Anne Arundel Medical Center raises entry-level pay to $15 an hour

Anne Arundel Medical Center raised the minimum wage for its entry-level employees this week to $15 — a change the Annapolis hospital says has been in the works for years. "Three years ago, we decided to make a significant investment in our entry-level employees," Julie McGovern, vice president and chief human resources officer, said during a call with reporters on Tuesday. McGovern acknowledged that the job market is tight but said it wasn't competition that was driving the change. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Business Group Issues Another Warning About Sluggish Montgomery Co. Economy

Montgomery County business leaders are delivering dire warnings about the future of the county following a second report from economist Anirban Basu. A pro-business group is again sounding alarm bells about Montgomery County’s economy, warning that sluggish growth and high taxes are making Maryland’s largest and wealthiest subdivision a less attractive place for private-sector investment. “Slow economic growth is among the reasons that many Montgomery County stakeholders fret about the community’s future,” said Charles Nulsen III, a prominent developer and the founder of Empower Montgomery. (Md. Matters)

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Sprouts Farmers Market coming to former hhgregg in Bel Air's Tollgate Marketplace

Sprouts Farmers Market is coming to Tollgate Marketplace in Bel Air, where it has obtained a building permit from the town. The building permit to renovate the 33,054-square-foot space was issued by the Town of Bel Air on Jan. 10 and work was being done Tuesday morning. The interior has been stripped to the bare shell of the building and the glass front door has been replaced with two over-sized plywood doors. Those doors opened Tuesday morning as a roll-off Dumpster was delivered to the site. (Aegis)

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Foundery closing at City Garage, plans relocation to Central Avenue

The Foundery, a maker space in Port Covington’s City Garage, plans to close in South Baltimore at the end of the week. The maker space, which offered access to industrial-grade tools and taught skills ranging from woodworking to welding, is set to close Jan. 27 after failing to secure enough funding to cover its operating deficit, the Foundery announced on its website. The Foundery offered passes for visitors to use its collection of tools, from woodworking to electronics equipment, and hosted classes in manufacturing skills and techniques including blacksmithing, welding and laser cutting. (Balt. Sun)

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Esskay Orioles Franks — a Baltimore mainstay — to disappear soon from Camden Yards, store shelves

Esskay Orioles Franks, the hot dog once made in Baltimore and long devoured at Orioles games, will disappear soon from store shelves, the brand’s owner said Tuesday. “Our organization has made the difficult decision to discontinue Esskay hotdogs,” said Chad McFadden, Esskay brand manager for Smithfield Foods, in an email. “We will continue to make Esskay deli meat and chipped beef products, which can be found in Baltimore-area grocery stores.” (Balt. Sun)

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Enlightenment Capital forms another government tech platform

Chevy Chase-based aerospace and defense investment firm Enlightenment Capital has taken a stake in a Chantilly security engineering company. System High Corp. becomes the initial investment of a new Enlightenment platform, according to Partner Jason Rigoli, straddling the defense, intelligence and commercial markets for cybersecurity and information assurance technology. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore, Washington-area IKEAs offering breakfast for furloughed federal government workers

IKEA stores near Baltimore and Washington are offering free breakfast to federal workers during the partial federal government shutdown, the company announced. Government workers showing a valid ID can visit the IKEA stores in Baltimore, College Park, and Woodbridge, Va. Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a free breakfast menu. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore-area counties kick off restaurant weeks as city extends its dining promotion

Baltimore City has extended its twice annual Restaurant Week, with many eateries offering specials through Jan. 27. At the same time, counties in the region have kicked off their own promotions and there are even more on the way for Greater Baltimore residents. Each year, Restaurant Week is used as a way to promote business at local restaurants during the slower winter and summer seasons. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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