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Baltimore marketing firm Warschawski launches new startup accelerator, investment operation

Baltimore marketing and communications firm Warschawski is launching a new startup accelerator inside its Mount Washington headquarters, complete with newly renovated work and living spaces for growing company founders. The new accelerator, called W Ventures, will include the standard business growth support, mentoring and resources the technology community has come to expect from a startup accelerator, as well as some added components.

House-passed Covid relief bill offers billions more in small-business grants

Millions of small businesses could be eligible for new or beefed-up grant programs if some of the provisions in the House-passed Covid-19 relief bill become law. The grants, part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 passed by the House on Saturday, would still need to be considered in the Senate version of the legislation and passed by Congress before heading to President Joe Biden for his signature. And parts of the legislation might already be in jeopardy, with Democrats dealing with a setback on a $15-per-hour minimum wage that will likely prevent its inclusion in the Senate version.

Baltimore strip club sues mayor, City Council over ban on adult entertainment during COVID

The Penthouse Club in Baltimore wants a judge to lift the city’s ban on adult entertainment during the coronavirus pandemic, saying it infringes on the right to free speech. TC Entertainment, which operates the club at 615 Fallsway, is seeking an injunction in federal court against the ban, which was enacted by Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott as part of a broad list of closures during his first week in office in December.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Anne Arundel executive invited media to Cancun Cantina inspection as a warning to businesses

Anne Arundel County officials publicized the scheduled health inspection at Cancun Cantina on Saturday night to deter other establishments from skirting COVID-19 restrictions as infections drop and restrictions are eased. County Executive Steuart Pittman received several complaints from residents about the club to his government email account, he said, after a local ’90s tribute band, Doc Marten and the Flannels, played a show on Feb. 20, and people posted videos of the crowded bar to Facebook. Upon learning the health department had already scheduled an inspection on Saturday, the county executive suggested health officials invite the news media, including The Capital.

Black Amazon manager sues the e-commerce giant, accusing it of race and gender discrimination

A Black senior manager at Amazon sued the company, two colleagues and one former co-worker for race and gender discrimination, claiming she was denied promotions and sexually harassed at the e-commerce giant. Charlotte Newman’s suit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., accuses co-workers of engaging in racial stereotypes, describing her as “too direct,” “just scary,” and saying she looked “like a gorilla.” One former employee groped Newman’s thigh at a work dinner and propositioned her for sex, according to the suit.

3 million meals: I Believe In Me celebrates one year of food drops

Shortly after noon Monday, the first two cars — both red and being driven by familiar faces — pulled up side-by-side to the normal location inside the Frederick Towne Mall parking lot on the Golden Mile. A few hours later, a long line of cars, numbering in the hundreds, curled around the parking lot behind them. Bundled up and braving a cold wind, I Believe in Me founder Aje Hill gathered his volunteers right before the 3 p.m. launch of the mentorship organization’s weekly food drop at the mall parking lot to thank them for their dedicated service and lead them in prayer.

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Johnson & Johnson’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a virus that already has killed more than 510,000 people in the U.S. and is mutating in increasingly worrisome ways. The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death.

Read More: WBAL
Lockheed Martin to shutter Middle River manufacturing plant

Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to close its manufacturing plant in Middle River, impacting 465 employees in Baltimore County. The Bethesda-based defense giant will “consolidate” operations in its rotary and missions systems business to “better align employees, technology and facilities to meet customer needs,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. The company will offer employees who work at the plant a chance to relocate or telework, according to WBAL-TV, which first reported the move.

Planned Park Place performing arts center rebrands to focus on diversity, inclusion in Annapolis art community

Organizers of a long-planned performing arts center in Annapolis have rebranded their efforts with a new mission statement focused on diversity and inclusion in the Annapolis arts community. The Maryland Cultural and Conference Center, formerly known as Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts, is a proposed 1,200-seat theater and conference space that organizers have sought for years to build at Park Place, a mixed-use development. The project has been in the works since at least 2014.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna appoints Cara Middendorf new head of repair program

Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna has a new manager for its Repair Program, Cara Middendorf. Her first order of business will be to raise additional funds for the program by encouraging people who are grateful for their homes to pay it forward and help a neighbor in need. The Repair Program assists low-income homeowners in Harford and Cecil counties with critical home repairs, weatherization, and accessibility needs and modifications.

Read More: The Aegis

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