Name of business: Allegheny Benefits & Consulting LLC
Owners: Kathy Valentine and Eric Ford
Address: 277 Eastern Blvd., Suite 3, Hagerstown
Opening date: April 1
Products and services: All types of employee benefits plans (medical, dental, life, disability, etc.) and human resources consulting (preparing handbooks, writing policies and procedures)
Market area: Tri-State area
How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "We realized that most small- to medium-size businesses do not employ a full-time HR person. We are able to provide those types of services on a contract basis in addition to selling the employee benefit plans."