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:

The First Step (1/14)

When: January 14, 2015, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:00 PM.
Where: Lehigh University, Rauch Business Center, 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Do you want to start a business?

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 requested. Materials available only to those who have pre-registered by January 13.

Cost: $20 per person, includes Entrepreneurs Guide and other materials!

Ways to register

  1. visit: www.lehigh.edu/~insbdc/upcomingseminars.html (Payment cannot be made online) and send payment to address below.
  2. Or call the Lehigh SBDC at 610-758-3980.
  3. Or complete the registration below (include payment) and send to: Lehigh University Small Business Development Center|125 Goodman Drive|Bethlehem, PA 18105

Directions: Directions located at http://www4.lehigh.edu/about/luevents/drivingdirections/rauchbusinesscenter.aspx

Parking: Street meter parking on Packer Ave. or directly next door at the Zoellner Center Parking Garage for ($4.00 for garage)

Contact: For more information or to register contact the Lehigh SBDC at 610-758-3980 or email to insbdc@lehigh.edu

Export Workshop:
Smart Steps to Grow Your International Business
(1/28, 2/4)

A series of four workshop sessions to assist your company in growing international sales:

Session 1 - November 19, 2014: International Marketing

Presented by Alex Shnaydruk, Lehigh University SBDC

  • Selecting the best markets for your product
  • Tools for global marketing planning

Session 2 - December 17, 2014: Compliance and Logistics

Presented by Scott Hoffman, Benchmark Export Services, Inc.

  • Defining ECCN, HS Codes and Schedule B numbers
  • Freight Forwarding, Logistics and Incoterms

Session 3 - January 28, 2015: International Finance

Presented by Debbie Nowak, National Penn Bank:

  • Letters of Credit, Collections and Foreign Exchange

Presented by Kirk Elken, Securitas Global Risk Solutions:

  • Financing Options and Credit Insurance

Session 4 - February 4, 2015: Case Study

Personalized set of recommendations to facilitate international growth

Please note that the 4th session in the series (Case Study) can only be attended if the attendee has registered and attended 1 or more of the prior sessions. 

All Sessions: 2 pm - 4:15 pm
To be held at: National Penn Bank, 800 Route 113, Souderton, PA
Cost is FREE. Training Materials are included. Seating is Limited. Register promptly.

Registration for “Export Workshop”
Fax Registration Form to 610-758-5205 or email to initdp@lehigh.edu
For more information please call 610-758-3980 or e-mail: als411@lehigh.edu


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 Center Parking Garage or parking meters. Parking meters are monitored 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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