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Tag Archives: Emerging from COVID

This TEDCO-backed startup launched the same week the country shut down

In many ways, Return is a product of serendipity. The Baltimore-based company’s founders, Greg Dvorken and Tracey Halvorsen, met entirely by chance in early 2020; Halvorsen was coming out of her Baltimore apartment building, while Dvorken, who was apartment hunting with his girlfriend as he prepared to move to Baltimore, was going in. Dvorken’s girlfriend had worked ...

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Teaching clients to shift ‘from room to Zoom’

The hurdles most businesses had to first overcome when they pivoted to online operations last year were technological — lagging internet, forgetting to unmute oneself in a video call, or accidentally going into an important meeting with a cat filter covering your face. But Gerry Sandusky, owner ...

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Finding unexpected success during COVID-19, a maid service dreams big

One of the biggest challenges of running No More Dust Maid Services is not knowing exactly what the business might look like in a post-COVID world. What it looks like now involves deep cleanings of COVID-19 patients’ houses, arranged by ...

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COVID-19 killed pop-ups, so this business went back to the drawing board

When Ashley Payne-El and Virginia Wilkens organized their first pop-up event in Essex, the friends and business partners had no idea it would also be their last. Wine O’Clock, a boutique wine store, was launched in hopes of providing additional ...

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