Annual Entrepreneur Awards Set for September 15

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Local business leaders will gather at Walkersville Social Hall to honor the best of Frederick County’s emerging and established entrepreneurs.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, local business leaders will gather at Walkersville Social Hall to honor the best of Frederick County’s emerging and established entrepreneurs.

“Frederick County is a great location to start and grow your business,” said Rick Weldon, Vice President of Operations at the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. “Local entrepreneurs have access to a sizable talent pool, a supportive business community, and larger metro markets. This ceremony is an opportunity to acknowledge how entrepreneurs shape our region and create a vibrant community.”

This year, award categories include:

  • Youth Entrepreneur: ages 18 and under
  • Start-Up: businesses launched within the last 2 years with a gross revenue exceeding $150,000
  • Small Emerging: businesses 2-5 years in operation with more than 5 employees and gross annual revenue of $500,000 or more
  • Small Established: businesses more than 5 years in operation with up to 25 employees and a gross annual revenue of $500,000 or more
  • Large Established: businesses operating for more than 5 years with more than 25 employees and a gross annual revenue of $5 million or more

The awards ceremony is one of Frederick’s foremost business networking events, and is regularly attended by public officials and business leaders. This year will welcome Congressman John Delaney and keynote speaker Ash Shukla, a financial advisor and author.

In addition to his service in Congress, Delaney has spent his career successfully starting, running, and supporting companies. He founded two New York Stock Exchange listed companies before age 40 and in 2011 founded Blueprint Maryland, a nonprofit dedicated to invigorating Maryland’s private sector. Blueprint Maryland gathered professionals, educators, labor representatives, and policy experts to plan a high-tech, high-information economy. Delaney is also a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has been recognized by the Treasury Department for his work supporting disadvantaged communities.

Keynote speaker Ash Shukla came to the United States from India in 1989 with just $20 and without knowing a word of English. In 1994 he began a career in financial service, and after years of hard work found success. Shukla worked as a bank manager and a private wealth manager before building Financial Chakras, his multi-million dollar empire. He has authored four books, including the Amazon best seller, "Sell Like Crazy" and has been a keynote speaker at the Minority Enterprises Development Conference and the 2012 Congressional Conference. He enjoys sharing his journey and inspiring people to make an impact.

This event is presented by the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County, a program of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, to purchase tickets, or for sponsorship opportunities, visit [frederickchamber.org

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