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  • September 21, 2017 3:31 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    It is with heartfelt sympathy that we announce the passing of Alan Elkin, founder of Advance Business Systems and founding member of the Hunt Valley Business Forum.

    Alan was very instrumental in establishing the Hunt Valley Business Forum (HVBF). He served as an active board member since the HVBF’s inception, until 2014. Alan and his wife, Lois Elkin, were strong supporters of the HVBF and attended most events together.  In 2012, the Hunt Valley Business Forum honored Alan as the HVBF's Business Person of the Year at our annual meeting. Alan, Lois and their son, Jeff Elkin, continue to support the HVBF, and most recently were one of our sponsors of our 2017 Annual Breakfast. 

    Alan was an exceptional person and his contributions to the HVBF have helped mold the organization into what it is today. Our thoughts and prayers with him and his family. He will be greatly missed!

  • August 31, 2017 10:26 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), a local non-profit organization, mobilizes people to preserve land and restore the natural system in the Gunpowder Watershed. This watershed begins in Pennsylvania and runs down through Hunt Valley along the Torrey Brown trail (previously known as the NCR trail), Loch Raven, Lower Gunpowder as well as Middle and Bird River Watersheds.  In our efforts to accomplish our restoration goals, we partner with corporations, in addition to schools, service clubs and communities, to organize activities such as tree planting, trail maintenance and stream clean-up events that are a great way to get your employees involved in an activity that is fun and beneficial!  In our tree planting efforts, opportunities are available for institutions, corporations and landowners that have a minimum of 1 acre or more of land they would like reforested, preferably near a creek or stream. 

    Trees and forests are essential to healthy ecosystems as they reduce storm water runoff, stabilize stream banks, beneficial to clean air by capturing carbon dioxide and releasing into the atmosphere, as well as providing habitat for the nature.  Tree roots and leaf litter create soil conditions that promote the infiltration of rainwater into the soil, helping to replenish our groundwater supply and maintain streamflow during dry periods. In addition to improving air quality, providing habitat for wildlife, trees have been shown to increase property values! 

  • August 08, 2017 3:00 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Strategic Factory Eyes Expansion by Centralizing Business Operations

    Owings Mills company streamlines production and increases efficiencies by absorbing offsite storefronts 

    OWINGS MILLS, MD - August 4, 2017 – Strategic Factory is once again streamlining their production capabilities by moving its offsite storefronts in Baltimore, Towson, Hunt Valley and Westminster into their central headquarters and production facility in Owings Mills.

    Since it opened in 2015, Strategic Factory’s 40,000-square-foot facility has been the power behind the storefronts, expanding services to include digital marketing, signage, promotional products and branded apparel. Local storefronts remained open for longtime clients to place orders and pick up samples and marketing collateral. 

    “Over the past few years, the world has changed drastically,” said CEO Keith Miller. “Consumers are no longer utilizing retail brick and mortar storefronts as they did in the past. Reflecting on that, more and more businesses are taking advantage of our fleet of delivery vehicles, available to pick up and drop off whenever needed, along with our custom online portal and website for submitting files exclusively online.”

    “To prepare for future expansion at our Owings Mills location, it made sense to move the storefronts and team members into our headquarters sooner rather than later,” Miller said. “Consolidating the storefronts means the entire Strategic Factory family will be under one roof, giving clients the full support of more than 130 team members, including product-specific experts, graphic designers and our marketing department.” 

    The timing was right, as their 17+ year franchise relationship recently ended under mutual agreement. 

    “We’ve spent many months deliberating and discussing the many factors and concerns about the separation and, ultimately, the consolidation of our storefronts. We firmly believe this is the right move to support our team, our future growth, and most importantly, our customers,” said Miller. 

    Effective Monday, August 21, Miller’s Baltimore/Pikesville location will be relocated, and store Manager Amy Whitten can be found at Strategic Factory. The Towson storefront will move to Owings Mills in early October.

    About Strategic Factory

    Strategic Factory encourages collaboration between strategy and creativity to deliver powerful, cohesive and innovative campaigns. Services include creative and digital marketing, graphic and website design, printing, mailing, signage, promotional products and customized apparel. We oversee all projects from concept through completion and our capabilities offer clients a single and professional source for all their communication and branding needs. For more company information, visit www.strategicfactory.com.

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  • August 08, 2017 2:55 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)
    From the Baltimore County Police Department:


    Please be mindful of persons on the businesses grounds that are unfamiliar to the company. Recent burglaries have occurred in the area, with a subject entering unlocked building doors dressed to look like a client or an employee. The subject has been seen with bags or will will take carrying bags from the offices to remove laptops. Again, please lock doors when possible, keep an eye out for subjects that may not be expected at the business, and contact 911 for any suspicious subjects.
  • August 08, 2017 2:12 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Although Governor Hogan vetoed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) which would have required employers with over 14 employees to provide paid sick and safe leave, it is expected that the legislature will override the Governor’s veto at the beginning of the new legislative session in January.  
    In order to get ready for implementation of this legislation employers should be taking steps now to avoid costly compliance issues should the Act take effect early next year. 

    Employers should be comparing their existing paid leave policies, if any, to the requirements of the Act. The general requirements of the Act may be found HERE. 

    Employers should be ensuring that their time keeping systems have the capability of tracking the accrual of paid leave. 

    Employers should be ensuring that existing leave policies allow for the use of paid leave in all the situations contemplated by the Act. 

    Employers who do not currently have an existing paid leave policy should be developing one in case implementation becomes necessary early next year. 

    Read Full Article on Maryland Paid Sick Leave Bill on the PK Law Blog>>

  • August 01, 2017 2:03 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    11th annual program awards local seniors $1,500 scholarships for higher education 

    HUNT VALLEY, Md. – July X, 2017 – Point Breeze Credit Union has awarded scholarships to 15 high school seniors as a part of its 11th annual scholarship program. The students will each receive $1,500 towards his or her higher education.

    “Each year we are highly impressed by the inspired applications that we receive. This year’s scholarship winners were no exception and stood out for their creativity, ambition and leadership skills,” said Genie Briggs, senior vice president and director of marketing at Point Breeze Credit Union. “We are proud to support these high school seniors as they continue their education and look forward to seeing them achieve success in their future endeavors." 

    To apply, students submitted essays about their short and long term goals for their educations, careers and finances. Additionally, they were asked to create a hypothetical budget on a $40,000 annual salary. To be eligible, students needed to be a current owner, joint owner of or be named on a custodial account in good standing with Point Breeze Credit Union. 

    The winners were selected by a scholarship committee comprised of Point Breeze Credit Union executives and board members. 


    About Point Breeze Credit Union

    Point Breeze Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative serving more than 52,000 members and over 500 employer groups. The growing credit union, with total assets exceeding $760 million, currently has offices in Hunt Valley, Rosedale, Bel Air, Westminster and Owings Mills. Members also have access to over 5,000 shared branch locations across the United States. Individuals who work, worship or volunteer within 20 miles of a Point Breeze location are eligible to join. Point Breeze offers consumer and business checking, savings and loan services. Federally Insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. For more information, please visit www.pbcu.com.

     

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  • June 30, 2017 5:22 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Strategic Factory Moves Up One Spot In The Top 100 Quick And Small Commercial Printer Rankings

    OWINGS MILLS, MD – June 8, 2017 – Printing News magazine announced Strategic Factory as #6 in the annual Top 100 Quick and Small Commercial Printers rankings for 2017.

    The year 2016 was, overall, a good year for quick and small commercial printers, as this year’s Top 100 companies indicate. Total sales figures were up more than 11% compared to 2015.

    In addition to providing print work, nearly half of the Top 100 (47%) indicate they are now offering non-print marketing services to clients. These services range from social media and email marketing to graphics, design, website development, SEO services, and more.

    Strategic Factory’s CEO Keith Miller was an early adapter and pioneer of diversification. Miller founded Strategic Factory as a one-stop shop for business and marketing collateral, including print, mail, graphic design, signage, website design, promotional products and customized branded apparel. Miller sees several services as growth opportunities going forward:

    “Areas that have tremendous opportunities for growth are large-format and digital services,” Miller said. “Our signage agency has more than doubled in size since last year, through both organic growth and a strategic acquisition, and we are busier than ever. We acquired a digital marketing agency late last year and have been building and launching several new websites each week. Now, more than ever, we are truly a complete one-stop shop for our customers.”

    Since opening in January of 2015, Strategic Factory has been ranked in the Top 10 each year: #8 in 2015, #7 in 2016 and now #6 in 2017. Miller’s goal is to crack the Top 5 next year.

    “If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind,” he stated. “We’re moving forward.”

    Read the full article: http://www.printingnews.com/article/12337053/2017-annual-top-100-quick-small-commercial-printers

    About Strategic Factory

    Strategic Factory encourages collaboration between strategy and creativity to deliver powerful, cohesive and innovative campaigns. Services include marketing, graphic design, printing, mailing, signage, promotional products, and customized apparel. We oversee all projects from concept through completion and our capabilities offer clients a single and professional source for all their communication needs. For more company information, visit www.strategicfactory.com.

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  • June 14, 2017 3:48 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)


    Hunt Valley’s June 24 Open House Celebrates “Golf with a Twist”

    Revitalized Baltimore-Area Club Adds Family-Friendly “Swing, Sling, & Kick” Activities 

    DALLAS, Texas (June 13, 2017) — An innovative, three-in-one golf course will be the star attraction on Saturday, June 24 when Hunt Valley Country Club an Arcis Golf property in the scenic Maryland countryside, unveils its newly renovated course, The Ridge 9.

    Part of the transformation of Hunt Valley CC—which has undergone a $2.5-million revitalization of the entire property — The Ridge 9 offers nine holes of golf, along with 18 holes of two other games designed to be played on a traditional golf course: Disc golf and Footgolf. Together, the three-in-one Ridge 9 offers a family-friendly environment that positions Hunt Valley as the most innovative golf club in the region.

    The Ridge 9 debut will showcase the variety of “swing, sling and kick” sport activities the course now offers. This day-long event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a tee shot accuracy contest for golfers, Disc golf, and Footgolfers; a “dart game” Footgolf station; regulation Disc golf holes; a speed-golf contest for all three games; and more on-course fun for guests to try. A complimentary barbecue lunch will also be served.  RSVP for the event at  www.swingslingkick.com.

    “This is the only place on the East Coast where you will find a country club that has a championship golf course, plus Disc and Footgolf courses,” said Jon Vodehnal, general manager of Hunt Valley Country Club. “The upgrades to The Valley, our 18-hole championship layout, have enhanced shot values and improved playability.  On The Ridge 9 we’re offering fun experiences the whole family can enjoy, no matter how they like to play.”

    The Ridge 9 also allows Hunt Valley County Club the ability to host different types of private events, from birthday celebrations to corporate outings and benefit golf tournaments, which all can explore new ways to enjoy golf, and the new golf courses.

    Located 22 miles north of downtown Baltimore in a family-centric community that was once known for historic horse farms, Hunt Valley Country Club remains the region’s premier golf experience. The club’s 18-hole layout –The Valley—was redesigned in 2016 by Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design.  Additionally, a new practice range features two-elevated tiers with grass hitting surfaces and artificial turf. The range also was extended to accommodate a full array of clubs, benefitting golfers warming up and practicing as well as the club’s staff of PGA golf professionals and their students.

    The enhancements made to Hunt Valley Country Club are part of Arcis Golf’s commitment to allocate millions of dollars in major capital improvements to its portfolio of 68 public and private facilities nationwide, an indication of the dynamic direction the Dallas-based company is taking in the golf industry.

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    About Arcis Golf

    Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private golf clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club experience to a level of excellence designed to exceed the needs and expectations of family, friends, co-workers, and guests of all ages. Established in July 2015, Arcis Golf encompasses exclusive private club and destination resort properties, as well as private and daily-fee golf operations. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic acquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences.

    Media Contact
    Karen Moraghan
    Hunter Public Relations 
    kmoraghan@hunter-pr
    kmoraghan@hunter-pr.com 
    908-963-6013

  • June 09, 2017 9:34 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Hunt Valley Business Forum is proud to announce that long time member Nelson Coleman Jewelers has received the SBA Family Owned Small Business of the Year Award. They celebrate their 161st year in the jewelry industry, an amazing accomplishment for any small family owned business. The selection for this award was based on several criteria including: evidence of success as measured by sales and profits, increased employment opportunities for family members and non-family members in the business, innovativeness of product or service, response to adversity, demonstrated potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth, and community contributions.

    Amanda Coleman-Phelps, 6th generation owners, along with Chris & Peggy Coleman and Mark Coleman, 5th Generation owners,  were honored at the 33rd Annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards Luncheon.

    Please join us in extending our warmest congratulations to Nelson Coleman Jewelers and keep them in mind the next wedding, anniversary or special occasion.


  • June 06, 2017 3:32 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) is looking for a customer representative. They will be responsive for a broad range of member services from opening/closing accounts, processing loans, assisting members with financial transactions and engaging members with conversation to uncover their financial needs.

    Does this sound like you?

    Learn how to apply here>>

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