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Researching Your Business Idea:
  • Wichita State's Albah Library offers a wealth of resources, such as market and industry reports, at no cost to students.
  • Kauffman Foundation: Includes access to insights, research, and articles on entrepreneurship.
  • Market Research
    • IBIS World provides industry reports. Just look up your industry and read about size, growth, and trends.
  • Look up news articles regarding your industry and competitors.
  • Read reviews for your direct competitors to get an idea of what you can do that your competitors do not.
Intellectual Property:
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office
    • Comprehensive site containing information about applying for patents, filing for trademarks, searching for patents and trademarks, and more.
  • Copyright
    • Website for the Copyright Office including information about Copyrights and how to register them.
  • Google Patents
    • Searchable database of United States Patent and Trademark Office patents and patent applications.
  • Wichita State University’s Ablah Library is the only Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) in Kansas. Visit the library guide for intellectual property resources at Contact Sara Butts if you have general questions about intellectual property or if you would like assistance with a patent or trademark search. You can reach Sara at (316)978-5017 or The library also offers several workshops about intellectual property and business topics in the Entrepreneurship Research Series of workshops. To see a full schedule of workshops, visit
Business Model:
  • Strategyzer, Alex Osterwalder
    • Sign up and gain access to countless resources for the Business Model Canvas (training, tools, templates, blogs).
  • Nail It Then Scale It, by Nathan Furr & Paul Ahlstrom
    • Nail It Then Scale It is the first lean startup book to help entrepreneurs through the process of launching a high-growth company.
  • The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries
    • How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses.
Writing a Winning Business Plan:
  • Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide
    • has tons of great articles for entrepreneurs. Read this one and check out other articles.
  • How to Write a Business Plan, Open Colleges
    • ?A comprehensive guide created in consultation with industry experts.
  • How to Write a Business Plan, SBA
    • Detailed information on what needs to be in your business plan.
  • How to Structure a Business Plan, Inc. Magazine
    • Extensive resource that covers everything from idea feasibility to presentation.
  • Writing a Business Plan, Sequoia Capital
    • Includes elements of sustainable companies and a straightforward business plan outline.
  • SEC Filings and Forms
    • All publicly traded companies must disclose financial information to the SEC. Research companies that have similar cost structure, distribution channels, customers, etc. to help you estimate costs for your start-up.
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