Russ DiGilio, Founder and Owner of Duck Donuts Franchising Company LLC, has been named the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC (Capital Region Economic Development Corporation).
“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC,” says DiGilio. “It’s extremely humbling to be in the company of such an elite group of movers and shakers who impact our local communities in powerful and positive ways. I would not be where I am today, nor would Duck Donuts be experiencing such growth, without the love and support of my family, the hard work and devotion of my Duck Donuts team, and the best donut fans in the world.”
Each year, chamber member businesses and individuals are honored at the Catalyst Awards for their outstanding contributions to the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC and the community. In addition to Entrepreneur of the Year, categories include the Athena Award, Business Diversity Champion, Catalyst Award, Government Leader of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Small Business of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. Recipients will be recognized at the annual awards event on Wednesday, November 30, at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at 5:30 p.m.
“An entrepreneur, by definition, is a person who organizes and manages an enterprise with considerable initiative and risk. Russ DiGilio took an idea and added the initiative to open a freshly made donut shop at his favorite beach. He then created a franchise model and partnered with other entrepreneurs who understood his vision and business model to grow into an award-winning donut enterprise. From the original shop in Duck on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, to his new store and training facility on the Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township, Russ joins a notable list of successful, local entrepreneurs. Duck Donuts is proof that central Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurial spirit is a powerful engine for building businesses and creating jobs,” says David Black, president and CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.