The Lehigh University Small Business Development Center is:

  • A member of the Pennsylvania Network of Small Business Development Centers.
  • Has served Pennsylvania small businesses since 1978.
  • Annually consults with over 1000 small businesses in Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, and Montgomery counties.
  • Provides consulting, at no cost, to businesses in all stages of development, from pre-venture to mature.

The mission of the network of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) is to provide entrpreneurs and small business owners with the knowledge needed to make smart decisions and prosper.

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. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been debarred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally debarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally debarred or suspended in the future.

A member of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers.

The Pennsylvania SBDCs are a member of the national Association of Small Business Development Centers.


Human Resources

Overall guidance of the SBDC is provided by faculty directors from the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University and a private sector advisory board. The SBDC staff includes experienced business professionals who have general knowledge coupled with specialized areas of expertise. Each businessperson requesting assistance is matched with a counselor and the resources that are best suited to their business needs.

Library Resources

Library resources include a large collection of startup manuals, self-help guides for marketing, financial and personnel planning, current small business periodicals, and a variety of books on specific industries and businesses. Special libraries are available for clients interested in technology-transfer, international trade, and government marketing and retail.

Seminar Resources

The SBDC regularly conducts small business seminars on topics ranging from basic principles of operating a small business to financial management using personal computer and effective restaurant management. There is no charge for SBDC counseling; however, nominal fees are charged for seminars and some materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a charge for consulting services?

The SBDC program is supported by funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the host University and other funders. Consulting is provided at no charge. Nominal fees may apply for training programs, materials, publications, and special services (e.g. research obtained from sources that charge a fee).

Q: Will my discussions, research, and materials be kept confidential?

All SBDC representatives agree to abide by the Pennsylvania SBDC's Standards of Professional Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy. Information you provide will be held in strictest confidence and will not be released to any parties outside of the Pennsylvania SBDC network. Your information will not be sold or provided to other organizations. Specific information on you and the nature of your engagement with the SBDC will not be released without your consent. No information that you provide will be used to the commercial advantage of any SBDC representative or to the advantage of a third party.

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!