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  • January 19, 2016 10:23 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    This is your opportunity to experience wines that are leading the charge in the ever-developing Maryland wine industry.

    A Sparkling Wine Reception will start the evening, where guests who have purchased the complete tasting package will have the opportunity to learn about méthode champenoise and taste several diverse traditional and non-traditional sparkling wines from across the state. ***Tickets are limited so be sure to get yours before they sell out!

    The main event, the Roundhouse Tasting, will take place under the B&O Roundhouse dome amid historic trains, equipment and displays. Enjoy them as you taste award-winning samples from 15 different wineries.  Winery samples throughout the evening will include a vast array of sparkling, red, white and dessert wines.  You’ll be able to mingle with several of the winemakers and winery owners in attendance, who will provide details regarding particular varietals, blends and vintages.  We hope you join us for this unique experience that only comes once a year!

    Buy Tickets Here.
  • December 28, 2015 3:39 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)


    Greater Maryland BBB recognizes Miller’s Minuteman Press with 2015 Torch Award

    Owings Mills, MD, December 1, 2015:

    Miller’s Minuteman Press - powered by Strategic Factory - was recognized at the Greater Maryland Better Business Bureau’s 2015 Pillars of Trust event, winning the coveted Torch Award over a record number of worthy competitors.  

    Businesses are evaluated on criteria that include an ability to identify high ethical standards, long-standing reputation, truthfulness and accuracy in sales, promotional materials and advertisements, as well as effective management practices and policies that promote an ethical workplace.

    For nearly 16 years, Miller’s Minuteman Press has been an A+ accredited business with the BBB of Greater Maryland. Over that time, CEO Keith Miller has taken a typical 2-man quick printing retail outlet and transformed it into a thriving business exceeding 100 employees and with several storefronts throughout Maryland, including a state-of-the-art headquarters and production facility – Strategic Factory. Miller’s Minuteman Press is now recognized as the largest Minuteman Press franchise worldwide.  

    “We applied for the BBB Torch Award as our mission is very much aligned with the BBB’s mission, and that is one to build integrity and value with our client base,” stated Miller. “This award exemplifies our dedication to our customers, our team members and our community.”

    Read the blog post here: http://strategicfactoryblog.com/2015/11/05/millers-minuteman-press-receives-bbbs-torch-award-for-marketplace-excellence/

    Watch Miller’s BBB Torch Award overview video: https://youtu.be/iw5Xm_IM_zM

    About Strategic Factory

    Strategic Factory encourages collaboration between strategy and creativity to deliver powerful, cohesive and innovative marketing campaigns. Services include branding, 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.

  • December 18, 2015 3:28 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Join our HVBF member Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for a night of Networking, Awards, Presentations, Silent Auction, Dinner, and Dancing.

    Thursday January 21, 2016
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    *Snow Date Thursday January 28, 2016


     Jimmy's Famous Seafood
    Banquet Room
    6526 Holabird Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21224

    Light The Night is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s evening fundraising walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. During this special evening walk, fundraising participants carry illuminated lanterns - white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Each fall, their efforts culminate in an evening of memorable walks in nearly two hundred communities across the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to the generous corporations that support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) mission of a world free of blood cancer, we have invested more than $1 billion in research funding in the past 65 years.

    This year, they have added a corporate engagement component to foster partnership with new businesses and organizations in the area! See details on how to get involved below:

    Download PDF here.
  • December 04, 2015 12:44 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Tier One Technology Partners Celebrates 15 Years in Business Serving Businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region!

    Tier One Technology Partners has provided solutions for 15 years in this ever changing world of technology. We continue to exceed the expectations of our clients as we strive to keep them one step ahead.  Thank you to our clients for your trusted partnership with Tier One Technology Partners! On behalf of our entire team, we are extremely proud of our accomplishment and we look forward to continuing to demonstrate our commitment to delivering best-of-breed technology solutions to businesses.

    David Shaffer, Founder and CEO expressed, “It starts with our people. Our team recognizes that we work with people more so than technology.  We look for these attributes when hiring and reinforce that in our culture.   First and foremost we want our clients to know that we care”

    How did we make it this far? Our team excels at what we do – and we:

    • Maintain a client-focused approach: We put our client’s needs first and foremost – listening to their challenges and crafting a strategic plan that helps to meet their goals and objectives.
    • Stay responsive and available to our clients: We are always available to assist our clients, no matter how small or big the issue, question, or concern might be.
    • Demonstrate expertise in our field: We hire the best of the best and keep them trained in order to stay ahead of evolving technologies that impact those we serve.

    The entire Tier One Technology Partners team thanks you for your support and we look forward to growing with you.

    Our client-focused approach, consistent communication, and industry expertise have helped us build a great reputation in the Mid-Atlantic marketplace. To learn more about our many, valuable services, please call (443) 589-1150 or email info@tieroneit.com

    Read the article on Tier One IT's website here.

  • November 24, 2015 10:18 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    McLaughlin was recognized by SmartCEO as one of the region’s most accomplished CEOs

    Pictured Left to Right: Tricia Harrison, Tonia Niedzialkowski, Bernie McLaughlin, Genie Briggs and Kim Mangrum 

    HUNT VALLEY, Md. – November 23, 2015 – Bernie McLaughlin, President and CEO of Point Breeze Credit Union was named the winner of SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence in the Professional Services category. The Circle of Excellence program recognizes the region’s most accomplished CEOs for business excellence.

    Bernie and the Point Breeze Credit Union team earned the distinction based on prosperity in the marketplace, building a culture of transparency, candid dialogue and accountability, and delivering consistent, high quality, friendly service to members and businesses.

    “The Circle of Excellence winners are shaping the future of Baltimore’s business community and ensuring the sustainability, safety and efficiency of our community for years to come,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events. “We proudly recognize Bernie’s successes and contributions, and we believe that his impact will make a difference for their members and the community.”

    More than 36 nominees in 10 categories were honored at the celebration hosted by SmartCEO. Representing on behalf of Point Breeze Credit Union was Tricia Harrison, Tonia Niedzialkowski, Bernie McLaughlin, Genie Briggs and Kim Mangrum. 

    For more information about Point Breeze Credit Union, visit: www.pbcu.com.

    About Point Breeze Credit Union

    Point Breeze Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Currently, Point Breeze is one of the largest credit unions in Maryland, with offices located in Hunt Valley, Rosedale and Bel Air. Point Breeze serves more than 500 employer groups and 50,000 members in the Greater Baltimore area, with total assets exceeding $740 million. Our mission is to provide a superior financial experience for our members. We are people helping people achieve their goals and, as neighbors, we believe that a prosperous community benefits all. Point Breeze offers consumer and business checking, savings and loan services. Federally Insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Lender. For more information, please visit www.pbcu.com.


    Media Contact:
    Jessie Krebs
    Abel Communications for Point Breeze Credit Union

  • October 30, 2015 11:08 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    HVBF's October newsletter has been posted.  Read It Here>>

  • October 28, 2015 12:42 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is partnering with Hunt Valley businesses and organizations for the upcoming "Light The Night" walk on Saturday, November 14th at Camden Yards. The event features a two-mile walk, entertainment and family fun while raising awareness and funds for blood cancer research and treatments.  Local organizations and HVBF members have formed "Team Ignite The Fight" and invite you to support the event by signing up to walk or making a donation.

    Click Here For Info>>

  • October 28, 2015 12:28 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union Hires Jodi L. Beal as VP Finance.

    Hunt Valley, MD – Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) is proud to announce the hiring of Jodi L. Beal, CPA as Vice President of Finance. 

    Jodi brings over 23 years of accounting and finance experience to the position at AFFCU. Most recently, she spent 10 years as Vice President/CFO for Fairmount Bank, until its recent acquisition by Hamilton Bancorp.  Prior to that, Jodi spent seven years as Vice President/CFO at The Bank of Delmarva and six years in public accounting with the TGM Group on Maryland’s eastern shore. 

    Jodi joins the credit union’s management team serving as an integral part of AFFCU’s strategic planning and as a financial strategist. Jodi’s role will oversee the Credit Union’s financial management functions, plans, policies, and procedures. 

    Matthew Piazza, AFFCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said “Jodi’s valuable experience will help ensure the continued stability of the credit union’s financial position.  I am excited to have Jodi join the AFFCU team.” 

  • October 28, 2015 11:12 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Vicki Franz, Publisher/Founder of I95 BUSINESS is offering members of the Hunt Valley Business Forum. Vicki has generously offered a free subscription to all HVBF members. They have deep penetration in Hunt Valley’s business district and have a private email list of 10,000 subscribers. If you would like a complimentary subscription contact Vicki Franz at vicki@i95business.com.

  • October 26, 2015 11:23 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Discover the Opportunities Available at a FREE Job Fair

    In partnership with the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, HomeFront and Senior Service America, BCDA is happy to offer a free two-day Job Fair for all ages at the Timonium Fairgrounds on October 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

    Attending a Job Fair is an amazing opportunity for job seekers and employers. The Job Fair will offer exposure to local hiring companies, training opportunities, services for veteran, re-entry and mature workers, as well as access to mobile services for assistance with applications and benefits. 

    Mark your calendar today and prepare to make this event “WORK” for you!

    Benefits to Job Seekers

    Job seekers should expect the following:

    • Great opportunity to connect with an array of employers in one location

    • Access to make networking contacts to utilize in the future.

    • Awareness of the competition and you get a better idea of what it takes to get a job.

    • Exploration of employers and career opportunities that you never may have thought about by yourself.

    • Inspiration to work on your resume writing and interviewing skills

    • Face-to-face connections to recruiter and a chance to polish networking skills (no matter how brief your contact is).

    • Chance to demonstrate situational leadership. Take charge and assert yourself. Get to be known!

    • Opportunity to deliver your “30-second commercial” selling your skills and personal qualities to the employer, ask questions, and make a great impression!

    Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Applicants are encouraged to dress to impress potential employers and to bring several copies of their resume to share.

    Benefits to Employers

    Employers should expect the following:

    • Access to a large number of candidates in a one-stop environment.

    • Greater brand awareness for your company or agency.

    • Opportunity to meet with non-traditional candidates.

    • Networking with other corporations for potential partnerships. 

    • Ability to save time and money but allowing BCDA to advertise of this event and bring job candidates to you.

    Registration is free. Interested employers should complete the online registration form as soon as possible to reserve their space at this event that attracts thousands of people.

    For Assistance

    For further details, contact Patti Madigan at 410-887-4006 or email pmadigan@baltimorecountymd.gov.

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