Local Organization Continues Annual Tradition Of Cleaning War Of 1812 Monuments In Dundalk

Cleaning up monuments in Dundalk dedicated to the War of 1812 has become an annual tradition. It’s hosted by the Clean Bread and Cheese Creek Community. “I don’t care if it’s one year or 1,000 years,” said John Long, the founder of Clean Bread and Cheese Creek Community Cleanups. “If you died in service defending our country, you deserve to be honored.” The organization host multiple cleanups a year, they’ve done this specific cleanup for 12 years. (WJZ-TV)

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Women leaders of Howard Hughes

Around a virtual table at The Howard Hughes Corporation, women leaders reflected on their jobs in commercial real estate, the challenges they face, and what they tell other women who want to break into the industry. Tonja Potter, senior manager of Design and Construction Management, feels fortunate to have worked where her professional growth was supported. (Biz Monthly)

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Tucked away on cobblestone Maryland Avenue, some small businesses are holding steady. For now.

On June 1, Michael Ernst unlocked Blue Crab Antiques to the public, and to a new world of retail on Maryland Avenue, the quiet, cobblestone street with a backdrop of the Maryland State House, home to an assortment of small businesses. Ernst can currently permit eight customers inside his store at a time, complying with Anne Arundel County’s decree limiting capacity based on square footage. If person number nine approaches the door he has to, frustratingly, ask them to leave. (Balt Sun)

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How a Towson company with 3,000 employees got a PPP loan

A Towson-based physical therapy and occupational health company with 3,000 employees received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of at least $5 million, according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration. PT Network LLC, which does business as Pivot Health Solutions, was among several companies in Greater Baltimore identified by the SBA as having received among the largest PPP loans while not retaining any employees. It also received a loan despite being significantly larger than the 500-employees-or-fewer benchmark that the SBA traditionally uses to define small businesses. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Downtown Charles St. restaurants the next to offer outdoor pop-up seating

The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is making room for outdoor dining along Baltimore's busy Charles Street corridor. Over the next eight weeks, the new program will give four downtown restaurants the chance to offer outdoor dining via a moveable "parklet" equipped with tables and chairs. The eateries are all located along Charles Street where the sidewalks are especially narrow, making outdoor seating — which has become increasing desirable in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic — otherwise limited. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore firm plans launch of tech that can detect Covid-19 in the air

Baltimore biotech PathSensors Inc. is set to help a global threat detection firm gain a foothold among companies worldwide competing to produce and market new technologies aimed at combatting Covid-19. Smiths Detection, which is based in the United Kingdom and maintains a large Maryland presence in Edgewood, announced last week it will acquire PathSensors Inc., a local firm that specializes in developing technologies designed to quickly detect pathogens in plants, food and air. (Balt Bus Journal)

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UnitedHealthcare donates $1M to Md. nonprofits

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, is awarding $1 million in Empowering Health grants to eight community-based organizations in Maryland to expand access to care and address the social determinants of health for uninsured individuals and underserved communities. In total, UnitedHealthcare is donating $12.3 million through Empowering Health grants across 21 states. UnitedHealthcare launched its Empowering Health commitment in 2018. More than half of the Empowering Health grants will help organizations increase their capacity to fight COVID-19 and support impacted communities. (Daily Record)

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Wells Fargo to donate all $400M in PPP processing fees to help minority-owned businesses

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) has unveiled the details of how it plans to donate the $400 million it generated in fees from processing Paycheck Protection Program loans, a promise the CEO made back in April after the San Francisco-based bank made a series of PPP-related fumbles that led to widespread criticism. Jenny Flores, head of small business philanthropy at Wells Fargo, said the donation is part of the bank's ongoing commitment to support small businesses and is not necessarily linked to the troubles the bank has faced in recent years. (Wash Bus Journal)

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