Rawlings-Blake launches development center for businesses owned by women, minorities

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday will launch a business development center for minority- and women-owned businesses at Johns Hopkins University. Funded through a 3-year, $900,000 federal grant, the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center will target firms with annual revenue of at least $1 million and that participate in high-growth industries such as green technology, clean energy and health care. The development center will assist minority firms in tasks such as obtaining large-scale contracts, mergers and acquisitions and more. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Daily Record parent to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; founder, COO resign

The Dolan Co, owner of the Maryland Daily Record, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy along with some of its subsidiaries. Founder and CEO James Dolan and longtime Chief Operating Officer Scott Pollei both have resigned. Minneapolis-based Dolan, which has faced mounting losses amid the rapid decline in its foreclosure-processing service, said it agreed to a "comprehensive balance-sheet restructuring with its secured lenders that, among other things, will allow the company to continue honoring obligations of its employees, customers, and vendors in the ordinary course of business." (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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State officials look to provide loans for green homes

The budding industry of energy-efficient home building could get some encouragement to grow if state officials decide to establish a low-cost construction loan program. A bill now before the Maryland General Assembly seeks to set up the program, which state housing officials hope will be up and running before the year's end. With the proposal, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development aims to foster development of green communities. (News-Post)

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$450K state grant approved for Ripken Stadium

A $450,000 grant for the City of Aberdeen to use for renovations to the Ripken Stadium parking lot was approved Wednesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works. The grant will be used to coat the stadium's parking lot which hasn't had any major work done to it since the stadium was built nearly 12 years ago, Aberdeen Mayor Michael E. Bennett said. (Balt. Sun)

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Downtown Partnership is expanding, moving south to be part of the Charles Center revitalization

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore Inc. is moving from the nonprofit’s longtime home at 217 N. Charles St. to an expanded headquarters space at 20 S. Charles St. The nonprofit has signed a 22,000-square-foot lease, expanding its footprint from 16,000 square feet on North Charles. That space has been the home of Downtown Partnership since 1992, but as programming has expanded, so has the nonprofit’s need to grow. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Union Craft Brewing expands in Clipper Mill, plans to double production

Union Craft Brewing Co. is taking more space in Clipper Mill as it looks to double the amount of beer it produces. The nearly two-year-old North Baltimore brewery has signed a lease for an additional 3,000 square feet on Union Avenue. The space is adjacent to the 7,200 square feet it currently occupies. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Montgomery nonprofit offering housing for homeless vets

Homeless veterans suffering from mental illnesses will have a warm place to rest and a supportive living environment to get back on their feet. On Wednesday, the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless unveiled its newest Safe Havens program, which is aimed at serving homeless veterans with persistent mental illness. (Gazette)

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March 20 // Edwards calls on Maryland Senate to restore wage hike for tipped employees

U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards called on the state Senate Wednesday to restore a wage increase for tipped employees to the minimum wage bill working its way through the General Assembly. After a morning news conference at the State House, Edwards told the Capital Gazette Editorial Board the House of Delegates bowed to pressure from the national restaurant industry to removed tipped employees from the bill and freeze wages at $3.63 an hour. (Capital)

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