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    Eight recent tech funding deals that flew under the radar
    Baltimore-area firms Circonus, Elixirgen Therapeutics and others closed on millions in funding in the past few months.

    Spirit grows service from BWI with expanded routes, new flight to El Salvador
    The second largest carrier at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will continue to grow its local presence this spring. Spirit Airlines on Friday announced it will launch a new service from Baltimore to San Salvador, El Salvador, as well as more frequent flights on three already existing routes. The low-cost airline will boost service to Florida on April 22, offering four flights a day between BWI and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and offering between?

    Different outbreak, same strategy: Inside Novavax's plans for a China coronavirus vaccine
    The Maryland biotech's latest move reflects its fundamental strategy: Watch for opportunities to address a virus outbreak.

    Restaurant roundup: Celebrity chef opening Hopkins eatery, Howard restaurant week
    Happy Friday! Baltimore?s dining scene is steadily growing its national presence (the BBJ recently took a look at the consequences of the spotlight) and we saw more evidence of that phenomenon this week with news that some famous outsiders are headed to town. Next week, Johns Hopkins University will gain a new eatery from a Washington, D.C.-based celebrity chef and in February, a famed Philadelphia hoagie shop will land at Horseshoe Casino. I?ve also got details on a new Ekiben collaboration,?

    Leasing is underway at Howard Row, a new project west of downtown
    The restoration of six formerly vacant properties on North Howard Street is nearly complete.

    Bob & Edith's Diner to franchise. It's the same size today that Five Guys was when it blew up.
    Northern Virginia dining staple Bob & Edith's Diner is recruiting investors to open franchise locations across the country. The chain, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in November, is looking to open franchises first in the Washington, D.C., area and in North Carolina, and then in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Bob & Edith's is partnering with Alexandria-based franchise development group Fransmart, which has helped concepts such as Five Guys Burger & Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill expand nationally.?

    Donohoe makes another leadership change in ongoing changing of the guard
    There's another new face in the C-suite at The Donohoe Cos. Inc. as it follows through with a succession plan it began to put in place a few years ago. Evan Weisman has taken over the reins of the Bethesda firm's real estate development arm from Pete Gartlan, who oversaw the division for more than two decades. Gartlan, who will stay on as a senior vice president and board member, relinquished the post of president at Donohoe Development Co. at the start of the new year. It's the latest change to?

    Maryland job growth continues for fifth consecutive month in December
    Maryland added 6,500 jobs in December, continuing a recent surge of growth in the state's labor market. December was the fifth straight month Maryland added jobs. During the streak, 41,000 jobs have been added to Maryland's economy, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The state's unemployment rate also fell to 3.5% in December, a new low for unemployment in the past decade. Education and health services grew by 2,500 jobs in December, the most of any industry group.?

    Viewpoint: Stalled projects ? like the Mechanic site ? call for more urgency from officials, developers
    As the new decade begins, languishing projects like the Mechanic Theatre site should not diminish downtown Baltimore's success.

    Maryland?s new entrepreneurship director talks attracting startups, investors
    About a month into the new gig, the former investment banker is nailing down her priorities for this year. On her list: Improving access to capital.