Welcome to our monthly member news.  We hope this information will keep you up to date on events and other important information from members of the Hunt Valley Business Forum.

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  • April 16, 2018 4:04 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2018 Award Recipients!

    2018 Business of the Year: PayPal, Barbara Pratt


    2018 Chairman's Award: SPARKS! Marketing Communications, Greg Pierce

  • April 13, 2018 9:45 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Hunt Valley Business Forum hosted the
    2018 Annual Meeting at Hunt Valley Country Club
    on Thursday, April 12th. 

    The 2018 Annual Meeting was a success! Our member-only event was well attended and very informative. Our members were provided with breakfast and the opportunity to network. Attendees ranged from long-time members, to new members! 

    Matt Blum, the new HVBF Executive Director, shared with our members that 2017 had an 88.3% renewal rate. Upcoming events will be focused on HR Roundtable events, Lunch & Learn's with a focus on Marketing, Business Development, and Technology in Business. In addition, more networking events will be added to the calendar for new members, and evening & breakfast social's for all members. 

    New for 2018 is the Taste of Hunt Valley event. This will be HVBF's major event for 2018 and replace the Annual Golf Tournament. The goal of this event is to be more inclusive for the entire membership base, while also highlighting all the great restaurants and businesses in Hunt Valley! This event will take place in the fall, stay tuned for details and event announcements! 

    The Strategic Outlook for 2018 is focused on "not reinventing the wheel". In going back to our "value proposition," the forum will continue to host networking events, educational events, and recruitment of new members and businesses. We hope you will use our website and social channels to connect with us and promote your business! 

    Pat Reid, HVBF Treasurer, reported the forum financials as of December 31, 2017. Compared to the previous year, total assets were higher. Despite having larger expenses, the 2017 total revenue was greater than 2016. The Taste of Hunt Valley event is expected to be the largest revenue generating event for 2018. 

    The Stakeholders Committee, developed in 2017, focuses on bringing a voice to the area. The goals of the committee are to improve rush hour traffic flow, ensure pedestrian safety, and balance light rail & vehicle traffic. In November, officials from the Baltimore County DPW and State Highway Administration came to the committee's panel discussion. We encourage you to get involved with the committee and have your voice heard! Please visit our calendar for upcoming meetings. 

    The Annual Meeting marked the end of Paul King's term as Chairperson of the Board. Paul named his successor, Amy Smolenski, HR Director at PDP Group, Inc. Amy has been involved with the Hunt Valley Business Forum for several years and most recently oversaw the HR Roundtable events. Thank you, Paul, for your service to the forum!

  • April 03, 2018 6:12 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The HVBF Stakeholders Committee is active in addressing growth in the Hunt Valley area. Specifically:

    • Traffic congestion, longer commute times and pedestrian safety concerns
    • Light Rail schedule impact on traffic
    • 800 commuters relocated from Sparks by August 2018 and 1000 additional daily commuters (at Sinclair and Bank of America) expected by 2020

    The Goals of the Stakeholders Committee are:

    • Improve Rush Hour Traffic Flow
    • Ensure Pedestrian Safety
    • Balance Light Rail & Vehicle Traffic

    The Baltimore County DPW Planned Projects as of February, 2018 are:

    • Analyzing safety at South intersection of Schilling Circle and McCormick Road and Light Rail crossing (April, 2018)
    • Add left turn lane at North intersection of Schilling Circle and McCormick (May, 2018)
    • Traffic volume analysis at intersections near new McCormick headquarters (Sept, 2018)

    Over the next 2 months, the committee plans to:

    • Meet with SHA to review current traffic levels at York Road intersections
    • Meet with Baltimore County Planning Department to discuss concerns about growth, density and impact on the master plan for Hunt Valley
    • Expand our Public Outreach Program.

    Look for more announcements to come!

  • March 08, 2018 10:35 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Printergy - A Digital Media Center invites you to join them on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th from 11am-3pm for an Open House!

    Coffee and pastries will be available. Andy Nelson's BBQ will be catering lunch on Friday, March 9th for the first 50 attendees. 

    9 Schilling Road
    Lower Level, Suite LL4
    Hunt Valley, MD 21031
    *Behind the GBMC Physicians*

    Printergy preserves media & memories by transferring yesterday's media into today's formats.
    Bring your fading memories to start the conversation! 

  • January 31, 2018 10:42 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Stakeholders Committee will be holding a public community meeting on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 8.30 AM at the Delta Hotel Hunt Valley.


  • January 26, 2018 3:50 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    HVBF Member Alumna Yoga is hosting their Grand Opening on Saturday, January 27th from 7-11 pm. Stop by and say hi!

  • January 26, 2018 10:47 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Stay up-to-date on all Precinct 7 - Cockeysville public safety news. 


  • January 25, 2018 10:44 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The deadline for HVBF members to participate in the Hunt Valley/Cockeysville Business Community Survey has been extended. Please take a few moments and share your input to help make HV a great community in which to live and do business.


  • December 11, 2017 8:11 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The next meeting of the HVBF Stakeholders Committee will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13th beginning at 8.30 AM at Hayfields CC. Committee members and interested HVBF business owners are invited to attend.

  • November 29, 2017 10:51 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Dear Members and Friends of the Hunt Valley Business Forum:

    After a long and extensive search, it is my great pleasure to introduce our new interim Executive Director, Matt Blum.

    Matt joins us from 20 years of progressive sales and marketing in the medical capital equipment business both here in the US and overseas in 26 countries. For the last 10 years he has been using that experience to help businesses in the healthcare industry focus on growth strategies to take them to the next level. 

    As the current President of the Forum, I am thrilled that Matt has accepted the position and feel that his experience in business development, event management, and organizational stewardship has great potential to move the Forum forward in the coming years. In addition to these skills, we are very fortunate that Matt is also very experienced with contact management software and is looking forward to maximizing our investment in Wild Apricot. 

    In talking with Matt earlier today, he wanted me to share with you that he is “excited for the opportunity to serve the Forum, a highly respected organization that plays an important role in helping the businesses connect with pertinent resources and continued grow through networking. It is indeed an honor having been selected, and I look forward to working with the committees, the board, and members to explore new opportunities and face the challenges of the future.”


    Paul King
    Chairman, Hunt Valley Business Forum

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