In the first half of 2018, 25 D.C. companies have raised $106 million in venture capital. Deals over $25 million now make up more than 50 percent of 2018 early-stage deal value. Read more at American Innovation.



Kansas City-based Cream announced plans for expansion into the D.C. area. The digital product agency provides market research and analysis, product design, prototypes and testing and mobile app development. Read more at the Washington Business Journal.



The Goddard School will open a franchise in Towson at 807 Gleneagles Ct. this summer set to include 18 classrooms and two gyms. The upscale early childhood learning group is based in King of Prussia, Pa. This will be its 17th Maryland location. Read more at the Baltimore Business Journal.



BWI Marshall Airport is seeking an expedited procurement from the Maryland Board of Public Works for a $60-million, 55,000-square-foot expansion of its Concourse A that would ultimately give five additional gates to Southwest including new passenger waiting areas and concessions. If approved, work would begin in January and wrap up in 2020 when five existing gates will close to accommodate construction of a new baggage handling system. Read more at Washington’s Top News.



The Labor Department announced that the consumer price index was up 0.1 percent in June versus the year prior, but inflation increased 2.9 percent from the same time last year, the largest annual gain since February 2012. Read more at Long Island Business News.



Gallup’s State of American Well-Being ranks South Dakota as the best state in which to retire. The findings are based on the results of over 2.5 million surveys to judge how people feel about five aspects of their lives: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. Read more at Bank Rate.