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

Boomers to Business 2014

The focus of this seminar series is to create a clear path to business ownership for those who are 55+ who are considering entrepreneurship

  • ✔ 10/2 Asset Preservation
  • 10/9 Legal Considerations
  • 10/16 Explore Finance Options
  • 10/23 Ready, Set, Start!

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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

Business Plan Workshop

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Where: Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 21 N. Main Street, Quakertown, PA 18951


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The focus of this seminar series is to create a clear path to business ownership for those who are 55+ who are considering entrepreneurship

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Financing Small Business Seminar

Two Dates and Locations for your Convenience:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
1:30 -3:00 pm
NCC Folwer Center
511 E. Third Street - Room 523
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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FEDERAL CONTRACT TRAINING: Breakthrough Tactics, Market Intelligence & the GSA Schedule (10/15)

Date: October 15th, 2014
from 9:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Description: SBDC welcomes Judy Bradt, CEO of Summit Insight LLC based in Alexandria VA, to give two back-to-back presentations on marketing tactics that have proven to win her clients' millions in Federal Contracts. In addition she plans to cover the ins & outs of the GSA schedule and how the GSA pertains to your particular service or product.

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2014 Lehigh Valley Lender Match

Wednesday October 29

3:00 - 7:00 pm

Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center
300 Gateway Dr.
Bethlehem, PA 18017

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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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