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:

Congressman Charlie Dent Hosts Small Business Day (5/26)

Presented by Lehigh University’s Small Business Development Center

Location: Northampton Community College’s Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 East Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015, Room 605

Cost: This day of FREE events features resources for current small business owners and those who aspire to own their own small business.

Registration: Registration is required. Please click for registration flyer.

What Business Should I Start?... (10am to 11:30am)
Explore what it takes to become an entrepreneur and discover what potential business draws upon your strengths and interests to develop that winning combination. 
Presenter: Mary Beth Zingone, SBDC Start-up Consultant

...And How Do I Fund It? (11:30a to 12:15p)
Now that you have that business idea, learn about preparing yourself and your business to access the capital needed to launch your venture.
Presenter: Robert Mineo, SBDC Financing Assistance Program Director

Growing Your International Business (1p to 1:45p)
Discover the tools for global competitiveness to expand your business' markets outside the U.S.
Presenter: Cora Landis, SBDC International Trade Program Director

Set Up and Sell to the Government (2p to 3p)
Introduce your business to the basics of selling your product or service to the government, including how to become a federal contractor and marketing techniques to open the door to the government as a new market for your business. 
Presenter: Brett Smith, SBDC Government Marketing Program Consultant

For more information: please contact Makala Ashmar in Congressman Charlie Dent’s Lehigh Valley district office at 610.770.3490 or makala.ashmar@mail.house.gov

Registration is required - Please click on flyer to the right.

HUBZone (5/28)

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone program of the SBA (Small Business Administration) helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

This seminar explains the program, what businesses qualify, and the benefits to HUBZone certified companies.


  • Overview of the HUBZone program.
  • The geographic location of HUBZones
  • What type of businesses can qualify for the program.
  • Advantages of being a HUBZone certified company
  • How to get certified
  • Support programs for HUBZone qualified companies
  • Hear success stories of companies in HUBZones

Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to Noon
Location: Lehigh University, Rauch Hall, Bethlehem, PA 18015

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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