Maryland 1812 Commission Awards $1.2M In Grants

The Maryland 1812 Commission has awarded $1.2 million in grants to projects across the state that will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem next year. The funding includes a grant for the Maryland Academy of Sciences to help make the Imax 3D film "Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty." (WTOP)

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Community Foundation Of Washington County: Grant Applications Available

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. has announced the availability of grant applications for its 2014 unrestricted granting cycle. The foundation will direct grants to Washington County nonprofit organizations and programs that address one or more strategies within Strategic Community Impact Plan focus areas. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll Biz Challenge Holds Meet And Greet

The Carroll Biz Challenge, a local competition where entrepreneurs have a chance to win $5,000 after pitching their business plan, had 15 applicants this year for the competition. Five will be chosen as finalists to participate in the live competition Nov. 22 at McDaniel College. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Oct. 22 // Md. regulators hear arguments in BGE rate case

State regulators are now deep into the details of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s request for higher rates, a case expected to wrap up by the end of the year — 10 months after the last increase went into effect. The Maryland Public Service Commission is hearing testimony from the utility, opponents and others this week and will take comments from the public in a set of meetings next month. (Balt. Sun)

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Casino bidder offers hundreds of millions in profits to Prince George’s hospital, teachers

Penn National Gaming is betting it has an offer Maryland can’t refuse: The gambling operator — one of three companies vying for the state’s sixth and final casino license — says it plans to distribute “100 percent of its profits back to the Prince George’s County community” if it wins the bid. The company offered its ­profit-sharing proposal Monday, shortly before its formal presentation to the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Committee. Penn wants to build a $700­­ million Hollywood Casino at Rosecroft Raceway, with at least 3,000 slot machines, 100 live-action table games and a 40-table poker room. (Wash. Post)

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Caesars acknowledges federal probe, says won't affect Baltimore plans

The parent company of Baltimore's casino said Monday that one of its businesses is the subject of a federal investigation into money laundering and that it was pulling out of a $1 billion casino venture in Boston. But officials at Caesars Entertainment Corp., which is building the $400 million Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street near M&T Bank Stadium, said neither issue would affect the company's Baltimore plans. The city is counting on the casino to provide funds for school construction and a property tax cut. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery considers lifting hipness quotient with later bar hours, ‘noise areas’

Later closing times for bars, relaxation of noise ordinances and a “concierge” service to help new businesses maneuver the Montgomery County bureaucracy are among the proposals of a task force charged with lifting the hipness quotient of a place many millennials find bland and inhospitable. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland Tedco seeks $30M to invest in veteran-owned businesses

An arm of the Maryland Technology Development Corp. is aiming to raise $30 million for a new fund dedicated to investing in veteran-owned businesses. Stuart M. Sutley and Genaro “Gino” Dellarocco, both veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, are general partners of the Veterans’ Opportunity Fund. The fund will be managed by Tedco Capital Partners. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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