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New business - Advantage Bail Bond

July 18, 2005

Name of business: Advantage Bail Bond Inc.

Owner: Leroy Wendall Roberts

Address: 23 W. Antietam St., Hagerstown

Opening date: June 6

Products and services: Bail bond

Market area: All of Maryland

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "My deceased brother. I was employed by IBM in Gaithersburg, Md., for seven years. Me and my brother, Kenneth Roberts, always dreamed of owning our own business. We put our minds together. Kenneth went to Catonsville Community College and received his property and casualty insurance license. I ... attended Frederick Community Callege to take a noncredit course and received my license.

"We saved our money and invested almost every dime into Roberts Bail Bonds. Thanks to God and our parents, John and Hallie Sheffer, we were able to achieve our dream.

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"Kenneth Roberts died in a motorcycle accident in 2001. I ... through the grace of God and my family, am able to still operate today."

There also is an office in Frederick, Md.

Previous business experience: 10 years

Number of employees: Two

Hours: 24 hours a day

Telephone: 301-766-9003

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