A new taproom — and ax-throwing facility — is coming to Columbia

Adam Carton loves craft beer, but he could do with a little more excitement as part of the brewery experience. "A lot of people love to come to breweries, sit down and have a beer," he said, "but it gets a little boring to me." His solution: introduce axes and a raft of other games into the mix. On Feb. 15, Carton and business partner Chris Swann will inaugurate a new Columbia taproom with ax-throwing lanes, basketball hoops, pool tables and more. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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DemandBridge moves Hunt Valley headquarters

DemandBridge LLC, a marketing automation platform provider to approximately 600 marketing/print services firms, announced Thursday the company will move its headquarters to Executive Plaza in Hunt Valley Feb. 12. DemandBridge was formerly located in the headquarters building of WebbMason Marketing at 10830 Gilroy Road. The new office will be located at the Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 1000. A grand opening event is scheduled for Feb. 12. The company has other offices in Dallas; Norcross, Georgia; and Reno, Nevada. (Daily Record)

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Food trucks ask Court of Appeals to invalidate Baltimore proximity ban

Food truck vendors made their final plea to invalidate a Baltimore ordinance that bans them from operating near restaurants selling “similar” products, telling the Court of Appeals Thursday that the city cannot provide any rationale for the rule. The “300-foot rule” prohibits mobile vendors from setting up shop within 300 feet of a brick-and-mortar establishment primarily engaged in selling similar products. A city judge found the law unconstitutionally vague in 2017, but the Court of Special Appeals reversed last year, finding the ban was a constitutional use of the city’s police power. (Daily Record)

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Maryland health care professionals who accept Medicaid say they aren't getting paid

A top Maryland state official is responding to complaints from health care professionals who claim they aren't getting paid.A new system to handle Medicaid payments has gotten off to a very rocky start. There was a rocky rollout of Obamacare in Maryland under the O'Malley administration. Now, the Hogan administration has its hands full getting a new system to handle Medicaid claims for mental health and drug treatment on track. (WBAL-TV)

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Second Chance awarded $200K Neighborhood Builders Grant

Baltimore-based nonprofit Second Chance Inc. received a 2019 Neighborhood Builders grant for $200,000 from Bank of America, officials announced Wednesday. The grant was awarded at a ceremony held at the Baltimore Museum of Art in December. Second Chance is dedicated to deconstructing buildings and homes, salvaging reusable materials, and providing job training and workforce development for those facing employment obstacles in the Baltimore region. (Daily Record)

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Every Maryland casino grew revenue in January — except one

Every Maryland casino except one saw strong year-over-year revenue increases in January, building on the modest growth the industry saw in December. Overall, the state's six casinos brought in $145.5 million in January, a 6.2% increase compared to January 2019. The revenue jump follows slower growth at the end of the year, as the casinos saw only 0.5% growth in December and November. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Under Armour shakes up C-suite, creates new chief experience position

Under Armour Inc. is making some changes to its C-suite, moves new CEO Patrik Frisk says will help the company run more efficiently. Colin Browne, currently chief supply chain officer, will become chief operating officer. Browne is filling the role Frisk used to have before he succeeded Kevin Plank as CEO of Baltimore-based Under Armour at the beginning of the year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Dunbar Armored may be gone but two related businesses are still growing

The Dunbar name might not be on those armored cars anymore, but the Dunbar family is definitely still in business in Greater Baltimore. Two years after Kevin Dunbar sold the storied Dunbar Armored Inc. to rival Brink's Co. for $520 million, he has become the sole owner of two other Dunbar security companies, Dunbar Security Solutions and Dunbar Security. He bought out other family members with plans to grow both companies. Combined, the businesses employ 320 people in the mid-Atlantic, including about 250 in Hunt Valley and Essex. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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