Md. handgun permit restrictions for business owners eased

Business owners in Maryland who have permits to wear and carry a handgun apparently will be able to carry their weapons outside of business-related functions. The Maryland State Police began notifying permit holders of the change Monday, one attorney who represents permit applicants said. The decision to drop the restrictions on business owners eliminates a major complaint — and a large number of appeals — of some permit holders who worried the restrictions were confusing and could result in being jailed for carrying a weapon outside of what their permits allow. Ed Hershon, an attorney who has represented permit holders before the state Handgun Permit Review Board, (Daily Record)

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China fires biggest warning shot yet in trade war and now it’s up to Trump to decide how far to go

China has added its currency to the weapons it is willing to use in the trade war with the U.S., and it is now up to President Donald Trump to determine how much further the situation can escalate. China on Monday allowed its currency to slide below what has been a psychological red line—the key 7 yuan to the dollar level — for the first time since 2008. China also halted new purchases of U.S. agricultural products,according to state run media.  The Chinese picked two sore spots for Trump, who has protested the strong dollar and railed against other countries he says are weakening their own currencies for trade advantage. (CNBC)

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Black Rock Golf Course trying new things

Black Rock Golf Course is trying new events and tee-time discounts to attract new faces, including a younger audience. The Washington County-owned golf course is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. At the same time, retirements provided opportunities for new people and some restructuring within county government is opening up some resources to the golf operation, Public Works Director Andrew Eshleman said. The new “face” of the golf course is Interim Golf Director Ryan Crabtree. In addition to being a well-known local golfer, Crabtree earned a sports marketing degree at Shepherd University.  The golf course has increased its social media presence, using Facebook and Instagram, to publicize specials, Crabtree said. (Herald-Mail)

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Baltimore to host 2021 Association of Zoos & Aquariums convention

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums is headed to Baltimore for its 2021 conference. Visit Baltimore on Monday said that the annual convention, aimed at zoo and aquarium professionals, will be held Sept. 19-21, 2021, at the Baltimore Convention Center. The conference is expected to bring in 2,500 people, generating an estimated 5,870 hotel room nights and more than $3 million in economic impact, according to the tourism agency. As home to the National Aquarium and the Maryland Zoo — two of the greater Baltimore region's top tourist attractions — the city is "engrained" in the zoo and aquarium profession, AZA President Dan Ashe said in a statement. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Horseshoe Casino fails to follow other casinos' revenue uptick in July

Maryland saw a slight bump in year-over-year casino revenue last month after two months of year-over-year declines. The latest report from Maryland Lottery and Gaming shows the state brought in $149.3 million in revenue last month from its six privately owned casinos, a 1.9% increase compared with July 2018. Despite the statewide improvement, Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino continued to see year-over-year declines with $19.4 million in revenue, a 5.2% drop. Ocean Downs Casino also reported lower revenue than a year ago at $8.2 million, a 5.5% decrease. The remaining four casinos all saw their revenues grow compared with July 2018. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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CEOs Emphasize Importance of Community at Business Forum

Scott Nash said he knows the “psychographic” of his customer base. The CEO of the regional grocery chain MOM’s Organic Market joked that the customers are the type to drive a Toyota Prius. “Long story short, it’s a tribe, and a really strong tribe,” he said last week. Nash was one of three local business leaders who spoke last week during a panel discussion entitled “Creating Communities from the Inside Out.” The other panelists were Timothy Chi, the founder of the wedding company The Knot Worldwide, and Susan Tynan, the CEO of the custom framing company Framebridge. Custom Ink CEO Marc Katz moderated the discussion. (Bethesda)

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Fifty vacant Baltimore homes to hit auction block

Fifty residential properties in need of restoration will go up for auction next Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys. Starting bids begin at $5,000. Real Estate auctioneers A.J. Billig and Co. have teamed up with nonprofit One House at a Time Inc. to sell homes in receivership to qualified buyers. The nonprofit seeks to improve neighborhood life in Baltimore by working as a court-appointed agency. One House at a Time achieves this by razing or refurbishing vacant houses. The auctions are held once every two to three months, said A.J. Billig and Co. Managing Member Dan Billig. Bidders who want to qualify must demonstrate to One House at a Time that they can rehabilitate the house within 12 months. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Tech council CEO on how to grow Maryland’s workforce

Maryland’s life sciences and tech industries have continued to grow, but to keep up with that growth the workforce has to grow too. Martin Rosendale, CEO of the Maryland Tech Council, discussed some of the workforce challenges the industries face and ways to grow the workforce. TDR: Do you think the state is supporting the tech and life science communities in the right way to build its workforce or does more need to happen across the state to ensure that the workforce that technology and life sciences companies need is there? Martin Rosendale: I think the state is doing a lot. I know, our program in Maryland, InMD, is a platform to connect interns with companies. (Daily Record)

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