Quick Takes

READY TO START UP: The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Ohio Small Business Development Centers and business and community services at Kent State University will present New Business Start Up, an overview of issues related to starting and operating a business including business and financial planning, market demand, financing and more.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 1 at the chamber offices, 630 Market St., Steubenville. A materials fee of $30 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers will be charged. To register or for information, call the chamber at (740) 282-6226.

RECOGNIZED: Washington, Pa.-based Community Bank has been recognized as a Community Hometown Banking Champion by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers.

Community Bank was honored for its connection and service to cutomers in Southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio through its Community Bank Cares program. It will donate $100 to the charity of the customer’s choice for every new loan of more than $25,000 or every new certificate of deposit more than $25,000 for 25 months or longer. To date, more than $225,000 has been distributed to more than 700 local charities and churches, including many local first responders.

“The people of the Tri-State Area are very generous and give back to their communities in many ways. Similarly, one of the primary attributes of all community banks is the profound way in which we give back to the communities that we serve. At Community Bank, we are particularly proud of the Community Bank Cares Program. It has successfully tied our customers’ desire to give back with our same desire,” said Patrick O’Brien, president and CEO of Community Bank.

AUCTION: The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in rural areas.

5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving cars and augmented reality. The rollout started last week in the U.S. and South Korea but will take years.