Business Briefs

HEAP, PIPP applications

LISBON — The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County is taking applications for State HEAP and Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus) at its office located at 7860 Lincole Place, Lisbon. Neither program will offer immediate assistance with utility bills.

Applications for State HEAP are available at post offices, libraries, and utility companies throughout Columbiana County. For more information on State HEAP, call 1-800-282-0880.

Requirements must be meet. For more information, call 330-424-4013. For detailed guidelines visit

PeppeBroni’s opens in Weirton

WEIRTON — PeppeBroni’s Pizza, 3323 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, is now open.

In addition to regular and specialty pizzas, PeppeBroni’s features a selection of calzones, wings, salads and hoagies. It can be contacted at 681-328-3938.

This is PeppeBroni’s second location, with its first restaurant operating in Morgantown the last six years. Rich Ryan is owner/manager.

Wheeling ranks high in poll

WHEELING — A national finance website ranks Wheeling ahead of Santa Monica, Calif., Canton, Ohio, Fort Myers, Fla., and nearly 1,200 other municipalities as the 61st best small city in which to start a new business.

WalletHub assembled the ratings, which place Wheeling ahead of every other city in West Virginia as the best place to start a new business.

The ranking is welcome news to city leaders, but Mayor Glenn Elliott and Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said Wheeling can do even better.

“I think we need to continue to focus on making Wheeling a place where businesses can succeed, where people want to live and spend their time,” Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said. “No matter how well things are going, I don’t think we will ever be satisfied or take our foot off the gas. There is always room for improvement and problems that need solved.”

WalletHub rated 1,261 cities whose populations are between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. Factors in the rankings include average number of hours per work week; number of business startups; labor costs; industry variety; cost of living; access to higher education; access to credit; taxes and regulations; and availability of office space.

Wheeling scored particularly well in the areas of higher education, credit, taxes and available office space. The city did not perform as well in the metrics for business startups and average number of hours worked.