Entrepreneur Of The Year
Maryland Capital Enterprises annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award is named in honor of one of our very own local business owners that truly embodies that great entrepreneurial spirit! Palmer Gillis, a Salisbury native, has spent the last 37 years building his construction company into the one of the largest general contracting firms on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Along the way, he continues to give back through public service, including as an elected member of the Salisbury City Council and as a board member for numerous charitable causes and foundations. He has been a leading voice in trying to make his community a better place.
The winner of MCE’s Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be someone who has taken the risk of starting their own business, has created jobs, and has a business plan for the future. They have that fighting spirit that refuses to give up. They may be sleep-deprived and worn down, but they are ready to take on the world. The business owner must reside in one of the following counties: Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset ,Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot or Dorchester counties of the Eastern Shore. Nominations are open to the public.
The award will come with a monetary prize and the winner will be announced at MCE’s Annual Awards Banquet!
“We are so grateful to Palmer Gillis and to a team of local business professionals who are helping us make this award a meaningful and important honor,” said Joe Morse, President, and CEO of MCE. “Encouraging, nurturing, and inspiring entrepreneurs is what MCE does best.”
To nominate a worthy candidate, please fill out the Nomination Form online or download the Word document located at the bottom of the page. Business owners can nominate themselves by filling out the Application Form. You can fill out the form online or download the Word document at the bottom of the page.
If you would like to attend the banquet or make a donation, please fill out the Table Sponsorship form.
Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, September 24th, 2021. Number of nominations is not a factor.
Please let your candidates know that representatives from MCE will be contacting them to get more information about their business.
2020 Entrepreneur of the Year Winners
2020 EOY Winner: Anthony Darby, Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Alternative Health
2020 EOY Finalist: Dr. Amy Hegar, Owner of The Night Watch Childcare Center. Not pictured: Galen Gardner, owner of Trident Furnishings, Inc.
Maryland Capital Enterprises and the Women’s Business Center is pleased to announce that Anthony Darby, Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Wellness/Peninsula Alternative Health in Salisbury, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2020 MCE Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Runners up include Galen Gardner, Owner of Trident Furnishings, Inc. in Ocean City, Maryland, and Dr. Amy Heger, Chief Executive Officer of The Night Watch Childcare Center in Salisbury, Maryland.