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New biz Q&A - Health & Fitness Weight Loss

March 21, 2004

Owner: Linda Long Gibney.

Address: 339 E. Antietam St., Suite 4, Hagerstown.

Opening date: July 7, 2003.

Products and services: "Weight-loss products and counseling. The program, which is open to men and women, will offer a 20-pound weight loss in six weeks along with a stabilization program teaching you how to maintain your goals. While on the program, you will eat store-bought food consisting of foods from the four basic food groups and taking high protein supplements, replenishing the body with nutrients depleted by dieting."

Market area: Tri-State area.

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "Thirteen years ago, I worked for another weight-loss business that closed. I saw the need to help others with their situations. I then decided to open my own office."

Previous business experience: "Opened originally in 1991. Had two offices, one in Funkstown and one in Lonaconing, Md."

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Number of employees: One.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. By appointment only.

Web site: None.

Telephone: 301-573-3868.

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