Nearly 1K People Applied To Buy Firearms In MD Last Week; Black Friday Is Biggest Gun Sale Day Of The Year

Over 200,000 background checks for gun purchases were initiated on Black Friday nationwide, making this the second-highest day of checks ever, according to data released by the FBI. The data said 202,465 total checks were started Friday, falling short of the record set on 2017’s Black Friday with 203,086. In Maryland, 966 applications were submitted to purchase regulated firearms in Maryland between Nov. 22 and Nov. 28. Of those applications, 840 background checks were completed, according to Maryland State Police. (WJZ-TV)

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Years later, Center\West, a major housing and commercial project in West Baltimore, takes minor steps

About 15 years after a massive project launched to revitalize a significant part of West Baltimore with thousands of apartments plus commercial space, city officials have recently issued occupancy permits — but for just 39 apartments. The $800 million Center\West project was supposed to overhaul much of Poppleton, a hardscrabble but promising part of town where the high-tech University of Maryland BioPark has been expanding. But it has suffered setbacks that could leave taxpayers liable for tens of millions of dollars in publicly backed financing. (Balt Sun)

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TEDCO making 'conscious effort' to increase investment in minority, women-led startups

Maryland Technology Development Corp. knows it has work to do on increasing support of minority- and women-owned startups through its investments, the funding group told legislators. In a report published this week, TEDCO disclosed that of none of the handful of startup companies that have received investments this year through its Maryland Venture Fund or seed fund programs have self-reported as being a minority- or women-owned business. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino Shows Off $15M Expansion Of Outdoor Gaming Area

While it may be nearly winter, that didn’t stop Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino from unveiling its new $15 million outdoor entertainment space on Thursday. The casino’s new 10,00-square-foot space dubbed “The Terrace” is heated and features nearly 200 slot machines, more than a dozen table games and a bar.  (WJZ-TV)

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Koba Korean Charcoal Grill aiming to open soon at Belvedere Square

Korean barbecue is coming soon to Belvedere Square. Baltimore City liquor board commissioners on Thursday approved a license for Koba Korean Charcoal Grill, the latest addition to vacant property across from the North Baltimore market. Koba is aiming to open by the end of the year, broker Alex Hwang told commissioners. (Balt Bus Journal)

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‘A much larger business’ — Md. panel hears about the extent of vaping

Maryland’s comptroller is on a mission to learn all he can about vaping. As vaping-related illnesses began to rise nationwide, Comptroller Peter Franchot had to admit, he didn’t know a lot about it. “As the chief tobacco regulator in the state of Maryland, I have very little idea what exactly are in the products that are being sold right now in the state of Maryland,” he said. So, he’s created the E-Facts Task Force, which held its first meeting Wednesday. (WTOP)

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Henry Ellenbogen's Durable Capital Partners invests in two startups

Henry Ellenbogen's new fund has made its first investments into two startup companies since launching earlier this year. London-based fintech startup Rapyd announced Tuesday that it received a $20 million investment from Durable Capital Partners LP, a firm founded by Ellenbogen during the summer. Durable Capital Partners also participated in a $400 million funding round in November for Convoy, a Seattle-based freight logistics technology company. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Storefront competition invites businesses to open up on Howard Row

Another rising commercial corridor in Baltimore is hosting a storefront challenge to bring in new retailers, following in the footsteps of the city's Remington neighborhood, which hosted its own competition last year. The Howard Row Small Business Storefront Competition invites small businesses to apply for a yearlong lease at two ground-level spaces at Howard Row, a mixed-use project at 407-415 N. Howard St. by developer Poverni Sheikh Group. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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