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

Upcoming Programs

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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:

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

Introduction to Export (1/29)

Presented by the SBDC International Trade Development Program

Topics to be covered include:

  • Selecting the best market for your products • Promoting your product internationally
  • International sales channels
  • Basic export compliance issues
  • Incoterms and logistics
  • Pricing and payment
  • Export documentation
  • Support resources

Presented by: Alexander Shnaydruk, MBA, Export Consultant
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 9 am - 12 pm
To be held at: Northampton Community College, Fowler Center 511 E. Third Street Bethlehem, PA 18015 Room 625

The Lehigh University SBDC, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, offers a variety of educational programs designed to meet different needs of small businesses.Participants receive valuable information, recommendations, research ideas, and are able to network with other entrepreneurs and meet seasoned professionals from the business community. "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, D.O.D Defense Logistics Agency, 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."

Registration information: Fax Registration to 610-758-5205 or email to initdp@lehigh.edu Attendance is free, space is limited Webpage: http://www.lehigh.edu/~insbdc/upcomingseminars.html Name:__________________________________________
Company Name: ______________________________________________
Address:______________________________________________________________
City:__________________________________ State:____ Zip Code: _____________
Phone: _______________________ EMAIL:_______________________________________
For more information please call 610-758-3980 or e-mail: als411@lehigh.edu

Set Up and Sell to the Government (2/13)

Date: 2/13/15
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Location: Room B013, Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Fee: None

Have you thought about selling your products or services to Federal, State or local governments? Do you think it is too difficult? Let us debunk the myths and show you how to reap the benefits of this great opportunity – as tens of thousands of sole proprietors and hundreds of thousands of small businesses do. Federal, State, and Municipal governments purchase hundreds of billions in goods and services every year. Attend this seminar to learn how to register and market your products/services to them.

We will discuss:

  • Your preparedness
  • Required information/data
  • Registration mechanics
  • Special Small Business certifications
  • How the government buys
  • How to find opportunities
  • The ‘art’ of selling to Govt. buyers
  • Next steps

This FREE seminar will be held at Lehigh University's Iacocca Hall. The room number is B013. When you walk into the building, go straight down the small set of stairs and to your left. Metered parking is available in the lot at the building entrance or further down around the curve on Research Drive. Free Parking is located straight through the courtyard, along the tree-lined lots labeled “STUDENT/VISITOR PARKING”.

To register:

Go online to http://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=21934), or
c all the SBDC at (610) 758-3980.

Latin America Business Opportunities
The Pacific Alliance Countries (2/17)

When: February 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am
Where: Ben Franklin TechVentures, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Cost: $25.00

The Pacific Alliance is a free trade agreement among the four country members formed in 2012.  The total output for the four countries accounts for more than a third of Latin America's total gross domestic product, 215 million people and 39 percent of Latin America's GDP, placing the Pacific Alliance as the ninth largest economy in the world.

This seminar will focus on the following industries: construction, oil and gas, mining, petrochemical, power generation, transportation equipment manufacturers and engineering firms.

Topics:

  • Top 10 growth industries for U.S. exports in Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Chile
  • Overview of Pacific Alliance Countries  
  • Identifying and qualifying potential Latin American distributors, agents and representatives - Legal and Logistics
  • Panel of experts to discuss challenges and successes
  • How to make the most of an international trade show or mission 
  • Upcoming Trade mission to Mexico and Colombia, June 14-20, 2015

Sponsored by:

Lehigh University SBDC , Duquesne University SBDC,
through funding by the U.S. Department of Commerce,
Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP),
International Trade Administration,
PA Department of Community & Economic Development,
Center for Trade Development and The World Trade Club of the Lehigh Valley

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

The Lehigh  University SBDC, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, offers a variety of educational programs designed to meet different needs of small businesses.  Participants receive valuable information, recommendations, research ideas, and are able to network with other entrepreneurs and meet seasoned professionals from the business community.  "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, D.O.D Defense Logistics Agency, 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."

Financing your Startup (2/18)
The Second Step Seminar

When: February 18, 2014. Doors open at 1:00 pm. Session from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
Where: Lehigh University, Room 91 (Lower Level of Building), 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Price: $20 per person.
Includes: Business Planning and Budgeting Resources
Registration Form: Please click the image.

What Is the Second Step Seminar?

A follow up to the First Step Seminar.

In this workshop, attendees will receive an overview of financing options for startups.

Bank financing, SBA loans, microloans, and alternative financing options will be discussed.

This workshop is designed for entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business and would like to explore options for financing.

Resources will be provided to help attendees prepare for their first conversation with a lender or investor.

Registration: Pre-Registration is requested and payment is required. Call 610-758-3980 to register by phone, or mail in the form below to: Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, 125 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18105

Directions: Room 91 is located in the lower level of Rauch Business Center.

Parking is available for $4 in the Zoellner Arts Center Parking Garage on Taylor Street. Metered street parking is also available.

Contact: To find out more information, or to register for this seminar, please email insbdc@lehigh.edu, or call 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.

Times:

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:

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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