Baltimore County Now
Jennifer Werry Stewart
Baltimore County Government Coordinator, 2015 Race for the Cure
Chief of Staff, Baltimore County Fire Department
If you are in Hunt Valley on a certain Sunday morning every October, you will be amazed to witness what looks like a sea of pink filling the roads and sidewalks!
I am excited to report that, once again, Baltimore County employees have been the top fundraiser among groups participating in the 2015 Race for the Cure. We are happy to partner with Komen Maryland to host the Race for the Cure each year and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is pleased to serve as the honorary chair for this remarkable event.
Special congratulations go out to Paramedic/Firefighter Linda Sears who was this year’s recipient of The Power of One award from Komen Maryland, presented to her at its annual appreciation reception last week by Komen Maryland Executive Director, Mark Roeder. (Photo credit: Ashley Michelle Photography.)
Linda has been the captain of the Fire Department’s Race for the Cure team for nine years and during that time, the team has raised $93,000 to support those affected by breast cancer. Linda was instrumental in registering people to participate in the race and created commemorative t-shirts each year to raise donations.
Baltimore County Government was also recognized at the reception as the top group fundraiser for the 2015 Race for the Cure. Sixteen teams from various county agencies collected almost $30,000 last year.
Thanks very much to everyone who participated, and let’s beat our own record and make Hunt Valley even pinker this coming October!
Companies Show Quality of County Business Community
Potomac Photonics in the bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park and Dunbar Security Solutions in Hunt Valley have been recognized with the 2015 Baltimore County New Directions Award.
The annual award is made to companies that exemplify the quality and future direction of the County’s business community. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will present the awards November 19, at the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame ceremony.
"We are proud to recognize Potomac Photonics and Dunbar Security Solutions as leaders in Baltimore County’s technology community,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Both companies demonstrate the importance of seizing growth opportunities.”
Potomac Photonics is a manufacturer of micro machined parts used in medical, biotech and electronic devices. Located at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, the entrepreneurial firm is growing its export business and adding new equipment with the assistance of a $150,000 High Technology loan from Baltimore County.
Dunbar Security Solutions, a subsidiary of Dunbar Armored that includes the parent company’s cyber, alarm system and central station monitoring services, is expected to expand its Hunt Valley workforce from 40 to 100 over the next four years. Dunbar Security Solutions is adding office space on Schilling Road to accommodate this anticipated growth.
Potomac Photonics and Dunbar Security Solutions join previous New Directions Award winners that include Social Solutions, Firaxis Games, Nations Photo Lab and Pharmaceutics International, Inc.
County Chamber Business Hall of Fame Inductees
In addition to the New Directions award, the Community College of Baltimore County and Kenneally & Company, certified public accountants, will be inducted into the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame at the November 19 ceremony at Hayfields Country Club.
Bryan Dunn, Marketing Specialist, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
First, the news. Congratulations to Carchex in Hunt Valley, which grew its workforce by 42 percent since January. The company, which provides direct-to-consumer aftermarket vehicle protection plans, also moved to larger quarters last year at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre for a location that would allow them to grow. Apparently it’s working out. And they’re still hiring.
Carchex is in good company in the hot I-83 business corridor. There’s JMT’s recent announcement of a new Hunt Valley headquarters, McCormick & Company’s decision to continuing growing in Baltimore County, US Lacrosse breaking ground on a new headquarters that includes a museum and national training facility, and Kelly & Associates Insurance Group moving its 500 employees to a larger headquarters in Sparks. The vibrant Hunt Valley-Sparks business community has helped the hotel industry as well, with the just completed $15 million renovation of the 392-room Hunt Valley Inn Wyndham Grand on Shawan Road.
Carchex Hiring Now
If you’re interested in joining the Carchex team, don’t miss a career open house for inside sales representatives on Wednesday, June 17, 6 to 8 p.m. at the company’s Hunt Valley headquarters.
Help for Growing Businesses
Regardless of where your business is located in Baltimore County, the County’s workforce experts are ready to put resources in your hands to make it easier to grow. For instance, if your company is hiring a significant number of new employees in a 24-month period, you may be eligible for the Maryland Job Creation Tax Credit. That’s just one of many incentive programs available. For more information, give Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development a call at 410-887-8000.