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New Business -- Pet Retreat at Paramount Farm

February 25, 2007

Name of business: Pet Retreat at Paramount Farm

Owner: Carol Veil

Address: 21538 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, Leitersburg

Opening date: Nov. 22, 2006

Products and services: "We offer indoor boarding services for dogs, with outdoor exercise and play areas. Cats are housed in a private cattery. Additional services include bathing and private walks. We hope to offer doggie day care in the near future."

Market area: "Most of our customers are from Washington County, but we hope to reach into the entire four-state area."

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "I have a great interest in dogs and have always enjoyed caring for animals. While pursuing my master's degree, I researched and prepared a business plan for a start-up animal kennel. I discovered at that time the great demand this geographical area holds for animal boarding facilities."

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Previous business experience: "Although my employment over the past 20 years has been in the biological research and legal fields, I have always spent considerable time caring for my own pets and pet-sitting for others. Additionally, I have worked with dogs and cats as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Washington County."

Number of employees:Four part-time employees

Hours: "Pet Retreat operates 24/7 providing care of animals. We currently open for pet drop-offs and pick-ups by appointment in the morning and evening hours. As the busy spring and summer seasons approach, we will schedule blocks of time for drop-offs and pick-ups."

Web site: www.petretreat.net

Telephone: 301-790-3276

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