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Israel, Baltimore-based digital health firm TikTalk2me raises $1.5 million

Digital health startup TikTalk2me — and no, it has nothing to do with the video app TikTok — wants to help thousands of speech therapists in the U.S. accelerate their work, and make learning fun for the children they work with. TikTalk2me, which was founded in Israel and has its U.S. headquarters in Baltimore, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding to fuel growth in the U.S. market.

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Baltimore County small business owners discuss benefits, gaps in federal relief funds

Heidi Hiller could have easily folded and shut down her business when the Covid-19 pandemic began last year. Instead, she used it as an opportunity to transform her company and make it even better for the future. Hiller founded and runs Innovative Party Planners, an Owings Mills-based business that relies on live events to make money. Of course, that became a major challenge last year amid restrictions banning large in-person gatherings in order to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

BSO gets $1.5M from state in multi-year bridge payment 

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced Tuesday the receipt of $1.5 million from the state of Maryland, the first year of a multi-year bridge of support appropriated to the orchestra through the legislative actions of the Maryland General Assembly in 2020 and 2021. Guided by the recommendations of the 2019 State Workgroup on the BSO chaired by former Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, the plan would give the BSO $5.5 million over five years of support on a decreasing basis.

This organization wants to bridge Maryland’s financial education gap 

Maryland already has infrastructure and organizations dedicated to providing both adults and school-aged children with financial literacy education. But considering Maryland college students are some of the most debt-ridden in the country, it struck Tisa Silver Canady as strange that there were no comprehensive financial literacy programs for those students. That’s why the financial wellness advocate is launching the Maryland Center for Collegiate Financial Wellness, an independent nonprofit that will seek to provide financial education resources, programs and outreach to the state’s college students and alumni.

Great Wolf Lodge breaks ground on its biggest-ever resort in Cecil County

The long-anticipated development of a 700-room Great Wolf Lodge resort in Perryville got underway on Tuesday with confetti, a dancing wolf mascot in green sneakers and hard hats sporting fluffy ears. The project is expected to generate $100 million in annual sales revenue for the Cecil County town once it opens in 2023. Its location off Interstate 95 near the Susquehanna River means it will attract visitors from across the mid-Atlantic and beyond, Chicago-based Great Wolf officials said.

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14. The Bigger Picture (Part 3) with Marc Weller, Marc Broady, and Mike Middleton

On episode 14  of The Conference Call, the final of a three-part conversation with Marc Weller and  Marc Broady of Weller Development, and Cherry Hill’s own Mike Middleton, the group gets at the root value of partnership, and what that means for community health, impact, and legacy. Join us for a conversation about Weller’s vision for instilling lasting change in Baltimore and creating spaces that draw people to the city.

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Maryland-based Novavax’s effort to vaccinate the world, from zero to not quite warp speed: ‘This takes time and expertise’

On a sweltering June morning, Novavax CEO and COVID vaccine maker Stanley Erck stood on a stage unmasked and did something that would have been unthinkable six months ago: He shook hands with Maryland’s governor. Erck was with Gov. Larry Hogan to announce Novavax’s global vaccine headquarters ― a Gaithersburg campus expected to house laboratories and more than 800 employees. Hogan called Novavax’s future “bright” and crowed that more than 71% of the state’s adults had received at least one shot.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Evermore Cannabis plots growing, processing expansion with $16M in new financing

Evermore Cannabis Co. has landed $15.5 million in new financing that it says it will use to help fund a five-fold increase in its production capacity. AFC Gamma Inc. (NASDAQ: AFCG), a company that provides institutional loans to cannabis operators nationwide, announced it worked with an affiliate to provide the $15.5 million credit facility to Evermore, which is licensed to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in Maryland. The financing will primarily go toward the ongoing expansion of Evermore’s cultivation and manufacturing facility in Baltimore.

Families Of Capital Gazette Shooting Victims Sue The Baltimore Sun, Tribune Publishing
The families of the five Capital Gazette shooting victims are suing The Baltimore Sun and its parent company, Tribune Publishing, for the alleged security lapses that allowed gunman Jarrod Ramos to enter the newsroom on June 28, 2018 and open fire. “Ramos was able to succeed in his announced and repeatedly threatened intention to shoot employees of The Capital due to a series of negligent acts and failures to act by the companies responsible for obtaining, providing, maintaining and securing the premises where Plaintiffs and/or their deceased loved ones reported to work each day,” one of the lawsuits stated.
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2 Md. community colleges partner with systems company for skills training 

Johnson Controls, a company that produces air conditioning, heating and digital automation systems for buildings, launched a partnership last week with 10 community colleges across the United States — including Montgomery College and the Community College of Baltimore County. The partnership comes amid growing demand for skilled technicians for building systems and as community colleges increasingly are seen as vehicles for technical, occupational and vocational skills training.

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