September 25, 2019-Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys Baltimore, MD

Features Speaker Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Honors Client of the Year Robin Holmes

SCORE Greater Baltimore 54th Annual Awards Luncheon

Features Speaker Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and Honors Client of the Year Robin Holmes

Baltimore, Maryland – Celebrating its commitment to entrepreneurs and the small business community, SCORE Greater Baltimore held its 54th Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019.   Presiding over the annual event, SCORE Chapter Chair, Shadeed Eleazer, awarded the Client of the Year award to Robin Holmes, owner of Deddle’s Donuts. The special event also honored Jeff Brodsky as SCORE’s Volunteer of the Year, Thomas Shipley as SCORE’s Mentor of the Year and Richard Bock with FranNet of Maryland as SCORE’S Advocate of the Year. National Platinum Leadership Awards were given to mentors: Saul Zuckman and Larry Davis. The National Gold Member Award was given to long time mentor Carey Reis. Additional service awards were given to Joseph Babinski and Robert Martinez for 25 years and Eugene Hollmen, Glenn Lichtman, William Lucas and Frank Rodbell for 5 years. The Chapter’s Executive Board for 2019-2020 was sworn in: Shadeed Eleazer, Chapter Chair; Jeff Brodsky, Vice Chair of Operations; Harold Rappoport as Vice Chair of Community Outreach; Tina Owens, Vice Chair of Marketing; and Ed Hyatt as Treasurer.

Featured guest speaker, Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, addressed the value of small business in Maryland, how Maryland has helped small business and the value of diversity in the workplace. An accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sector, Boyd Rutherford has led the state’s efforts to modernize procurement practices, improve the mental health delivery system and make Maryland a national leader in the implementation of the federal Opportunity Zones program.

Honored as SCORE Client of the Year, Robin Holmes is the owner of Deddle’s Donuts, a food truck that specializes in hot and fresh mini donuts. In addition to serving a lunch crowd, Holmes’ business has expanded to offer her signature donuts at corporate events, weddings, parties and festivals. In 2016 Homes won the University of Baltimore’s Leonard and Phyllis Attman Business Prize Competition for Start Up Business Ideas and was also accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. She is the recipient of the “Best Dessert at the Taste of 3 Cities” food truck festival. She credits SCORE mentors with providing valuable industry specific advice and resources, and teaching her the importance of making a commitment to her beliefs in order to succeed.

Event sponsors include: Howard County Maryland Economic Development Authority; FranNet of Maryland; Business Finance Group; PNC Bank; Fulton Bank; and M&T Bank.

For more information about starting or opening a small business in the Baltimore region, call 410-313-6166 or visit the SCORE Greater Baltimore chapter website at https:///greaterbaltimore.score.org. The Baltimore SCORE region includes: Baltimore City and County; Howard County; and Harford County. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.