Inaugural Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence presented to Duck Commander
Last Thursday, Gov. Bobby Jindal stopped by the Duck Commander headquarters in West Monroe, La., to present the inaugural Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence to Duck Commander and the Robertson family. The Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence will be periodically awarded by the governor to homegrown Louisiana businesses that grow and provide more opportunity, more jobs, and more commerce for the state of Louisiana.
Gov. Jindal said, “I am pleased to present the first-ever Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence to Duck Commander and the entire Robertson family. The reason for this award is the tremendous impact that Duck Commander's expansion has had on our community and on all Louisianans. In Louisiana, we have had success over the last six years in bringing more jobs and more opportunity to the state. Louisiana has now set state records for the number of people working, total population and per-capita income levels. But, even as new businesses move here from other states, the backbone of our state is businesses like Duck Commander.
“The family-owned Duck Commander business started out very small and has grown significantly over the years. In the process, the Robertsons have provided many jobs and opportunities to the hard-working people of Louisiana. I look forward to handing out more awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence in the months and years to come to honor our strong homegrown businesses who have made a difference in this state.”
In 1973 in his first year in the business, Phil Robertson had $8,000 worth of sales. The Duck Commander Company formed, and to this day it remains a family run business with a strong commitment to the Louisiana community. Duck Commander products are now sold in all 50 states and several other countries. The Robertson family and the Duck Commander business have proven that with hard work, determination and enthusiasm, success can be achieved.