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  • July 17, 2019 1:05 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Recently Cockeysville has experienced late night Business Robberies. These robberies have occurred along York Road from Ridgley Road up to Scott Adam Drive. The 3 cases have occurred between the hours of 2145 and 2325 hours and have taken place on a Tuesday, Thursday and a Monday. It appears that these times are associated with the closing of the businesses as well.


    Click here to download the above statement from the 
    Baltimore County Police Department - Cockeysville Precinct 

  • June 27, 2019 12:13 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)




    HUNT VALLEY, MD (6/25/19) – As part of its 13th Annual Scholarship Program, Point Breeze Credit Union has awarded $22,500 in scholarships to 15 local high school students.

    The students, each of whom received a scholarship totaling $1,500, competed for the scholarship awards by submitting an application in which they explained their involvement in high school activities and the community, a letter of acceptance from the college or trade school of their choice, a personal reference, and an academic reference. 

    In addition, students had to submit two essays – one in which they described their goals and how their plan of study would help them to achieve those goals, and a second in which they discussed what they expected their priority expenses to be during school, how they will budget for them, and what additional expenses they will budget for after college.

    “Through our Annual Scholarship Program, Point Breeze is able to support the financial well-being of our youngest members as they plan for their futures while demonstrating our ongoing commitment to financial education,” says Lynn Finckel, Secretary of the Point Breeze Credit Union Board of Directors and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

    “We were very impressed with all of the applications we received for this year’s Scholarship Program, and want to wish all of our members the best with their future educational pursuits,” Finckel continues.

    Winners of Point Breeze Credit Union’s 13th Annual Scholarship Program are:

    • Abigail Brannon, a graduate of Mercy High School of Baltimore who plans to attend Saint Vincent College;
    • Samuel Burton, a Sparrows Point High School graduate who will be attending Liberty University;
    • North Harford High School graduates Brooke Ciampaglio, Julia Foster, and Natalie Jacobs who will attend, respectively, the University of Delaware, Goucher College, and Shenandoah University;
    • Fallston High School graduates Marley Downes and Andrew Nicolaus, who will be attending Drexel University and Christopher Newport University, respectively;
    • Cassidy Finnerty, a graduate of Perry Hall High School who plans to attend York College of Pennsylvania;
    •  Jonathan MacGregor, who graduated from Manchester Valley High School and will attend the University of Maryland College Park;
    •  Bonnie Medtart, an Institute of Notre Dame graduate who will be attending Stevenson University;
    • Regina Pilar, a graduate of The Catholic High School of Baltimore who plans to attend Washington College;
    • Sophia Rupkalvis, who graduated South Brunswick High School in North Carolina and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
    •  Emma Swartz, a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School in Pennsylvania who will attend Susquehanna University;
    • Allison Vance, an Archbishop Spalding High School graduate who plans to attend the University of Maryland College Park; and
    • Conner Verrett, who graduated from Loyola Blakefield and will attend Washington & Lee University.

    To be eligible for the scholarship awards, students must be graduating from high school in the current calendar year and owners, joint owners, or named on a custodial account in good standing with Point Breeze Credit Union.  

    Scholarship awards were presented to students on Thursday, June 20 at Point Breeze Credit Union’s Hunt Valley office, 11104 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley, MD.

    About Point Breeze Credit Union

    Point Breeze Credit Union is one of Maryland’s largest credit unions, with more than 57,000 members and assets exceeding $781 million. A full-service financial institution that is member-owned and not-for-profit, Point Breeze offers easy, reliable banking through offices in Hunt Valley, Rosedale, Bel Air, Westminster, and Owings Mills, as well as more than 5,600 Shared Branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide. Membership in Point Breeze is open to individuals who work, worship, or volunteer within 20 miles of a Point Breeze location. Point Breeze is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Opportunity lender. For more information, visitwww.pbcu.com

  • June 19, 2019 10:00 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Hunt Valley Business Forum is the primary organization that represents
    the business and professionals in the North Baltimore Area. 

    Visit us online at www.HVBF.org

    Hunt Valley Business Forum Newsletter
    June 2019


    Karen Cook, HVBF Executive DirectorI love the month of June. The temperatures are getting warmer and the days are getting longer. Thoughts turn to time at the pool and countdowns to vacation. It’s a great time to relax and rejuvenate after cold weather and busy schedules.

    April and May were very busy months for the Forum. April brought many educational and networking opportunities including a Google My Business Learning Seminar and Workshop, the second class in the Hard Facts About Soft Skill series and our networking happy hour at Best Friends Fur Ever.  Our Annual Meeting was held May 1st.  We elected 5 new members to our Board of Directors and 2 members to our Executive Committee.  Two members were also honored at the annual meeting for their continued support and dedication to the forum.  Point Breeze Credit Union was honored as the 2019 Business of the Year and Kerry Lidard was honored with the 2019 Chairman’s Award.

    June is a great month!  We have some great opportunities for education and networking coming up.  Please continue to check the website for updates and events.  

    I wish you all a great start to June and your summer. 

    Best, 

    Karen Cook
    Executive Director
    Hunt Valley Business Forum


    Upcoming Events

    Please register if you plan to attend any of our Events.
    Feel free to bring an associate or prospective member. 

    June 26
    Public Policy Committee Meeting

    June 26
    Under 40 Happy Hour

    June 27
    Sales & Leadership - Hard Facts about Soft Skills

    June 27
    Creating Connections Networking Group Meeting

    Make the Most of Your HVBF Membership - Get Involved! 

    Get Involved in HVBF

    Did you know that members who volunteer create stronger business relationships? and generate more business? It's true! The Hunt Valley Business Forum has many committees, and we are looking for talented business professionals that want to make a difference. Consider joining one of the following committees:

    Membership Committee
    Program & Events Committee
    Finance Committee
    Marketing Committee

    For more info, contact Karen Cook


    Public Policy Committee Update... 

    The Public Policy Committee’s mission is to influence and communicate policy issues about traffic, public safety, transportation and legislation affecting businesses in Hunt Valley. It was formed in late 2017 in response to congestion caused by the tremendous growth during the previous 20 years.  Operating under the tag line “making it easier to do business in Hunt Valley,” the committee seeks to facilitate communication and understanding between governmental organizations, companies, and all others with a stake in the Hunt Valley and northern Baltimore County business communities.

    In 2018 we focused on acquainting ourselves with and communicating our message to officials holding elective office and those running pertinent State and County agencies.  We made these officials aware of major and minor traffic “hot spots,” resulting in positive traffic flow changes at some of the smaller intersections. As a result of our efforts, County Executive Johnny Olszewski included 2 key projects on his 2020 Transportation Program Priorities request list:

    • Realignment of Ashland and Paper Mill Roads to connect directly with Shawan Road
    • A feasibility study on realigning and widening York Road between Shawan and Phoenix Roads.

    The committee’s goals for 2019 are:

    • Add to the Hunt Valley priorities on the County’s CTP request list (due fall 2019). Todd Huff is leading that effort.

    • Improve communication with all Hunt Valley stakeholders, such as this newsletter.  Greg Pierce, committee vice-chair, is overseeing that.

    • Increase participation of all Hunt Valley businesses, especially the larger ones, and to add new members.  Eric Benzer is the leading that effort. 

    We will be sharing more information in future newsletters.  Meanwhile, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Sumner Miller
    Committee Chairman


    Business Spotlight


    Benzer Insurance Agency - Farmers Insurance

    How long have you been a member of the Forum?
    Benzer Insurance Agency has been a member for 2.5 years. 

    Tell us a little about your company
    Benzer Insurance Agency is an attorney owned insurance agency which specializes in personal and commercial insurance. Farmers Insurance is our main brand, but we also sell many other brands depending on the risk of our respective client. We provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to representing our clients to manage their risks and protect their assets. Whether for your family or your business, we have what you need. 

    What benefits have you received from being a member of the Forum?
    The Forum has provided me tremendous value in terms of meeting fellow business owners and positioning myself to have access to decision makers impacting my business and employees. I have had valuable networking and social opportunities which have provided measurable results for my agency. There is no other organization which has attributed to my top line more so than HVBF.

    What prompted you to join the Forum?
    As a new member of the Hunt Valley Business Community, I needed immediate access and exposure to develop the relationships essential to building my business through strategic partnerships with my fellow business owners and community leaders. I wanted to become a member of the community where my business is located and HVBF provided me with a seamless transition to my new role.

    Why would you tell other businesses to join the Forum?
    The membership is full of amazing businesses small to global made up of wonderful people eager to welcome new members to their community. There are numerous educational, social, networking, and leadership events offered throughout the month providing opportunities to learn, meet new people, make friends, and grow your business. 


    News and Community Updates

    Point Breeze Credit Union Golf Tournament - The Second Annual "The Harvest" Golf Tournament will benefit the Maryland Food Bank

    YES: Your Extended Success - Want to achieve significant, sustainable success? Contact them today to say YES to their comprehensive approach. 

    Cockeysville Precinct Crime Updates  - BCPD's online portal provides latest events and statistics

    Does your company have news to share with the Forum?
    Please send all items to News@HVBF.org by the 15th of each
    month to be included in our newsletter.


    Membership

    IT Roundtable Development

    The HVBF is looking to develop an IT Roundtable Group that will meet monthly. If you would be interested in this addition to the Forum, please complete a brief survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Click here to access the survey. 


    Exclusive Groups for HVBF Members!

    The following groups are open exclusively to Members. View our Events Calendar for upcoming meetings. 

    C-Level 
    Group
    Needs & Leads 
    Group 
    Stakeholder Community

    Committee Group

    For more information, contact Karen Cook. 


    Bundle Administrators - Update Your Company Profile!

    In an effort to keep our database current, it is important for our businesses to keep their company profile up-to-date. Please take a moment to login to your account and make sure the primary and additional member information is correct. Don't forget, as a member you have access to a Members-Only Private Member Directory. By updating your membership information, we are able to keep this directory as accurate as possible. We appreciate your help! 


  • May 24, 2019 11:48 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Cockeysville Police & Community Relations Council is holding their Annual Officer Appreciation Picnic for the officers of Precinct 7 on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 as a way of thanking them for their hard work and commitment to our community. 

    They are asking for help in showing the officers that they are appreciated.  There are several ways that you can help:

    • Gift card(s) / gift certificates(s) in any amount – to be given as door prizes to the officers.  Gift cards/certificates can be mailed to the address below.
    • Monetary donation to help defray the Officer Appreciation Day picnic, for the Cockeysville PCRC to support requests from the precinct or department which are not provided for in the Baltimore County budget and/or for support of Police & Community Relations Council projects to promote improved relations between the community and Police Department.
    • Please make checks payable to “PCRC 7” and mail to the address below.

    If you are able to help, or would like additional information, please contact Norman Zickuhr, PCRC Director, Precinct 7, at 410-666-4254 or 5 Amesbury Court Cockeysville, MD 21030.  Whatever you are able to contribute would be greatly appreciated. 

    The Baltimore County PCRC’s are 501(c)3, non-profit organizations, so any donation made is tax deductible.  A donation receipt will be provided for your records.  Thank you for your consideration and support of the officers of Precinct 7.


  • May 21, 2019 11:55 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    HVBF member Point Breeze Credit Union will hold the Second Annual “The Harvest” Golf Tournament on September 16 to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Last year’s inaugural event raised $20,000 to feed some of the 665,000 people in Maryland who do not have enough to eat. 

    HUNT VALLEY, MD (5/1/19) --- Enjoy a day on the links while helping the Maryland Food Bank’s efforts to feed hungry Maryland families by participating in Point Breeze Credit Union’s Second Annual “The Harvest” Golf Tournament.

    To be held on Monday, September 16 at Hayfields Country Club (700 Hayfields Road, Hunt Valley, MD), “The Harvest” Golf Tournament will feature a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and 18 holes of golf – not to mention contests, refreshments, prizes, and giveaways.

    “While Point Breeze is proud to be a reliable financial institution, we are deeply committed to being good neighbors and giving back to the communities we serve,” says Point Breeze President and CEO Bernard McLaughlin. “Our inaugural golf tournament was a huge success, bringing over 100 golfers together and raising $20,000 for the Maryland Food Bank. We look forward to another successful event to help strengthen the Maryland Food Bank’s efforts to feed some of the more than 665,000 people in Maryland who do not have enough to eat.”

    “This year marks our 40th year of feeding hungry Marylanders, and we simply could not do the work we do without partners like Point Breeze Credit Union who are willing to step up and support our mission,” says Carmen Del Guercio, President & CEO of the Maryland Food Bank. “Last year’s ‘The Harvest’ Golf Tournament was a wonderful event, and we’re excited to build on that success to generate even more funds that will help provide healthy food to Marylanders in need.”

    Point Breeze’s “The Harvest” Golf Tournament gives golfers a chance to play at one of this region’s premiere championship golf courses. Stretching more than 7,000 yards in picturesque Northern Baltimore County, Hayfields has hosted six PGA Tour Championships and challenged famed golfers including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, and Tom Kite.

    The cost to play in “The Harvest” is $225 per golfer, or $900 per foursome. An early bird rate of $800 is offered to foursomes who register by August 15th. Registration costs include greens fees, cart, beverages, lunch, and dinner.

    In addition, players can compete for a wide range of prizes, including the top three teams, hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to the pin, and assorted door prizes. There’s also a 50/50 cash raffle and a Mulligans & More Bundle which includes two mulligans, hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin contest chances, and one entry for door prize drawings for just $30 per golfer. 

    Early-bird registration for Point Breeze Credit Union’s “The Harvest” Golf Tournament is now open, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register online, visit: https://www.pbcu.com/theharvest

    You can also contact Karen Carbaugh at Point Breeze Credit Union at 443-589-0404 or kcarbaugh@pointbreezecu.com.

    About Point Breeze Credit Union

    Point Breeze Credit Union is one of Maryland’s largest credit unions, with more than 57,000 members and assets exceeding $770 million. A full-service financial institution that is member-owned and not-for-profit, Point Breeze offers easy, reliable banking through offices in Hunt Valley, Rosedale, Bel Air, Westminster, and Owings Mills, as well as more than 5,600 Shared Branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide. Membership in Point Breeze is open to individuals who work, worship, or volunteer within 20 miles of a Point Breeze location. Point Breeze is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Opportunity lender. For more information, visit www.pbcu.com.


  • May 03, 2019 10:02 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Kelly Cullum, Owner of Best Friends Fur Ever and Hunt Valley Business Forum member, was interviewed by I95 Business Magazine to discuss her "state-of-the-art dog daycare and overnight resort in both Joppa and Cockeysville." 

    Click here to read the interview!

  • April 05, 2019 2:02 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    As part of a previously announced deal, PayPal and Synchrony have agreed to transition the servicing and collections responsibilities for U.S. PayPal Credit to Synchrony. As a result, the PayPal site operations in Hunt Valley will close. If you’re looking for quality people and would like to share any opportunities with the impacted PayPal employees, please contact Barbara Pratt at bpratt@paypal.com.


  • March 26, 2019 2:24 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Commercial Lease Administrator

    Looking for an organized, multi-tasking individual to joining our Commercial Lease Administration team. Will be responsible for overseeing the tracking of all financial obligations with respect to all commercial lease properties, maintaining MRI with respect to all facilities to include rent and operating expense data, expiration dates with respect to leases, renewal options, and termination rights, etc. and other pertinent information in regards to all properties leases and subleases.

    Responsibilities:

    • Abstracting lease documents (leases, subleases, and amendments)
    • Updating and maintaining MRI database inclusive of rent, renewal of options, critical dates and other important office information
    • Collaborate wilt Commercial Account Manager to ensure timely billing of rent and other lease obligations
    • Review and calculate CAM and other escalations and real estate taxes (i.e. CPI adjustments, calculations form reimbursable operating expenses) for commercial portfolio
    • Reviews annual landlord reconciliation statements and calculations to ensure accuracy and lease compliance of operating expense reconciliation statements
    • Performs administrative duties such as preparation of monthly, quarterly and year end reports
    • Provide coaching for all real estate issues inclusive of property management issues, CAM audit and reconciliation, and all other items pertaining to lease administration
    • Audit property pass-thru billing history as deemed necessary

    Skills:

    • Through knowledge of complex lease, real estate and legal terminology
    • Ability to work interchangeably with multiple departments with limited oversight
    • High attention to detail required
    • Ability to multi-task and adjust priorities as needed
    • Good organizational skills
    • Problem/resolution abilities
    • Proactive

    Experience:

    • Minimum of 3-5 years of prior business experience, preferable in commercial real estate leasing or development
    • GAAP Knowledge
    • MRI Experience preferred
    • ReMapp Experience a plus

    Education:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Real Estate or related field

    Compensation/Benefits:

    • Competitive compensation
    • Excellent health benefits and 401k with company match

    Please submit your resume to Tiffany Hubbard at thubbard@hillmgt.com.

  • March 25, 2019 11:34 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Fire Museum of Maryland showcases 16,000 square feet of exhibitions honoring the history of firefighting in America. This impressive space is not only a museum, but a unique special event venue option in Baltimore County!

    To kick off the start of this spring season and the opening of the Fire Museum of Maryland event space, please join us for the 2019 Spring Soiree. Take in the deep history the museum has to offer, enjoy seasonal dishes and libations from several of Baltimore's exemplary caterers, including Atlantic Caterers, Eleven Courses Catering, Liberatore's, The Pantry Catering, ROUGE Fine Catering and Zeffert & Gold!

    When: 
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Where:
     Fire Museum of Maryland
    1301 York Rd. 
    Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

    Click Here to Register


  • February 15, 2019 4:26 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Point Breeze Credit Union HOSTS HUNT VALLEY BUSINESS FORUM, WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    HUNT VALLEY, MD (2/7/19) – Point Breeze Credit Union welcomed Karen Cook, the new Executive Director of The Hunt Valley Business Forum, last evening, hosting the Forum’s Business Mash Up networking event at the credit union’s Hunt Valley headquarters and making a $5,000 donation toward the work being done by the Forum.

    The Hunt Valley Business Forum is the premier business association in Northern Baltimore County, empowering the development and growth of business in Maryland.

     “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to host HVBF’s new Executive Director, Karen Cook and the other business leaders of the Hunt Valley community, furthering the mission of the Hunt Valley Business Forum to connect, educate, and advocate for its members on important matters affecting the area’s business community,” says Bernard McLaughlin, President & CEO of Point Breeze.

    “The vitality of the Hunt Valley business community, and that of the entire Baltimore region, is essential not only for Point Breeze, but for all of the other companies and nonprofits in the area to compete effectively, now and into the future,” McLaughlin continues.

    McLaughlin notes that for more than 80 years, Point Breeze has made community involvement and support a key part of its mission. Point Breeze refers to this commitment to the community and its laser focus on putting members first by providing them with convenient, easy solutions that help them to save time and money as “the credit union difference.”

    Point Breeze currently provides financial and volunteer support for a wide range of organizations throughout the Baltimore area, including Arts Every Day and Bridges – two initiatives aimed at helping students in Baltimore City – and the Carroll County Hospital’s new Neonatal Couplet Care Program.  

    About Point Breeze Credit Union

    Point Breeze Credit Union is one of Maryland’s largest credit unions, with more than 57,000 members and assets exceeding $770 million. A full-service financial institution that is member-owned and not-for-profit, Point Breeze offers easy, reliable banking through offices in Hunt Valley, Rosedale, Bel Air, Westminster, and Owings Mills, as well as more than 5,600 Shared Branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide. Membership in Point Breeze is open to individuals who work, worship, or volunteer within 20 miles of a Point Breeze location. Point Breeze is federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Housing Opportunity lender. For more information, visit www.pbcu.com.

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