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ADMMicro Inc. of Roanoke received the Rising Star Award from the NewVa Corridor Technology Council. ADMMicro was cited for its intelligent energy management system, which monitors energy usage of electricity, natural gas, and propane, as well as water consumption. (News release)

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will hire 25 people for its telesales force in Roanoke. The move comes as part of reorganization by Anthem’s parent company WellPoint Inc. that sent a sales unit from New York to Roanoke. (The Roanoke Times)

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital was rated a Stage 6 hospital by Health Information Management Systems Society Analytics, based on its use of electronic medical records. Only 42 hospitals in the country are at least Stage 6. The highest rating is Stage 7 when medical records are completely electronic. (News release)

First Community Bancshares Inc. announced plans for a public offering of $50 million of common stock. Proceeds will be used for general corporate business, including repurchase of preferred stock from the federal government’s TARP program, subject to approval from banking regulators. (Business Wire)

HomeTown Bank, a Roanoke-based financial institution, will seek approval from its shareholders to create a bank holding company, HomeTown Bankshares Corp., to own the bank and provide for future expansion plans. Federal and state regulators have approved the idea. HomeTown has $25 million in capital and roughly 10 times that amount in outstanding loans. (The Roanoke Times)

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