grain, and investing in yourself.

Key Takeaways:

  • You decide your mindset.
  • Your vibe attracts your tribe.
  • Set and keep boundaries.

Today’s guest: Connie Houlihan

Connie began playing piano when she was 5 years old and by the time she was 13, she had started her first business – a piano studio, Journeys in Music. She continued teaching during college and worked at LaDeDa Entertainment while earning a bachelor’s degree in Music Business from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. She developed a unique system to teach piano, incorporating her love of technology and composition, so all her students composed and recorded their own music. She partnered with Yamaha to train piano teachers around the Midwest using her system. After 20 years of running her own studio, she earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and spent 5 years in the St. Louis Public School system teaching general music classes, preschool through 8th grade. She secured a grant with VH-1’s Save the Music foundation and helped create a curriculum for the music department in St. Louis Public Schools to utilize the keyboard lab.

Since 2009, she operates Houlihan Fence & Repair, their family fence company, handling marketing, sales, and accounting. In addition, from 2009 – 2014, she founded and operated NannyNurse Network, an online, sick childcare agency providing medically trained caregivers in the patient’s home so parents can go to work when their child is home sick. In 2020, she founded Nontoxic Safe Zone Solutions, which features ANGEL Shield anti-microbial products that inactivate microbes for up to 3+ months. Their line of face masks, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer and antimicrobial spray is launching in August. She is also a Quantum Living Advocate with Solex, using frequencies to balance the body, mind, and soul.

She is an advocate of the CEO program (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) with Midland Institute of Entrepreneurship which trains high school students to create their own business with a local mentor in their community. She has also co-founded 2 women’s business networking groups (Wise Women Connect and Connecting & Promoting Women) and has built and trained teams in several network marketing companies.

Connie Houlihan is passionate about people and personal development. A born leader, Connie loves to teach and help small business owners and entrepreneurs to reach their full potential and develop their leadership skills.

“I grew up in business-minded family. I’ve always thought business is what you do and everyone else was straying for that path.” -Connie Houlihan




(First ~2 mins)

Hey, this is Connie Houlihan, and if you want to learn the six and seven figure science to success, significantly increase your revenue, and learn how to successfully build professional relationships, you should be listening to the Sell Without Selling Podcast with my good friend, Stacey O’Byrne.


Hey. Welcome back to another episode of Sell Without Selling. I am your host, Stacey O’Byrne and I believe that learning the art and the science of how to sell without selling is the only way to achieve high six and seven figure success.

Today I am speaking with a really good friend of mine, Connie Houlihan. [Intro for Guest]

I am really excited to get into today’s episode. Really quick, if you are a business owner, entrepreneur, or sales professional, and you haven’t hit the level of success that you wanted or needed, or if you’re stuck and needing a pivot in your business, in your success – or maybe you just want more, and you understand the importance of having a coach to help identify the blind spots, increase accountability, and help with success strategies to take you, your business, your income, and your success to the next level – if this sounds like something for you, then head over to There’s a quick application there that will lead to a personal phone call with me to see if we’re a great fit for each other. Alright let’s do this.

Stacey: Connie, welcome to the show.

Connie: Thank you. It’s such an honor, Stacey.

Stacey: The feeling is very mutual. You, my dear, have quite the repertoire of history in your background.

Connie: Yeah, I’ve done a few things. Just a few. My non-entrepreneurial friends are always asking me, “What are you doing now?” And they’re just along for the ride. I grew up in an entrepreneurial family, and honestly I grew up in a small town, and I honestly believed everyone had their own business. Because, my parents ran their own business. My grandparents ran their own business. You know, birds of a feather flock together. So their friends owned local businesses. My dad was very involved in rotary – which is mostly business owners. And so I just thought that’s what you do.

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