Some people say that Texas is a state of mind. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that Texas is a great place to start a business. Actually, the entire Gulf Coast area is ripe with growing businesses, even in the midst of one of the most challenging economies we have ever faced. It is simply the best place in the entire country to be an entrepreneur, and we at Ernst & Young are proud to celebrate the best entrepreneurs under the sun.
Perhaps it is due to the pioneer spirit in Texas or the cowboy heritage in the Southwest or it could be the legacy of the wildcatters in this region; whatever the reason, there is no shortage of men and women who will take a chance. Entrepreneurs are a little like gamblers. They will bet the ranch, lay it all on the line and keep on trying until they win. All of them have experienced failure, most more than once, but that never gets them down. The spirit of entrepreneurship keeps them going, and we are all better off as a result.
At Ernst & Young, we have been recognizing the achievements of these outstanding entrepreneurs for 24 years. This month, award ceremonies are being held in 26 regions around the U.S. All of the regional award winners will move on to the national awards to be presented at the Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, Calif., in November. The forum is the country’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. With outstanding speakers and informative panels, it is part of Ernst & Young’s commitment to guiding growth companies through the many challenges and obstacles they face on the road to market leadership. But it doesn’t end there. One overall national Entrepreneur Of The Year will represent the United States at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year program to be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco, next spring. The entrepreneur will be judged alongside his or her counterparts from 50 other countries for what has become the “World’s Business Award.”
On behalf of everyone at Ernst & Young, we would like to congratulate each of the 2010 finalists and award recipients. Thanks to you, the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well in Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast area.
Doug Bogart is a partner at Ernst & Young and the director of the Houston and Gulf Coast Area Entrepreneur Of The Year program.