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Programs & Services

The Lehigh University SBDC offers a wide selection of programs and services. Read below for general information and click on the links to the left under Programs & Services for more information about programs for specialized needs.

For Pre-venture

For those exploring the idea of a business or who are in the planning stages, the place to start is at the SBDC First Step program. These sessions are held throughout the year. The content is a general overview of what it takes to start a business.

First Step topics include:

  • Ways to get into business
  • Resources to help you start
  • Ways to get into business
  • Resources to help you start
  • Permits and licenses
  • Regulations
  • Registrations
  • Credit & financing concerns
  • And more plus ample time for Q&A

The second phase for start-ups is using our website's resources to more fully develop your business idea. The Resources page can connect you to demographic information, tips on market research and business planning, community contacts and other agencies to help you build your business right from the start.

For New and Existing Business

Established companies can work with SBDC consultants and staff to receive help with a wide array of projects such as:

  • Managing and growing a new business
  • Developing new markets
  • International trade - global market entry
  • Competing for government contracts
  • Product development
  • Government certifications and contractors
  • Preliminary patent search, inventions
  • Financing
  • Accounting & legal issues
  • Environmental management assistance
  • Business research
  • Human resources
  • Risk Management
  • And more...
  • Competing for government contracts
  • Product development

In addition, Lehigh University student project teams are also available to qualified existing companies.

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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.