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PickleRage bringing new Pickleball facility to Baltimore County

PickleRage Wednesday announced it will open a new indoor pickleball club in Glen Burnie at 851 Cromwell Drive. The 25,550-square-foot facility will include 10 indoor CushionX courts designed for optimal player performance and comfort. The courts will also have excellent visibility and sightlines in a temperature-controlled environment.

Dewan Clayborn was recently named the new President and CEO of the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

The Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce has appointed Dewan Clayborn as its new president and CEO, making him the organization’s first Black president. Clayborn replaces Kristi Simon, who now leads the Howard County Chamber of Commerce. He is bringing his expertise in management and chamber operations from his previous role as president and CEO of the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce in Texas.

Chasing Chasen: Small business scores big win over Baltimore developer as legal woes mount

Patryk Tararuj, the owner of a local cleaning business, said he tried every which way to get paid by one of his biggest clients — texting, calling, even showing up in person at its offices on Eastern Avenue in Fells Point. Nothing worked, so Green Apple Cleaning of Baltimore sued Chasen Cos. This month, Tararuj’s business won.

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Ripken Baseball is going to Disney World amid nationwide expansion

Ripken Baseball is returning to Walt Disney World as its parent company looks to use the brand for its westward expansion. Ripken Baseball will operate tournaments at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World starting next summer. The deal between Disney and Unrivaled Sports, the majority owner of Ripken Baseball, will see Ripken host four week-long events at the complex in 2025 and 2026.

Child care is unaffordable in Maryland and it’s affecting businesses

Maryland has some of the highest child care costs in the nation and soaring expenses have been putting pressure on employers and employees alike. The average annual cost in Maryland for using a child care center was $15,003.49, 16% of the state’s median income, which ranks sixth in the U.S., according to a study by Care.com and the latest income data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Service Year program graduates first class of workers with skills, experience

One will go to the military, another will continue his education and a third plans to continue on with an organization that works to combat the poverty-to-prison pipeline. They were just some of the 231 members who were among the inaugural class of Maryland Corps and Service Year Option graduates who were applauded Tuesday at their commencement ceremony.

Planned container terminal at Sparrows Point to add $1.54 billion annual impact with 8,000 jobs, study finds

A container ship terminal planned for Sparrows Point is expected to transform the state’s economy over a decade, generating more than 8,000 direct and Port of Baltimore-affiliated jobs and adding $1.54 billion a year in economic impact. Developers of Tradepoint Atlantic, the site of the proposed terminal in Baltimore County, released the findings of an economic impact study Tuesday.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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City launches grant program for minority- and women-owned small businesses

The city of Frederick is launching a $400,000 grant program to provide capital to minority- and women-owned small businesses. The Access Granted program is available to start-up and established businesses that require capital to expand. Applications are open from 11 a.m. on July 15 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, according to the city press release. Eligible businesses can apply for grant amounts up to $40,000 apiece, according to the Access Granted application form. Grants will be distributed by early fall of this year.

 

Harford County farm store chain to expand with $4M facility

A Harford County farm store chain plans to build a multi-million dollar facility so it doesn’t have to turn farmers away as demand for fertilizer continues to increase. The Mill is about to start construction on a new $4 million fertilizer building at its The Mill at Blackhorse store in White Hallthat will allow the store to double the amount of fertilizer it can receive, process and give to farmers.

A Howard County child therapist is opening indoor playgrounds across the country

Bynia Reed’s career and life revolve around children — and not just her own. Her long list of titles includes: mother of two, child psychotherapist by training, and co-founder and chief operating officer of the children’s indoor playground Hyper Kidz. “I definitely believe in the power of play,” she said. “Pretty much all I do with kids is play therapy, so I understand how important and critical play is to children’s well-being.”

 

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