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.

For New and Existing Business

EcoTech Marine to Receive SBA Honor

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently confirmed Lehigh University SBDC client EcoTech Marine as winner of its prestigious "Small Business Exporter of the Year" award for the Mid-Atlantic Region, which encompasses Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
  • Nominated for the award by the SBDC's International Trade Director Cora Landis, EcoTech Marine owners Patrick Clasen, Timothy Marks and Justin Lawyer will be celebrated at the SBA awards ceremony on June 12th in Philadelphia.
  • As a regional winner, the company will now be vying for the national level award among the 10 regions. Learn more about EcoTech Marine and their award, on their Website.

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.

Click Here for Driving Directions

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

Do you want to Start a Business?
The First Step (Aug. 27)

Lehigh University, Rauch Business Center, 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
1:30 – 3:00 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.

For registration information please follow this link.

Bringing the
World to You
The Lehigh Valley's Premier International Conference

Monday, September 15, 2014

at Ben Franklin Tech Ventures: 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
4th Floor Conference Area

For cost and registration information please follow this link.

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.

Disaster Assistance

News You Can Use

Click for News Archives