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:


Breaking Borders: Understanding Free Trade Agreements (3/10)

Are you using Free Trade Agreements as a Competitive Weapon to Increase Sales?

Join us on March 10th for this FREE event to learn how to make FTAs work for you.

Where: Ben Franklin TechVentures, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015, 4th Floor Conf. Room

COST: This is a FREE Event

Contact: Small Business Development Center, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015, Phone: (610) 758-3980, Fax: (610) 758-5205, Email: insbdc1@lehigh.edu

The United States is experiencing trade growth and regulatory changes with regards to Free Trade and Tariff Preference Programs. U.S. companies can maintain a competitive edge by exploring effective strategies for operating under Free Trade Agreements.

This is the first of a 2-part training on “Understanding Free Trade Agreements.” This session will offer an overview of the current and pending agreements, what you need to know in selling to FTA countries, and the potential benefits they offer.

Speakers include...

Robert Manogue, Director, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs, US Department of State

Katrice Kelly, Trade Negotiations Team Leader Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis ITA/USDOC

Fernando Sanchez, Issue Expert from Trade Agreements Negotiation and Compliance

Registration: Please click for PDF flyer and email or fax the form.


Develop your Business Plan! (3/17)

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Session from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lehigh University Rauch Business Center, 621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015, Room 91 (Lower Level of Building)

Lehigh University SBDC’s Business Plan Workshop

In this workshop, attendees will outline their business plan using the Lehigh University SBDC’s Business Plan Workbook. Bring a pen/pencil and expect to write! This workshop is designed to get your plan on paper, and to understand what lenders are looking for. Those who have already started a business plan can benefit from advice, tips, and a discussion of common mistakes.


Contact: To find out more information for this seminar, you may also visit www.lehigh.edu/sbdc, email insbdc@lehigh.edu, or call 610-758-3980

Price: $20 per person, Includes Business Planning Workbook

Do You Want to Start a Business?
(3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16,4/23, 4/30)

Presented by the Small Business Development Center in Partnership with the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc. and made possible by a grant from the PA Department of Labor & Industry.

Are you:

  • Long term unemployed?
  • Tired of your current job?
  • Stuck in a dead end job?

Do you:

  • Want to be your own boss?
  • Get to do what you are interested in?
  • Want to work hard to build something for yourself?

If you answered YES to any question above, then you need to get the right information to lay the bedrock from which to build your business.

This information is being offered free of charge by the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center and the Lehigh Valley CareerLink.

Follow the path and start building your business!

Session 1: March 26th

Part 1: Is Entrepreneurship for you? What business should I start?
Presenter: Mary Beth Zingone, Lehigh University SBDC

Part 2: What does it cost to start a business?
Presenter: Robert Mineo, Lehigh University SBDC

Session 2: April 2nd

Introduction to the business plan and financing options for startups!
Presenter: Robert Mineo, Lehigh University SBDC
Guest Speaker: Chris Hudock, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund

Session 3: April 9th

Business Plan Workshop— Draft your business plan (will be HANDS ON!).
Presenter: Robert Mineo, Lehigh University SBDC

Session 4 April 16th

Legal—What you don’t know can hurt you!
Presenter: Buddy Lesavoy, MBA, JD, Lesavoy Butz & Seitz LLC

Session 5 April 23rd

Part 1: Selling yourself and your product...what every new business owner needs to know to succeed in business.
Presenter: Todd Kurtz, Sandler Training

Part 2: How to keep marketing simple and effective!
Presenter: Tim Reeder, Director of Sales & Marketing, Liquid Interactive

Session 6 April 30th

Part 1: Where to get Credit Repair help?
Presenter: Jenique Jones, Lehigh Valley Credit Repair

Part 2: Is a Franchise for you?
Presenter: Wilson Black, Franchise Consultant

COST: These seminars are FREE

TIME: Class time 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Pennsylvania CareerLink Lehigh Valley, 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA 18109

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: google.com/#q=Lehigh+Valley+Careerlink+driving+directions

REGISTRATION: Is limited to 60 participants and materials will only be provided to those who pre-register. The pre- registration period is up to two days before each event. While participants can register for individual seminars they are encouraged to attend all.

Please click on the image for the PDF registration form, or call SBDC at (610) 758-3980


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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