Last night I attended the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Dinner in Austin, Texas.
This is a premier event in the local business community. The "Entrepreneurial Spirit" runs deep in this city, which makes this black tie gala a paramount celebration for the people who drive the future: Entrepreneurs.
This year's finalists and winners are an example to everyone. While others whine and complain about the recession and economic downturn, these entrepreneurs have continued to forge forward and build their companies.
And the winners of the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for Austin are:
Doug Harrison - The Scooter Store
Brett Hurt - Bazaarvoice
Craig Malloy - LifeSize Communications
Melvin White - Digital Workforce (Social Entrepreneur of the Year)
The evening was capped off by the annual "After Party", which was again (as always) hosted by the Andrews Kurth Law Firm. The party kicked off immediately after the awards ceremony and the fun continued into the early hours of the morning. (I am officially too old to stay out until 1 AM...wow I am tired today!). I used to work for Andrews Kurth, and was in charge of this party for several years. It is a great topping to a fantastic evening. Special thanks to the partners of this law firm for continuing to support the entrepreneurial community in such a unique way!!
Congratulations of all the finalists and winners. I look forward to next year to see who will top this list!
Have A Great Day.