PGCOC Excellence In Business Awards Gala 2023

Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center • National Harbor, MD

Thank You to our 2023 Excellence In Business Awards Gala Sponsors and Participants

Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce Honors Six Business Leaders at the 2023 Excellence in Business Awards Gala

The Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce held its annual Excellence in Business Awards Gala on October 6, 2023 at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland. Six business leaders were honored and presented with an Excellence in Business Award for their outstanding achievements in business. More than three hundred business owners, corporations, nonprofits, local and state county agencies, and elected officials attended. Dr. Charlene Mickens Dukes, former president at Prince George’s Community College received the inaugural David C. Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award as a distinguished professional.

Maryland Governor Wes Moore addressed the chamber and its guests by delivering a powerful keynote address on the topic of economic opportunities for all and highlighting the significant increase in employment opportunities that have contributed to lowering the unemployment rate.


2023 Award Honorees:

Innovator of the Year
Vennard Wright

Industry Trailblazer of the Year:
Topcurl Beauty Academy

Visionary of the Year:
Dr. Madeline Lewis

Strategic Partner of the Year:

Corporate Social Responsibility Pioneer:
United Way of National Capital Area

Career Educator of the Year:
Husein Sharaf

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors


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Table Sponsors:

Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, The Arc of Prince George’s County, Captivate Perspectives, Verizon, Cloudforce, Councilmember Sydney Harrison, District 9, Prince George’s County Council, Employ Prince George’s, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, Corenic Construction, CDEEM, Co



Red Carpet Sponsors:

Bowie State University & Wave Welcome



Menu Sponsor:

Special Care Dentistry

Elite Sponsors

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