CENTREVILLE — Courtney Smith was genuinely surprised when the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce awarded her Entrepreneur of the Year at their annual Business Award Ceremony that takes place in October.

As a fresh-out-of-college graduate from Arizona State University in early 2008, Smith decided to take a risk after being “randomly” asked to join the pre-marketing team at a luxury resort that was run by InterContinental.

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Pictured is the Ribbon Cutting of Smith’s recent entrepreneurial adventure 1631 Event Venue in January 2022 the venue is located next to Glitz and Grace Boutique in Stevensville.

Courney Smith for Chesapeake Bartenders

Before starting Chesapeake Bartenders in 2019, Smith spent the early days of her career as a weekend bartender in Downtown Annapolis.Now, some the of the co-workers she met along the way work with her to run the small mobile service, bringing professional bartending services and. mobile bars to to the DC, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia area.

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