Tag Archives: Maryland business COVID-19

Cash-rich restaurateurs see opportunities to expand

The storefront of the new Clove & Cardamom restaurant in Columbia. (Courtesy Satish Gunisetty)

Prior to the pandemic, Josh Phillips successfully operated Espita, a Mexican restaurant that catered to budget-minded foodies in Washington’s upscale Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood. But like many other restaurants in the metropolitan area — and the nation — business collapsed ...

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Dozens of Md. biohealth companies responding to the pandemic

A vial of the Phase 3 Novavax coronavirus vaccine is seen ready for use in the trial at St. George's University hospital in London in October. The little-known Gaithersburg company is nearing completion of its trials for the vaccine. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

When Novavax Inc. received $1.6 billion last year from the federal government to speed up testing and production of a coronavirus vaccine, some observers were incredulous. The small biotechnology firm, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was largely unknown and had never ...

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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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A reminder on new PPP changes


President Biden recently announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, including a new 14-day window where loan applications must be exclusive to small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. As a result of this change, the PPP is ...

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Bill would give BWI employees the right to be rehired

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In the latest effort to assure that laid-off hospitality workers are able to return to their jobs post-pandemic, labor activists are supporting a bill that would mandate private-sector employees at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport be allowed to return to their ...

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

Ashley Payne-El, left, and Virginia Wilkens, the owners of Wine O'Clock, help a customer at their stall at the Mount Vernon Marketplace. (Submitted Photo)

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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