MCE's annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award is named in honor of one of our very own local businessman that has that great entrepreneurial spirit – Palmer Gillis! 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 are sleep deprived and worn down, but ready to take on the world. The business owner must reside in one of the following counties, (Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset & Talbot counties) of the Eastern Shore. Nominations are open to the public.
How You Can Help
In recognizing this free spirit, MCE's Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of the Year Award will come with a monetary prize. The one thing all entrepreneurs need – is capital. Our goal is to grow this award fund over time and reward our annual honorees with a substantial monetary prize. A panel of community leaders will oversee the distribution of the funds, and the selection of the award winners based on a set of established criteria. Encouraging, nurturing and inspiring entrepreneurs is what MCE does best. Now it's time to publicly honor and reward the best of the best, in hopes that we inspire the next generation of great entrepreneurs.
Previous Entrepreneur Of The Year Winners
2016 Entrepreneur of the Year
2015 Award Winner
2014 Award Winner
2013 Award Winner
2012 Award Winner
- Nominees must be a small business owner or majority partner involved in day-to-day operations of the business
- Business must be located in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Talbot, or Dorchester counties
- The company must employ 100 employees or less
- The business must have been established locally for at least two (2) years
- Must be a for-profit business
- Business must be in the good standing with the state of Maryland
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 & 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 by clicking the orange button below or download the document at the bottom of the page.
Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016.. Number of nominations not a factor.
Please let your candidates know that representatives from MCE will be contacting them to get more information about their business.
If you have any questions or if you want to learn more about the award, please contact Denise Davis at 410-546-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.