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    Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Arianna Huffington, Lucy Peng, Sofia Vergara, Margaret C. Whitman, Michelle Phan, and Sheryl Sandberg. Women have founded top brands Cisco, Bark & Co., SlideShare, Flickr, Build-a-Bear, Proactiv, and Naturals2Go

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    Elizabeth Arden, Mary Kay Ash, Oprah, Lillian Vernon, Estée Lauder, Ruth Handler, Clara and Lillian Westropp, Martha Stewart, and Vera Bradley

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    Maryl Ellen Pleasant, Madam C.J. Walker, Margaret Hardenbroeck, Elizebeth Hobbs Keckley, Anne Turnbo Malone, Coco Chanel, Olive Ann Beech, and Ma Perkins


The Women’s Business Center at Maryland Capital Enterprises amplifies the success of women-owned businesses. Trends reveal that women are at the heart of driving change in the business world by defying the status quo and leaving the traditional corporate world to start their own businesses. We encourage area women entrepreneur nominations for the honor of The Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of The Year Award. Mr. Palmer Gillis is a local entrepreneur with regional reach who epitomizes the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Nationally, it is well known that the economic impact of women-owned businesses is undeniable, from the trillions they contribute via revenue to the millions of jobs they provide. We are committed to backing these women entrepreneurs because when they win, entire communities win. So nominate women-owned businesses for the prestigious Palmer Gillis Entrepreneur of The Year Award through Maryland Capital Enterprises.

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