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  • March 31, 2017 11:29 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

     Owings Mills, MD, March 28, 2017: Strategic Factory, a cross-media marketing company, announces a strategic acquisition of Chesapeake Sign Company, an agency specializing in indoor and outdoor signage since opening in Cockeysville, MD in February of 2002.   

    “This is a mutually beneficial merger between two local companies,” said Keith Miller, President and CEO of Strategic Factory. “The acquisition of Chesapeake Sign Company increases our capacity and strengthens our existing signage capabilities by adding a team of skilled professionals with extensive product knowledge, vast production and installation experience and superb customer service.” 

    Chesapeake Sign Company has been a staple in the Baltimore area for more than 15 years. They are well-known as experts in the field, and bring decades of combined experience with them to Strategic Factory.   

    “We’re extremely excited about the move,” said Sam Nitzberg, owner of Chesapeake Sign Company. “This merger allows us to further expand our client base, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer our existing and future clients an even greater amount of options and high-quality products and services by leveraging Strategic Factory’s state-of-the-art equipment and knowledge.” 

    Chesapeake Sign Company will finalize the move to Strategic Factory’s 40,000-square-foot facility by March 31. 

    “We want our loyal clients to know that we haven’t left; we’ve simply moved--come visit us for a tour and view our impressive facility for yourself.”  

    Chesapeake Signage Company is now located at 11195 Dolfield Blvd. in Owings Mills, MD. The 40,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility houses multiple agencies including Spokes Marketing, Graphic Tango, BRANDED4U, and Master Signs.  

    About Strategic Factory

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


  • March 23, 2017 3:10 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Read the press release on Strategic Factory's website>>

    Strategic Factory Recognized by AMA Baltimore 

    Company Honored for Best Public Relations Campaign by American Marketing Association


    Owings Mills, MD, March 22, 2017: Strategic Factory, a cross-media marketing company, has been recognized as a champion of marketing excellence by the AMA for the Best Public Relations Campaign of 2016. Strategic Factory held an Open House in September 2016 to demonstrate its capabilities to existing clients and prospects. The event drew hundreds of people, trended on social media channels, led to additional work and helped make the venue a sought-after location for tours and networking events. 


    “This event took many months of strategic planning,” said Keith Miller, President and CEO of Strategic Factory. “We used all our resources to make our long-anticipated Open House an evening to remember for our valued clients and guests, as well as our team members.” 


    The Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Excellence Awards are given each year to companies and organizations that plan and implement the best local marketing campaigns and can demonstrate their campaigns’ successes with measurable results.


    “We’re all extremely proud to be honored at the 32nd Annual Marketing Excellence Awards and look forward to engaging with the area's top marketing, advertising, and design professionals,” said Miller.


    The American Marketing Association’s Baltimore Chapter is Maryland’s leading provider of networking, educational programming, and resources for marketing professionals. AMA Baltimore provides extensive opportunities for marketers to expand their networks, grow professionally, and learn about current industry trends.


    Applying companies or agencies were based in the AMA Baltimore chapter region, which includes all of Maryland and portions of south-central Pennsylvania. The Marketing Excellence Awards banquet will be held on April 6, 2017 at Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. 



    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.



  • March 23, 2017 2:52 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Best Friends Fur Ever provides full service dog care with daycare, overnight care, training, and home care as a part of our services to our canine best friends.

    POSITION: The General Manager manages all facets of the BFFE Facility, including facility management, personnel scheduling, human resources and payroll management, client relations, dog care management, and public relations. Manages BFFE Joppa and Cockeysville Facilities by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors. 

    Read full job description here>>

  • March 23, 2017 11:27 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    HUNT VALLEY, MD – February 21, 2017 – Newberry Group, an employee-owned cyber security firm headquartered in St. Peters, MO is pleased to announce the acquisition of Next Level Technology, LLC a Hunt Valley, MD-based company specializing in end-to-end managed IT services both on premise and hosted for small and mid-sized businesses in the Baltimore/ Washington area. This transaction supports the ongoing strategic expansion of Newberry Group’s full life-cycle portfolio of unparalleled cyber security technologies and IT services.

    Next Level Technology brings bring deep subject matter expertise in managed IT service delivery, a dynamic and growing client base, and an excellent cultural fit with Newberry Group that includes a deep commitment to serving their clients. “This acquisition will expand our client base, increase our capacity, and improve our overall ability to provide our commercial clients with exceptional managed IT, and leading edge managed Cyber Security solutions” says Chris Steinbach, President and CEO for Newberry Group.

    About Newberry Group
    Newberry Group, Inc. is an employee-owned Cyber Security firm specializing in digital forensics, incident response, threat management, and full spectrum information assurance and IT security support services, solutions. Based in St. Peters, MO, with offices in Columbia, MD, and Minneapolis MN, Newberry Group has served the federal government and commercial clients nationally since 1996. Learn more about Newberry group at: http://www.thenewberrygroup.com.

    About Next Level Technology – A Division of Newberry Group
    Next Level Technology, is a multi-disciplined managed IT service provider focused on delivering responsive solutions for small and mid-sized businesses in the Baltimore/Washington area. Next Level Technology partners closely with their clients to ensure that each client gets maximum benefit from their IT spend by managing all aspects of their operational IT Infrastructure, Security, Backup/Disaster Recovery, and/or cloud computing environment. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, MD, Next Level Technology has an outstanding reputation for superior service and capabilities. Learn more about Next Level Technology at: http://www.nl-tech.com/

  • March 20, 2017 9:15 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Lester Miller received the Promise of One Award at the Komen Maryland “Power of a Promise: Annual Appreciation & Awards Event” on March 8, 2017 at the Hunt Valley Inn. The Promise of One Award is given in recognition of an individual’s exceptional service to Komen Maryland.

    In presenting the award, Executive Director Mark Roeder said:

    “Miller’s Minuteman Press has donated all of Komen Maryland’s printing for the past six years. Everything from business cards, posters, brochures, banners—even the magnetic name tags that the staff and board are wearing tonight—were all printed at no charge for Komen Maryland. Since 2011, Miller’s Minuteman Press has donated more than $250,000 in printing services. Lester Miller has been our champion all these years and is dedicated to our mission. We are so grateful for his continued support.”

    Read the story on Strategic Factory's Website.


    Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Maryland is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure®, Komen Maryland has invested $28 million in community breast health programs in Maryland and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 410-783-9191 or visit www.komenmd.org.

  • March 09, 2017 1:51 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Help support the Araminta Freedom Initiative, a group that works to combat human trafficking locally,  by joining us at Fazzini's on March 21st 6:30-9pm dinner and wine are included.  The cost will be $25/person.

    Read more and purchase tickets here.

  • February 16, 2017 3:53 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Download the form here>>

    Contact Ann-Marie P. Monroe at 443-615-3262 with questions or to open an account.

  • February 10, 2017 1:11 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Get Your Financial House in Order This Year 

    8 Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

    The New Year brings renewed optimism and plans to start fresh. But for every well-intentioned resolution made, we’ve all set half-hearted resolutions that we fail to keep by spring. This year, start by making resolutions that have a substantial and meaningful impact on your life: resolve to build a solid financial foundation.

    Here are 8 simple resolutions to set yourself up for financial success. 

    1. Update your retirement contributions.

    A 1 percent increase in your retirement plan contributions can have a major impact on your long-term savings. If you receive an end-of-year raise, put that money towards your retirement savings. Either way, in 2017 you’ll be one year closer to retirement so be sure to maximize how much you’re putting into your 401(k) plan. 

    2. Slim down your wallet.

    Rethink all of those credit cards weighing down your wallet. Compare the interest rates, annual fees and perks for each card, then close high interest accounts or those offering rewards that no longer fit your needs. It’s a myth that leaving cards with a zero balance open shows healthy credit history. In fact, a high credit line can negatively affect your credit score. If you close multiple cards with remaining balances, consider consolidating the total balance to one card and look for programs that offer free balance transfer. 

    3. Create a plan to be debt free by 2018. 

    Whether you have student loans, credit card debt or a mortgage payment, total monthly debt should generally not exceed 36 percent of gross income. However, no matter if you’re above or below the 36 percent figure, it’s important to minimize debt and develop a plan to pay it off. Start by creating a budget and prioritizing necessary bills, then allocate a set amount to pay towards debt. Consider a budgeting tool to help see where your money goes – and more importantly what can be cut and used to pay down debt. Once you meet the minimum payments for loans and other debt, use a laddering method to pay more towards your bill with the highest interest rate. If multiple loans have the same high interest rate, start with one that has a lower balance so you can pay it off more quickly. Paying off a loan in its entirety, especially one with high interest, is a huge personal and mental victory that can help you feel like you're making progress 

    4. Reevaluate your insurance policies.

    When you first signed up for insurance (auto, home, life, health, etc.) it was likely structured to fit your needs at the time. But do your policies fit your current needs? If you have homeowner’s insurance, have you done major renovations to your house recently? If so, make sure your policy covers the full value of your home. If you have auto insurance but work from home more frequently now or have switched jobs and are closer to your office, update the average monthly miles on your auto policy. And make sure your policy beneficiaries are up-to-date. As you make changes to your insurance policies, check with your financial institution to see if they offer member discounts for auto, home and life insurance. Credit unions often offer member discounts on a variety of products and services.  

    5. Make financial literacy a family priority. 

    Creating financial stability is a team sport. Each member of your family should play an active role in achieving financial wellness. Make sure that everyone is involved in creating a basic budget, developing savings and managing expenses and debt. For children, lay a foundation early on to develop a lifetime of good financial habits. Open a custodial account in their name at your financial institution and use everyday teachable moments to help them understand saving and budgeting.  

    6. Rebalance your investment portfolio. 

    Work with a trusted financial advisor to review your asset allocation annually and ensure that it aligns with your savings goals and risk profile. Research shows that a diversified investment mix, including stock and bonds, helps smooth the effect of market ups and downs. If you don’t already work with an advisor, your financial institution may offer free, personalized guidance. 

    7. Closely review your bills and financial statements.

    According to WalletHub, a survey of 35 of the largest banks showed the average customer pays $470 in fees each year. To avoid paying unnecessary charges, review your bank’s monthly balance requirements or switch to a credit union, which traditionally have lower fees. Also review your monthly bills to see where you can cut back. You may be paying fees for premium TV services without evaluating exactly what you’re getting, which means you may be paying for more than you need or use. Take a close look at the services you pay for each month and see what you might be able to trim. People assume that utilities are another area where rates are set in stone. However, in today’s environment companies may be willing to negotiate your rate to avoid losing you to a competitor.  

    8. Sign up for auto pay features.

    Save time by signing up for automatic payments and automatic saving features offered by your financial partner. Reoccurring bill pay can help you avoid late fees or missed payments – and in some cases – save money. Prioritize paying yourself for savings and retirement by setting up automatic transfers to your savings accounts. Each month, direct a portion of your income into your savings account. 

    Keeping your financial house in order is just like maintaining your home – it’s a process, it takes time and making it a priority will pay off in the long run. 

    Kim Mangrum is the Senior Vice President, Chief Member Services Officer at Point Breeze Credit Union

  • February 03, 2017 3:48 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Download the form here>>

    Contact Ann-Marie P. Monroe at 443-615-3262 with questions or to open an account.

  • February 02, 2017 2:04 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Invitation from Padonia Park Club:

    WHEN:  Wednesday, February 22, 2017
                   5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
                   Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

     WHERE: Padonia Park Club
                    The Lakeside Ballroom
                    12006 Jenifer Road
                    Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

    Sample and savor our Executive Chef’s inspired menu food tasting with items from our company picnic packages including our new Maryland BBQ package, formal gala menu packages, as well as from The Grille and Castaway Café.

    New this year, we have injected the taste of Sagamore Rye into several of our menu options—formal to casual. Representative Chad Albertson will be speaking briefly. We will be having signature cocktails including Sagamore Rye Whiskey prepared by our mixologists. Cash bar available.

    SAGAMORE SPIRIT flows from a spring house, built in 1909, at Maryland’s Sagamore Farm – uniquely pure and naturally filtered spring water, fed from a limestone aquifer. The same water that fuels their champion thoroughbreds, also cuts the rich spice of our rye, creating a spirit as revolutionary as America’s risk-takers and history makers. Their story is one of passion, of old meeting new, and crafting a timeless American whiskey as pure as the Sagamore streams.

    The Lakeside Ballroom at Padonia Park Club was built in 1994 and has just underwent a two month renovation with a new grey chic color scheme, new graphite floor design, new lighting fixtures with the ability to customize colors based on our clients choices, and more. Padonia Park Club is one of the Top 20 Caterers of Baltimore—Baltimore Business Journal. The Club hosts hundreds of events annually including Weddings, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Meetings, Galas and Company Picnics.

    Admission is $10 per person with all proceeds benefiting The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. Also, guests should bring their business cards to be entered into drawings throughout the night. 

    Schedule of Events:

    5:15 p.m. – Doors open, Bar opens
    5:30 p.m. -  Fun begins!
    5:45 p.m. – Mixology 101 – Sagamore Rye Cocktails
    6:45 p.m. – Speaker: Chad Albertson, Sagamore Spirits
    7:00 p.m. – Opportunity for you to give 30 second company pitch  
    7:30 p.m. – Event ends 

    The event is limited to 150 guests. 21+. RSVP online at www.PadoniaParkClub.com by Monday, February 20th or while tickets last.

    Enjoy signature samplings from Padonia Park Club and hobnob with Baltimore’s business leaders and personalities.

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