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Capital Region Benefits has recovered since the owners dissolved their partnership in November.

Capital Region Benefits has recovered since the owners dissolved their partnership in November.

The company is based in the Upper Allen Township home of remaining partner Diane Gutshall. The insurance broker acts as a liaison between small businesses and health insurance companies.

Former partner Jennifer Geesey now operates a competing firm, Central Penn Benefits, from her East Manchester Township home in York County.

The two had formed Capital Region Benefits in mid-2004.

There was little client crossover during the partnership, which made the split easier, Gutshall said. She kept her clients in the Harrisburg area, and Geesey kept her clients in York County. The two had more than $1.3 million in combined premiums and monthly commissions of $5,700 before the split, Gutshall said.

Neither partner wanted to comment on the split. Geesey said she wanted to reach out to different types of clients, but she did not elaborate.

Gutshall is plowing ahead and looking for new clients in York County. She plans to expand to Lancaster County after she hires an assistant.

Geesey wants to focus on York County, but she also has targeted Adams, Dauphin and Lancaster counties as growth areas.

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