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United Way of Central Maryland hopes to increase grants despite pandemic impact

During a time when many nonprofits across the U.S. are facing financial peril, the United Way of Central Maryland hopes to increase grant opportunities thanks to an influx of pandemic-driven donations and one large gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Challenges lie ahead for the nonprofit sector as a whole in the coming months and years. A recent study by the philanthropy research group Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy estimated more than one-third of U.S. nonprofits are in jeopardy of closing within two years in a worst-case scenario because of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center taps new CEO

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center has tapped its longtime chief operating officer as its next CEO and president. Kathleen “Kathy” McCollum will take over the top job on April 5 after having served as the Glen Burnie hospital’s COO and senior vice president for clinical integration since 2013. McCollum was selected for the job following a nationwide search after Karen Olscamp retired in January after 12 years at the helm.

In West Baltimore, two Black women developers take novel approaches to tackle blight

Shelley Halstead isn’t sitting and waiting for the housing market to turn in central West Baltimore. She’s helping to make that happen herself — quite literally, with her own two hands. For the last couple years, Halstead’s nonprofit Black Women Build has been purchasing neglected homes in Upton and Druid Heights from the city for thousands of dollars at a time and partnering with Black women on restoring them. A master carpenter who lives in historic Marble Hill, Halstead targets homes adjacent or close to one another, solicits applications from hopeful homeowners and then teaches a chosen homebuyer woodworking, electrical work and numerous other home-renovation skills.

Morgan State graduate parlays money from start-up pitches into natural products for women

Almost three years ago, Arion Long, who now lives in Canton, was on life support. She had lost her daughter during childbirth. While in the hospital, Long contracted E. coli sepsis, which put her in a coma. Against the odds, two weeks later, she was off life support and successfully pitching her idea for natural, chemical-free feminine hygiene products at Hera Fast Pitch DC, a competition where for-profit startups vie for cash prizes.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Baltimore Area Business Owners Looking For Win Too As March Madness Brings Basketball Fans To Bars, Restaurants
After COVID-19 knocked out last year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, this year’s march madness is bringing many fans a little bit of hope and much needed excitement. For any college basketball fan, this is the best time of the year. It’s clear Marylanders missed their NCAA tournament basketball. At Hightopps in Timonium, TVs are lined up throughout the space for fans to enjoy. And the staff here are also looking for a win of their own.
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After lobbying push, Hogan allocates $7.4M for Bard Building demolition

A lobbying push by Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson could reverse a plan to turn the Bard Building into a flat-surface parking lot and instead convert the high-profile site into green space. Ferguson made a request to Gov. Larry Hogan to fund demolition costs for the building as part of a public works allocation in the governor’s $108 billion supplemental budget. The move succeeded, and this week the funds were included in the spending package now before the General Assembly.

Putting entertainment on the menu: Baltimore County seeks to boost musicians, restaurants with more live music

With the goal of supporting two industries hit hardest by the pandemic, the Baltimore County executive aims to change zoning rules and set up a permitting process for more restaurants and bars to host live music. The NOTE Act — it stands for New Opportunities for Tourism and Entertainment — would enable hundreds more restaurants and bars to hold live musical entertainment by amending zoning rules in areas where live music is currently prohibited. It’s modeled after a 2019 bill that changed zoning rules in Catonsville and Arbutus.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Md. Senate gives preliminary OK to extending alcohol delivery option

A proposal to extend an executive order that has helped some restaurants in Maryland remain in business has sparked a public policy debate over whether alcoholic beverages should continue to be available for delivery when the pandemic ends.

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Galen Robotics is ready to raise money and grow in 2021 after year of delays

When 2020 began, Baltimore-based Galen Robotics was getting ready to raise a Series A round and at least double its about 20-person team, after moving into a new headquarters space in Pigtown. But the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a slew of unexpected issues for the surgical robot-maker. Bruce Lichorowic, CEO of Galen, said the pandemic caused delays with some of the vendors the company uses to get parts for its robots. In addition, as some venture capitalists focused on shoring up their existing portfolio companies, Galen faced difficulties raising money from new investors.

Howard Hughes taps firm to head up Downtown Columbia office leasing

Transwestern Real Estate Services was tapped by the Howard Hughes Corp. this week to head office leasing in Downtown Columbia. The move by Howard Hughes (NYSE: HHC) will place the company’s expanding commercial leasing portfolio in Howard County under control of the Houston-based brokerage, which has 34 offices across the U.S. “Transwestern is a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader in their field who aligns with our bold vision for Downtown Columbia as the vibrant and culturally rich ‘third city’ conveniently located between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,” said Greg Fitchitt, president, Columbia, for Howard Hughes, in a statement.

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