Report: Maryland can give minorities a leg-up in entering legal marijuana market

Discrimination in Maryland’s broader business climate would justify giving minority and women-owned businesses preferences for entering the state-regulated medical marijuana market, according to a report released Wednesday. The long-awaited report, ordered by Gov. Larry Hogan (R), gives lawmakers the justification they need to pass legislation to help more minorities break into the industry. (Wash. Post)

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Franchot continues push for brewery reform

Peter Franchot is on something of a crusade. The Maryland comptroller is pushing for a series of reforms to the laws regulating breweries, and painting himself as the champion of the state’s beer makers. Franchot has been a regular presence at events with Frederick brewers to push new legislation. (News-Post)

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Sinclair Broadcast will test new broadcast standard in Dallas market

Sinclair Broadcast Group and several partners plan to build out the infrastructure to run a trial of Next Generation TV, a new mobile-friendly broadcast transmission standard, in the Dallas television market. Hunt Valley-based Sinclair and partners Nextstar Media Group and Univision Local Media said Wednesday they had reached an agreement with American Tower Corp., a wireless and broadcast infrastructure provider, to build and operate single-frequency network sites to broadcast the signals around Dallas. (Balt. Sun)

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Ocean City business owners decry sick leave measure

Maryland's General Assembly may have overturned Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a controversial bill requiring many employers to offer sick leave, but Eastern Shore Republicans say the fight isn't over. “I don’t think the end of the story’s been written yet," said Delegate Chris Adams, R-37B-Wicomico. “I’m getting calls regularly from business people now that they see the bill is now going to be in effect." (Daily Times)

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Scott Burger, the man who helped bring Pandora HQ to city, leaving company

Scott Burger will step down as president of Pandora Americas in February. The Danish charm maker announced Jan. 11 that Burger has decided to leave "to dedicate himself to new endeavors." Burger spent 10 years with Pandora and played a major role in the company's relocation of its North and South American headquarters to Baltimore. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore Community Foundation names new CEO

The Baltimore Community Foundation's board of trustees has appointed Shanaysha Sauls, a former city school board chair, as the successor to CEO Thomas E. Wilcox. Sauls has been CEO and operator of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women since 2015. She is the first minority and the first woman to lead the Baltimore Community Foundation. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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'Hamilton' will play a month at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre in summer 2019

The long-anticipated arrival of the uber-musical “Hamilton” in Baltimore will take place June 25 to July 21, 2019, capping a Hippodrome Theatre season spiced by current and recent Broadway shows. As previously announced, current Hippodrome subscribers will have first pick for the 2018-2019 lineup; renewals begin Wednesday. New subscriptions are scheduled to go on sale in mid-March. (Balt. Sun)

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Cushman & Wakefield names new head of Baltimore office

Cushman & Wakefield has named Peter Stanford managing principal of the global real estate firm’s Baltimore operations, succeeding David Gillece who had led the office for the past 14 years. Stanford will lead an office with more than 140 employees, including 49 producers, who completed more than $2.1 billion in transactions in 2017. The office’s asset services team, which Stanford directed for a time, manages a 17 million-square-foot portfolio. (Balt. Sun)

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