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Awards Programs

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is a champion of Maryland businesses, business leaders, public servants and young professionals. We aim to recognize the important work being done to make Maryland stronger, and to help Maryland’s businesses and communities thrive. Each year, we recognize some of the most influential leaders in business and public service, along with young professionals doing incredible work to propel businesses, colleagues and communities forward.

Our awards, presented annually at Inspire MD, include:

Maryland Business Hall of Fame

Prominent CEOs and leaders are inducted into the prestigious Maryland Business Hall of Fame for their outstanding leadership and contribution to Maryland business and communities. The contributions of these individuals go well beyond the bottom line. They are the best in Maryland’s business community and prioritize their civic and philanthropic duties. They are masters of leadership and bring not only their businesses greater success through their hard work and dedication, but also their employees, communities and colleagues.

Public Service Award 

Our annual Public Service Award honors a singular outstanding public servant for her or his contributions to help advance Maryland’s economy and quality of life. Without question, this is an elite but essential group of dedicated individuals.

Rising Star Award 

The Rising Star Award honors a motivated future leader or leaders, age 40 or under, inspiring today’s business community. This individual is driven and willing to do the hard work to propel their business, employees or colleagues, and community to even greater success.

Community Impact Award 

New for 2024, and presented in partnership with Maryland Nonprofits, the Community Impact Award recognizes Maryland businesses that embody an overall spirit of community service through contributions of time, leadership, resources and/or funding in support of local nonprofits and the communities they serve.

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