Local food, beverage and hospitality industry businesses in Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Carbon, Schuylkill and Wyoming counties are eligible to apply for scholarships to MetroAction's Small Business Institute program. Through an innovative partnership between Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program, and MetroAction, food, beverage and hospitality businesses are now able to access these training scholarships as well as flexible loans to help their businesses grow.

MetroAction's offering the four-week Small Business Institute in conjunction with the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center on Thursdays, beginning September 1, from 9 a.m. to noon in Scranton. It is a practical, hands-on program designed to sharpen the skills needed to develop, manage, and grow a successful business.

"The sessions were interesting, informative, educational, well facilitated and most of all fun. No matter how long you are in business, you need to keep it fresh. I would definitely recommend this program to other entrepreneurs," said Paul Nardone, owner of Outrageous, a café and boutique in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Earlier this year, MetroAction and Samuel Adams announced the expansion of Brewing the American Dream into eastern Pennsylvania. This initiative supports small business owners in the food, beverage and hospitality industry by providing accessible financing, as well as business and financial literacy tools and assistance.

For more information on scholarship opportunities for the Small Business Institute or the Brewing the American Dream loan program, contact MetroAction at (570) 341-0270 or visit www.MetroAction.org [1].