Mission BBQ nears the opening of its 100th restaurant

Mission BBQ is nearing a growth benchmark. The Glen Burnie-based chain just inked a deal to open its latest restaurant in a 4,500-square-foot space in Frederick early next year. The move to the Westview Business Park sets Mission BBQ on a path to hit 100 stores in 2021 — the same year the chain celebrates a decade in business. Mission opened its first barbecue restaurant in Glen Burnie on Sept. 11, 2011. Its restaurants are corporately held and not franchised. (Balt Bus Journal)

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SBA just made PPP forgiveness easier for smaller loans. What about everyone else?

The Small Business Administration released a streamlined Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application Thursday night for some loans under $50,000 — but small-business groups and experts say it still leaves many borrowers out in the cold. The new application provides a safe harbor for the smallest of PPP borrowers with one or more employees other than the owners who could not maintain the same level of full-time employees during their loan's covered period. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Stimulus boost: CFG Bank owner to cover his employees' payroll taxes

Employees of Baltimore-based Capital Funding Group and CFG Bank are getting a boost to their paychecks after owner Jack Dwyer promised to pay their payroll taxes for the remainder of the year. Dwyer's initiative builds upon an executive order issued by Presidential Donald Trump in August that created a payroll tax holiday. He hopes that by putting more money into the pockets of his employees, they will spend it at local businesses and help fuel the economy. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Despite challenges of COVID-19, farm bureau president, wife continue to keep farm, industry sustainable

Sam and Mary Jane Roop’s children were the sixth generation to be raised at Brookfield Farm in Thurmont. The sprawling fields tucked in the mountains are home to a grain, beef and agrotourism operation that began in the early 2000s after Mary Jane Roop and her father ended their 300-cow dairy operation. Sam Roop is the president of the Frederick County Farm Bureau, and Mary Jane is a loan officer for an agricultural lending company in Frederick. (News-Post)

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Prime Day is different this year. Here’s what to expect

This year, due to COVID-19, Amazon postponed its anniversary sales event that usually falls in July. On Sept. 28, Amazon officially announced that Prime Day 2020 would begin on Tuesday, Oct. 13 (12 p.m. PT) and conclude at the end of Wednesday, Oct.14 (11:59 p.m. PT) to offer 48 hours of non-stop deals. (BestReviews)

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PPP forgiveness starts off slow. Here's what bank execs say businesses should be doing.

Businesses applying for forgiveness of their Paycheck Protection Programs only have one chance to get it right, so they better make sure all of their numbers add up and they have the supporting documents to prove it. "We always say measure twice and cut once," said Augie Chiasera, president of the Greater Baltimore-Chesapeake region for M&T Bank. "Check your work because once it's submitted, it's in." (Balt Bus Journal)

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MDOT Takes Over Rail Contracts From Purple Line Contractors

Just weeks after work on the Purple Line ground to a halt in the wake of a bitter, years-long financial dispute, the state Department of Transportation announced on Friday that it has assumed numerous key construction contracts. The move is the first tangible sign that MDOT intends to make good on its promise to jump-start the 16.5-mile project, despite the demise of the agency’s relationship with the financing consortium, Purple Line Transit Partners, and its primary subcontractor, Purple Line Transit Constructors, last month. (Md Matters)

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Gambling companies spend more than $2M on sports betting ads

Gambling companies have spent more than $2 million trying to persuade Maryland voters to approve sports betting. The Baltimore Sun reports that DraftKings and FanDuel have about $486,000 left of the $2.75 million they’ve put into a group called “Vote Yes on Question 2.” That’s according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. (AP)

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