The pandemic has made health data more important. A Md. company works to fill the gaps.

For so many businesses, the pandemic has meant reinvention. For Inovalon Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: INOV), it’s been a game of acceleration. That’s because the Bowie company, whose cloud software tracks quality and cost data for health care providers, has seen rising demand in 2020 as those providers need to provide more care at lower costs. It follows an already strong 2019 with 22% revenue growth compared with the prior year. (Wash Journal)

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Section Of Charles Street Shutdown Saturday For Outdoor Shopping, Dining

A section of Charles Street was shut down Saturday for a day of outdoor shopping and dining. With Charles Street shut down, there was more room to move around, more room to practice social distancing and more room to support local businesses. With the sun shining, and the threat of cars temporarily removed, Phil Han and his family enjoyed a stroll down Charles Street. (WJZ-TV)

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UCLA Will Still Be Outfitted By Under Armour Despite Lawsuit

UCLA will still be outfitted by Under Armour this season even though the university is suing the apparel company for breach of contract. Athletic director Martin Jarmond has said there isn’t enough time to get a deal in place with a new outfitter. Under Armour announced in June that it is ending its contract with the school. The two sides were four years into a 15-year deal worth $280 million, which remains the highest in college athletics. (AP)

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Brewers Association brings breweries across Maryland together for special collaboration series

Craft breweries across the Free State have teamed up to produce a unique series of collaboration beers to benefit the Brewers Association of Maryland, these producers' main industry and advocacy organization. Called The Collab Project, this new initiative partners over 25 breweries on four different limited-run beers. Brewers Association Executive Director Kevin Atticks saidthe project grew in part out of a desire to support the Brewers Association in the absence of their two signature events, the Maryland and Baltimore Craft Beer festivals. (Balt Sun)

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Lung Association Cites Health Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Md.

After being in the groove of driving around in an electric vehicle, Ronald Kaltenbaugh tried driving his last gas car, which had been passed to his daughter. But all he could taste and smell were the fumes. Kaltenbaugh, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, D.C., an electric vehicle driver since 2012, said he will never go back to gas-powered, and encourages others to do the same. (Md Matters)

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Recognizes Election Day As Corporate Holiday

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is formally recognizing Election Day as a corporate holiday during presidential election years. All CareFirst associates will get a full day of paid time off this year and in the future presidential election years. Between those years, CareFirst associates will receive an extra eight hours of paid time off to be used for civic engagement. (WJZ)

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Small Business, Big Mission: How the financial system has failed Black-owned businesses

The annual number of Small Business Administration loans to Black businesses decreased 84% since peaking before the 2008 financial crisis, according to an examination by The Business Journals of lending data for the agency’s flagship 7(a) program. The decrease came despite 48% growth in the economy, a 101% increase in bank deposits and an 82% jump in commercial loans. The decline also corresponded with a 53% decline in all 7(a) loans awarded. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore-area beer releases to get you ready for colder weather

Double, double toil and trouble; malts toast and beers bubble. As the weather cools and the leaves turn, Greater Baltimore's brewers are releasing a slew of new beers designed with the autumn and winter seasons in mind. Pumpkin seems to be on everyone's mind, whether it's a basic ale or kicked up a notch with pumpkin pie spices. Hysteria Brewing Co. in Columbia even has a pumpkin pie latte ale called "Leaves, Leggings and Lattes," while Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery looked to another popular fall-time baked good for its "Apple Pie Blonde Ale." (Balt Bus Journal)

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