Express Your Pledge Contest
Baton Rouge entrepreneur Wendy Overton is packing her bags for Nebraska after winning a ticket to Big Omaha, the sold-out conference on innovation and entrepreneurship to be held May 11 - 13, 2011.
Overton was one of more than 60 entrepreneurs who entered the Big Omaha "Express Your Pledge" competition, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Entrepreneurs were invited to read the Foundation's "Entrepreneur's Pledge," and express what it means to them and ways they could do a better job fulfilling it.
Read the winning entry
The Entrepreneur's Pledge
I am an Entrepreneur.
I am following a dream, pursuing an opportunity, taking charge of my own destiny.
I am bringing something of value to society, making a job for myself and for others, and creating wealth that benefits my family, my community, my country, my world.
I am one of a movement of millions of entrepreneurs and innovators who made America great, and who will continue to keep our economy going...and growing.
I am what I am because many people have helped me along on this journey.
I will tell my story, sharing my successes and failures, so that others taking the entrepreneurial path can learn.
I will strive to mentor an aspiring entrepreneur.
I will make my voice heard by those who make policy decisions that affect me and my business.
I will appreciate and celebrate my accomplishments, and the accomplishments of all my fellow entrepreneurs.
I will give back to the society that helped me to be successful.
I will build a stronger nation, and in doing so, a better world.