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  • November 21, 2017 5:15 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    An arrest was made in the shooting that occurred this past weekend in Hunt Valley. Reports indicate the incident was not random, and may have been a result of an ongoing dispute between the two individuals. More details are available online:


  • November 01, 2017 5:17 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Did you know that members who volunteer create stronger business relationships and generate more business? It’s true! The HVBF has many committees, and we are looking for talented business professionals that want to make a difference. Consider joining one of the following committees. For more information, contact Paul King at chairman@huntvalleybusinessforum.org. 

    • Executive Director
    • Membership Committee
    • Program and Events Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Marketing Committee 

  • October 26, 2017 5:22 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Did you know the Hunt Valley Business Forum has member exclusive groups that meet on a monthly basis? 

    The following groups are open to additional members: 

    • C-Level Group
    • Needs & Leads Group
    • Stakeholders Committee 

    For more information about these groups, contact Paul King at chairman@huntvalleybusinessforum.org.

  • October 14, 2017 5:25 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The goal of the Hunt Valley Business Forum is to address a broad range of educational and advocacy issues on a timely basis. Please register if you plan to attend any of our Events. Feel free to bring an associate or prospective member.

    Guest Policy - Guests may attend one Event before joining the HVBF.

  • September 21, 2017 3:31 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    It is with heartfelt sympathy that we announce the passing of Alan Elkin, founder of Advance Business Systems and founding member of the Hunt Valley Business Forum.

    Alan was very instrumental in establishing the Hunt Valley Business Forum (HVBF). He served as an active board member since the HVBF’s inception, until 2014. Alan and his wife, Lois Elkin, were strong supporters of the HVBF and attended most events together.  In 2012, the Hunt Valley Business Forum honored Alan as the HVBF's Business Person of the Year at our annual meeting. Alan, Lois and their son, Jeff Elkin, continue to support the HVBF, and most recently were one of our sponsors of our 2017 Annual Breakfast. 

    Alan was an exceptional person and his contributions to the HVBF have helped mold the organization into what it is today. Our thoughts and prayers with him and his family. He will be greatly missed!

  • August 31, 2017 10:26 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), a local non-profit organization, mobilizes people to preserve land and restore the natural system in the Gunpowder Watershed. This watershed begins in Pennsylvania and runs down through Hunt Valley along the Torrey Brown trail (previously known as the NCR trail), Loch Raven, Lower Gunpowder as well as Middle and Bird River Watersheds.  In our efforts to accomplish our restoration goals, we partner with corporations, in addition to schools, service clubs and communities, to organize activities such as tree planting, trail maintenance and stream clean-up events that are a great way to get your employees involved in an activity that is fun and beneficial!  In our tree planting efforts, opportunities are available for institutions, corporations and landowners that have a minimum of 1 acre or more of land they would like reforested, preferably near a creek or stream. 

    Trees and forests are essential to healthy ecosystems as they reduce storm water runoff, stabilize stream banks, beneficial to clean air by capturing carbon dioxide and releasing into the atmosphere, as well as providing habitat for the nature.  Tree roots and leaf litter create soil conditions that promote the infiltration of rainwater into the soil, helping to replenish our groundwater supply and maintain streamflow during dry periods. In addition to improving air quality, providing habitat for wildlife, trees have been shown to increase property values! 

  • August 08, 2017 3:00 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Strategic Factory Eyes Expansion by Centralizing Business Operations

    Owings Mills company streamlines production and increases efficiencies by absorbing offsite storefronts 

    OWINGS MILLS, MD - August 4, 2017 – Strategic Factory is once again streamlining their production capabilities by moving its offsite storefronts in Baltimore, Towson, Hunt Valley and Westminster into their central headquarters and production facility in Owings Mills.

    Since it opened in 2015, Strategic Factory’s 40,000-square-foot facility has been the power behind the storefronts, expanding services to include digital marketing, signage, promotional products and branded apparel. Local storefronts remained open for longtime clients to place orders and pick up samples and marketing collateral. 

    “Over the past few years, the world has changed drastically,” said CEO Keith Miller. “Consumers are no longer utilizing retail brick and mortar storefronts as they did in the past. Reflecting on that, more and more businesses are taking advantage of our fleet of delivery vehicles, available to pick up and drop off whenever needed, along with our custom online portal and website for submitting files exclusively online.”

    “To prepare for future expansion at our Owings Mills location, it made sense to move the storefronts and team members into our headquarters sooner rather than later,” Miller said. “Consolidating the storefronts means the entire Strategic Factory family will be under one roof, giving clients the full support of more than 130 team members, including product-specific experts, graphic designers and our marketing department.” 

    The timing was right, as their 17+ year franchise relationship recently ended under mutual agreement. 

    “We’ve spent many months deliberating and discussing the many factors and concerns about the separation and, ultimately, the consolidation of our storefronts. We firmly believe this is the right move to support our team, our future growth, and most importantly, our customers,” said Miller. 

    Effective Monday, August 21, Miller’s Baltimore/Pikesville location will be relocated, and store Manager Amy Whitten can be found at Strategic Factory. The Towson storefront will move to Owings Mills in early October.

    About Strategic Factory

    Strategic Factory encourages collaboration between strategy and creativity to deliver powerful, cohesive and innovative campaigns. Services include creative and digital marketing, graphic and website 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 and branding needs. For more company information, visit www.strategicfactory.com.


  • August 08, 2017 2:55 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)
    From the Baltimore County Police Department:

    Please be mindful of persons on the businesses grounds that are unfamiliar to the company. Recent burglaries have occurred in the area, with a subject entering unlocked building doors dressed to look like a client or an employee. The subject has been seen with bags or will will take carrying bags from the offices to remove laptops. Again, please lock doors when possible, keep an eye out for subjects that may not be expected at the business, and contact 911 for any suspicious subjects.
  • August 08, 2017 2:12 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Although Governor Hogan vetoed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) which would have required employers with over 14 employees to provide paid sick and safe leave, it is expected that the legislature will override the Governor’s veto at the beginning of the new legislative session in January.  
    In order to get ready for implementation of this legislation employers should be taking steps now to avoid costly compliance issues should the Act take effect early next year. 

    Employers should be comparing their existing paid leave policies, if any, to the requirements of the Act. The general requirements of the Act may be found HERE. 

    Employers should be ensuring that their time keeping systems have the capability of tracking the accrual of paid leave. 

    Employers should be ensuring that existing leave policies allow for the use of paid leave in all the situations contemplated by the Act. 

    Employers who do not currently have an existing paid leave policy should be developing one in case implementation becomes necessary early next year. 

    Read Full Article on Maryland Paid Sick Leave Bill on the PK Law Blog>>

  • June 30, 2017 5:22 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Strategic Factory Moves Up One Spot In The Top 100 Quick And Small Commercial Printer Rankings

    OWINGS MILLS, MD – June 8, 2017 – Printing News magazine announced Strategic Factory as #6 in the annual Top 100 Quick and Small Commercial Printers rankings for 2017.

    The year 2016 was, overall, a good year for quick and small commercial printers, as this year’s Top 100 companies indicate. Total sales figures were up more than 11% compared to 2015.

    In addition to providing print work, nearly half of the Top 100 (47%) indicate they are now offering non-print marketing services to clients. These services range from social media and email marketing to graphics, design, website development, SEO services, and more.

    Strategic Factory’s CEO Keith Miller was an early adapter and pioneer of diversification. Miller founded Strategic Factory as a one-stop shop for business and marketing collateral, including print, mail, graphic design, signage, website design, promotional products and customized branded apparel. Miller sees several services as growth opportunities going forward:

    “Areas that have tremendous opportunities for growth are large-format and digital services,” Miller said. “Our signage agency has more than doubled in size since last year, through both organic growth and a strategic acquisition, and we are busier than ever. We acquired a digital marketing agency late last year and have been building and launching several new websites each week. Now, more than ever, we are truly a complete one-stop shop for our customers.”

    Since opening in January of 2015, Strategic Factory has been ranked in the Top 10 each year: #8 in 2015, #7 in 2016 and now #6 in 2017. Miller’s goal is to crack the Top 5 next year.

    “If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind,” he stated. “We’re moving forward.”

    Read the full article: http://www.printingnews.com/article/12337053/2017-annual-top-100-quick-small-commercial-printers

    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.


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