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  • June 06, 2017 3:32 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union (AFFCU) is looking for a customer representative. They will be responsive for a broad range of member services from opening/closing accounts, processing loans, assisting members with financial transactions and engaging members with conversation to uncover their financial needs.

    Does this sound like you?

    Learn how to apply here>>

  • May 30, 2017 11:07 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)


    May 30, 2017 – Baltimore. Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has once again ranked the firm highly in its 2017 list of leading firms and business lawyers. This year’s recognition includes a record 29 attorneys in 4 states, the District of Columbia and Afghanistan.

    Recognized in these practices:

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA)
    Corporate/M&A (MD)
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (MD)
    General Business Law (Afghanistan)
    Healthcare (MD)
    Intellectual Property (MD)
    Labor & Employment (MD)
    Litigation: General Commercial (MD)
    Private Wealth Law (MD)
    Real Estate (MD)
    Real Estate: Land Use (MD)

    Individual lawyers listed in Chambers USA and their areas of recognition are below (*newly recognized in 2017):

    Thomas C. Barbuti 

    Real Estate, MD - Senior Statesman

    G. Scott Barhight

    Real Estate: Land Use, MD

    Mary Claire Chesshire

    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, MD

    Nelson C. Cohen

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, MD

    Robert B. Curran

    Corporate/M&A, MD

    Deborah H. Diehl

    Corporate/M&A, MD

    Bradford F. Englander

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, VA

    Martin T. Fletcher

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, MD - Eminent Practitioner

    John B. Gontrum

    Real Estate: Land Use, MD

    L. Katherine Good

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, DE - Up and Coming

    Peter D. Guattery

    Labor & Employment, MD

    Sigrid C. Haines

    Healthcare, MD

    Michael E. Hastings

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, VA

    Kevin G. Hroblak

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, MD

    Christopher A. Jones

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, VA

    Frank S. Jones, Jr.*

    Corporate/M&A, MD - Recognized Practitioner

    David R. Kuney

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, DC - Senior Statesman

    Paul W. Madden

    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, MD

    Rose M. Matricciani

    Healthcare, MD

    Kevin C. McCormick

    Labor & Employment, MD

    Joseph J. Mezzanotte

    Real Estate, MD

    Paul M. Nussbaum

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, MD

    Michael J. Roeschenthaler*

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, PA

    William F. Ryan, Jr.*

    Litigation: General Commercial, MD - Recognized Practitioner

    Christopher M. Samis

    Bankruptcy/Restructuring, DE

    Gregory M. Stone*

    Intellectual Property, MD

    Steven E. Tiller

    Intellectual Property, MD


    Individual lawyers listed in Chambers Global and their areas of recognition are below:

    Enayat Qasimi

    General Business Law-Afghanistan (Expert Based Abroad)


    Individual lawyers listed in Chambers HNW (High Net Worth) and their areas of recognition are below:

    Edwin G. Fee, Jr.

    Private Wealth Law, MD

    About Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP: The over 160 attorneys at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston are dedicated to offering a comprehensive range of business law and litigation service to regional, national and international clients. We deliver sophisticated, cost – effective legal services to innovative start-ups, middle market companies and global enterprises from our twelve offices in Delaware, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  For more information, please visit our website at www.wtplaw.com. 

  • May 26, 2017 1:35 PM | 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. 

    With the help of 10,000 volunteers, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy has successfully planted over 28,000 trees on approximately 150 acres of land in the Gunpowder watershed!

    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!   

    To learn more, please contact Peggy Perry, GVC Program Director, at pperry@gunpowdervc.org or via 410-692-0468.  Please view our many programs and exciting events at www.gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org.

  • May 16, 2017 9:15 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Calling adventure seekers of all ages fundraise for the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland in exchange for the thrill of rappelling off the 15 story Hyatt Regency Baltimore Hotel Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Read about on the National Kidney Foundation Website>>

    Download the Flyer Here>>

  • April 24, 2017 4:24 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Ladew Gardens is gearing up for their Garden Festival event on May 5th and 6th. Don't miss out on this wonderful event! Download the Invitation>>

  • April 12, 2017 10:23 AM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Steve Wheeler is the location coordinator for an organization called Wreaths Across America. Steve seeks support to accomplish WAA​'s to provide a Christmas ​wreath at the grave of each of the 3,500 veterans at rest in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium. You can help make this possible by donating $15 per wreath. Please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org and follow the directions in the flyer below!

    Download the flyer here>>

  • April 07, 2017 3:48 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    Join Sappari Solutions on May 11th at 6:30 to learn how to organize and de-clutter your space.

    Location: Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors

    Topic: How to Clear Your Clutter for Spring (and Moving!)

    Description: Spring is a great time to clear out the old and make way for the new, whether you are preparing for an upcoming move or just want to be more comfortable in your current space.  Learn a proven system for letting go of clutter and organizing your space to move you forward whatever your next step might be!

    Register online here!

  • April 04, 2017 3:02 PM | HVBF Administrator (Administrator)

    From NottinghamMD.com:

    It’s official.  The new Kona Ice shaved ice stand in Carney will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting event on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

    The event will be held at 10 a.m. at the corner of Joppa Road and Magledt Road in Carney. The site was once the location of My-T-Fine Snowballs, but Joni and Claude Elmore have renovated the shop in recent months, and they say that the new Kona Ice will be bringing back many of the old My-T-Fine flavors. Patrons will even be able to get a scoop of ice cream at the bottom of their cups.

    Last year, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks introduced legislation that would provide some certainty for snowball stand operators like the Elmores, allowing stands by right in certain zones and with some restrictions.

    “This property has been eyed by developers for many years, and I applaud the Elmores for investing to improve this iconic structure,” Councilman Marks commented.

    There has been a snowball stand at this location for more than six decades.

  • 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.



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