March 14 // Maryland adds 6,700 jobs, unemployment rate holds at 4.2 percent

Maryland's labor market started the year on an upbeat, as employers added 6,700 jobs in January, wages began to climb and more people entered the workforce. Hiring in retail, food services, hospitality and construction powered the state's job gains. Increases in those sectors kept the state's unemployment rate steady at 4.2 percent, well below the national rate of 4.8 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County delegates OK a version of Guinness legislation

Baltimore County's state delegates on Monday endorsed their own version of legislation to allow Diageo to open a Guinness brewery in Relay. The delegates voted for a bill that allows all production breweries in the county to gradually increase sales in their on-site taprooms to 4,000 barrels per year — a key request from Diageo. New breweries must close at 10 p.m. nightly, while existing breweries must close at 10 on weeknights and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. (Balt. Sun)

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Under Armour taps GM exec as first chief innovation officer

Under Armour Inc. has named a longtime General Motors Co. executive as the sportswear maker's first chief innovation officer. Clay Dean will be responsible for driving the company's innovation strategy and collaboration between its design, marketing and product divisions. Dean spent more than 20 years at GM, and most recently led GM's Global Advanced Design organization. He was also the chief designer on a team that produced the Hummer H2, H2 SUT and H3 programs. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Cyber firm makes the move from Annapolis to Columbia

Cybersecurity consulting firm Anchor Technologies Inc. has moved from Annapolis to a new headquarters at 6315 Hillside Court in Columbia. The 15-year-old company took 4,500 square feet just off Routes 29 and 32. The space is triple in size of the Annapolis office. Anchor employs 12 people and is planning to add to its staff. Anchor said the move will put it closer to its big clients, with Columbia positioned between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Anne Arundel awards $750,000 to tech startups through casino fund

Anne Arundel County has awarded three loans totaling $700,000 to local technology startups. The awards were made through the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.'s VOLT Fund, which supports entrepreneurs and pre-revenue startups. The program is funded through Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Investment Fund, which is supported through video lottery revenue from Maryland casinos. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Howard Bank to open branch in Remington

Howard Bank announced plans Monday to open a new branch in Remington. The new branch, located at the Remington Row mixed-use apartment development at 2700 Remington Ave., is expected to open this summer. Remington, a neighborhood between Interstate 83 and Charles Village, has attracted investment from developers, such as Seawall Development Co., that Howard Bank President and CEO Mary Ann Scully said made the area attractive to the bank. (Balt. Sun)

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March 13 // Md. Senate gives preliminary approval to paid sick leave bill

Maryland employees of companies that have 15 or more workers would be able to earn up to five days of paid sick leave under a bill that received preliminary approval from the Maryland Senate on Friday. The full Senate reduced the number of paid leave days approved by the Senate Finance Committee last week. Under the original Senate version of the bill, employers would have been required to provide six days, or 48 hours, of sick leave each year. The House version of the bill requires seven days. (Wash. Post)

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New FBI headquarters site on hold until Congress secures funding

Plans to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters from Washington have been put on hold until Congress approves funding, the General Services Administration announced Friday. Virginia and Maryland officials have been competing for years to land the proposed the 2.1 million-square-foot FBI headquarters, which would house roughly 11,000 employees, making it one of the largest federal facilities in either state. (Balt. Sun)

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