The Bernard A. Goldhirsh Awards
presented by Inc. magazine
In 1979, Bernie Goldhirsh founded Inc. magazine to enable entrepreneurs to create and
run the best businesses possible—businesses that improve communities, businesses that
inspire employees, businesses that change the world. Inc. magazine created the Bernard
A. Goldhirsh Awards in 2006 to honor its late founder and recognize leaders who have
transformed America’s perception of the value and role of the entrepreneurial business in
the economy. These awards acknowledge the values and virtues of American
entrepreneurship that were close to Bernie’s heart—and that Inc. continues to advocate.
While there are several categories available for honorees, the awards are given on a
highly selective basis, which does not have to occur annually. Specifically, these awards
are given at the closing gala ceremony of each Inc. 500 Conference and Awards
The Bernard A. Goldhirsh Award for Courage celebrates the company owner who has
managed to triumph, both personally and professionally, over adversity.
2006 Award for Public Service: Richard Zuschlag, founder, Acadian Ambulance
The Bernard A. Goldhirsh Award for Distinguished Alumni honors leaders of
successful past Inc. 500 companies. This award celebrates those companies that have
gone on to achieve substantial success following their recognition on the Inc. 500 list.
2007 (San Francisco) Award for Distinguished Alumni: John Tu and David Sun,
founders, Kingston Technology
The Bernard A. Goldhirsh Award for Social Entrepreneurship recognizes an
individual who has played a particularly important role in advancing the cause of
entrepreneurship in the United States and in the world.
No awards for Entrepreneurial Advocacy given to date.
The Bernard A. Goldhirsh Award for Innovation recognizes the most innovative
entrepreneur based on both the uniqueness of their innovation and the success of its
implementation. The innovation can be a product, a business idea, or a manag