Name of the business: Charlsen Insurance Agency Inc.Location: 1021 Washington Road, No. 200, in Newton.Background: The new insurance agency officially opened in October and is a branch of the Charlsen Insurance Agency in Halstead.Staff: Agent Patrick Charlsen said he is excited about setting up shop in Newton. He has worked in the industry about four years and previously worked at his father’s Halstead office. He grew up in Newton and attended Emporia State University.Services offered: Home, auto, business, farm and life insurance, and more. Charlsen Insurance Agency is an independent, locally-owned agency.About the expansion: Charlsen said the expansion is part of the business’s efforts to better reach out to customers in the Newton area. He wants to become involved in the community and help others through his business. “I thought it would be fun to give back in the way I saw people giving back when I was in high school,” he said. Deciding what insurance is the best option can be a complicated process, and Charlsen said he always is available to help people with questions, even if they aren’t customers.More information: Call 804-4945 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins also are welcome. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.