Capital One expanding Baltimore footprint with new branches

Capital One Financial Corp. is making a major push to boost its market share in Baltimore City. The McLean, Va.-based bank will open three more branches in the city and a fourth branch in nearby Dundalk, by the end of November. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Bowie laser tag business wins parking battle

A popular entertainment spot in Bowie will remain open, thanks to a city waiver allowing the laser tag center to bypass Prince George’s County parking rules that may have shuttered the business. “This has been a long journey. I’m just so thrilled they could come to a reasonable outcome ... I feel a whole lot of relief today,” Cherie Hope, owner of Castle Laser Tag and Silver Star Gymnastics, said of the 18-month-long battle. (Gazette)

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Southwest marks 20 years of service at BWI

After 20 years, do you still feel the LUV, Baltimore? Southwest Airlines does – big time. The airline is celebrating its 20th anniversary at BWI-Marshall International Airport. Since launching service on Sept. 15, 1993, Southwest has grown to become the largest carrier at the airport. (Balt. Sun)

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Sept. 12 // Orioles report boost in merchandise sales, attendance, TV ratings

The Baltimore Orioles’ string of success continues to win over fans. The ballclub said Wednesday team merchandise sales are up 89 percent in 2013, the largest increase among all 30 Major League Baseball franchises. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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By forming 2 firms, Penn National hopes to qualify for 2nd casino 

Although state law prohibits a single company from operating more than one casino in Maryland, Penn National Gaming Inc. — which opened the state’s first gambling facility nearly three years ago in Cecil County — may have found a way around that rule. (Daily Record)

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Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore wins $520K grant to push biotech jobs

The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore has received a $520,000 federal grant to bolster the state's biotechnology industry. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) will work with BioHealth Innovation in Montgomery County to develop a “Healthcare Regional Innovation Cluster” with the grant. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Fractured Prune launches national expansion, plans 20 Baltimore-area donut shops

Fractured Prune Doughnuts, the Ocean City phenomenon known for hand-dipped doughnuts made-to-order with a choice of glazes, toppings and sugar, is going national. A new owner plans to spread the concept across the United States and open 50 new franchised stores in the next three years, with about 20 in the Baltimore area. (Balt. Sun)

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BB&T trims number of branches in consolidation effort

BB&T Corp. closed 43 branches recently as part of a consolidation effort aimed at boosting efficiency, CEO Kelly King said at an investor conference Tuesday. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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