Lehigh University
Small Business Development Center
Helping Businesses Start, Grow, and Prosper

Upcoming Programs


Based on 25 years of working with small businesses, the Small Business Development Center recognizes the need for solid, cost-effective information that is easily accessible to our local business community.

We partner with local experts who donate their time to speak to our groups.

Take advantage of this wealth of knowledge for a nominal fee!

Upcoming Events:

Do you want to Start a Business?
then plan to attend...
The First Step (4/22)

When: April 22, 2014
Where: Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Avenue, Telford, PA 18969 (map)
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

Have you always had a dream to start your own business but didn't know where to start?

This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

Attendees will learn:

  • Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business
  • How to assess the feasibility of their business idea
  • Differences between business organization structures
  • How to develop a business plan
  • How to obtain financing
  • How to market their product or service
  • The applications and licenses needed to start their company

Registration: Pre-registration is required! Methods to register

  1. Visit the Registration Page
  2. Or call the Lehigh SBDC at 610-758-3980.
  3. Or complete the form (click for form) and

Contact: For more information or to register contact the Lehigh SBDC at 610-758-3980 or email to - insbdc@lehigh.edu. Please do not call the library for information.

This seminar is free however; admission and handouts are limited to only those who are pre-registered! Driving Directions for the venue can be found at http://www.ivpl.org/about-us/directions

This seminar is sponsored by:

AGEX Financial
Embassy Bank
ESSA Bank & Trust
First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union
First Northern
M&T Bank


The SBDC International Program presents…
Incoterms Explained (May 15)

Chip Thomas, a trade and banking expert from THE AMERICAN EXPORT TRAINING INSTITUTE (AETI) will lead the program.

Gain a clear understanding of how these terms relate to

  • pricing,
  • contract language,
  • Title Transfer,
  • modes of transport,
  • security-related issues for clearing shipments, and
  • cautions that must be taken when using Letters of Credit and other payment options.

Who should attend: Import/export managers, traffic department, Sales, shipping department personnel, international marketing managers, customer service staff, credit managers, controllers, purchasing, Logistics Specialists or anyone involved or with the responsibility for international documentation, compliance rules and regulations.

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Ben Franklin Tech Ventures, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Cost: $55 per person if registered by May 12th Includes reference material and a continental breakfast

Must RSVP via fax to (610) 758-5205 ~ Attn: Lexnet
email completed form to initdp@lehigh.edu. Checks must be received no later than May 9th. Click for registration form.


Come Back Soon for New Additions to our Upcoming Programs

Registration: To register for this seminar or any SBDC seminar please visit the SBDC registration website at http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Welcome.action?Home=1 or call the SBDC at 610-758-3980. Driving directions may be found here.

Our Address: Small Business Development Center
Lehigh University
125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3980
Fax: (610) 758-5205

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.


More information on Upcoming Events:

For a list of upcoming events follow the link to access our eCenter portal. You need an email account to register online.

If you do not have an email account for the online registration please call us at 610-758-3980.

Advanced registration is required to attend, for the listed seminar fee.

Parking Information:

For all seminars taking place at Rauch Business Center, Lehigh University, parking is available at Zoellner Parking Deck for $2 or parking meters for 50 cents/half hour. Parking meters are monitored up until 6 PM.

For seminars at our offices on Goodman Drive, free parking is available.


Unless otherwise noted, registration for seminars will be held ½ hour prior to the seminar starting time. In the event of inclement weather, please call 610-758-3980 for cancellation information.


Payment can be made in advance or at the seminar. Prepayment options are: check, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Non-registered "walk-ins" will have a $10 surcharge added to the seminar fee.

*Reservation implies request to attend, and all no shows will be billed. There is a 48 hour cancellation required for refund.

"Included with your registration fee is a one-year subscription (12 issues) to Inc. magazine, valued at $10. To activate your subscription or to receive a refund from Inc. Magazine for the value of the subscription, please see the class moderator on the day of the class for full details."

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