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Passion to Succeed - Ernst & Young celebrates 18 entrepreneurs for their innovation and business excellence
Tuesday, May 5, 2010
Pittsburgh TEQ
® By Bill Kirchner, Contributing Writer

It’s that time of year again and TEQ is ecstatic to provide coverage of the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. This year’s program highlights 18 of the most successful entrepreneurs from Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Upstate New York.

Every year, the Pittsburgh Technology Council nominates a number of entrepreneurs from its member companies representing a cross section of industry niches and company sizes.

This year, eight are Pittsburgh Technology Council members: Patrick Daly - Cohera Medical, Phil Laboon - Eyeflow, Kevin Hutchinson - Health Monitoring Systems, Eric Koger - ModCloth, Jay Resio - MyGov365, Patrick Colletti and Christopher Hayes - Net Health Systems, and Ty Morse - Songwhale.

“It’s a thrill for us to see our members in the running for this prestigious honor,” said Jonathan Kersting, Director of Visibility Initiatives and Associate Publisher/Editor of TEQ. “With such a large percentage of our members vying for the top spot, it really shows that entrepreneurship and technology go hand in hand.”

“Entrepreneurs play a vital role in economic development. They drive innovation and contribute to new job growth,” said John Manzetti of The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse.

“Further, entrepreneurs help build our community by collaborating and churning business in the region, creating and participating in industry networks, investing in important local initiatives and donating to local causes. We would like to thank and congratulate all of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists for a job well done!”

Read on to find out what else separates these phenomenal business leaders from the pack.