International Trade Development


The ITDP assists clients in developing and implementing export strategies. Consulting services include:

  • International market research.
  • Export alternatives.
  • Developing an export strategy.
  • Financing methods.

Seminars and workshops on the fundamentals of the export process are held frequently. The program also maintains a comprehensive library of international trade materials. Services offered include:


The ITDP provides export consulting to small firms. The trade specialist works with firms on a one-to-one basis to help plan and implement export strategies. Assistance is available for firms in all stages of international business development. ITDP services include evaluating a firm's export potential, assessing foreign market opportunities, setting product/market objectives and choosing a method to enter target markets.

Education and Public Awareness:

The ITDP staff provides the business community with information about the importance of exporting by distributing international trade information and conducting seminars. Workshops are offered on introductory, intermediate and advanced levels.

Sales Leads:

International Trade Development Program personnel receive foreign sales leads from numerous sources. These sales leads are evaluated and forwarded to active ITDP clients free of charge.


Local businesses can take advantage of a large pool of knowledge, expertise, technical data, and information through the Team Pennsylvania Lehigh Export Network (LEXNET), a cooperative referral network of public and private sector export service providers.

Product Promotion:

The ITDP staff works closely with the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of commerce to assist Lehigh Valley manufacturers with the promotion of their products through foreign trade shows. Qualified companies may be eligible for a Market Access matching grant for international trade mission participation.

Information Center:

A library of international trade publications and materials is available at the SBDC. The international trade library contains periodicals, reference materials, on-line data bases and directories of foreign manufacturers and distributors. The ITDP library also provides information on license requirements and document processing.


The international trade specialist studies the export participation of the US manufacturers on a continuing basis. Information on the latest trends and developments in the export arena is available to clients and interested parties.

Using ITDP Resources and Assistance:

To receive assistance from the ITDP clients must first complete a Request for Service form. The international trade specialist will then call and arrange for a meeting. The counseling procedure may include several interviews and an on-site visit. After the international trade specialist evaluates the client's export potential, a course of action is recommended.

Counseling services are completely confidential and free of charge. ITDP services are provided regardless of race, sex, creed, or age.

Business Basics Series

Session 1 - Legal

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
6:30PM - 7:30PM
Rauch Business Center
621 Taylor St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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 Valley’s top business experts.

Topics to be covered include:

Legal Issues

Speaker: Buddy Lesavoy, MBA, JD

Buddy Lesavoy concentrates his practice in business including start-up, corporate and 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.

Registration Deadline:
October 13, 2015

For more information, please click here for flyer and registration

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!