Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product?

Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit is a one-day workshop designed to help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business.

The course will be sponsored by the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center and held at Wilkes University’s Henry Student Center, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA on Thursday,

September 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How Can Food for Profit Help Me?

Food for Profit will take you step-by-step through the entrepreneurial process. It will provide you with the information and skills to assess if your idea will be something that will sell at a profit. Conducting a feasibility study (to see if yours is a good business idea), performing marketing research, and beginning to draft a business plan are a few of the concrete tools taught by certified instructors and business experts. By attending this class, you can learn how to evaluate the opportunities on paper before you look for funding or take action.

Who Should Attend the Course?

If you want to develop the skills to be innovative and visionary in your business – to grow your food venture – you will benefit from this course. If you’re searching for innovative ideas about how to get your enterprise off the ground, this program is for you! 

Registration Information

Food for Profit’s tuition is $45 per person through August 28 ($55 after that date) and includes all materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required, and may be accomplished on-line at, or by calling the registration coordinator at (717) 921-8803. For further information about workshop content, contact Extension Educator, Winifred McGee,, (717) 921-8803. Pre-payment and registration are required.





PROSPER Teams To Conduct 5K Race

The Carbondale and Scranton PROmoting School – community – university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) teams in partnership with Lackawanna Heritage Valley are holding a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 27, at the Olive Street Trailhead on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, Scranton, starting at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will be used for PROSPER’s evidence based drug and alcohol prevention programs in the Carbondale Area and Scranton School Districts.

The entry fee is $20 before September 13 and $25 after.  The cost for children under age 12 is $15 before September 13 and $20 after.  Awards will be given for the overall male and female winners and first, second and third place winners for males and females in seven different age categories.

Registration forms can be found on the Lackawanna PROSPER Facebook page and the PROSPER 5K Facebook page.  Interested individuals can also get a form by calling the Penn State Extension Office at 570-963-6842.

The PROSPER project is an innovative model for bringing evidence based prevention programs to communities in order to strengthen youth, families, and the community. The focus is on strengthening parent-child relations and problem-solving, building youth life skills, and teaching youth to avoid peer pressure or dangerous behaviors.

The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 is one PROSPER program being implemented in the Carbondale Area and Scranton School Districts. It is a seven-week program designed to reduce adolescent substance abuse and other problematic behaviors. It has been scientifically tested and results have shown that children who have completed the program are less likely to become involved in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse.

Youth benefit from attending the sessions by learning to: prepare for their teen years, communicate with their parents, deal with stress and peer pressure, and avoid alcohol and drug problems.  Parents and caregivers enhance their parenting skills by: learning to set limits and show love, making house rules, encouraging good behavior, protecting their children from substance abuse, and learning how to handle stress.  The free program includes dinner for the family, prizes, and child care for younger family members. Programs are starting in both school districts in late September/early October 2014.

For more information about the PROSPER 5K or The Strengthening Families Program, contact the Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842.

Intermodal Groundbreaking

The Lackawanna County Commissioners attended the groundbreaking of the new Intermodal Center, which will soon be built on the current site of the State Office Building parking lot in Scranton.

l-r Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.