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  • May 09, 2016 4:13 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)



    Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide signature event supporting our mission to conquer arthritis by spreading awareness and raising money for research aimed at finding a cure. Whether you are close to the disease or simply looking for an inspiring charity event, Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to experience the power of standing together and giving back to the community. 

    The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs. 

    Let's raise funds to find a cure for arthritis, then come together to support each other and walk! Every step counts, every dollar matters!

    Visit their website here.

    For more help or information about the 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis of Baltimore, contact Caitlin Donati at cdonati@arthritis.org or call 443-738-9623.

  • April 05, 2016 1:36 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)


  • March 31, 2016 10:17 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The latest HVBF Newsletter is now online! Click Here To Read

  • March 30, 2016 5:02 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Hunt Valley Business Forum is hosting its first golf event, The Hunt Valley Classic, to be held August 1st at Hayfield’s Country Club.

    The Hunt Valley Business Forum Golf Classic will be open to the first 120 players who register and there will be multiple sponsorship opportunities available for companies who wish to introduce themselves to an exclusive group of area business professionals. As a member of the Hunt Valley Business Forum, you will be given “early sign up privileges” for team, individual golfer and the many sponsorship opportunities available.

    If you wish to volunteer to serve on the Tournament Committee, please contact Bernie McLaughlin at 443-589-0444. More info will be coming soon!

  • March 07, 2016 12:46 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Smart Growth is Wanda Smith!  Learn how Wanda lead her team at Symphony Placements to be one of the top flexible staffing firms in the region. Featured as the Cover Story  I95 Business Magazine February 2016.

    Leading a business in a very competitive industry has lead Wanda Smith to align with a highly experienced staff and employ smart growth strategies. Certifying Symphony Placements as a women owned MBE from the start proved to be one of her wisest decisions.   Wanda shares how she navigated challenges over the past 10 years, expanded to Virginia and created a new IT Staffing Services Division. Read more on their website here.



  • March 04, 2016 2:13 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Symphony Placements Announces New Information Technology Staffing Division January 2016.

    Wanda Smith, CEO and Marta Chavatel VP are pleased to introduce Richard McClearn to lead this new division.

    Richard brings nearly 30 years of information technology expertise to Symphony Placements.  Richard is a trusted and valued IT Integrator and Service Provider in the Maryland DC Region.  Richard has owned and operated his own IT Firm and has hired many IT professionals over the past 20 years.  Understanding how technology has evolved is critical in creating staffing solutions for clients. Since selling his firm, Richard has held positions as Vice President for several IT firms in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

    Richard’s role at Symphony Placements will be expanding and growing Symphony’s IT staffing and services practice.  Richard believes that the keys to his success at Symphony will be tied to how he executes his “how to go to business strategy”.  First establishing Strategic partnerships with some of his friends and comrades in the Information Technology integration, consultant and solution providers businesses from which he has excelled at and enjoyed for the last 30 years.  Secondly positioning Symphony to be able to prime many of the Staff Augmentation and Technical Consultant services contracts that are available with many of our clients in state, local and education and commercial space.

    We welcome you to connect with Richard and learn more about Symphony Placements expertise in IT Technical Staffing Recruiting Services.

    Read the article on their website here.

  • March 04, 2016 1:09 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    For the third consecutive year, Wanda Smith, Founder and CEO of Symphony Placements was the recipient of the Future 50 Award by SmartCEO Baltimore.

    In 2006 Smith left local and large human resource firms to set out on her own.   The main focus was to create a flexible staffing company that followed through on the details often over looked by the regional competition.  One of Symphony Placement’s motto’s is “we bring harmony to your staffing”. Wanda and her team do this time and time again by listening, offering solutions and a guarantee on services. 

    Read the rest on their website here.

  • February 05, 2016 9:26 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Hunt Valley, MD – Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union is rewarding its valued members by issuing a 2015 year-end dividend bonus to members.

    AFFCU board and management are proud to award a member bonus based on the outstanding financial performance of the credit union in 2015. In addition to prudent financial practices, the capital level is a direct result of the member-owners activity with the credit union.

    Members are awarded a dividend bonus based on two criteria. Active members in good standing with the credit union received an additional 2.50% annual percentage yield bonus dividend on their deposits and a rebate of 2.50% of the interest they paid this year on any loan or credit card as a thank you for their loyalty. 6,284 AFFCU member accounts will share in the credit union’s success.

    Matt Piazza, AFFCU President and CEO, stated “Simply put, this is our members’ money. The capital that we do not have earmarked for reinvestment into the credit union, we feel should be returned back to who it belongs to – our member-owners. Their use of our money saving products and services has a direct correlation to our financial success. Every time our members bring their financial business here, they are investing in AFFCU’s success. The bonus being returned has a direct correlation to this activity, coupled with the credit union’s strong financial results. It’s a great way to tell our members Thank You for trusting AFFCU for your financial needs, and that we are running THEIR credit union with sound, prudent financial practices, something the management team and board are very proud of. It’s a testament to our continued financial health and stability.”

    AFFCU members enjoy the benefits of being a member year-round with great rates and low, minimal fees. This year-end dividend bonus is a great reward and another example of the AFFCU’s commitment to serving members with a unique banking experience.


    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU), headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is a full-service financial institution serving the employees and their families of over 160 companies and organizations. Offering a full range of electronic services, members also have access to over 35,000 free ATMs and over 6,800 shared branches nationwide through the CO-OP Network. Visit www.affcu.org to learn more.

  • January 29, 2016 9:47 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Congratulations to HVBF member, Jane Daniel, of SPARKS! Web Media & Marketing on her nomination as Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Baltimore "Woman of the Year" 2016! Kickoff starts in April. Please contact her at jdaniel@onsparks.com if you would like to help her out with the campaign. She is currently looking for campaign team members, sponsorships, auction items, and will have a list of fun charity events in April, May, and June! Great picture with Jason Garcia of the Baltimore Orioles! We know you will KNOCK it out of the PARK!

    The Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign is a spirited fundraising competition in communities across the U.S. in which participants build fundraising teams to compete for the title of Man or Woman of the Year. They raise funds for LLS blood cancer research in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year. The titles are awarded to the man and woman in each community who raises the most funds during the ten-week campaign; the top local fundraisers in the country also win the national titles. You can support their efforts by donating to or joining their campaigns, because everyone wins when cancer loses!

    Blood Drop Facts

    1. Last year alone, LLS invested nearly $79.8 million in cutting-edge research.

    2. Nearly 40% of new cancer therapies approved by the FDA between 2000 and 2014 were first approved for blood cancer patients.

    3. In 1964, the five-year survival rate for children with the most commonly diagnosed leukemia was 3%. Today its approximately 90%.

    4. Nearly 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with, or are in remission from, a blood cancer.

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