Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

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Greenbriar animal hospitalexpands staff with vet

Greenbriar Emergency Hospital and Veterinary Referral Center in Urbana recently hired Dr. Geoff Heffner to lead its critical care program.

Heffner will oversee emergency services and staff, lead advanced training and perform critical procedures, according to hospital information.

Heffner completed his residency in emergency and critical care medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, Mass., and completed his small animal medical and surgical internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists. He has a bachelor’s in physiology and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Michigan State University.

BlueRidge Bank hits stock offering goal

BlueRidge Bank, which plans to open in the spring in downtown Frederick, has announced it received subscriptions for upward of 1.6 million shares.

‘‘I am extremely pleased that the subscriptions we received surpassed our maximum goal of $16 million within the offering period,” said president and CEO Brian Gaeng in a statement. ‘‘I believe that the success of our offering is a clear indication of a desire for an authentic community bank that meets the needs and values of each customer.”

The bank’s opening is still subject to regulatory approval.

Welocalize appoints sales director in Japan

Welocalize Inc. of Frederick, which provides translation and other computer services, named Terukazu Konishi sales director in its new Japan branch.

Welocalize clients include AOL, Autodesk, Canon, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates, IBM, Microsoft, Sun, Symantec and Xerox. The company also has offices in Portland, Ore.; Redwood Shores, Calif.; Dublin; Beijing; and Saarbrücken, Germany.

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Wood Street dives into

Web work for Crowley

Wood Street development, a graphic design company in Frederick, recently announced the launch of a new line of product Web sites for the Crowley Co., a commercial imaging company in Frederick.

New Market startup tagged

for eco-friendly power strip sales, a Web company in New Market that sells environmentally friendly products, recently partnered with a producer of a USB strip designed to minimize electrical use.

The USB Ecostrip plugs into both a wall socket and a computer’s USB portal so that when the computer is turned off, other electrical devices such as printers, lamps or speakers are also shut down.

M&T Bank announces

energy-efficiency financing fund

M&T Bank, which has six branches in Frederick County, has launched a program to help local governments and municipalities finance energy-efficiency upgrades.

The bank has targeted $50 million to help pay for new energy-efficient lighting, adding heating, ventilation and air conditioning management systems, upgrading mechanical systems and other such projects.

Applications for financing of up to $500,000 may be eligible for a streamlined approval process.

In Frederick County, M&T banks claimed $191 million in deposits by June, or about 6 percent of the county’s market share, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Sam Wong Salon

hires new stylist

Sam Wong Salon on North Market Street in Frederick recently hired Erin Heyrand, a professional stylist.

Heyrand recently completed a one-month training course on makeup application.