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:

Bringing the World to You (9/15)
The Lehigh Valley's Premier International Conference

Sponsored by Lehigh Export Network, Lehigh University SBDC, MileStone Bank, AGEX Financial, World Trade Club of the Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation

LEXNET will be hosting the PA overseas trade representatives and they will be available to meet with Lehigh Valley companies to assist with:

  • Determining the marketability of a product
  • Agent/distributor search
  • Identifying relevant trade events
  • Providing support at trade events
  • Providing support with potential partner meetings
  • Reviewing marketing materials
  • Market research reports
  • Assistance with market entry strategy
  • Company / competitor profiles

When: Monday, September 15, 2014
Where: at Ben Franklin Tech Ventures, 4th Floor Conference Area, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Cost: $75 per person


8:00 - 8:30 am Registration
8:30 - 10:15 am Breakfast Program ~ Developing an International Presence in Europe
10:30 - 12:00 pm One-on-one meetings with trade reps
10:30 - 11:15 am International Trade Laws
12:00 - 1:45 pm Luncheon program ~ Global Economic Outlook for 2015
2:00 - 4:00 pm One-on-one meetings with trade reps
2:00 - 3:00 pm International Finance Option

To register please contact: initdp@lehigh.edu

Boomers to Business 2014 (10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23)


The focus of this seminar series is to create a clear path to business ownership for those who are 55+ who are considering entrepreneurship.

Through this specially designed four part series, attendees will learn how to open and start a business, along with special topics unique to boomer entrepreneurs. With the knowledge of these seminars in hand, attendees will be able to make an informed decision if entrepreneurship is a fitting option for their lifestyle.

I. Asset Preservation
Thursday October 2nd, 9:30am to 11:30am
Jeffrey S. Berdahl, CPA/PFS, CSEP
Description: You have spent years building your wealth. This seminar will show how to protect it while still fulfilling your dreams of starting a business.

II. Legal Considerations
Thursday October 9th, 9:30am to 11:30am
Buddy Lesavoy, MBA, JD.
Description: What's the best business structure for the kind of business you want to start? Just one of the questions that will be answered in this seminar.

III. Explore Finance Options
Thursday October 16th, 9:30am to 11:30am
Rob Mineo:
SBDC Director of Finance
Description: This seminar will review financing options, discuss what is required from lenders and help you understand how to construct a funding request.

IV. Ready. Set. Start!
Thursday October 23rd, 9:30am to 11:30am
Mary-Beth Zingone:
SBDC Consultant
Description: This seminar will give attendees an overview of business ideas, developing a business plan, licenses and how to receive free one on one help to start their business.

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.

Registration Form and PDF flyer: Click for PDF.

Mail the complete form, or Call (610) 758-3980, or Fax the complete form to (610) 758-5205, or register online.

MAIL TO: Lehigh University SBDC, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015

COST: These Seminars are FREE

TIME: Class time 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: 555 Union Boulevard, Allentown PA 18109


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.


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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