Programs and Services


The Lehigh University SBDC offers a wide selection of programs and services. Read below for general information and click on the links under Programs & Services menu above for more information about programs for specialized needs.

For Pre-venture

For those exploring the idea of a business or who are in the planning stages, the place to start is at the SBDC First Step program. These sessions are held once each month at the Lehigh SBDC. The content is a general overview of what it takes to start a business.

First Step topics include:

  • Ways to get into business
  • Resources to help you start
  • Ways to get into business
  • Resources to help you start
  • Permits and licenses
  • Regulations
  • Registrations
  • Credit & financing concerns
  • And more plus ample time for Q&A

The second phase for start-ups is using our website's resources to more fully develop your business idea. The Resources page can connect you to demographic information, tips on market research and business planning, community contacts and other agencies to help you build your business right from the start.

For New and Existing Business

Established companies can work with SBDC consultants and staff to receive help with a wide array of projects such as:

  • Managing and growing a new business
  • Developing new markets
  • International trade - global market entry
  • Competing for government contracts
  • Product development
  • Government certifications and contractors
  • Preliminary patent search, inventions
  • Financing
  • Accounting & legal issues
  • Environmental management assistance
  • Business research
  • Human resources
  • Risk Management
  • And more...
  • Competing for government contracts
  • Product development

In addition, Lehigh University student project teams are also available to qualified existing companies.

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!