John Keppler amongst entrepreneurs honored by Ernst & Young

Picture from Enviva website

CEO of Bethesda-based Enviva selected as an ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’

John Keppler, the CEO of the Bethesda-primarily based enterprise Enviva, which provides sustainable wooden pellets, is one of 11 organization executives in the increased Washington location picked by Ernst & Younger as an “Entrepreneur of the 12 months.”

The once-a-year awards acknowledge business people and leaders of large-growth providers, according to an Ernst & Younger press launch. A panel of judges selected Keppler primarily based on standards these kinds of as social effects, originality, innovation and long term designs.

The award was introduced during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.

Keppler founded Enviva in 2004 with the goal of repurposing wooden into renewable gasoline, according to the press release. The company specializes in sustainable wood bioenergy, which is employed to produce electricity and heat as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Four Montgomery County leaders to enter Business Corridor of Fame

The Montgomery County Business enterprise Corridor of Fame will induct four leaders for the duration of a luncheon in Oct. They are:

  • Jay “Sunny” Bajaj, the president and CEO of the technological know-how enterprise Digital Management
  • Marilyn Balcombe, the president of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, who is at the moment operating for the District 2 seat on the County Council.
  • Gordon R. Barnaby, founder and president of BarnAllen Technologies
  • Ype Von Hengst, government chef and co-founder of the Silver Diner cafe chain

The luncheon is scheduled to be held Oct. 26 at the Universities at Shady Grove Conference Middle. American Gene Systems CEO and co-founder Jeff Galvin will be the guest speaker.

Proceeds from the party will profit scholarship plans at USG.

Unemployment price rose in June

Montgomery County’s unemployment rate rose a little bit in June to 6.4%, in accordance to the Bureau of Labor Stats. That is an boost from 5.7% in Might, and the initially time it amplified in virtually a year.

The county’s unemployment rate rose quickly from 3.1% to 7.7% from March to April 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic was commencing, in accordance to BLS data.

It then arrived at 8.6% in May well 2020, 8.5% in June 2020 and 8.6% in July 2020.

Nonetheless, considering the fact that July 2020 the unemployment price has decreased constantly, bottoming out at 5.7% until eventually the June 2021 enhance.

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