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Leffler Agency and Siquis both close Friday after 30-some years

Leffler Agency and Siquis both close Friday after 30-some years

Two Baltimore-based advertising agencies shut down on Friday after three decades in the business for each, as area firms increasingly need to find a niche to compete for a shrinking pool of hometown clients.

The Leffler Agency, started nearly 33 years ago by former Baltimore Colts sales director Robert "Bob" Leffler Jr., began liquidating Friday and expected to wind down over the next month. The marketing firm tried to expand about three years ago from mainly sports-related clients, such as university athletic programs, to a broader range of businesses, Leffler said.

"We had a good run," Leffler, 71, the firm's president and owner, said Friday. "We had...

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