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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.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am
When most small business owners think of intellectual property (IP), they visualize costly attorney fees for something that only benefits big corporations. In reality, the most valuable asset a small business owner or entrepreneur owns are their ideas and their brand. The internet has intensified competition in the market and made many small businesses susceptible to infringement and fraud. Presented by a local IP attorney, this one-hour seminar will focus on IP concerns and how small business owners can utilize trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights to protect their assets and avoid infringements. The discussion will include real world examples and an opportunity to ask questions. Attorney Jack Gross provides legal counsel on copyright, trademark, and licensing matters for businesses of all sizes. He also provides advice on general business matters including business formation, purchase, sale, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate. Jack frequently assists business owners in designing their business succession plans, including considerations for business assets, IP, real estate, and tax goals.
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Learn how to start your own business. Topics include financing, identifying licenses and applications, function of the business plan, marketing plan, and financial plan. For registration and information visit - https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/25067
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Part 1 of the Lehigh University SBDC Capital Access Series will introduce small business loans, as well as alternatives to business owners seeking financing. Topics will include: commercial, SBA, state, and local loan requirements, tips for navigating the financing process, how to prepare a complete loan package, alternatives to traditional loan sources, and information on additional resources. There is no cost to attend this seminar thanks to the sponsorship of TD Bank.

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.