WASHINGTON - A bank that has helped fuel technology growth and venture capital start-ups on the West Coast and Massachusetts soon could be tapping into the high-tech-heavy Middle Atlantic region.

Silicon Valley Bancshares of San Jose, Calif., is considering opening a loan office in either Virginia or Maryland in the coming months, bank officials said. It would be the bank's second office on the East Coast, joining its Wellesley, Mass., site.

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