Under Armour signs 76ers Joel Embiid to an endorsement deal

Under Armour has endorsed Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. The Baltimore sports gear company reportedly signed Embiid to a five-year footwear and apparel deal. ESPN reports industry sources told him the average annual value is expected to make him the highest-paid center in the league. Embiid released a statement to the Under Armour website announcing the deal Wednesday. (WJZ-TV)

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Shoe store Skechers to open in the Shops at Canton Crossing

Skechers is the latest retailer that will join Canton Crossing when the shopping center’s newest stores open in the coming months, the project’s developer said. The shoe store will take over about 7,800 square feet in the 90,000-square-foot addition to the center, developer Mark Sapperstein said. The shop will be part of the second phase of development at the Shops at Canton Crossing. (Balt. Sun)

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Aberdeen planning commission approves preliminary site plan for freestanding medical center

A preliminary site plan for the development of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health’s freestanding medical facility and adjoining medical office buildings on Merritt Properties’ Aberdeen Corporate Park campus off Route 22 was unanimously approved Wednesday night by the Aberdeen Planning Commission. The seven-member commission gave its approval in front of a standing-room-only crowd gathered in the City Council chambers at City Hall. (Aegis)

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Local woman’s small biscuit business gets boost from Walmart

A woman known as “Mama Biscuit” is taking her small biscuit business big time thanks to Walmart. Lesley Riley, owner of Mama Biscuit originally started her business online, using Facebook to market the food. The biscuits have already been on sale in Sam’s Club and after Riley responded to an open call, they’re on the shelves of Walmart stores. (WJZ-TV)

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October 11 // Amazon expanding Whole Foods delivery to Anne Arundel County

Amazon is expanding Whole Foods delivery service to Prime Now members in Anne Arundel County, the online retailer said Wednesday. The move follows Amazon’s June launch of Whole Foods delivery in Baltimore. The online giant acquired the grocer last year in a $13.7 billion deal. “With our goal to cover as many Prime customers as possible with this new service in Annapolis, our coverage is expansive,” Tanvi Patel, head of business development for Prime Now, said in an email. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore's Remington community launches 'Shark Tank'-style storefront contest to lure retailers

Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood is hoping to lure retailers through a “Shark Tank”-style contest that promises free rent for up to two years. The Greater Remington Improvement Association, working with the Johns Hopkins University and developer Seawall Development, is looking for local entrepreneurs to open temporary concepts in two storefronts. Winners of the Remington Storefront Challenge will get space rent free for 12 to 24 months, funding to build out spaces and technical assistance. (Balt. Sun)

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Bethesda firm RightEye wins FDA clearance for its vision improving technology

RightEye LLC has received a clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its technology which aims to identify and improve vision issues. The Bethesda health tech firm developed a technology that uses eye tracking programs to identify visual issues in patients and help them improve their vision performance. The FDA awarded RightEye's system a 510(k) clearance, which indicates that a device being brought to market is satisfyingly safe and effective. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Natty Boh ‘Tabs for Crabs’ nets $10K for Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Baltimore’s hometown beer, National Bohemian Beer Co., has donated $10,000 to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation after its summer long “Tabs for Crabs” promotion. Natty Boh rolled out its second-annual Tabs for Crabs program in July, promising 10 cents for each red, crab-etched can tab collected and returned to the company from consumers across the Mid-Atlantic. Oct. 1 was the deadline. This year it collected more than 90,000 crab tabs, 5,000 more than the program’s inaugural year, but just shy of the 100,000 goal. Natty Boh donated the full target amount of $10,000 anyway. (WTOP)

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