Lehigh University
Small Business Development Center
Helping Businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper

About the Lehigh University SBDC

The Lehigh University SBDC provides consulting services and educational programs to entrepreneurs wanting to start or grow a small business. SBDC consultants work one on one with entrepreneurs to help test a new business proposition, shape a business plan, or investigate funding issues. Addressing topics ranging from financing to issues to marketing tactics, SBDC programs serve to inform and assist entrepreneurs with the many tasks that business owners face.

Consultations with staff are by appointment only such that we encourage you to submit your Request for Service form prior to coming to our offices.

SBDC at Lehigh

Our Services

For Pre-Venture

Those exploring the idea of a new business who do not have previous business experience can start working with the SBDC by attending our "First Step Pre-Business Workshop." The content is a general overview of what it takes to start a business. The sessions are held at various locations in Northampton, Lehigh, Upper Bucks, and Northern Montgomery counties. An online version is also available for those who cannot attend in person. More information can be found on the SBDC seminars page.

The second phase for start-ups is using our website's resources to fine-tune and develop your start-up concept. The Resources page is your connection to demographics, market research, municipal contact information, and more. Complete the Request for Service form for additional follow-up assistance.

Congressman Charlie Dent
Hosts Small Business Day

May 26, 2015

Northampton Community College’s Fowler Family Southside Center
511 East Third St.,
Bethlehem, PA 18015, Room 605

What Business Should I Start? 10:00a-11:30a

And How Do I Fund It?11:30a-12:15p

Growing Your International Business 1:00p-1:45p

Set Up and Sell to the Government 2:00p-3:00p

For more information: please contact Makala Ashmar in Congressman Charlie Dent’s Lehigh Valley district office at 610.770.3490 or makala.ashmar@mail.house.gov

For more information and registration details click for the Upcoming Seminars webpage.

For New and Existing Business

Second Step Seminar (2/18)
Financing your startup!

What Is the Second Step Seminar?

A follow up to the First Step Seminar.

In this workshop, attendees will receive an overview of financing options for startups.

Bank financing, SBA loans, microloans, and alternative financing options will be discussed.

Click for more information!

Established companies can work with SBDC consultants and staff to receive help with a wide array of projects ranging from financing and human resources to government contracting and international trade. Complete the Request for Service form to become a client. Existing businesses, please use this link for services. If you have previously worked with the SBDC, please call us at 610-758-3980.

Our Location

The offices of the Lehigh University SBDC are located at 125 Goodman Drive on Lehigh University's Goodman Campus in Bethlehem.

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Small Business Development Center
Lehigh University
125 Goodman Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3980
Fax: (610) 758-5205

Latin America Business Opportunities
The Pacific Alliance Countries (2/17)

Presented by the SBDC International Trade Development Program

When: February 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am
Where: Ben Franklin TechVentures, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Cost: $25.00

The Pacific Alliance is a free trade agreement among the four country members formed in 2012.  The total output for the four countries accounts for more than a third of Latin America's total gross domestic product, 215 million people and 39 percent of Latin America's GDP, placing the Pacific Alliance as the ninth largest economy in the world.

This seminar will focus on the following industries: construction, oil and gas, mining, petrochemical, power generation, transportation equipment manufacturers and engineering firms.

Registration: Please click on flyer and email or fax the form.

For more information and registration details click for the Upcoming Seminars webpage.

Disaster Assistance

Export Workshop:
Smart Steps to Grow Your International Business

Two Sessions Remain:
Jan. 28, Feb. 2
from 2:00pm – 4:15pm

Location: National Penn Bank, 800 Route 113, Souderton, PA

Cost is FREE. Training Materials are included. Seating is Limited. Register promptly. Click for more info and registration form.

Description:A series of four workshop sessions to assist your company in growing international sales:

Session 1 - International Marketing
Session 2 - Compliance and Logistics
Session 3 - International Finance
Session 4 - Case Study

For more info:

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LU PTAC Presents:
Set Up and Sell to the Government (4/10)

Now available as a webinar!

The Federal Government is the world's LARGEST buyer of goods and services!

Join the Lehigh University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to learn how to get your foot in the door!

The federal government purchases $500,000 in products and services every 20 seconds!

Are you looking to potentially grow sales and expand your business?

Have you thought about selling your products or services to the federal, state, or local governments?

Interested to see if it is right for you?

For more info: Click for more information!

The First Step
July 9, 2015

Lehigh University
Rauch Business Center
621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start?

This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

Event Flyer:
Click for event flyer (PDF)

For more information and registration details click for the Upcoming Seminars webpage.

Lehigh University SBDC Aids PA Company to Bring Jobs Home

When the owners of Kempton, PA-based Tree Armor contacted the Lehigh University SBDC for assistance in marketing their coiled protective tree wrap to government agencies, they opened the door to a broad range of services to assist their small business.

The SBDC's Government Marketing Director David Dunn learned of Tree Armor's quality and production issues with their overseas manufacturer, leading to staff assistance in value-engineering their product and bringing the manufacturing back to the U.S.

Read more about this growing company and the SBDC services' impact as reported in The Morning Call and on WFMZ-TV News!

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