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Educational Programs

The SBDC has in-person and online seminars. These seminars are offered to small businesses and to individuals who are thinking either about going into business, or who are already in business. Click on the links below for more information.

Our in-person seminars are most commonly held on Lehigh University's campus, but are also held throughout our territory of Lehigh, Northampton, Upper Bucks, and Northern Montgomery counties. Each seminar will list the name and address of the location.

Our online seminars are conducted using Zoom. By using Zoom, attendees can access our online offerings via PC, Mac, phone, or tablet. Access instructions will be provided upon registration.

To register for an event, click on the desired event and follow the registration instructions in the individual event. 

In the event of inclement weather, please call 610-758-3980 to ensure the seminar is still being held.

Events

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Are you thinking of starting your own business? The Small Business Start-Up Seminar will present valuable information on developing a business plan, marketing through social media, small business lending and loans, and human resources. A networking opportunity will follow the seminar when attendees can speak with Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development, Northampton County Human Resources, and our resource partners from Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, US Small Business Administration, Greater Easton Development Partnership, Slate Belt Rising, and Lehigh Valley SCORE. Registration is Free!
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 9:00am
1 Million Cups is an event that brings together the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial community over coffee and conversation.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Part 3 of the Lehigh University SBDC Capital Access Series will cover the business plan—what to communicate to lenders, investors, and business partners to explain your funding needs. Topics include: presenting a funding request, the business plan narrative, cash flow projections, required supporting documentation, and how to craft the right business plan for the right audience. There is no cost to attend this seminar thanks to the sponsorship of TD Bank.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Do you want to Start a Business? Do you have Financing questions? Then plan to attend - The First Step Seminar! The First Step Seminar topics include: developing a business idea, startup basics, required licenses & applications, the function & importance of a business plan, and financing basics.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 9:00am
1 Million Cups is an event that brings together the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial community over coffee and conversation.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Do you own a small business? Progress and growth are essential to success. This seminar will provide valuable information on sales habits, best practices to engage with your clients, marketing on a budget, small business lending and loans, and diversity in the workplace. A networking opportunity will follow the seminar when attendees can speak with Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development and our resource partners from US Small Business Administration, Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund, Handlon Business Resources, EnTrust Merchant Services, Fun-Nominal Events and Marketing, Mona DelSole Consulting. and Lehigh Valley SCORE.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Join the Lehigh SBDC for this First Step Seminar hosted by Senator Bob Mensch's office at The Quakertown Library 401 W Mill St, Quakertown, PA 18951 Topics include: Requirements for starting a business, how to obtain financing, identifying licenses and applications, the importance and function of a business plan, marketing plan, and financial plan. Lehigh University SBDC consultants will present this program.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 9:00am
1 Million Cups is an event that brings together the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial community over coffee and conversation.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 9:00am
1 Million Cups is an event that brings together the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial community over coffee and conversation.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:00am
1 Million Cups is an event that brings together the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial community over coffee and conversation.

Online Seminars

Listed below are online seminars provided by our center and through other training partners. The Classrooms include multiple topics, and include webinars for businesses in all stages of development. Click on the links below to view any of our available presentations.

 


SBA U.S. Small Business Administration            Lehigh University

 

         

 

Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community & Economic Development; through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration; and in part through support from Lehigh University. All services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatroy basis. Special arrangements for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency 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. SBDC services are not available to individuals or entities that have been barred or suspended by the federal government. By agreeing to receive assistance from the SBDC you are self-certifying that you are not currently federally bedarred or suspended and also agree to cease using SBDC services if you become federally barred or suspended in the future.