Fearless opens applications for new business incubator

Baltimore software firm Fearless is growing the in-house business incubator it softly launched last year, and looking to boost a new group of local startups. Fearless started up a business incubator in January 2019, through which it advised and trained 10 entrepreneurs looking to get their own tech-based businesses off the ground. After a successful first cohort, Fearless is now expanding the program and offering up slots in the incubator to new set of participants for 2020. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Fells Point staple Jimmy's is once again on the market

Jimmy's is hitting the market for the second time in less than three years. The Fells Point diner, an institution on Broadway Square since 1946, last changed hands in late 2016. New owner Rustem "Rudy" Keskin said Monday he wants to exit the Baltimore restaurant scene amid challenges including construction and employee safety. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Craft Brewer Post Lizzo-Inspired Fruity Pebbles Bathtub Shots To Promote Unicorn Farts Beer

A Baltimore brewer was inspired by Lizzo’s nude Skittles bathtub photoshoot, and decided to make it their own to promote their beer and have a little fun while doing it- still fully clothed however. Baltimore craft brewer DuClaw Brewing Company posted photos of brewer Brandon Stanko and Diablo Doughnuts shop owner Michael Roslan in a bathtub full of Fruity Pebbles last week to announce the June 2020 return of their beer, “Sour Me Unicorn Farts”. (WJZ-TV)

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MD MEP helping lead change in manufacturing

Manufacturing is certainly changing in Maryland and the spearhead of change is high tech, according to Michael Kelleher, executive director of the state’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP). “There has been a resurgence of interest in what is manufacturing in Maryland and in what we are seeing and feeling on the street and in working with the companies,” said Kelleher. (Daily Record)

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Walmart Says Its Hired 2,850 Veterans In Maryland Since ‘Veterans Welcome Home Commitment’ Launched In 2013

Walmart announced its hiring numbers for veterans on Veterans Day, claiming it has hired more than 243,000 veterans nationwide since 2013. The commitment to hiring veterans came with the 2013 launch of “Veterans Welcome Home Commitment.” In Maryland, Walmart said it has hired more than 2,850 veterans since the initiative was brought up six years ago. (WJZ-TV)

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Instagram Is About To Hide Likes For Some US Users. Here’s What To Expect

Instagram is about to take its biggest step yet toward removing likes from its platform. After months of testing an option to hide likes in select international markets, Instagram is about to do the same for a number of users in the United States, a key market and the company’s home turf. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has already been testing hiding likes in seven other countries, including Canada, Ireland and Australia. (CNN)

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TranZed Apprenticeships partners with Global Apprenticeship Network

TranZed Apprenticeships, a nonprofit registered apprenticeship provider with the mission of expanding modern apprenticeships throughout the United States, is partnering with Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) to exchange knowledge and advance modern apprenticeships as a solution to the skills gap facing businesses across the country. (Daily Record)

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’We’re being killed’: Maryland vape shops see declining revenue due to ‘public confusion’

As U.S. health officials and lawmakers continue to sound the alarm on vaping-related illnesses, Baltimore area vape shop owners say their businesses have unduly suffered, and they blame what they say is misinformation. For Mike Becker and Lisa Barkhorn, owners of B&B’s Vape Café in Parkville, selling e-cigarette and coffee products is a second job. In the past five or six months, Becker said business has dropped by at least 20% to 25%. (Balt. Sun)

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