Nominations Accepted for Talbot County’s Community Impact Awards

The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Economic Development Commission are now accepting online nominations for the 2023 Community Impact Awards.

These awards are presented each year to recognize outstanding businesses, nonprofits, community projects, and individuals who have made a significant impact in Talbot County. Winners will be announced at the annual Talbot County Business Appreciation Summit to be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

The Summit is hosted each year by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with the Talbot County Economic Development Commission.

“Your nominations help us recognize those who are doing extraordinary things to make Talbot County a prosperous, forward-thinking place to live and work,” says Cassandra Vanhooser, director of economic development and tourism for Talbot County. “Our businesses and the people who make them work are award-worthy, and we’re grateful to recognize so many of them through this event and in the nomination process.”

Last year’s winners included Channel Marker, Inc. Residential Crisis Services, Chesapeake Landing Seafood Restaurant, Choptank Community Health System, Ferry Cove Oyster Hatchery, and McDaniel resident and volunteer Bill Shrieves.

“This is an exciting event for the business community,” says Vanhooser. “We want to recognize the businesses and individuals in Talbot County who have made a significant impact on the community in 2023.  I’m looking forward to seeing the impressive list of winners from this year’s event.”

Nominations for the 2023 awards are being accepted until Monday, January 15, 2024. The form can be found online at

The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s mission is to enhance and promote a business-friendly environment for current and prospective enterprises and to advocate for policies that support and strengthen the economic vitality of Talbot County. The department’s vision for Talbot County is built on the principles of strong communities, empowered businesses, and innovative solutions.

Business owners and managers are encouraged to receive the department’s Talbot Works newsletter and breaking business news by subscribing at The department can also be reached at 410-770-8058 or by visiting their office at 215 Bay Street, Easton, Md.