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UMBC Training Centers, Virtanza develop tech sales training program

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UMBC Training Centers has partnered Orange County-based Virtanza to deliver a 10-week intensive technology sales program to its learner population to answer the demand for technical sales expertise by major employers. The explosive growth of technologies such as the internet, cloud, ...

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Authority Brands acquires pet waste franchisor

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Authority Brands LLC Friday announced the purchase of DoodyCalls, the eighth brand addition for the Columbia-based company since October 2018 and the 10th brand in its home service portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 1999 by husband-and-wife ...

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Robinhood CEO defends actions in GameStop saga at hearing

FILE - Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York.  The GameStop saga has been portrayed as a victory of the little guy over Wall Street giants but not everyone agrees, including some lawmakers in Washington.  The House Financial Services Committee is ready to dig into the confounding episode at a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 18.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Key players in the GameStop saga faced questions Thursday from House lawmakers concerned that even as investing becomes more democratized the scales are still tilted in favor of the big Wall Street institutions.

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US jobless claims rise to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, a "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H.   U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in December, particularly in pandemic-hit industries such as restaurants and hotels, as soaring virus infections and government restrictions weakened the economy that month. The number of available jobs rose slightly and layoffs fell, according to the Labor Department’s Tuesday report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the ...

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Hatzel & Buehler doubles amount of space at Greenleigh following expansions

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Hatzel & Buehler Inc., the oldest operating electrical contracting company in the United States, has doubled the amount of space leased with St. John Properties, Inc. to more than 20,000 square feet at Greenleigh in Baltimore County. The company, which ...

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Encompass Health Corp. to build 60-bed rehab hospital in Bowie

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Encompass Health Corp. Thursday announced it plans to construct a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital near the southeast corner of Melford Boulevard and Marconi Drive in Bowie. The hospital is expected to begin treating patients in mid-2022. Complementing local ...

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US long-term mortgage rates rise slightly; 30-year at 2.81%

An "I'm Taken" placard rests on a real estate for sale sign outside a home, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. U.S. long-term mortgage rates declined this week to record low levels for the 15th time this year against the backdrop of an economy ravaged by the pandemic. Mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac said Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, that the average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate home loan fell to 2.67% from 2.71% last week. A year ago, the benchmark rate stood at 3.73%. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SILVER SPRING — U.S. long-term mortgage rates ticked up this week but remain at historic lows as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter the economy even as more Americans get vaccinated. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average ...

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January home construction falls 6%; signs of rebound ahead

A sign sits in front of a KB Home construction site, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Simi Valley, Calif.  U.S. home construction fell 6% in January but applications for building permits rose sharply. The Commerce Department reported Thursday, Feb. 18,  that the January decline pushed home and apartment construction down to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.58 million units in January, compared to 1.68 million units in December.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

WASHINGTON — U.S. home construction fell 6% in January but applications for building permits, which typically signal activity ahead, rose sharply. The decline pushed home and apartment construction down to a seasonally adjusted rate of 1.58 million units last month, ...

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD now available in Md.

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies announced it added Maryland to the list of states where the insurer offers its homeowners product. From single-family homes to multi-family dwellings to condominium units, rentals, lessors/landlords and even home-sharing services, Berkshire Hathaway GUARD aims to bridge the ...

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