HCEDA initiative brings 3D printing to Howard County entrepreneurs

The objects displayed on a shelf in the depths of UAV Solutions' headquarters in Jessup might look like toys, out of context. To the untrained eye, the plastic doodads – some thick, some thin, some glossy, others matte, and in a variety of subdued colors, like black, brown, tan and white – could be sandcastle molds, toy submarines – maybe DEVO hats in conservative hues. (Balt. Sun)

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BWI workers protest Airmall owner in New York City

Concessions workers at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport traveled to New York on Friday to protest working conditions. The workers at shops, restaurants and bars at the airport demonstrated outside the building of Prospect Capital Corp., a financial services company that owns AirMall USA -- the company contracted to manage the concessions program at BWI. (Capital)

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Local economist forecasts modest growth in 2014

The economy is on the rebound, if only in comparison with darker times, economist Anirban Basu told a room of local business leaders Thursday at his annual economic forecast lecture at the Columbia Sheraton, sponsored by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. (Balt. Sun)

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Dec. 6 // Harbor Point wins crucial environmental approval

The development plan for Harbor Point has won state and federal environmental approvals, clearing a major hurdle before work can start on the chromium-polluted site. The approval means that Beatty Development Group LLC is one step away from beginning construction on the 27-acre site, a plan that includes piercing a protective cap that covers soil contaminated by years of chrome production. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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With Maryland Live leading, state’s casinos boost revenue

This is not a broken record: Maryland Live Casino raked in more than $50 million in gross gambling revenue last month. The Anne Arundel County casino’s pretax take was $53,422,841 in November — the seventh consecutive month it has cleared at least $50 million on its slot machines and table games. (Wash. Post)

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Leggett signs county's new minimum wage law

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) signed the county’s new minimum wage law at a ceremony Thursday afternoon. The bill will raise the county’s minimum wage — which is now $7.25 — to $11.50 by 2017, including to $8.40 on Oct. 1, 2014. (Gazette)

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Rise in minimum wage could be devastating for small businesses in Washington County, chamber says

Kathleen Snyder, president and chief executive officer of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, warned on Thursday that a rise in the state minimum wage could be devastating for small businesses in areas such as Washington County, and possibly lead to job losses and a contraction of business. (Herald-Mail)

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Emergent BioSolutions could invest up to $120M in Baltimore, CFO says

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.’s U.S. Health and Human Services contract to help produce flu vaccines in the event of a pandemic are key to the firm’s expansion, Chief Financial Officer Robert G. Kramer says. The Baltimore Development Corp. on Wednesday confirmed that it is offering a second $250,000 new job creation tax incentive to Emergent. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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