Horseshoe Casino sees sharp decline in revenue in November

Maryland's six casinos grew their monthly revenue by 7.3 percent in November, led by big increases at MGM National Harbor and Live! Casino & Hotel. The $140.1 million brought in during the month was up from $130.5 million in November 2017. MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County continued to lead the pack, growing revenue by 13.2 percent to $57.3 million. Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover reported revenue of $48.7 million in November, up 12 percent from the year-ago period. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore saw the largest decrease during the month, posting a 14.2 percent drop to $19.5 million.  (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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On-demand delivery service goPuff to launch in Baltimore, bringing snacks, toilet paper to your door

A fast-growing, on-demand delivery service out of Philadelphia called goPuff will launch operations in 20 Baltimore area ZIP codes later this month. The company provides delivery of over 2,000 different products between noon and 4:30 a.m. daily for a flat $1.95 delivery fee. Available products range from snacks and drinks to cleaning supplies and shampoo and are promised to be delivered within 30 minutes. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Investors to start tours of potential city Opportunity Zone sites

The first tour of a potential investor in Baltimore's Opportunity Zone areas has been set for later this month. Representatives of a Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based investment fund with at least $50 million in capital are scheduled to visit the city and certain sites with Ben Seigel, an Opportunity Zone coordinator at the Baltimore Development Corp. "They are specifically interested in workforce housing and transit-oriented development investment," Seigel said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Marriott developers propose slight reduction in size of Bethesda headquarters

A proposed reduction in the size of the Marriott International Headquarters being built in downtown Bethesda would save developers about $500,000 in county taxes. Developers for the project recently submitted a minor amendment to Marriott's site plan, reducing total commercial development from 1.05 million square feet to 996,967 square feet , thus reducing the required Park Impact Payment (PIP) tax from $5,590,000 to $5,061,070, according to Montgomery County Planning Board documents. (Bethesda)

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SC&H Group expanding Ellicott City office and hiring to accommodate growth

Baltimore County audit and tax services firm SC&H Group will increase its offices and workforce in Ellicott City, as two of its practice groups continue to grow. Next year's 3,000-square-foot expansion will add to SC&H's existing 4,500-square-foot office at 6011 University Blvd. The larger space will be able to accommodate up to 100 employees. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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BWI Business Partnership announces new executive director

The BWI Business Partnership board of directors appointed Gina Stewart as the group’s new executive director. Stewart has 25 years of business and economic and development experience. She previously worked as the senior business development representative for the Maryland Department of Commerce, according to a news release. She replaces retired Col. Edward Rothstein, who was serving as interim director. (Capital)

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Work begins to revive Normandy Shopping Center, an Ellicott City landmark

Howard’s oldest shopping center is undergoing a remodeling and its owners have demolished portions of the main structure. Normandy Shopping Center, off Route 40 in Ellicott City, will be outfitted with new walls and a new facade. The partial demolition in the 104,000-square-foot space started Sept. 28 and is slated for completion at the end of 2019. David Moxley, a co-owner of the land, in an interview said he received letters of interest from enough entities to fill 40 percent of the space. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Startup born out of Johns Hopkins acquired by Swiss brain tech firm

A Johns Hopkins-born neurotechnology company has been acquired by a Swiss company working to develop tools for brain rehabilitation. MindMaze has acquired Neuro Motor Innovations Corp. (NMI), a local company which utilizes neuroscience and a form of animation to help improve cognitive and motor functions in patients suffering from neurological diseases and injuries. MindMaze said NMI's technology complements its own current approach to neurorehabilitation. The company offers a clinic-to-patient platform for neurological therapy. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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