First-Ever Maryland Restaurant Week Begins On Friday

Many Maryland restaurants have struggled through the year after initially closing their doors to diners due to the coronavirus pandemic, limiting service only to takeout and delivery. After beginning to slowly reopen — first with outdoor dining and now with indoor dining at 75% capacity, the restaurants are happy to announce their first-ever, statewide restaurant week will begin Friday. (WJZ)

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Maryland Tech Council kicks off inaugural Digital Transformation Virtual Summit

Maryland Technology, the division of the Maryland Tech Council (MTC) representing technology and cyber innovation in Maryland, kicked off its inaugural Digital Transformation Virtual Summit Wednesday. The event is open to both members and nonmembers without cost for registration. This summit’s aim is to assist companies in the increase of regional productivity through digital transformation and provide strategies to problem solve for different areas of their businesses and careers as they implement digital innovation. (Daily Record)

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Perennial Solar announces plan to expand buffer around controversial project

A spokesman for a controversial planned 8-megawatt solar farm in Cearfoss said during a hearing Wednesday night that a vegetative buffer for the project will be expanded by about 25 feet. That gave new ammunition to area residents battling the project being planned by Perennial Solar LLC. The hearing before Chuck McLean, public utility law judge for the Maryland Public Service Commission, was held to consider a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project, which could involve the installation of about 40,000 solar panels. (Herald Mail)

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The pandemic is changing our grocery shopping habits in surprising ways

At the beginning of the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, there was no telling how much of our lives it would change. There was no immediate indication of the scale and spread of the disease and how many lives it would affect. Now, months into this pandemic it feels as though almost every aspect of our lives has been impacted. Some people have been forced to start working from home, while others have lost jobs. (Md Reporter)

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'We're going to give it a try': Java Joe's reopens in nearly deserted downtown

The soup's on again at Java Joe's, a downtown eatery that closed in March along with the rest of the world. At the time, owner Michael Ditter thought the coronavirus pandemic would have passed after a month or so. His popular sandwich shop at 8 E. Baltimore St. — well known for its sweets and homemade soups — instead closed for six months. It was ready to reopen a month ago but then Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young cut capacity at restaurants to 25% in August. Young had put a pause on indoor dining July 24 amid a rise in Covid-19 cases. Restaurants are now allowed up to 50% capacity. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Why this former Expedia exec is joining a small Baltimore health tech startup

Baltimore digital health startup b.well Connected Health has hired a new executive who brings three decades worth of experience working for tech giants like Expedia, Amazon, Microsoft Corp. and Honeywell. John J. “JJ” Ostlund is taking a post as b.well's chief technology officer, after working for various Fortune 100 companies for the majority of his career. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of technology at Expedia, and later as CTO of Vrbo, the global vacation rental platform that was acquired by Expedia in 2015. Now, Ostlund will be applying his experience and expertise to a small, five-year-old startup company looking to accelerate through its next phase of growth. (Balt Bus Journal)

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DraftKings Spends Over $200K To Fund Group Urging Maryland Voters To Legalize Sports Betting

There’s a new campaign to have Marylanders “vote yes” on the November ballot. DraftKings funded $250,000 to help fund the advocacy group “Vote Yes On Question 2.” The campaign is urging voters to support the second question on the ballot that would legalize sports betting in Maryland. (WJZ-TV)

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Hungry Harvest closes $14 million round amid Covid-induced business boom

Hungry Harvest, the Baltimore produce delivery company that grew out of the University of Maryland, has closed its Series A round of funding with $13.7 million in venture capital to show for it. Hungry Harvest had already raised about $7.25 million toward the Series A earlier this year. The oversubscribed round was led by Creadev, a firm based in Paris that invests in food, health care and sustainability ventures. Existing and new investors also participated, including New York's Danone Manifesto Ventures, Switzerland-based Quadia and Ohio's Maywic Select Investments. (Wash Journal)

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