In the C-Suite: Keswick is taking a data-forward approach to senior care

Keswick doesn't just want to look at the blood pressure and medical records of the older adults it serves, the Baltimore company is tracking everything as it seeks to use data to provide better health care outcomes for both patients and insurers. That includes tracking the impact of community-based initiatives and services, or even social factors like access to affordable housing, on an individual's mental health and happiness. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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PinnacleCare tech used at Children’s Hospital Colorado

A Baltimore health advisory firm’s technology is being used by Children’s Hospital Colorado for remote second opinion services. PinnacleCare LLC announced that the hospital has begun offering the second opinions through the PinnacleCare VirtualConnect platform. Raphe Schwartz, chief strategy officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado, said in a news release that by providing this service, the hospital can help kids get the pediatric expertise they need while keeping them close to home. (Daily Record)

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Founders Bank plans to reach $215M in assets, and other highlights from its investor documents

Bank-in-organization Founders Bank aims to grow to about $215 million assets and become profitable in three years, according to investor documents obtained by the Washington Business Journal. The documents detail D.C.-based Founders Bank’s strategy as it works to finalize a fundraising of between $23 million and $30 million and become just the second new D.C.-area bank to open its doors in the last year — and, more broadly, the past decade. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Sykesville business aims to highlight local artists, be place ‘people can come to and trust us’

Through their Main Street business in Sykesville, a retired veteran and an art teacher are striving to establish a space where artists and aspiring artists alike can feel at home. Married duo Sarah Dudek, an art teacher in Frederick County, and David Dudek, a retired Navy veteran, started their home interior business, Design of Mind, in 2017 but didn’t move into a brick-and-mortar location until Nov. 1. The store is located at 7606 Main St., in the former Liberty Shop space. (Balt Sun)

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Soon-to-open Bitty & Beau’s Coffee gives surprise job offers to employees with disabilities

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, a North Carolina-based company whose stores are operated by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will open its fourth location Saturday, Feb. 8 on Dock Street in Annapolis. Owner Amy Wright said because 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are unemployed, when they make hires for a new store they coordinate with the families of prospective employees to surprise them with the job offer, to make the moment extra special. (Balt Sun)

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Spirit Cruises to debut new, 192-foot Spirit of Baltimore ship

Come this spring, Baltimore’s seafaring tourists and partiers can board a brand new Spirit of Baltimore to sail the Inner Harbor. Chad Barth, general manager of Hornblower Cruises and Events in Baltimore, said Friday that the company's Spirit Cruises subsidiary is in the process of renovating a 192-foot ship it acquired to replace the current 145-foot Spirit of Baltimore. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Abell Foundation to invest $4M in local small business loan fund

The Abell Foundation and the local Neighborhood Impact Investment Fund will contribute $5 million toward a new program to assist startups in needy Baltimore communities. The investments will be part of a $25 million "Arctaris Baltimore" fund launched this week by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Arctaris, an impact investment group. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Evergreen Advisors acquires one of its biggest competitors

Evergreen Advisors has acquired one of its biggest competitors, allowing the Columbia firm to add additional valuation expertise to its roster. Lutherville-based Baker-Meekins has been providing opinions on the value of a business or its securities since 1987 but had been looking to merge with another company, according to a release. After looking at various firms in the region, Baker-Meekins found a fit in Evergreen, an investment banking and corporate advisory firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Balt Bus Journal)

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