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Medical Marijuana District of Columbia

Medical Marijuana District of Columbia

Medical Marijuana District of Columbia

Senate Committee Rejects Request from Sessions

IncSmart Washington DC (Small Business and Startups) - The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment to protect a state's medical marijuana program from federal government interference.  This amendment is introduced despite a written request from Attorney General Sessions that wants to crack down on marijuana use.  In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Congress asking them not to extend the protections. 

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Amazon Warehouse in Michigan

Amazon Warehouse in Michigan

Amazon Warehouse in Michigan

New Fulfillment Center Under Construction in Livonia

IncSmart Michigan (Small Business and Startups) - Amazon is building a new warehouse and fulfillment center in Michigan.  The new regional center is under construction in Livonia.  The $90 million center is expected to open this fall.  The goal is to be ready by the holiday season.  The center is more than 1 million square feet, with 96 truck docks.   If Amazon hires 350 new employees by December 31, the company will receive a $2.6 million performance grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The grant grows to $7.5 million if 1,000 employees are hired by the end of 2020.
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Amazon Job Fair in Maryland

Amazon Job Fair in Maryland

Amazon Job Fair in Maryland

100,000 Full Time Workers Over the Next 18 Months

IncSmart Maryland (Small Business and Startups) - On August 2 Amazon will hold a nationwide job fair in 12 cities called the Amazon Jobs Day.  They plan on hiring over 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months.  In Baltimore alone, Amazon will hire 1200 new employees.  Amazon hopes to capitalize on the increasing number of jobless retail workers.  The retail workers have been laid off as malls begin to close.  The Baltimore facility is the former General Motors plant in Southeast Baltimore.  The job fair could help cut Baltimore's high unemployment.


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Utah Mattress Startup

Utah Mattress Startup

Utah Mattress Startup

Utah based Purple will Become First Publicly Traded Mattress Startup

IncSmart Utah (Small Business and Startups) - Utah based Purple, will become the first publicly traded mattress startup. After they complete a merger with a publicly traded investment shell company, they will have a a valuation of $1.1 billion dollars. The company Purple was a small business startup in January 2016.  The shell company called GPAC went public in July 2015.  They soon began looking for acquisition targets, and Purple made the growth possible.

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Pot Dispensaries in Ohio

Pot Dispensaries in Ohio

Pot Dispensaries in Ohio

60 Dispensaries to be Licensed

IncSmart Ohio (Small Business and Startups) - The Ohio medical marijuana program is shaping up as guides for cultivation and dispensaries.  The state is required by law to have the program operational by September 2018.  Ohio regulators are on track to meet the deadlines.  60 Pot Dispensaries will be licensed in Ohio.  The Board of Pharmacy is one of the three state regulation agencies rolling out the program.  The Board of Pharmacy said the proposed dispensary placement,  depends on metro population, the patient population and access.

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Rental Homes in Michigan

Rental Homes in Michigan

Rental Homes in Michigan

Rental Homes in Michigan

IncSmart Michigan (Small Business and Startups) - Detroit real estate investors are banking on the Trump economy.  Investors from all over the world are buying up homes in Michigan.  The blighted neighborhoods with low prices has made Detroit very popular with property investment.  Eighty eight percent of the homes sold in Detroit are purchased by investors.  This is prompting an inventory shortages in some neighborhoods in addition to the U.S. Treasury buying more than $381 million in Michigan for demolition. 

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Texas Reshoring Call Centers

Texas Reshoring Call Centers

Texas Reshoring Call Centers

Pressure on American Labor Markets

IncSmart Texas (Small Business and Startups) - Nationstar Mortgage,  a Dallas based mortgage company, is bringing its call center operations back to the Texas.  Customers have spoken and corporations are listening.  They want to hear a familiar voice when they call for support.  Nationstar Mortgage has more than 3 million customers with home loan mortgages.  Dallas has the second largest number of call center employees in America, only outpaced by the Atlanta metro metro areas.  Most call centers support financial services and health care industries.  Reshoring will come from India, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

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International Market Place Hawaii

International Market Place Hawaii

International Market Place Hawaii

Waikiki Shopping Center Goes Upscale

IncSmart Hawaii (Small Business and Startups) - The International Market Place in Waikiki is booming with business.  In August, they will celebrate the first anniversary of the $475 million dollar overhaul.  Many improvement have been made to the open air shopping mall.  Included it the anniversary celebration, will be the unveiling of the Don Ho statue at the shopping center.  His birth date is August 13.  This special dedication of the first anniversary of International Market Place, will include friends and family. 

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United Soccer League for Nevada

United Soccer League for Nevada

United Soccor League for Nevada

Las Vegas Approves Soccer for Cashman Field in 2018

IncSmart Nevada (Small Business and Startups) - Las Vegas Soccer LLC introduced the United Soccer League to the City of Las Vegas.  Las Vegas Soccer LLC wants a soccer team to downtown Las Vegas. The city unanimously approved the expansion team, and Las Vegas becomes the 33rd team to join the USL.  This may also be a first step for Major League Soccer.  There are 12 cities competing for four MLS expansion teams.  Las Vegas did not try to qualify this year.  The USL has more than doubled in size since 2014 with 30 teams compete in the league.

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Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut

Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut

Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut

8,000 GTF Engine Orders

IncSmart Connecticut (Small Business and Startups) - Pratt & Whitney of Connecticut is investing $1.3 billion in upgrading its manufacturing and centers in America to meet the demands for its new GTF Engines.  This new program includes a $400 million expansion of 2 Connecticut plants.  The Geared Turbofan technology already has a backlog of over 8,000 GTF engine orders.  The new engine is quieter and more efficient. The geared turbofan is the future of aviation.  80% of the engine parts come from a supply chain of small and medium-size companies.  The announcement was made during President Trump’s Made in America week. 

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Oregon to Tax Bikers

Oregon to Tax Bikers

Oregon to Tax Bikers

The Straw Man User Tax Hits the Healthy

IncSmart Oregon (Small Business and Startups) - Oregonians love to ride bikes.  Portland boasts that 7.2 percent of the city's commuters ride bicycles.  The highest percentage of bike commuters for an American city of this size. Oregon legislators passed a massive transportation package that includes a tax on the sale of bicycles.  Beginning next year, the retail price of a bicycle over $200 will be taxed an extra $15. This tax will fund improvements for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

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South Florida Requires Solar Panels

South Florida Requires Solar Panels

South Florida Requires Solar Panels

New Law Goes Into Effect on September 18

IncSmart Florida (Small Business and Startups) - Building a new house in South Miami will now require builders to install solar panels.  This groundbreaking solar panel mandate is an advancement for affordable energy.  New homes larger than 1,100 square feet are now requires to install solar panels.  Housing includes single family homes, townhouses and multi-story residential buildings.  South Miami becomes the fourth U.S. city that requires new homes to be installed with solar panels. San Francisco, Lancaster, Sebastopol, and Santa Monica have similar solar energy building laws.

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North Carolina RailYard Development

North Carolina RailYard Development

North Carolina RailYard Development

Charlotte Approves New Development

IncSmart North Carolina (Small Business and Startups) - the south end Charlotte is getting more new development at a former industrial site.  The plans include office buildings, 100 apartments, new shops and restaurants.  The area knows as The RailYard includes 300,000 square feet of office space, street level retail.  Two eight story buildings will include apartments facing a central public plaza.  This project is the latest change for South End, which is still seeing a major influx of new development following the Lynx Blue Line light rail.

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Texas Professional Cricket Team

Texas Professional Cricket Team

Texas Professional Cricket Team

New Cricket Stadiums Include Dallas

IncSmart Texas (Small Business and Startups) - Cricket is coming to America.  Outside of India, the U.S. is the second highest viewership worldwide.  Development begins with of eight stadiums being built.  The first eight cities will be in Texas, California, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Washington D.C., New Jersey and New York.    The Texas stadium will be in Dallas.  Locations are chosen on whether the sport is already has established.  The first look was for the highest neighborhoods with Indian populations.  The Dallas Cricket League already has more than 100 local sports teams. 

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