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Metro Bank, U.S. SBA & Harrisburg SCORE Announce Small Business Growth Series


HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 7, 2014) — Metro Bank, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Harrisburg SCORE have announced a partnership to bring a free small business growth seminar series to local business owners and entrepreneurs beginning Tuesday, March 18.

The four-part series will feature a variety of topics as well as industry experts who will provide attendees with valuable insight on the next steps they can take to enhance their businesses. Seminars will be hosted by Metro Bank at its headquarters in Harrisburg (3801 Paxton Street). Each date will include a brief networking session from 5:30-6pm and presentation at 6pm followed by Q&A.

"We’re pleased to partner with the U.S. SBA and Harrisburg SCORE to help support small businesses," said Metro Bank Chairman, President and CEO Gary L. Nalbandian. "Small businesses are critical to the wellness of local economies and when they succeed so do our communities."

Seminar dates and topics include:

"SBA is looking forward to this series with our lending partner, Metro Bank and our Harrisburg SCORE resource partner. This is a great commitment to providing training, tools and knowledge to empower our local business owners as entrepreneurs and job creators," said SBA Harrisburg Branch Manager Michael Kane.

Business experts from Metro Bank, U.S. SBA, Harrisburg SCORE, the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center and the Procurement Assistance Center SEDA Council of Governments will present. These experts include Sal Fazzolari, Commercial Loan Officer, Metro Bank; Andy Green, Chairman, Harrisburg SCORE; Charles Poticher, Certified Mentor, Harrisburg SCORE; Scott Sanders, Certified Mentor, Harrisburg SCORE; Michael Kane, Harrisburg Branch Manager, U.S. SBA; John Banks, Lead Economic Development Specialist, U.S. SBA; Martin Brill, Program Manager, International Trade, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center; and Robert Brown, Director, Procurement Technical Assistance Center SEDA Council of Governments.

"These seminars are a wonderful opportunity for SCORE and our partners to work together to familiarize local businesses with a variety of resources that can help them grow," said Harrisburg SCORE Chairman Andy Green.

Seating is limited. Those interested should contact Tara Byerly via phone (717-412-6640) or email (tara.byerly@mymetrobank.com) with the date(s) they wish to attend.

About Metro Bank
Metro Bank, subsidiary of Metro Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: METR), is a financial services retailer with 33 stores in the counties of Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Metro Bank opened its first location in Camp Hill, Pa. in 1985, pioneering industry-changing conveniences in Central Pennsylvania including seven-day branch banking, free personal checking, free customer coin-counting machines and use of a prototype store design. Additional services include instant-issue Visa debit cards, free online banking and 24/7 live customer service. The bank also offers commercial banking services including term loans, commercial mortgages, lines of credit and cash management services. For more information about Metro Bank, visit mymetrobank.com.

About U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. SBA recognizes that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance, by contacting michael.kane@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #13-0303-136.

About Harrisburg SCORE
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. For more information about Harrisburg SCORE, visit harrisburg.score.org.

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