Newsletter: June 2019

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

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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. 


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 by the 15th of each
month to be included in our newsletter.


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. 

Needs & Leads 
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! 

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