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.

Do You Want to Start a Business?

Session 5: April 23

Part 1: Selling yourself and your product...what every new business owner needs to know to succeed in business.
Presenter: Todd Kurtz, Sandler Training

Part 2: How to keep marketing simple and effective!
Presenter: Tim Reeder, Director of Sales & Marketing, Liquid Interactive

COST: These seminars are FREE

TIME: Class time 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Pennsylvania CareerLink Lehigh Valley, 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA 18109

Next sessions: 4/23, 4/30

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.

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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!

Breaking Borders: Understanding Free Trade Agreements
FTA's Focusing on: NAFTA, Panama, South Korea, and Colombia

April 28, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm

We are extremely pleased to welcome nationally recognized speaker Mike Allocca, of Allocca Enterprises back to the Lehigh Valley for this FREE seminar on NAFTA and the three newest Free Trade Agreements with Panama, South Korea, and Colombia.

This program will help you be in full compliance with all NAFTA regulations. You will know where to search and what to look for to determine if your products qualify for the benefits of NAFTA. Most companies expose themselves unnecessarily to NAFTA penalties. In some cases your goods have low or zero duty already and therefore there is no need to expose your company to potential NAFTA violations. In other cases, there is no need to fill out a NAFTA certificate if your goods do not qualify.

Topics Include:

NAFTA Product Qualification

Utilize NAFTA Rules of Origin—Annex 401

The Ins and Outs of NAFTA Certificates of Origins

Preference Criteria (A-F) - Which do your goods qualify for?

Supporting documentation vs. Manufacturer’s Affidavit

Determining regional value content/change in classification

Meaning and Importance of De Minimis

How do fungible goods and materials affect you?

Hosted by: Lehigh University

Funded in part by: PA PREP, SBA, Pennsylvania LVWIB, Inc.

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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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