South Bethlehem Assistance Program


A program of the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center (LUSBDC) located at the College of Business and Economics, the SBAP concentrates services to existing and prospective entrepreneurs in the community surrounding the University. The SBAP provides business consulting, entrepreneurial training, and information access and transfer to maximize business growth, enhance competitiveness and increase profitability of the community. The SBAP relies on the resources and expertise of the LUSBDC, Lehigh University, the private sector, and government agencies.

In addition to outreach, counseling, and training, the SBAP publishes a bi-annual newsletter dedicated to keeping the Lehigh/South Bethlehem community informed of activities, projects, partnerships, and resources affecting and involving businesses. All efforts contribute to program objectives of stronger business relationships and partnerships in South Bethlehem.

To access the SBDC's free services, find out how we can assist, or locate the appropriate resource for your situation, simply visit our website and complete the Request for Service online or call/stop by our offices for a blank copy to complete. Our staff will contact you to confidentially discuss the details and work with you to agree on a course of action, whether working with an SBDC counselor or an agency/resource outside the SBDC.

The Lehigh SBDC has moved!

Our new address is:

416 E. 5th St,
Bethlehem, PA 18015

We are on the main campus of Lehigh University, one block away from Rauch Business Center and Zoellner Arts Center.

Our phone number and hours remain the same!


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!