News Column

Eyes on the Future

Dec. 3, 2008

Jesús Chavarría--Editor & Publisher, Hispanic Business Magazine

looking forward, Jesús Chavarría, Jesus Chavarria, eyes future

In the end, there was no October surprise. Instead there was an unprecedented November electoral outcome.

Many surely feel inspired by the power of democracy and the right to vote demonstrated last November 4, regardless of party affiliation.

Still, there's obviously a lot going on. Most of us know one of the best ways to avoid the cloying unpleasantness of the present – such as the deepening economic gloom – is to focus attention on the future.

That was at least part of the thinking when planning started several months ago for the Hispanic Business magazine Entrepreneur of the Year (EoY) Awards Gala. The idea was to adjust the event to ongoing changes, to add something positive and constructive. So Green, Social and Urban were added as award categories to the EoY celebration of entrepreneurship.

Green because environmental trends demand it. A new economy will arise from the present necessity of transitioning to novel ways of building infrastructure and developing and producing innovative, alternative energy sources and means of transportation.

Social because non-profit entrepreneurship must pick up the slack of engaging exploding social needs, some of which possibly can be flipped from being problems to becoming opportunities.

Finally, most of the winners of EoY awards in the past 18 years have been entrepreneurs who discovered their innate self-reliance and creative energies while doing their thing in large urban settings.

That was the scene and the action November 6th when the EoY Gala Event convened in Los Angeles. The presentation ceremony conferred Special Recognition Awards on the first recipients of the Green and Social Entrepreneur designations: Jose Morales, CEO of J-2 Engineering Inc. from Tampa, Florida, and Castulo de la Rocha, CEO of AltaMed Health Services Corporation of Los Angeles.

The urban entrepreneur, David Segura, CEO and Chairman of Vision IT of Detroit, Michigan, also walked away with the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (More ahead on that subject in the cover feature story by Joshua Molina.)

Annually in the December issue we publish a Special Media Report. Media markets were somewhat humbled this year, again. (Even the sagacious Alan Greenspan was forced by events to admit to mistakes made when he was chairman of the Federal Reserve.)

As we said earlier, there's a lot going on.

The media picture remains mixed. Print's future seems foggy at times, but even old electronic media – radio and TV – face their own dilemmas.

Everyone's struggling, it seems, with vast forces during times of profound transitions. So let's remind ourselves: entrepreneurs are, by nature, positive individuals. As someone from Florida was quoted saying in our last issue, "we don't have time to be negative."

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