As part of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) here at Lehigh, there are a number of opportunities for the SBDC and students to learn and grow from each other. Below is a sampling of the different ways students can get involved with the SBDC. It is important to note that because we are dependent on grant funding, these opportunities are subject to availability of funds.
Small Business Consulting - MGT 314
A field of studies course (cross-listed w/ ENTP 314) providing management assistance to small businesses in the Lehigh Valley. Students work in small groups under supervision of the SBDC Director on a direct basis with owners. Problem solving and experience in applying marketing, accounting, finance, and/or management concepts to business. This course is typically offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
Students who have work study as part of their financial aid package can consider the SBDC as an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to helping small businesses in the Lehigh Valley. Each year we have a number of positions available that range from clerical to research. All available opportunities can be found on Handshake. Sample positions include:
Answer phones, take messages, make copies, scan client documents to be uploaded, clerical duties as assigned.
Design seminar and marketing flyers for Small Business Development Center and for clients (local businesses). Write stroies for newsletter, including, but no limited to successes of SBDC clients. Compile information and articles into newsletters.
Research Analyst I
Research and prepare reports for SBDC clients.
Research Analyst II
Review and critique business plans for Small Business Development Center under supervision of SBDC Financial Assistance Program Director or SBDC Director.
Prepare and analyze cash flow projections for SBDC clients under supervision of Financial Assistance Program Director or SBDC Director.
The Lehigh SBDC regularly partners with the Lehigh Consulting Club to provide cases and research opportunities to members.
Interested in learning more about what previous Lehigh students have gained from their time at the SBDC? Check out the testimonials from an undergrad and graduate student below: