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Welcome to the 19th Annual Entrepreneur Council Awards Ceremony The Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County, a program of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 19th Annual Entrepreneur Awards. Tonight we honor local business owners for their innovation and talent. We celebrate their creativity, hard work, determination, and success, and we acknowledge their contribution to the local community and our economy.

Order of Events 5:30

Registration & Networking


Dinner Leiter's Fine Catering


Welcome Remarks Rick Weldon Vice President, Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Elizabeth Cromwell President & CEO Frederick County Chamber of Commerce


Keynote Address - Sharon Riser The Temple: a Paul Mitchell School


Hood College Enactus Team: "Backet" Project Dr. David Gurzick Associate Professor of Management, Hood College


Awards Presentation Videos by Digital Bard


Closing Remarks

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Entrepreneur Council Members Michael Kurtianyk

Deborah Powell

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce

Frederick Community College

Dave Esworthy

Beth Schillaci

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Jennifer Harris

Debra Tyson


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Charlie Thomas



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Sharon Riser Sharon Riser is the owner and director of The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partner School. Sharon has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and has operated The Temple in Frederick with her copartner, Charles Riser, since 2001. Together they now own two additional schools, one in Annapolis, the other in Miami. Sharon has received national recognition and is well known for her community service and involvement in Frederick. Sharon received an Entrepreneur Council Award in 2013. 22 W. Church Street, Frederick (301) 682-7550



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Description of the Awards Youth Award This award is presented to a for-profit business managed by an individual or team under the age of 18.

Small Business - Emerging Presented to a business started within the last two years.

Small Business - Established Awarded to a business with annual sales of up to $1 million.

Social Entrepreneur Presented to a for-profit business with fewer than 100 employees. This organization has consistently demonstrated exceptional and innovative community service over the last 3 or more years.

Large Business - Established This award is presented to a for-profit business with annual sales of more than $1 million dollars.

Very Large Business - Established Presented to a business with annual sales exceeding $5 million.

Judges' Choice Award Presented to a business that has performed in an exemplary manner, is widely regarded in the community as an innovative role model, and serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurial activity in Frederick County.

Chris E. Olson Master Entrepreneur Award Awarded to an individual who has owned a business for 20 or more years in Frederick County and has demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial talents throughout their career.

Selection Process Each year the Entrepreneur Council invites local businesses to nominate themselves or others for recognition. Nominees must be an owner or manager who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and is an active member of senior management. Finalists and winners are selected by an unbiased panel of judges who serve on the Entrepreneur Council.

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Congratulations, Entrepreneur Council Award Winners + Nominees! Entrepreneur Council Choice Award

The Trail House

Clyde & Gerry Hicks

Downtown Nominees JKW Beauty Kalico Designs Shabby Chic Creative Studios + Boutique Thank you for your hard work and dedication to Downtown Frederick!

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Youth Award Def Mvmnt Def Mvmnt produces creative, quality garments. But unlike most traditional clothing brands, they aren't solely focused on the profit. Instead, founders Anthony Campbell, Chris Shell, and Joe Shell want to use their brand to make a difference in the community. They donate 20 percent of their profits to charities, encourage participation in volunteer activities, and believe supporting the community is important.

Ethereal Created by Jarvis Cain, Rayel Wright, and Keanu Rosa, seniors at Walkersville High School, Ethereal plans to bridge the communication gap and provide on-the-go interpreters just as Uber provides on demand rides. Ethereal is supported by an app, Translator on the Go. Their service will provide clients with interpreters who will be paid by the minute. This service will socially connect the Deaf community and ASL interpreters for medical services, tutoring, business conferences, leisure activities, and emergency situations. This app ensures anyone in need of an interpreter or translator will have access to one.

Grant's Honest Lawn Care Started by Grant Zimmerman in 2016 with an FFA entrepreneur grant of $1,000, Grant’s Honest Lawn care is a mowing, mulching, and snow removal business. This spring, Grant’s Honest Lawn Care was hired to weed and mulch flower beds, place rocks in a pool-side flower bed, and was contracted to mow residential and commercial properties. Grant's uses a grassroots word-of-mouth advertising strategy, and partnerships with a local garden center and RealtorŽ to help market its services.

RTM Outdoors RTM Outdoors is a custom farming, welding fabrication, and snow removal company started by FCPS CTC student Robert Winter in 2016. Winter has experience working on a dairy farm, is a 3G certified welder, and has 5 years of commercial snow removal experience. RTM Outdoors works at the land owners' pace and style, running operations to suit each farmer's preferences and job specifications.

Small Business - Emerging The Machine Gun Nest The Machine Gun Nest is Frederick’s premier indoor shooting range with 12 lanes, 25 yards each, and the ability to handle up to .50 caliber BMG. TMGN’s goal is to change how people think about guns and gun ownership one experience at a time. They accomplish this through education, by offering classes from local law enforcement officers, and through one-on-one training with a friendly and well-educated staff. 7910 Reichs Ford Rd, Frederick • (301) 304-6001

Rehab2Perform Rehab 2 Perform offers recreational and occupational athletes a variety of services including physical therapy, dry needling, Return to Sport, ACL injury risk assessment, personal training, and small group sports performance training. Lax Factory provides club teams, camps, clinics, private lessons, tournaments and leagues for youth and high school age athletes. 1845 Brookfield Ct, Frederick • (301) 798-4838

Shabby Chic Creative Studios & Boutique Shabby Chic is a women’s clothing store specializing in helping you express your style and personality through clothes. Owner Christina Christopher is constantly growing and expanding her services. She recently added "ShabbyBox", a monthly subscription service that provides clients with 5 custom selections each month. 9 W. Patrick St, Frederick • (240) 409-6243

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Small Business - Established Cinful Cuisine Cinful Cuisine is a full off-site catering company that uses homemade recipes made from scratch. Owner Cindy Jacobs knows every ingredient and can accommodate customers' allergies and preferences. For weddings, Cinful offers traditional cakes, dessert tables, and even a cheesecake bar. Brides also receive a complementary first anniversary cake to keep the celebration fresh! 10227 Fountain School Rd, Union Bridge • (410) 808-6100

Dublin Roasters Coffee Inc. Dublin Roasters is a roasting company, cafe, and bakery that buys the best grade, fair-trade beans from all over the world. They roast fresh for cafes, upscale restaurants, organic grocery stores, authors, inns, private label companies, and online customers all over the county. 1780 N. Market St, Frederick • (240) 575-9929

JKW Beauty Jordan Lewis created JKW Beauty, an on-site team of experienced makeup artists, hair stylists, and airbrushtan specialists for special events. JKW has won WeddingWire’s Bride Choice Award for 5 consecutive years and is in the top 5% of wedding vendors nationally! 504 N. Market St, Frederick • (240) 367-4550

Kalico Design Kalico Design is a graphic design studio that provides a wide range of design services including branding, logo design, magazine design, brochures, web design, posters, billboards, ad design, event collateral, print layout/design, and more. Kalico works with associations, publications, and start-ups in the health/wellness, women-oriented, and pet-related industries. 125 E. Patrick St., Ste 3, Frederick • (240) 243-9065

Service Glass Industries 500 Monocacy Blvd, MD 21701 (301) 473-5500 In House Fabrication • In House On Site Testing In House Engineering

Our philosophy is to offer quality materials and service at competitive prices, working with our customers to successfully achieve our common goals.

Congratulations Hood College Enactus Team

Regional and National Competition Award Winners The student club committed to using entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world, has found success in a project to help homeless people. The team created the Backet—a cross-functional piece of apparel that combines a backpack and a winter jacket—earning them a third-place trophy at the Enactus national competition and naming them regional champion and rookie of the year.

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Social Entrepreneur Award Legacy Financial Associates Legacy Financial Associates has helped clients invest their retirement assets since Tracy Bush began his financial services career in 1988. As a professional concerned with the health, financial, and social issues facing seniors, Tracy leads a team dedicated to finding solutions for their clients to help meet their goals. 149 W. Patrick St., Frederick • (301) 624-1717

MMPAC: Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center The Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center impacts young lives through its commitment to excellent performing arts education. As one of Frederick's most respected schools for dance and musical theater, MMPAC welcomes students of all ages and abilities to experience the arts in a safe and enriching environment. In addition to developing valuable skills in discipline, teamwork, communication, confidence, time management, and healthy living, students gain strong and comprehensive techniques that can lead to a career in dance.  5901 Enterprise Ct, Frederick • (301) 694-5105

SoldierFit The SoldierFit program, created by ten-year war veteran Danny Farrar, focuses on varied workouts incorporating strength, cardiovascular endurance and core training. With indoor and outdoor facilities, classes combine basic training techniques from the United States Military with functional fitness training. Certified instructors guide and encourage you with motivating, exciting, and unique workouts. SoldierFit empowers everyone from mothers, teenagers, athletes, law enforcement, and firefighters through physical fitness. All shapes, sizes, and fitness experience are welcome! 8420 Gas House Pike, Ste Z, Frederick • (240) 457-4630

Large Business - Established Alizee Pathology Alizee Pathology is a contract research organization (CRO) that provides superior histopathological services to clients conducting studies in the preclinical stage of product development. They place scientific integrity at the forefront of operations and are reliable partners. 20 Frederick Rd., Thurmont • (240) 356-0056

Canapés, Inc. Canapés is a highly regarded full-service catering and event planning company that has been serving clientele for more than 25 years. Chef owned and quality driven, Canapés is known for unfailing consistency, organized attention to detail, creative exceptional food, outstanding personalized service, and imaginative displays. 550 Highland St. Ste 103, Frederick • (301) 663-8220

George Street Services, Inc. George Street Services is a woman-owned business providing expert level Logistics and Lifecycle Support Services, Management Consulting Services, Cyber Security, IT Services and Packaged (Fixed Price) Services. Their experienced, highly skilled, and motivated professionals partner with clients to deliver services that exceed their goals.  122 Phoenix Ct., Ste 101, Walkersville • (443) 745-7777

Hawkins Landscaping Hawkins offers services from full landscape design, to maintenance, and snow removal. They transform unusable spaces into beautiful gathering places - often featuring an outdoor kitchen, fireplace or fire pit, pergola, lighting or water features. They create spaces for families to play, learn, and enjoy being outside. 8408 Links Bridge Rd, Thurmont • (301) 898-3615

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“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” - Vince Lombardi

Congratulations! We applaud the Entrepreneurial Spirit shared by all of this year’s honorees!

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Very Large Business - Established Beckley's Camping Center Beckley’s Camping Center is the largest recreational vehicle (RV) dealer in Maryland. Located on U.S. Route 15, about seven miles north of Frederick, the dealership carries quality RV brands, including Keystone, Winnebago, Newmar, KZ-RV, EverGreen, and Fleetwood. The dealership features a 6,000 square-foot showroom, an 11-bay pre-delivery inspection service facility, and an 11-bay service shop open to all RV owners. Both service facilities are staffed by factory-trained and certified technicians. 11109 Angleberger Road, Thurmont • (301) 898-7093

Eminent Services Corporation Eminent Services Corporation provides pharmaceutical, biological, and information services to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry and research organizations—including the Federal government. They offer specialized regulatory guidance throughout the drug development cycle, from bulk drug characterization to product launch and reimbursement support. Employees have experience with investigational drug formulation, development, manufacturing, testing, packaging, and distribution. 7495 New Technology Way, Frederick • (240) 629-1972

WLR Automotive WLR is the parent company to The Lube Center, The Auto Spa, and the Auto Repair, as well as WLR Distribution, WLR Investment Group, and WLR Property Management. WLR provides "headlights to tires" vehicle services through its locations in Frederick and Anne Arundel counties. 1313 Orchard Way, Frederick • (301) 703-3638

Judges' Choice Award Trail House - Gerry & Clyde Hicks Clyde and Gerry Hicks opened The Trail House in 1984 on South Market Street in Downtown Frederick. At that time, the revitalization of downtown was just beginning, and they knew they wanted to be part of the resurgence. Gerry was born and raised in Frederick and her family has a rich history in the community. She and Clyde, who is from Arkansas, met in North Carolina. Both were looking for a new line of work when it clicked that they should share their outdoor interests with others. Clyde suggested moving back to Frederick to pursue this opportunity. Their goal was to have one shop and to run it well. They wanted the staff to be like family and to know their customers by name. Thirty-two years later, after weathering economic ups and downs and watching downtown grow into a vibrant community, they have accomplished their goal. Clyde and Gerry Hicks are an example of how entrepreneurs can combine their passions with their professions. "Put simply, we love the outdoors and we want you to love it too. We want you to breathe in the seasons. We want you to find the adventure that makes your heart pump. We want you to explore. In your own backyard. On another continent. It doesn’t matter where, just that you’re playing outside." - Clyde & Gerry Hicks 17 South Market St., Frederick • (301) 694-8448

Chris E. Olson Master Entrepreneur Award Service Glass Industries - Phil Rauh Phil Rauh was born in Liebling, Romania. When he was nearly 4 years old, the Russians invaded Romania, and his mother fled with him and his sister to Austria. There, he enrolled in school and graduated at the age of 14. Phil then started his very first job as a sheet metal apprentice, working ten hour days for just $1 a week. In August 1956, Phil's family moved to the United States and settled in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There, Phil went back to school and graduated from high school. Although he didn't speak English well, he began work at Harrisburg Glass sweeping floors. He was given the opportunity to move to Frederick and became manager of Service Glass and Mirror. Under his management, the company shifted their business model from residential to glass and aluminum storefronts. They more than doubled their facility size and changed the name to Service Glass Industries. Phil eventually bought out his partners and continued to grow the company. As Service Glass Industries grew so did the size of their projects. What was once a small division of Harrisburg Glass Company is now a major commercial contract­glazing firm with an impressive portfolio of multistory office buildings, commercial/residential buildings, hospitals and universities in the DC-Metro area. Today, Service Glass Industries has around 40 to 50 employees, and hires many subcontractors. To support the continuous growth of the company, they moved again in 2015 to their present location. It has been 50 years since Phil Rauh came to Frederick to manage the company, but through the years the things he attributes to his success remain the same: faith, his family, a hard working staff, and the United States of America. 500 Monocacy Blvd., Frederick • (301) 473-5500

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2016 Entrepreneur Awards Program  

The 19th Annual Entrepreneur Awards celebrated 23 finalists. The awards were held June 8, 2016 and hosted by the Frederick County Chamber of...

2016 Entrepreneur Awards Program  

The 19th Annual Entrepreneur Awards celebrated 23 finalists. The awards were held June 8, 2016 and hosted by the Frederick County Chamber of...