MICA startups win $100,000 at annual competition

Five startups founded by students or recent alumni of the Maryland Institute College of Art won a total of $100,000 at the school’s annual UP/Start Venture Competition last week. The competition’s two top winners were each awarded $35,000 in seed funding. GPG Technologies is a sustainability-focused company whose first product is a reusable water bottle. …

from https://thedailyrecord.com/2019/04/22/mica-startups-win-100000-at-annual-competition/

Della Rose’s Local Tavern closes in Bel Air

Della Rose’s Local Tavern has closed in Bel Air after a little more than two years in business.

The bar and restaurant’s last day was Saturday, according to its Facebook page. The post attributed the closure to “a bad deal.”

“We took a bad deal out of emotions, and just couldn’t out run it,” the post says. “This is the only reason we are closing the doors. We will be focusing on our family and the health of our family.”

Tony Della Rose and his wife, Linda, opened Della Rose’s Local Tavern at…

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CareFirst extends $15 minimum wage to all employees

Health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield set a $15 per hour minimum wage standard for all employees that went into effect earlier this year, company officials announced Monday. CareFirst also introduced a new benefit premium structure for employees, in which the cost of health benefits will vary depending on an employee’s compensation. Under this new structure, …

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Under Armour finishes $500K grant program for Baltimore school facility upgrades

Baltimore-based athletic apparel maker Under Armour announced Monday a gift of $250,000 in grants to support Baltimore City schools’ facility enhancements in 2019, the second half of a $500,000 commitment over the past two years. The two-year commitment awards grants of up to $25,000 to 24 schools that improve the quality, safety and accessibility of …

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Community Heritage Financial announces 1Q dividend

Middletown-based Community Heritage Financial Inc. announced Monday a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.03 per share, declared April 19. This cash dividend is payable May 10 to shareholders of record May 3. Community Heritage Financial, Inc. is the parent company for its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Middletown Valley Bank and Millennium Financial Group Inc. Middletown Valley Bank is a full-service commercial …

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Hopkins to get majority of its power from solar starting in 2021

Johns Hopkins University will get the majority of its energy from solar power, under an agreement the university announced Monday. Under the 15-year agreement, starting in 2021 the university will supply most of its campuses with more than 250,000 megawatt hours of solar power a year. That will allow the university to supply about two-thirds …

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