Local Shops Adjust For Small Business Saturday Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season with Black Friday, but Saturday was all about the small businesses. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day consumers are urged to support local businesses. Melissa Salzman, of Lovelyarns in Hampden, said Small Business Saturday is one of the biggest days of the year for her store. (WJZ-TV)

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Marylanders urged to shop local this holiday season

Baltimore shops reeling from the coronavirus pandemic hope for a big boost in sales on Small Business Saturday. During a time with less foot traffic in stores, small business owners are urging the public to shop local. "All year-round, everybody's shopping big box places and everything and forget about the little people, and they definitely shouldn't. This is the spot where you need to shop the most, so that we stick around," said Roberto Fontanez, owner of 9/10 Condition Sneaker Boutique in Federal Hill. (WBAL)

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UMMS doctor says investment in Baltimore field hospital will pay off this winter

The $5 million emergency field hospital erected inside the Baltimore Convention Center to help treat patients recovering from Covid-19 has seen limited use so far. But Dr. David Marcozzi said that is likely to change soon. The University of Maryland Medical System released online survey data Wednesday that showed despite the cautioning of public health experts, about 44% of the 525 Marylanders surveyed did not cancel their in-person Thanksgiving plans amid the ongoing pandemic. (Wash Journal)

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A nonprofit hoped to bring grocery stores to food deserts. Residents are still waiting.

The affordable grocery that was supposed to open in Seat Pleasant, Md., two years ago is still an empty storefront. Construction of a similar market in the District’s underserved Ward 8 is more than a year behind schedule. And even in the Langdon Park neighborhood of Northeast Washington, where Good Food Markets opened to rave reviews five years ago, the store is not profitable and has managed to survive only because of support from its parent company and public-sector grants. (Wash Post)

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Holiday Hope: Carroll County Food Sunday’s ‘tremendous’ executive director helped strengthen organization’s community involvement

Ed Leister has devoted a decade of service to Carroll County Food Sunday as its executive director, with years of experience through fundraising and community involvement. Leister plans to retire at the end of the year and Caroline Babylon will take over as executive director Jan. 4. Leister will continue to work until March to ease Babylon’s transition to her new role and said he is looking forward to bringing her on board. (Carr Co Times)

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Photography project puts faces to Baltimore businesses

Towson native Jon Bregel knows firsthand that owning a small business is anything but glamorous. He ran his own production company in New York City for around eight years, and his father owned an optometry office in Baltimore from before Bregel was born until he sold it just a few years ago. It was that long-held love of small businesses — combined with the heavy impact that COVID-19 had on businesses in Baltimore — that led him to create “Baltimore Small Business Stories.” (Daily Record)

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Greater Baltimore Medical Center Healthcare earns prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, one of five organizations honored nationwide

Greater Baltimore Medical Center Healthcare is the first Maryland health care system to earn the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an honor given by the U.S. Department of Commerce to just five other organizations across the U.S. for excellence in quality standards. The nation’s only presidential award for organizational performance excellence, the Malcolm Baldrige award is given to businesses and nonprofits that meet the criteria for industry-leading performance standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, which functions under the Commerce department’s auspices. (Balt Sun)

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White and Black Communities in Md. See a 20% Difference in CARES Act Loans

Predominantly white communities in Maryland received approximately 20% more loans and money per loan under the Paycheck Protection Program compared to predominantly Black communities, according to data from the Small Business Administration (SBA) analyzed by Capital News Service.  The Paycheck Protection Program was a derivative of the approximately $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Act (CARES) passed to provide economic relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Md Matters)

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