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The First Step (2/20)

Where: Lehigh University
Rauch Business Center
621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
When: February 20, 2014 at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Doors open at 1:00 pm)
Cost: $15.00 per person.
Registration: Pre-registration is required.

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.

Attendees will learn:

  • Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business
  • How to assess the feasibility of their business idea
  • Differences between business organization structures
  • How to develop a business plan
  • How to obtain financing
  • How to market their product or service
  • The applications and licenses needed to start their company

Registration: Pre-registration is required. Ways to register

  1. Visit: http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action (Payment cannot be made online), and,
    send payment to Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, 125 Goodman Drive Bethlehem, PA 18105.
  2. Or call the Lehigh SBDC at 610-758-3980.
  3. Or complete the registration (PDF) (include payment) and send to:
    Lehigh University Small Business Development Center
    125 Goodman Drive Bethlehem, PA 18105

Directions: Directions located here!

Parking: Street meter parking on Packer Ave.
or directly next door at the Zoellner Center Parking Garage for ($3.00 for garage)

Contact: For more information or to register contact the Lehigh SBDC at 610-758-3980 or email to insbdc@lehigh.edu

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, call the SBDC at 610-758-3980 for cancellation announcements.

 

SBDC REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Date: March 20, 2013 -or- April 16, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $15/person attending
Location: Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Driving Directions: click here or call 610-758-3980
Registration: Visit the eCenter; Select the Educational Programs link
Pre-registration is required!
Parking is free.
For more information call 610-758-3980

PTAC Selling to the Government Newsletter

The Lehigh University SBDC presents:
Business Basics 2013
Six hours with the experts! (11/4, 11/18, 12/2)

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  • Legal Issues for the Small Business Owner
  • Small Business Recordkeeping and Taxes
  • Marketing the Small Business

The "Business Basics Seminar Series" is designed for pre-venture and new businesses. You do not have to attend all of the sessions but, put together they provide a good legal/ accounting/ recordkeeping/ marketing foundation for the entrepreneur. The seminars will be taught by three of the Lehigh Valleys top business experts. Topics and speakers include:

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Monday, Nov. 4

LEGAL ISSUES

Speaker: Buddy Lesavoy, MBA, JD.

Monday, Nov. 18

RECORDKEEPING AND TAXES

Speaker: Loretta M. Tubiello-Harr, CPA/ABV, CVA

Monday, Dec. 2

MARKETING BASICS

Speaker: Andrew Stanten, MBA, President, Altitude Marketing

Buddy Lesavoy concentrates his practice in business including start-up, corporate, real estate matters, working with many family and closely-held businesses in the Lehigh Valley. A native of Allentown, he has a deep understanding of local business.

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The firm of Tubiello-Harr & Associates offers accounting, financial, tax, start-up services and much more to the business community. Expertise comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen.

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Altitude starts with the big picture to ensure that all of a business's marketing efforts work together – website, email, public relations, advertising, tradeshows, social media, pay-per-click and search engine optimization (SEO)

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REGISTRATION CLOSED

Registration Deadline October 30, 2013

Registration Deadline
Nov 13, 2013
Registration Deadline
Nov. 27, 2013

COST: $45 per session per person
TIME: 6:00 p.m. doors open | Class time 6:30 – 8:30p.m.
LOCATION: All three seminars will be held at the Rauch Business Center, 621 Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA, Room 91 (basement level) on the Lehigh University Campus.
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Parking - Street meters and parking in Zollner parking deck located next to the Rauch Business Center are both available. (deck=$3.00/meter=$1.50 per hour)

Pre-registration and payment are required. Drop in's add $25 to registration fee when paying at the door.

Click on the image above for a printable PDF registration form.

The First Step: Pre-Business Workshop (8/28)

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Held in cooperation with the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce. A SBDC "How To" workshop for enterpreneurs.

en•tre•pre•neur – noun
Entrepreneur, translated from its French roots, means “one who undertakes.” The term Entrepreneur is used to refer to anyone who undertakes the organization and management of an enterprise involving independence and risk as well as the opportunity for profit.

Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years, but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like

  • “How do I turn my idea into a successful business?”
  • “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?”
  • “Where can I find financing?”
  • “Where is the best place to open my business?”
  • “How do I prepare a business plan?”

Attending the“First Step” will start you down the path to successful business ownership!

Sponsors of the First Step Include:
AGEX Financial, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, ESSA Bank & Trust, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, M & T Bank, Wells Fargo Bank

At this SBDC workshop you will learn about:

  • What unique lifestyle requirements are involved in owning a business
  • Differences between business organizational structures
  • How to develop a business plan
  • How to obtain financing
  • How to market your product or service
  • The applications and licenses needed to start your company
  • How to conduct research on your industry, market and competition
  • Other resources that you can use to help you plan and succeed . . .
    and more!

Entrepreneurs without previous business experience can start working with the SBDC by attending the First Step in-person or completing it online at our website. After the First Step, your start-up journey continues with resources, feedback and guidance from the SBDC.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Date: Aug 28, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 2nd Floor, 21 N. Main Street, Quakertown, PA
Cost: $15/person attending
Registration: eCenter
Pre-registration is required! Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get settled.

For more information: call 610-758-3980.

Funding, support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and through support from Lehigh University. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling (610) 758-3980. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author (s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

Announcing First Step: Pre-Business Workshops
July 10 and August 29, 2013

Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years, but don't know where to start?

  • “How do I turn my idea into a successful business?”
  • “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?”
  • “Where can I find financing?”
  • “Where is the best place to open my business?”
  • “How do I prepare a business plan?”

Attending the“First Step” will start you down the path to successful business ownership!

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The First Step: Pre-Business Workshop (8/29)

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A SBDC “How To” workshop for entrepreneurs on July 10, 2013

en•tre•pre•neur – noun
Entrepreneur, translated from its French roots, means “one who undertakes.” The term Entrepreneur is used to refer to anyone who undertakes the organization and management of an enterprise involving independence and risk as well as the opportunity for profit.

Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years, but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like

  • “How do I turn my idea into a successful business?”
  • “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?”
  • “Where can I find financing?”
  • “Where is the best place to open my business?”
  • “How do I prepare a business plan?”

Attending the“First Step” will start you down the path to successful business ownership!

Sponsors of the First Step Include:
AGEX Financial, First Commonwealth Federal, Credit Union, First Niagara Bank, ESSA Bank & Trust, Firstrust Bank, National Penn Bank, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, M & T Bank, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo Bank

At this SBDC workshop you will learn about:

  • What unique lifestyle requirements are involved in owning a business
  • Differences between business organizational structures
  • How to develop a business plan
  • How to obtain financing
  • How to market your product or service
  • The applications and licenses needed to start your company
  • How to conduct research on your industry, market and competition
  • Other resources that you can use to help you plan and succeed . . .
    and more!

Entrepreneurs without previous business experience can start working with the SBDC by attending the First Step in-person or completing it online at our website. After the First Step, your start-up journey continues with resources, feedback and guidance from the SBDC.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Date: July 10, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Cost: $15/person attending
Driving Directions: http://www.lehigh.edu/sbdc/drivinginstructions.html or 610-758-3980
Registration: eCenter
Pre-registration is required!
Parking is free.

For more information: call 610-758-3980.

Funding, support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and through support from Lehigh University. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling (610) 758-3980. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author (s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

The First Step: Pre-Business Workshop (7/10)

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A FREE SBDC ‘How To” Workshop!

Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years, but don't know where to start?

Do you have unanswered questions like

  • “How do I turn my idea into a successful business?”;
  • “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?”;
  • “Where can I find financing?”;
  • “Where is the best place to open my business?”;
  • “How do I prepare a business plan?”.

The “First Step” will start you down the path to successful business ownership!

Attend this FREE workshop and you will learn:

  • About financing options;
  • About laws and regulations for starting a business;
  • About the business plan writing process;
  • Where you can get free, one-on-one help to get started;

Sponsors of the First Step Program Include:
AGEX Financial, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, First Niagara, ESSA Bank & Trust, Firstrust Bank, National Penn Bank, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, M & T Bank, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo Bank

Date: August 29, 2013
Time: 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Cost: Free
Location: Pennsylvania Career Link Lehigh Valley, 1601Union Boulevard, Allentown, PA
Registration: To register for this seminar or any SBDC seminar, please visit the registration page or call the SBDC at 610-758-3980.
Note: SEATING IS LIMITED. You must be pre-registered for this event!

Funding, support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and through support from Lehigh University. All services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities can be made by calling (610) 758-3980. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

 

 

Small Business Owner: You are Invited to the 5th Annual Lehigh Valley (free) Micro-enterprise Expo at Lehigh University on April 11, 2013

 

Introduction to Government Marketing (3/21)

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Location:  Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA
Cost: Free
Time:  9am - 12 noon
Date: 3/21/2013

If you have evered considered selling your products or services to the government, then here's the opportunity to learn more.

Topics:

  • Required Information and Preparation for selling to the Government
  • Special registrations and certifications
  • Information and Resources
  • Working with State and Local Governments
  • Other Tools and Resources

Driving Directions: click here or call 610-758-3980
Registration: Visit the eCenter; Select the Educational Programs link
Pre-registration is required!
Parking is free.
For more information call 610-758-3980


The first step pre-business workshop (3/20, or 4/16)

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Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years, but don't know where to start? Do you ask questions like “How do I turn my idea into a successful business?” “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?” “Where can I find financing?” “Where is the best place to open my business?” “How do I prepare a business plan?” Attending the “First Step” will start you down the path to successful business ownership!

Sponsors of the First Step Include:

AGEX Financial, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, First Niagara Bank, ESSA Bank & Trust, Firstrust Bank, National Penn Bank, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, M & T Bank, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo Bank

At this SBDC workshop you will learn about:

  • What unique lifestyle requirements are involved in owning a business
  • Differences between business organizational structures
  • How to develop a business plan
  • How to obtain financing
  • How to market your product or service
  • The applications and licenses needed to start your company
  • How to conduct research on your industry, market and competition
  • Other resources that you can use to help you plan and succeed,
  • and more!

Entrepreneurs without previous business experience can start working with the SBDC by attending the First Step in-person or completing it online at the SBDC eCenter. After the First Step, your start-up journey continues with resources, feedback and guidance from the

Exporting 101 (11/13)

Presented by the SBDC International Trade Development Programevent flyer

Presenters: Cora Landis, SBDC International Program Director and Alexander Shnaydruk, Export Consultant

Topics to be covered include

  • Benefits and concerns
  • Determine best export approach
  • Market research tools
  • Develop entry strategy
  • Identifying potential customers and competitors
  • Customer screening process
  • Compliance issues
  • Pricing and payment
  • Shipping and logistics
  • Common mistakes of new-to-export companies

When: Tuesday November 13, 2012 at 8:30 am—12:00 pm
Where: To be held in Room 117, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Cost: Cost is $35 per person—includes continental breakfast and materials (Exporting 101 Handbook and International Trade Guide)
Registration:
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Driving directions may be found here.

Legal Seminar on DBE SubContracting & SubConsulting (10/4)

Join us for a FREE Legal Seminar on DBE SubContracting & SubConsulting following “Intro to Gov’t Marketing”

Hosted by Lehigh SBDC/PTAC with brief “Intro to Government Marketing”

The Federal government buys over $400 billion of goods and services every year and State/ local municipalities buy billions more. Should your business participate? Attending this FREE seminar can show if government sales are right for you. Followed by 3+ hours of DBE SSC Legal Seminar. registration

Pennsylvania DBE Supportive Services Center: A shared initiative between Cheyney University of Pennsylvania & Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Presenters:

  • David Dunn of Lehigh SBDC/PTAC
  • Tyrone A. Powell, Esq. of Powell Law, PC

Where: Bethlehem, PA – Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
When: October 4th, 2012 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Point of Contact (day of training): 610.758.3980
Agenda: The initial presentation by our host should take about 45 minutes. The remaining 3+ hours will be spent covering the Legal topics for DBE Subs.
Registration: Please click on the poster on the right.

SBA and AARP to Present: National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day Event in Eastern Pennsylvania (10/2)

event flyerWASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP will team up Oct. 2 to present the first Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day event in eastern Pennsylvania, hosted by the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s). The event is part of a national outreach campaign designed to match entrepreneurs over the age of 50 with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.

The eastern Pennsylvania Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day event will be a panel discussion spotlighting: entrepreneurs discussing their experience starting a business; and SBA, SBDC and SCORE representatives discussing resources available to assist encore entrepreneurs to reach their business goals.

WHO:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • AARP
  • Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers, PA SBDCs
  • Lehigh Valley SCORE

WHAT: National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day Event (PDF Flyer)

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

WHERE: Lehigh University, Iacocca Hall/Mountaintop Campus, Wood Dining Room, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015

COST: Free

REGISTRATION: Register at http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Welcome.action?Home=1

Driving directions : Click here for directions.

National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older. With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option. Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer. SBA and AARP will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.

Bringing the World to You (9/10)

The Lehigh Valley’s Premier International Eventflyer

Sponsored by: Lehigh Export Network, Lehigh University SBDC, Milestone Bank, AGEX Financial, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp, and the Manufacturers Resource Center

LEXNET is ‘Bringing the World to Lehigh’

We will be hosting the PA overseas trade representatives and they will be available to meet with Lehigh Valley companies to assist with:

  • Determining the marketability of a product
  • Agent/distributor search
  • Identifying relevant trade events
  • Providing support at trade events
  • Providing support with potential partner meetings
  • Reviewing marketing materials
  • Market research reports
  • Assistance with market entry strategy
  • Company/competitor profiles

Learn how your company can lengthen its global reach

Meet with PA Trade Reps from: Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China Beijing, China Shanghai, Eastern Arabian Gulf, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

When: Monday, September 10, 2012
form Where: Ben Franklin Tech Ventures, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Deadline to register: September 4, 2012 - Use this form

Itinerary:

  • 9:00 - 10 am Registration and networking breakfast
  • 10 - 12 pm One-on-one meetings with trade reps and morning workshops:
    • International Trade Laws
    • International Finance Options
  • 12 - 2 pm Luncheon program
  • 2- 4 pm One-on-one meetings with trade reps, And afternoon workshops:
    • Overview of Lehigh Valley Foreign Trade Zone
    • Country Presentation: India—Risk and Rewards

 

The Pennsylvania SBDC offers free tools to help businesses, industries, and institutions save resources and money by searching for available and wanted materials online. More... (PDF)

FYI - Looking for customers? Population Density, Pennsylvania Municipalities. More... (PDF)

The First Step - Pre-Business Workshop (5/21)
Hosted by Congressman Charles W. Dent

Date: Monday, May 21, 2012 (Click for event flyer)

Time: For your convenience, there are two sessions for you to choose from:

  • 1st Session 2:00 -4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Session 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Lehigh County Community College Main Campus in Community Services Center, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078

Directions: Click here.

Registration: To register for this seminar or any SBDC seminar please CONTACT: Megan Everett, Outreach Coordinator Office of Congressman Charles W. Dent 3900 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 207, Allentown, PA 18103; Office: 610-770-3490; Fax: 610-770-3498; email: megan.everett@mail.house.gov; website: dent.house.gov

NOTE: Workshop handouts are guaranteed only to those who register by May 15th.

Have you dreamed of being your own boss for many years, but don't know where to start? Do you have unanswered questions like

  • “How do I turn my idea into a successful business?”;
  • “What kind of forms and licenses do I need?”;
  • “Where can I find financing?”;
  • “Where is the best place to open my business?”;
  • “How do I prepare a business plan?”

The “First Step” will start you down the path to successful business ownership! Attend this FREE workshop and you will learn :

  • About financing options;
  • About laws and regulations for starting a business;
  • About the business plan writing process;
  • Where you can get free, one-on-one help to get started;

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December 6th - Where to find the $$$$ For Your Business (PDF)

December 7th - Export Basics Webinar (PDF)

Doing Business with Mexico

November 15, 2011, Time:  8:00 - 11:00

Hosted by;  Lehigh University International Trade Development Program

Speaker:  PA authorized trade representative for Mexico via webinar, with live experts in attendance from international finance, logistics and customs documentation to learn how to increase sales by marketing to the Mexican marketplace

Sponsored by:  Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Location:  Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce
252 West Swamp Road, Baliwick Office Campus Suite #23, Doylestown, PA  18901

Phone to register:  Sonia Smith at 215-345-3839

The First Step

Cost:  Free (Flyer - PDF)

Date: November 16, 2011, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Northampton Community College – Fowler Family Southside Campus, Room 623
511 East Third Street, Bethlehem, PA  18015

Directions: http://www.northampton.edu/About-NCC/Maps-and-Directions.htm

Register by Phone: 610-758-3980

The First Step

10/6/2011 – The First Step, Career Link (Flyer - PDF)

10/18/2011 - Marcellus Shale Supply Chain Seminar (PDF)

5/12/2011 - The First Step/ 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. An overview of what you need to know to start your business. Location: Rauch Business Center Room 91/LehighUniversity. Cost: $15.00

4/27/2011 -  Exporting:  How to Grow Your Business Overseas. 8:30 - 11:30 am in Room 91 of Rauch Business Center.  Presented by Congressman Charlie Dent's office in partnership with the USDOC, SBDC and SBA – Cost: Free

Lehigh Valley Microenterprise Expo, Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 (Event Flyer)

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